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The faster the network, the better your MobileURL’s operate | Sprint could deploy LTE nationwide by year-end 2013 | RealtyGo_blog
Should Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S) decide to deploy LTE as part of its Network Vision network modernization project, the company could have a live LTE network this year, with nationwide LTE coverage by year-end 2013, a senior Sprint executive said.
Speaking at a Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecom conference Wednesday, Steve Elfman, Sprint’s president of network operations and wholesale, said that the company will not make a decision regarding LTE deployment until mid-year. He added that if Sprint does decide to deploy LTE it could turn it on quickly and have LTE devices by 2012. Elfman added that the reason the company will not make a decision until mid-year is because Sprint wants to establish and announce a strategy that is still being determined by the company and its partner Clearwire (NASDAQ:CLWR), which runs a mobile WiMAX network.
Elfman also discussed Network Vision, the $4 billion to $5 billion network modernization project that Sprint is undertaking over the next three to five years. Sprint currently runs an EV-DO network in the 1900 MHz PCS band, has a wholesale deal with Clearwire to use WiMAX in the 2.5 GHz band and owns an iDEN network in the 800 MHz band. Sprint has said it will begin phasing out the iDEN network in 2013.
Elfman reiterated that the company plans to enhance its CDMA coverage in the 800 MHz to improve in-building coverage. In addition, he said that Sprint will deploy a CDMA-based push to talk solution from Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) and will have new PTT devices by the third quarter of this year that will use the enhanced PTT solution.
Regarding Sprint’s relationship with Clearwire, Elfman said that Clearwire has been a good partner to Sprint and that the company is “in the middle of some positive negotiations with them.” The two companies have been locked in a dispute over wholesale revenue sharing, and Clearwire has said that resolving the dispute is key to moving forward on securing new funding. Clearwire expects to announce a decision on new funding sometime in the second quarter.
Over the past six months there has been lots of buzz about mobile payments. High-profile companies such as Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Visa have all indicated they are exploring ways to make money from mobile payments. And at last month’s Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona, Spain, the momentum around mobile commerce and Near Field Communications seemed to grow even stronger. In fact, several firms including Research in Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM), Deutsche Telekom and Orange all talked about how they were incorporating mobile commerce and/or Near Field Communications technology into their future plans. Some companies even went so far as to designate 2011 as the year for NFC payments.
We are under the impression that cellphone manufactures will be offering a secure mobile payment method – Near Field Communication
(NFC) short-range wireless technology and includes real-time anti-fraud alerts and other features designed to protect consumers from fraud.
Fine-tuning the business model for this nascent service is challenging. Wireless carriers, platform providers, device makers and financial institutions all want a piece of the revenue pie. It’s not surprising, considering that many analysts estimate that the market potential for these services is enormous. According to Portio Research, mobile payments volumes worldwide were $68.7 billion in 2009 and are forecast to reach $633.4 billon by year-end 2014. The biggest potential markets for mobile payments are Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America, Portio says.
But for mobile payments to reach the potential predicted by Portio, a lot of diverse players will have to fit together to make a compelling and lucrative solution. How that will happen is unclear. All we know for sure is that there is a lot of experimentation in the market today.
To help spur the market, the GSMA is heading up a NFC-related initiative with several of the world’s biggest operators including America Móvil, Axiata Group Berhad, Bharti, China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, KT Corp., MTS, Orange, Qtel Group, SK Telecom, Softbank Mobile, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, Telekom Austria Group, Telenor and Vodafone. The operators have said they intend to launch commercial NFC services in select markets by 2012.
In the U.S., mobile payments have made headlines lately because of the new initiative Isis, which is a joint venture from Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ), AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) and T-Mobile USA. The carriers plan to leverage Discover Financial Services’ network to process payments; Barclaycard U.S. will be the first issuer. Isis has inked deals with merchants but so far has not revealed the names of those merchants or more details about when it will launch.
Meanwhile, Sprint has decided to go it alone with its mobile wallet initiative, called Sprint Mobile Wallet. Unlike the Isis project, Sprint’s wallet will let customers make purchases using their existing Visa, MasterCard and Amazon accounts. Sprint is going to eventually hit the big one, you have to admit they always have their hat in the rink, and sooner or later they are going to hit one out of the park.
Clearly for mobile payments to become a success, merchants, financial services, operators and device makers need to come together to make a viable solution. Perhaps all this experimentation in the market will result in less fragmentation and more cohesiveness. We are exploring those issues and more in “Cashing in on Mobile Commerce,” a new eBook from FierceWireless. In this eBook, we take an in-depth look at the overall potential for the mobile commerce market, profile some successful mobile payment implementations and explore some of the latest initiatives in barcodes, mobile coupons and more.
This is a bit scary…
Verizon Wireless failed to connect around 10,000 calls to 911 during the Jan. 26 snowstorm that blanketed Maryland, according to the FCC, and the agency has requested that the carrier provided a detailed account of what went wrong and what the carrier plans to do to fix it. Importantly, the FCC said it is worried the problem may not be limited to the area, and instead is “widespread across Verizon’s footprint.”
Verizon noted the issue involves the company’s wireline division, although the FCC said the problem specifically involved wireless callers.
“We have taken seriously the concerns about the outage that was triggered by the mass call event that occurred during the January 26th snowstorm. We have been addressing this issue directly with the counties involved, and will work cooperatively to address the FCC’s questions, as well,” said Verizon spokesman Harry Mitchell. “Our objective is to provide the best service to our customers, and we will continue to work with 911 centers and others to ensure that callers receive the level of service they deserve and expect when they call 911.”
James Barnett, chief of the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, sent Verizon a letter Feb. 17 detailing the problem, which he said blocked 8,300 wireless calls to 911 in Montgomery County, Maryland, and 1,700 calls to 911 in Prince George’s County, Maryland, on Jan. 26. Barnett wrote that Verizon’s system stopped taking 911 calls during the snowstorm and did not alert the local 911 answering stations about the problem. He noted that 911 workers only discovered the problem after they received complaints from callers.
Barnett said the trouble was not due to an overload of the system or faulty equipment, and that similar troubles have occurred in the area a number of times before.
“We are particularly concerned that this problem may be widespread across Verizon’s footprint,” Barnett wrote. “We therefore request that Verizon investigate the extent of the problem across its network.”
The FCC requested that Verizon respond to the issue by March 10.
– see this FCC document