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Ookla data also shows Sprint now ranks #1 for the fastest average download speed in 15 cities such as Atlanta, Denver, Indianapolis and Seattle.
The platform also comes with an advanced creative authoring tool that helps marketers create more interactive and shoppable mobile video ads at scale using pre-existing video assets and make them mobile ready for driving higher engagement.

LitePoint announced the LitePoint IQcell™ multi-device cellular signaling test solution which enables user experience testing of LTE cellular devices.The IQcell is designed for mobile device original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to test performance of popular device uses such as mobile hotspot functionality, voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) calling, internet browsing and streaming videos. Testing for each of these applications is done via an over-the-air connection that mimics true user experience scenarios. IQcell provides a fast, efficient method to pinpoint the root cause of failures reported by a user so device repair service centers can use IQcell and IQservice software to perform RF parametric testing on phones returned by customers. This enables device makers and carriers to repair faulty phones and reduce the cost of replacing easily repaired phones with new ones.

Sprint customers are having a better network experience than ever with national average download speeds up 28 percent in seven months, according to Ookla Speedtest Intelligence data.Ookla data also shows Sprint now ranks number one for the fastest average download speed in 15 cities such as Atlanta, Denver, Indianapolis, Salt Lake City and Seattle. The new data comes on the heels of another recent independent report stating that in the past six months Sprint’s 4G LTE availability had improved to nearly rival AT&T, and Sprint’s average speeds had also improved. Separately, the report also stated that Verizon and AT&T’s average speeds slowed due to their introduction of unlimited data plans.

PCTEL announced its new multi-band LTE/Wi-Fi/GNSS antenna with a sub-inch profile. The antenna combines PCTEL’s high rejection multi-GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) technology for precision timing and location tracking with high performance multi-band data connectivity. The antenna is also rugged and easy to install, making it ideal for covert public safety operations, precision agriculture, and the Industrial IoT.

Calix, Inc. announced the first mesh-enhanced Carrier Class Wi-Fi solution designed specifically for communications service providers. With this announcement, Calix is delivering mesh-enabling software upgrades to its GigaCenter solutions and adding the new 804Mesh satellites. These enhancements will transform home Wi-Fi coverage and enable GigaCenter solutions to intelligently adapt to today’s increasingly complex home Wi-Fi environments. Now, service providers can exploit the burgeoning mesh Wi-Fi opportunity by delivering a mesh-enhanced Carrier Class Wi-Fi experience unmatched in performance or value by any consumer class mesh solution. Service providers, armed with mesh-enhanced GigaCenters, can now offer a superior Carrier Class mesh Wi-Fi solution at a fraction of the cost of these consumer products. 

Ericsson has launched three new scalable small cell solutions designed to help expand the small cell market and meet the growing demand for better mobile coverage and capacity while preparing networks for 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT) applications: the Multi-Operator Dot and the Multi-Dot Enclosure for indoor deployments; and the Strand-Mount Unit for outdoor micro radios. The Multi-Operator Dot solution delivers a set of Radio Dots that can be shared between multiple operators, with one operator managing the system while others provide radio frequency signals – similar to an active distributed antenna system (DAS). This new architecture allows up to four operators to broadcast over a single Dot solution; combining the multi-operator benefits of an active DAS solution with the performance, agility and cost-effective design of the Radio Dot System. As its name suggests, the Multi-Dot Enclosure combines multiple Dots in a single enclosure. The enclosure has a minimal impact on building aesthetics, is useful for multi-operator deployments, and presents a cost-savings option in buildings that charge per box deployed.

In order to minimize disruption for current residents, AT&T is offering another option for apartments and condominiums ("MDUs") in 22 major metro areas.Each of these metros is located outside of AT&T's traditional 21-state home internet service-area. provides internet access to apartment and condo units over existing coaxial cables. AT&T will offer internet speeds of up to 500 megabits per second, but provides the capability to allow AT&T to offer greater speeds over time. Residents of these properties can also enjoy the availability of DIRECTV without installing a dish at their individual units.


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