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Verizon to open new Waltham, Massachusetts 4G & FiOS Innovation & Research Center April 19, 2010

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Verizon Communications Inc. says it plans to start building a new research center in Waltham, Massachusetts focused around 4G wireless Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology. Verizon Wireless currently is piloting an LTE network deployment in parts of Boston. The new Verizon Waltham Technology Innovation Center will eventually house more than 300 scientists and researchers, officials said, most of whom are already working for Verizon in two exisitng buildings at that location.


In addition to its LTE research, the new Waltham campus will house researchers working on other Verizon offerings. LTE is the major focus of that building, but there will also be other Verizon work going on, including the further development of FiOS.


The campus at 117 West St. in Waltham will include three buildings once the new one is finished. In addition to the research space, it will house offices, as well as an executive briefing center.


As of August 2009, Verizon had 10 LTE 4G cell sites running around Greater Boston in its pilot deployment. LTE wireless service is expected to provide up to 10 times the speed – or about 8 megabits per second – of current 3G services. In March, Verizon announced that in its pilot deployments it was seeing average speeds of between 5Mbps and 12Mbps on a download in real world use, with peaks as high as 50Mbps.


How much bandwidth does a smartphone use? How much bandwidth does an Apple iPad use? How much bandwidth does an Apple iPhone use? February 7, 2010

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How much bandwidth does a smartphone use? How much bandwidth does an Apple iPad use? How much bandwidth does an Apple iPhone use?

Wireless operators are struggling to keep up with demand as more people use their phones to check Facebook and watch videos online. Here are estimates of how much bandwidth is used per person for various activities on different phones.

One megabyte is roughly equivalent to one digital book, 45 seconds of music, or 20 seconds of medium-quality video.

Feature Phones such as the Motorola Razr are used primarily to make calls, and they consume littel bandwidth even for web activities because they have stripped-down web browsers. Feature phones and their users tend to consume around 100 Megabytes of data downloads a month, using 4 MB of voice calls an hour, and 4 to 5 MB of web browsing per hour.

Smartphones such as Research in Motion’s popular Blackberry, are used for phone calls, email, and light web browsing. Smartphones and their users tend to consume around 185 Megabytes of total monthly data downloads, utilizing 4 MB per hour for voice calls, and 4 to 5 MB of web browsing.

Superphones are advanced smartphones, including Apple’s iPhone and Motorola’s Droid, that make it easy for people to surf the web and watch online videos, leading to much higher bandwidth use.

Superphones and their users tend to consume around 560 Megabytes of total monthly data downloads, using 4 MB per hour for voice calls, 40 MB per hour for web browsing, 60 MB per hour for internet radio, and 200 MB per hour for YouTube videos.

Tablet computers such as Apple’s newly unveiled iPad are likely to send data use even higher. Th iPad will chew up even more bandwidth than the iPone because of its larger screen. Tablet computer and iPad users tend to consume 800 to 1,000 Megabytes of total monthly data downloads, using 50 to 60 MB per hour for web browsing, 60 MB per hour for internet radio, and 300 to 400 MB per hour for YouTube videos.

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  Feature Phones Smartphones Superphones Tablet Computers
Monthly Totals
100 MB
185 MB
560 MB
800-1K MB
Voice Calls
4 MB / Hr.
4 MB / Hr.
4 MB / Hr.
 
Web Browsing
4-5 MB/Hr.
4-5 MB/Hr
40 MB/Hr.
50-60 MB/Hr
Internet Radio     60 MB/Hr.
60 MB / Hr.
YouTube Videos     200MB/Hr 3-400MB/Hr.


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Burlington’s BlueSocket, a developer of wireless technologies, raises $8.02 Million February 1, 2010

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Burlington’s BlueSocket, a developer of wireless technologies, raises $8.02 Million from a group of investors including Ascent Venture Partners, Boulder Ventures, Intel Capital, Ironside Ventures, Ridgewood Capital, and St. Paul Venture Capital.


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Littleton’s Movik, a developer of software to speed delivery of content to mobile devices, has raised $8.5 Million in a Series B round of equity financing. December 16, 2009

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Littleton’s Movik, a developer of software to speed delivery of content to mobile devices, has announced it has raised $8.5 Million in a Series B round of equity financing led by Highland Capital Partners and North Bridge Venture Partners.

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BitWave Semiconductor of Lowell, MA raises $1.33 Million from a group of undisclosed investors November 18, 2009

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BitWave Semiconductor, the programmable transceiver company based in Lowell, MA raises $1.33 Million from a group of undisclosed investors.

Westford, MA based wireless video technology company Aylus Networks Inc raises $5.7 Million in a Series C round of equity financing November 17, 2009

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Westford, MA based wireless video technology company Aylus Networks Inc raises $5.7 Million in a Series C round of equity financing from a number of undisclosed institutional investors.

Skyhook Wireless, based in Boston, makes chips that improve the performance of Google Maps on Nokia smartphones November 13, 2009

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Boston-based Skyhook Wireless is expected to announce next week that it’s releasing an application for Nokia smartphones that will give owners a far faster and more accurate fix on their locations. Skyhook’s $2.99 Maps Booster works on any Symbian S60 handset and will be available starting next week through Nokia’s new and much-heralded Ovi app store; it replaces the Symbian operating system’s built-in location-finding platform with Skyhook’s software, which then feeds location data directly to other location-aware apps such as Google Maps. The company says it created the program because Nokia phones are notorious for their slow performance in GPS mode. “With such high price tags, we think all features of Nokia smartphones should work perfectly,” Kate Imbach, Skyhook’s director of marketing and developer programs, said in a statement. “Maps Booster, finally, will make the location on any Nokia S60 device work just as well as location on the iPhone.”

Waltham MA based Axeda raises $9 Million from JMI Equity & MMV Financial November 2, 2009

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Axeda, the Waltham, MA-based startup that makes a cloud-based system for wireless tracking of company assets, announced this month that it had completed a $5 million Series B funding round led by JMI Equity of San Diego and Baltimore. At the same time, the company announced that it had raised $4 million in venture debt from MMV Financial of Toronto.

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