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American Roamer Unveils New Corporate Name and Branding Strategy at Mobile World Congress - Branding strategy better represents the company as the global leader in geospatial network intelligence

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - BARCELONA, Feb. 27, 2012 – American Roamer, the global source for geospatial network intelligence, today unveils its new company name, Mosaik Solutions, at Mobile World Congress (Hall 2.0, Booth #2D26). The new name and brand launch is a culmination of efforts over the past s everal years as the company expanded its talent, scale, capabilities and clientele globally. The new name will help better reflect the company’s position as the leading source for coverage solutions for the global network ecosystem.

Mosaik Solutions maintains the largest mobile network coverage catalog in the world, including all common mobile technologies. In order to provide its clients with the most current intelligence available, the global coverage catalog is evaluated and updated each quarter.

Mosaik Solutions also provides telecommunications coverage patterns, wireless spectrum depth, network configurations, and licensing data. The company’s geospatial, analytical, creative and web solutions are tailored to meet each client’s needs. As the most comprehensive and accurate source for geospatial network intelligence, Mosaik Solutions helps clients acquire and retain custom ers, make sound business decisions and execute with a solid information base.

With more than 20 years of experience in the geospatial network intelligence industry, Mosaik Solutions has a team of graphic designers, computer scientists, GIS specialists and telecommunications industry experts. The company works with large clients such as Verizon, Time Warner, On-Star and Comcast, while supporting the needs of smaller companies as well. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has recognized Mosaik Solut ions as the best available choice for wireless coverage intelligence in the United States.

“Mosaik Solutions has grown well beyond America – it is global. Our capabilities are beyond mobile and roaming – we have intelligence solutions for the entire network ecosystem,” said Bryan Darr, CEO, Mosaik Solutions. “As a company that provides the most robust, creative and technical solutions on the market, we wanted a name that clearly conveyed who we are and what we provide. We take disparate pieces of intelligen ce and create elegant solutions to help clients manage customer expectations and empower them to make better strategic and tactical business decisions.”

For more details, please visit www.mosaik.com.

About Mosaik Solutions Mosaik Solutions is the global source for geospatial network intelligence. The company maintains the largest mobile network coverage catalog in the world, including all common mobile technologies. To provide its clients with the most current intelligence available, the global coverage catalog is evaluated and updated quarterly.

With more than 20 years of experience, Mosaik Solutions also provides telecommunications coverage patterns, wireless spectrum depth, network configurations, and licensing data delivered through geospatial, analytical, creative and web solutions tailored to meet client needs. This comprehensive and accurate geospatial network intelligence helps clients acquire and retain customers, make so und business decisions and execute with a solid information base.

 

Data Caps vs Data Throttling
Cell phone data throttling works by limiting (throttling) the rate at which a phone accepts and sends data to the network.  Data caps work by charging you additional fees per MB you use over your allotted data plans.  Mobile phone data throttling is a reactive measure employed by the cell phone networks to regulate network traffic and minimize bandwidth congestion. 3G and 4G throttling occurs typically when a heavy user of data has exceeded their monthly data limit. AT&T, Verizon, Sprint & now T-Mobile use wireless data bandwidth throttling to help reduce a user's usage of data. Carriers do this actively to limit a user's upload and download speeds on mobile applications.

Some carriers like AT&T & Verizon may not throttle your data but will begin to charging you extra for exceeding data plans as well which we call data caps.  Carriers like T-Mobile and Sprint who offer unlimited data plans will limit or (throttle) your speeds if you exceed their monthly thresholds.  We think there is a need for carriers to provide better applications about measuring mobile phone data usage.

Mobile video is congesting networks & continues to be 66% of network traffic volume.  Mobile video download traffic is already exceeding forecasts from 2010 and carrier networks are struggling to keep up with the growing data demand.  This is another reason why we think data caps are also killing the mobile phone application ecosystem.  

T-Mobile Throttling Data While Roaming AT&T's Domestic Network

Beginning on April 5, 2012 there will be a limit on the amount of data that can be used while a T-Mobile customer's device is connected to another provider's network ("off network" or "domestic romaing"). Customers that are domestically roaming will receive free text message usage alerts for data. If the roaming data limit is exceeded for a Rate Plan, then data service will be suspended from off-network roaming until the start of the next bill cycle or a qualifying change is made to the Rate Plan. This will not impact: (1) voice usage, and (2) data usage on the T-Mobile network.

To determine domestic roaming areas, see the T-Mobile data coverage map by visiting www.T-Mobile.com/Coverage. The domestic roaming data allowance for each Rate Plan is outlined in the chart below. To use this chart, review the Current Rate Plan Full Speed Data Allotment column to identify the megabytes (MB) or gigabytes (GB) included in your Rate Plan, and then see the domestic roaming data usage limit that applies on the right. The megabytes of gigabytes for a Rate Plan can often be found by reviewing the Available Service section on page 1 of the bill (ex: Classic Simple 200MB Data Promo) or by dialing #WEB# send from your mobile phone.

Current Rate Plan Full Speed Data AllotmentNew Domestic Off Network (Romaing) Data Limit
1MB to 199MB5MB
200MB to 1.99GB10MB
2GB to 4.99GB50MB
5GB to 9.99GB100MB
10GB and above200MB
Mobile Web Pay Per Use10MB

This is Why Your Phone is Dead
This is the second time a Zynga app update from Words With Friends has crashed my phone.  Words With Friends status updates on the notifications drain the battery life.  Is there a reason that Zynga apps are so aggressive with updates and notifications?  Who else has experiencing similar problems.  I have also noticed that Zynga Poker also causes problems on my phone.

I am curious if iPhone users are experiencing similar problems or is it just on Android phones.  I am also wondering if anyone else experiences problems only if they have WiFi turned on?

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Cell Phone Industry Conspiracy Theory 
I am growing skeptical of an wireless industry that could be using shenanigans to make smartphones die.  Why would a carrier install a bug or make your software fail for a few select customers?  Because your phone is likely out of a contract and they want you to upgrade and need the revenue.  We have no idea or control over the software that is being installed on our phones.  Automatic updates happen frequently and have no control over it.  Therefore, we would never know if T-Mobile or Verizon in particular are purposely causing our phones to die with corrupt software and calling it a hardware failure.

I am a conspiracy theorist when it comes to carrier fraud and there is not reason why my laptop can last for 8+ years and my phone continually craps out after 18 months.  This has happened repeatedly and I am beginning to think that there is corruption within the industry to drive sales.  It happened to my wife who has a Verizon Droid and now me how has T-Mobile G2 Android phone.

I can't wait until the day something like this is uncovered by a techie similar to the Carrier IQ monitoring software that was being installed on our phones.  If anyone has any evidence to substantiate my claims I would like to know in the comments below or send me an email.   I can see a class action coming very soon if someone uncovers evidence.

The only evidence I have is that our phones have died on Friday or Saturday each time.  Anyone else experience this on similar days?  Super convenient for you to just run into a T-Mobile or Verizon store to boost their business.   SCAM!

I have not experienced or heard of these problems with Sprint or with AT&T.

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Sprint Board Blocks MetroPCS Merger

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Dan Hesse's Sprint Board Blocks Metro PCS Merger 
Today, David Faber of CNBC reported that Sprint (NYSE: S) and regional carrier MetroPCS (NYSE: PCS) were hours from announcing an $8 billion merger.  For some reason Sprint's board rejected it even after it had CEO Dan Hesse's blessing.  This is not exactly a vote of confidence by the Board and brings into question the longevity of Dan's current job as CEO.  I happen to like Dan and think he is a great CEO.  I would be curious to see who were the dissenting votes on the Board?  Where the dissenting votes simply trying to protect their Director jobs?  Does anyone know what happened with the Board of Directors and why they would have rejected the deal?

Sprint's Board of Directors including Dan Hesse includes:  Robert R. Bennett, Gordon M. Bethune, Larry C. Glasscock, James H. Hance, Jr., Daniel R. Hesse, V. Janet Hill, Frank Ianna, Sven-Christer Nilsson, William R. Nuti, Rodney O'Neal.
Robert R. BennettGordon M. BethuneLarry C. GlasscockJames H. Hance, Jr.V. Janet HillFrank IannaSven-Christer NilssonWilliam R. NutiRodney O'Neal


This Byte Mobile Analytics Report for the first quarter of 2012 provides insight into the forces driving the explosion in smartphone and tablet usage, the resulting impact on mobile networks. Across all geographies, video is now the leading driver of total data traffic on mobile networks at an average of 50%. In some networks, data volume due to video content is approaching 70%. See full Byte Mobile report here and below are some highlights.

Mobile Video Network Impact
• A five-minute video at 360p resolution generates approximately 10-15MB of data traffic on the network
• A five-minute video with high-definition quality on one of the latest LTE devices could generate as much as 75MB of traffic – five times that of a 360p video

Mobile Video Subscriber Behavior
•  83% of  traffic on iPhones & iPads comes from 3 apps:
Media Player, Safari and App Store/iTunes – at 47%, 21% and 15%, respectively.
• The average Facebook session generates only 120KB, while the average YouTube session produces over 40MB – nearly 350X the data volume. This is a clear indication of the significant load that video places on mobile networks

Mobile Advertising
• Android devices generate more advertising transactions and corresponding data volume on mobile networks than iOS device
• Google is the dominant source of mobile data traffic generated by advertisements. DoubleClick, AdMob and AdSense are all owned by Google and generate an average of 75% of the total data produced by advertisements




AT&T INVESTS NEARLY $110 MILLION IN NEW MEXICO FROM 2009 THROUGH 2011 TO IMPROVE LOCAL NETWORKS

Company Builds New Cell Sites, Boosts Capacity and Adds Fiber Optics
to Enhance Networks

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., FEB. 22, 2012 — AT&T* invested nearly $110 million in its New Mexico wireless and wireline networks from 2009 through 2011 with a focus on improving the company’s mobile broadband coverage and overall performance of its networks.

During 2011, AT&T made more than 375 wireless network upgrades in four key categories in New Mexico. These enhancements include:
  • Activating three new cell sites or towers to improve network coverage.
  • Deploying faster fiber-optic connections to 125 cell sites. Combined with HSPA+ technology, these deployments enable 4G speeds**.
  • Adding capacity or an extra layer of frequency to cell sites – like adding lanes to a highway – with the addition of nearly 80 of these layers, or “carriers”.
  • Upgrading more than 175 cell sites to provide fast mobile broadband speeds.
“Our goal is to deliver a network experience that mobilizes everything for customers,” said Jennifer Biry, New Mexico vice president and general manager, AT&T. “The ongoing investment we’re making in New Mexico is designed to increase coverage and reliability, and to provide advanced services to our customers.”

CNN Money recently recognized AT&T for enhancing its wireless network. Last year, AT&T completed 150,000 network enhancements across the country, more than triple the year before, giving customers more capacity and faster speeds, as well as improving 3G dropped-call performance by 25 percent.

“More than ever, we use wireless communications to stay connected with family, friends and business colleagues,” said Terri Cole, President and CEO of the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce. “I applaud AT&T’s continued investment in its wireless network to ensure New Mexico residents and businesses can communicate and perform at optimal levels.”

AT&T plans to support the build or upgrade of thousands of cell sites nationwide to increase network speed, coverage and reliability for both mobile voice and broadband services. In addition, AT&T plans to install additional radio “carriers” at thousands of cell sites nationally, enabling new layers of spectrum capacity to carry larger volumes of mobile broadband traffic. Additional capacity helps support rising mobile data traffic volumes, which continue to increase at a rapid pace.

AT&T operates the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network*** with nearly 30,000 hotspots in the U.S. and provides access to nearly 190,000 hotspots globally through roaming agreements. Most AT&T smartphone customers get access to our entire national Wi-Fi network at no additional cost, and Wi-Fi usage doesn’t count against customers’ monthly wireless data plans.

For more information about AT&T’s coverage in New Mexico or anywhere in the United States, consumers can visit theAT&T Coverage Viewer. Using the online tool, AT&T customers can measure coverage quality of coverage from a street address, intersection, ZIP code or even a landmark.

For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit the AT&T network news page.

AT&T INVESTS MORE THAN $500 MILLION IN ARIZONA FROM 2009 THROUGH 2011 TO IMPROVE LOCAL NETWORKS

Company Builds New Cell Sites, Boosts Capacity and Adds Fiber Optics
to Enhance Networks

PHOENIX, FEB. 22, 2012 — AT&T* invested more than $500 million in its Arizona wireless and wireline networks from 2009 through 2011 with a focus on improving the company’s mobile broadband coverage and overall performance of its networks.  Here is an example of how AT&T is showing new network upgrades in Phoenix what they are calling an AT&T Phoenix Microsite

During 2011, AT&T made more than 1,150 wireless network upgrades in four key categories in Arizona. These enhancements include:
  • Activating nearly 80 new cell sites or towers to improve network coverage.
  • Deploying faster fiber-optic connections to more than 675 cell sites. Combined with HSPA+ technology, these deployments enable 4G speeds**.
  • Adding capacity or an extra layer of frequency to cell sites – like adding lanes to a highway – with the addition of more than 300 of these layers, or “carriers”.
  • Upgrading nearly 100 cell sites to provide fast mobile broadband speeds.
AT&T also launched its new 4G LTE network in Phoenix.

“Our goal is to deliver a network experience that mobilizes everything for customers,” said Jennifer Biry, Arizona vice president and general manager, AT&T. “The ongoing investment we’re making in Arizona is designed to increase coverage and reliability, and to provide advanced services to our customers. Paired with our recent launch of our 4G LTE network in Phoenix, customers can use wireless technology to its full potential.”

CNN Money recently recognized AT&T for enhancing its wireless network. Last year, AT&T completed 150,000 network enhancements across the country, more than triple the year before, giving customers more capacity and faster speeds, as well as improving 3G dropped-call performance by 25 percent.

“More than ever, we use wireless communications to stay connected with family, friends and business colleagues,” said Glenn Hamer, President and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “I applaud AT&T’s continued investment in its wireless network to ensure Arizona residents and businesses can communicate and perform at optimal levels.”

AT&T plans to support the build or upgrade of thousands of cell sites nationwide to increase network speed, coverage and reliability for both mobile voice and broadband services. In addition, AT&T plans to install additional radio “carriers” at thousands of cell sites nationally, enabling new layers of spectrum capacity to carry larger volumes of mobile broadband traffic. Additional capacity helps support rising mobile data traffic volumes, which continue to increase at a rapid pace.

AT&T operates the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network*** with nearly 30,000 hotspots in the U.S. and provides access to nearly 190,000 hotspots globally through roaming agreements. Most AT&T smartphone customers get access to our entire national Wi-Fi network at no additional cost, and Wi-Fi usage doesn’t count against customers’ monthly wireless data plans.

AT&T recently launched "Focus: Phoenix", which provides visitors a peek into AT&T's wireless network enhancements made since the beginning of 2011.**** Enhancements include new cell sites, broadband speed upgrades, capacity upgrades and network connection upgrades. The site also provides a map of area AT&T stores, a map of area Wi-Fi hotspots, useful tips, a localized Twitter handle and device reviews. The site can be found at http://focus.att.com/phx.

For more information about AT&T’s coverage in Arizona or anywhere in the United States, consumers can visit the AT&T Coverage Viewer. Using the online tool, AT&T customers can measure coverage quality of coverage from a street address, intersection, ZIP code or even a landmark.

For updates on the AT&T wireless network, please visit the AT&T network news page.

Madonna Super Bowl Half Time Show
As more than 150,000 people converge on Indianapolis for football’s biggest game of the year, AT&T has made a significant investment in permanent and temporary wireless network enhancements to support increased network traffic. However, will any carriers be able to handle 65,000 fans uploading photos of Madonna during the half time show?  My bet is no and I will certainly be testing it during the half time show.  

This is the classic case of everyone making a cell phone call during an emergency and no one can get through due to the congestion.  The has happened numerous times during Earthquakes and natural disasters and is a huge safety hazard.  But this time the congestion will be highly predictable and it remains to be seen if all of the networks still will crash during the mass upload, picture taking, phone call and text messaging half time show.  Here are some things that AT&T has specifically done in the Indianapolis to prepare for the massive Blackberry, Android, iPad and iPhone traffic: 

AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Zone, the company’s seventh major-market hotzone, serving parts of downtown Indianapolis. The new hotzone will provide fast and Wi-Fi near many popular locations along Capitol Avenue, Meridian and Pennsylvania Streets as well as East and West Georgia streets near the center of town, which consistently see high customer traffic and mobile data use. AT&T customers with high speed Internet, smartphone or LaptopConnect plans get unlimited access to AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Zones at no additional cost. From most AT&T smartphones and devices, customers will be able to automatically connect and switch seamlessly between AT&T’s Wi-Fi and wireless networks. Wi-Fi use doesn’t count toward customers’ smartphone data plans.
AT&T has also launched an expanded Distributed Antenna System (DAS) at Lucas Oil Stadium, which is among the largest of its kind in the U.S., enabling 4G LTE coverage within the stadium and carrying more traffic than 10 cell sites. In addition, AT&T has expanded its 4G LTE network to its DAS for media accommodations and has plans to enhance or install DAS systems in a number of other venues before the big game. 
“Events like the big game generate memorable experiences that our customers will want to share with friends and family through text messages, photos, status updates on social networks and calls from their mobile devices,” said Brian Ducharme, Vice President and General Manager, AT&T Indiana and Michigan. “We’re excited to provide significant network improvements – like our AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Zone and expanded or new DAS throughout the city – that will enhance the network experience for our customers in Indianapolis before, during and after the game.”
Further preparations for the big game include deploying nine Cells on Wheels (COWs) to support Lucas Oil Stadium, the downtown area, practice facilities and other places where large crowds are expected to accommodate increased wireless network demands from high concentrations of smartphone users. The company has also added capacity to nearly 200 cell sites throughout the Indianapolis market. The augmentations will help improve reliability and offer faster data speeds.

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