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Sprint/T-Mobile: Real Deal?

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 14th, 2014

FierceWireless says that SoftBank and T-Mobile US parent Deutsche Telekom have reportedly reached a “basic agreement” for Sprint to merge with T-Mobile, according to a report in the Japanese business publication Nikkei. Deutsche Telekom, which owns 67 percent of T-Mobile, has agreed sell more than 50 percent of T-Mobile’s shares to Sprint, the Nikkei report […]

Incubator for Digital Storytellers

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 3rd, 2014

Oregon Story Board is an accelerator to help digital storytellers create companies, explains Rick Turoczy of Silicon Florist. The startup incubator is now accepting applications for the first class of its accelerator program. The collaborative working environment is housed at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. It offers a four-month program where companies receive […]

Commercial Drone Integration by 2015 Unlikely

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 3rd, 2014

The FAA will likely miss their 2015 deadline to let companies fly drones, reports The Verge. Last week the Department of Transportation found that the FAA is “significantly behind schedule” and that there are still “significant technological, regulatory, and management barriers” preventing the FAA from integrating drones into the national airspace. Those barriers include: failing […]

Project Loon Gets LTE

Posted by Sam Churchill on June 16th, 2014

Google’s Project Loon uses radio-equipped balloons to deliver internet access from 12 miles above the earth. It currently uses WiFi bands at 2.4 and 5.8 GHz which are available for anyone to use, but Project Loon is now testing LTE to provide as much as 22 MB/sec to a ground antenna and 5 MB/sec to […]

T-Mobile/Sprint Agreement?

Posted by Sam Churchill on May 30th, 2014

Softbank Chairman Masayoshi Son has been eager to buy T-Mobile and merge it with Sprint, although the FCC and Justice have had a dim view of such a merger. U.S. regulators previously rejected AT&T’s $39 billion takeover bid for T-Mobile US in 2011. Now Reuters reports that Germany’s Deutsche Telekom and Softbank have been talking […]

Rooftop Small Cells: Big Gamble?

Posted by Sam Churchill on May 29th, 2014

It’s tempting to think that Sprint or Dish could use rooftops as a basestation platform for urban small cells. But is it practical? I have no clue. Wireless backhaul is currently running $10K a link while a small cell basestation unit can run another $10K or more. Multiply $20K by 1 million homes. That’s a […]