Texas Instruments Debuts New Pico Cell Base Station
Texas Instruments today announced a new pico-cell base station developed in cooperation with Azcom Technology that primarily focuses on 3G/4G wireless data. The new base station is capable of supporting muti-carrier HSPA+ as well as Long Term Evolution and uses MIMO (multiple-in, multiple-out) antennas. Texas Instruments says the new pico-cell is capable of delivering the performance of a macro-cell base station. It believes this will be a good solution for boosting coverage over smaller areas.
Pandora's Latest Update Emphasizes Personalization
Pandora today revealed changes to its Android and iOS applications that will make customizing stations and the listening experience easier. The first new feature is the beta release of Pandora's Station Personalization interface, which includes new transitions and animations that make it clearer to users the stations and playlists to which they are listening.
Sprint's 'Magic Box' Is An In-Home Small Cell to Help Improve Coverage
Sprint today announced the Magic Box, a tool Sprint hopes consumers and businesses will use to help it densify its LTE network. The Magic Box is similar to a signal booster in that owners place it in a window.
Samsung Talks Up 5G Ecosystem, Verizon Teases 5G Phone
Samsung today revealed a number of 5G-related projects it is working on, including a home router, a base station, core network infrastructure, and a mobile chipset. The 5G Home Router is of particular interest, as Samsung said it would serve as an in-home replacement for fiber-to-the-home for broadband service.
Verizon Says LTE-Advanced Features On Deck for 2015
Verizon Wireless has a number of improvements to its LTE network planned for 2015 that will boost coverage, capacity, and speeds, according to Mike Haberman, vice president of network support for Verizon. First, Verizon will implement carrier aggregation, which pairs disparate spectrum bands so they act as one.
WeBoost, SureCall Roll Out In-Home Signal Boosters
WeBoost and SureCall both used CES as an opportunity to show off new cell signal boosters. Both products work in a similar fashion: they collect cell signals from nearby cell towers, amplify them, and rebroadcast them within the home to improve coverage and signal strength.