Reports, Articles, Presentations and White
Rysavy Research conducts market research and
analysis for clients. Peter Rysavy has written
numerous white papers and reports for companies. Click here for a list of
white papers. Peter has also written
extensively on the topic of mobile data
communications for publications such as
Information Week, Network Computing, Network
Magazine, Data Communications, M-Business and the
Mobile Data Initiative. Peter was a contributing
editor for Network Computing.
of Spectrum Use. "Industry Voices" column
for Fierce Wireless explaining different measures
of efficiency of spectrum use. 2013.
Mobile Commerce Survey. Survey and report
for Information Week about how businesses are
prioritizing and going about implementing mobile
commerce solutions. 2013.
in Enterprise Cellular Network Data Usage.
Survey and report developed in conjunction with
NetMotion Wireless analyzing the importance of
cellular data to businesses and the most
frequently encountered issues. 2013.
Spaces Networks Are Not “Super” Nor Even Wi-Fi.
Article for GigaOM analyzing the use of 600 MHz
unlicensed spectrum for white-space networks
versus LTE. 2013.
Commerce: State of the Market. Report for
Information Week about the most recent and
important developments with mobile commerce. 2013.
and Mobility Are Converging but Fragmentation,
Lack of Standards May Hinder Progress.
Column for Fierce Wireless about the status of
the industry for connected vehicles. 2013.
Carriers, IT Pros Square Off. Report for
Information Week on latest 4G developments and
directions, including exclusive research of 230 IT
professionals and 68 carriers providing 4G
- All Options Essential, Including Incentive
Auctions. Blog for High Tech Forum
explaining why all avenues must be pursued to
expand mobile-broadband capacity. 2012.
Sharing with LTE is Conceivable but Not Trivial. Article for
Fierce Wireless about how LTE could operate in
spectrum-sharing scenarios and the issues
World: The Need For More Spectrum. Column for
Information Week summarizing the challenging
spectrum situation as covered at the 4G World
conference in Chicago. 2012.
Sharing Opens a Potential Attack Route. Article for
GigaOM about how spectrum sharing raises security
concerns because compromised user devices or
databases could result in denial-of-service for
primary government systems. 2012.
Silver Bullets for FCC, NTIA Spectrum Challenge.
Article for Bloomberg BNA on the challenges facing
the industry and government in allocating,
managing, and sharing spectrum. 2012.
Broadband Explosion. The 3GPP Wireless
Evolution. Fully updated detailed report for
4G Americas on the capabilities and evolution of
3G to 4G technologies. 2012. Most current version.
Sharing - The Promise and The Reality. Paper
for Mobile Future on the different types of
available spectrum-sharing approaches and the
varying levels of complexity. 2012.
Network Design and Deployment: How Incumbent
Operators Plan for Technology Upgrades and
Related Spectrum Needs. Report on the
complexities of deploying new wireless
technologies and associated spectrum. 2012.
Versus High Radio Spectrum. Blog for
HighTech Forum on the pros and cons of different
frequencies for wireless network deployment. 2012.
Technology, Huge Challenges. Report for
Information Week on the impressive capabilities of
LTE and LTE-Advanced, as well as the challenges
this technology faces. 2012.
Spectrum Doomsday Looms. Column for
Information Week about the looming spectrum
shortage and its consequences. 2012.
the Wireless Power of Long-Term Evolution:
Spectrum, and Lots of It. Article for
Bloomberg BNA describing LTE as the wireless
communications platform of this decade, but how
its full potential will not be realized without
sufficient spectrum. 2011.
of 3G/4G and Wi-Fi. Report for
InformationWeek on latest trends in offloading
traffic from 3G/4G onto Wi-Fi. 2011. Visit
InformationWeek Reports here.
on Citi "Wireless Supply and Demand."
Analysis of a report issued by Citi on wireless
spectrum demand. 2011.
Broadband Explosion. 3GPP Broadband Evolution to
IMT-Advanced (4G). Updated detailed report
for 4G Americas on the capabilities and evolution
of 3G to 4G technologies. 2011. (Later version
Spectrum. Rysavy Research analysis of the
need to allocate 700 MHz D Block spectrum to
Public Safety. 2011.
of Spectrum. Report sponsored by CTIA on
efficient use of spectrum, filed with the FCC.
Imperative. Report sponsored by Mobile
Future. Mobile Broadband Spectrum and its Impacts
for U.S. Consumers and the Economy. An Engineering
Mobilization. Report for Information Week on
latest trends in application mobilization,
including effect of HTML5 and faster networks, and
considerations in developing for new smartphone
and tablet platforms. Also includes results of
survey of 693 business technology professionals.
Efficiency Report. Report that compares the
efficiency in bytes communicated using different
smartphone platforms, examining applications such
as e-mail, Web browsing, instant messaging and
social networking. 2011.
by Mobile Wireless Network Management.
Report sponsored by Mobile Future, filed with the
of Wi-Fi in Mobile Broadband Networks.
Report on how mobile operators can use Wi-Fi
strategically for much more than just data
to 4G. 3GPP Broadband Evolution to IMT-Advanced
(4G). Updated detailed report for 3G
Americas on the capabilities and evolution of 3G
to 4G technologies. 2010. (Later version
written for CTIA and filed with the FCC on the
consequences of not obtaining sufficient spectrum
for the wireless industry, considering both
technical and marketing aspects. 2010.
Smartphones. Article for Information Week
on latest developments with new mobile platforms
such as netbooks, smartbooks, and mobile Internet
devices. Includes discussion of connectivity
options such as Wi-Fi versus cellular. 2010.
Broadband Capacity Constraints And the Need for
Optimization. Detailed report on the
capacity constraints of today's mobile-broadband
networks and the need for optimization. 2010.
GHz Spectrum Band - Unique Opportunity to
Realize Global Mobile Broadband. Report
published by GSMA with Peter Rysavy providing the
technology analysis on how best to manage the 2.6
GHz band. 2009.
Regulatory Proposals: Operational and
Engineering Implications for Wireless Networks
and the Consumers They Serve. Report
sponsored by Mobile Future, filed with the FCC.
Mobile Web Imperative. Article for
Information Week. Current approaches to deploying
different mobile-application architectures and the
trade-offs between them, including native versus
Web approaches. 2009.
Pressure: Why IT Must Sort Out App Mobilization
Challenges Analytics Report for Information
Week. Equipping mobile employees with the
feature-rich applications and highly functional
devices they need to maximize productivity has
never been easy. But if you wait for market forces
to impose a clearer roadmap, you risk falling
behind competitors. Better to come to grips with
the myriad options available. Here’s the guide.
Crisis? Cover story for Information Week. As
wireless becomes a bigger part of enterprise
architectures, CIOs must understand the limits of
today’s network. 2009.
to LTE-Advanced. 3GPP Broadband Evolution to
IMT-Advanced (4G). Detailed report for 3G
Americas on the capabilities and evolution of 3G
to 4G technologies. 2009. (Later version
Security. Report for Information Week on the
security features offered by 3G networks, and
vulnerabilities businesses need to address in
using mobile broadband. 2009.
Broadband Spectrum Demand. Report
commissioned by CTIA on the rapidly growing demand
for mobile broadband services and resulting
spectrum impacts. Released at CTIA Wireless March
Suit Up For Work. Enterprise service draws
nearer, but cost and integration issues remain. A
look at the emergence of femtocells and their
application in business environments. 2009.
E-Mail Efficiency Assessment. A white paper
that reports on detailed tests comparing the
networking efficiency of different wireless e-mail
systems, and that examines the implications for
users and operators. This is an update of a report
initially published in 2006 and then updated in
April 2008. Published 2009.
Uploads Almost Up To Download Speeds.
Article that explains the high-speed uplink
capability now available on UMTS networks. HSUPA
not only increases speed, but decreases latency.
HSPA and LTE - Broadband Innovation. A
detailed white paper published by 3G Americas on
the innovations that have delivered capabilities
on a global scale never previously achieved. Paper
includes information on capabilities, evolution
and competitive position of EDGE, HSPA and LTE
technologies. Includes performance and spectral
efficiency comparisons. 2008. (Later version
the Road. Article for Information Week on
new mobile application architectures, including
Web 2.0, mobile AJAX, Java evolution, mobile
middleware and synchronizations solutions. 2008.
(HTML Version). (PDF
Version). Figuring out the 3G and 4G
connectivity market is only slightly easier than
learning to speak Swahili. But the rewards of
providing nomadic employees with broadband
connectivity make the effort worthwhile.
Information Week, 2008.
For a more detailed, purchasable report from
Information Week Analytics on evolution to 4G, see
To 4G Mobile Networks by Peter Rysavy that
discusses the status of 3G and WiMAX deployment,
the barriers that have hindered wireless data
adoption, the state of enterprise adoption of
these technologies, and the capabilities of these
technologies. Topics also include network
convergence, device trends, and mobile application
deployment as well as the evolution of the
technologies over the next decade, as providers
race to deliver 4G performance. Information Week,
Test Report. A test report that compares GPS
performance of different handheld devices,
examining both cached and extended ephemeris
Application Development Quick Start Guide.
Rysavy Research wrote this detailed white paper,
published by AT&T, on the latest developments
in mobile application development, the leading
development environments, and developer
strategies. Registration required. 2008.
Middleware. A white paper written for
AT&T that analyzes the functions provided by
modern mobile middleware solutions, and summarizes
capabilities from leading vendors. 2007.
Data Efficiency. A presentation given at the
Mobile Explosion conference on a detailed
engineering study that compares the e-mail
efficiency, as well as battery efficiency of
different wireless e-mail platforms.
Requirements for Wireless Networking. A
white paper that examines security requirements
for sensitive applications, available operator
provisions, and effective approaches that address
security on an end-to-end basis. 2007.
Application Development Best Practices.
Rysavy Research cowrote this white paper,
published by AT&T, that presents strategies,
considerations, and techniques for effective
mobile application development. Registration
LTE: The Mobile Broadband Advantage. A
detailed white paper published by 3G Americas on
the capabilities, evolution and competitive
position of EDGE, HSPA and LTE technologies.
Includes performance and spectral efficiency
comparisons. 2007. (Later version available.)
Rysavy wrote a column for Network Computing's
Mobile Observer, a weekly e-mail newsletter that
focused on wireless networking developments.
Included are other columns for a total of 58
columns. 2005 to 2007.
If You Can. A comprehensive analysis of
industry directions with respect to mobile
application architecture, and how major
independent software vendors are going about
supporting different mobile platforms, including
laptops and smartphones. Network Computing, 2007.
Breaking the Gray Flannel Ceiling.
Developments in mobile instant messaging for
enterprise usage. Network Computing, 2007.
Evolution: Critical Answers for the Next $100
Billion in Sales. A project description for
multiple companies to participate in an in-depth
investigation conducted jointly by Datacomm
Research and Rysavy Research. The research
characterized and analyzed mobile phone evolution,
focusing on the ability of different core
technologies to serve increasingly complex
application and networking requirements. This
project was concluded in May 2007.
Linux Puzzle - Coming Together. An
assessment of the state of mobile Linux, including
key standardization efforts and device
availability. Network Computing, 2007.
EDGE, HSPA & LTE. Published by 3G
Americas, this paper provides an in-depth
explanation of how technologies such as EDGE,
HSPA, HSPA+, LTE function, and their competitive
position with respect to technologies such as
EV-DO and WiMAX. 2006. (Later version available.)
to Decide. Enterprise users are demanding
mobile broadband, but the complexity has many
IT managers confused. This cover story for Network
Computing explains to IT managers how to evaluate
rapidly improving 3G technologies. 2006.
Network Assessment, EVDO and Wi-Fi Hotspots.
A detailed test report on the relative performance
of CDMA2000 EVDO and Wi-Fi hotspots. 2006.
and Experts’ Insights on Migration to Evolved 3G
and 4G Wireless. Detailed report available
for purchase on the capabilities of 3G and evolved
3G networks, as well as OFDMA-based systems such
as WiMAX. 2005.
and the Multi-Network Path to 4G. An
assessment of the migration paths from 3G to
evolved 3G and 4G wireless networks, including the
role that mobile WiMAX will play. 2005.
Analysis: Wireless Devices - Strong
Capabilities, Difficult Decisions. A
detailed review of new smartphones, as well as PC
Card modems for EDGE, 1xRTT and 1xEV-DO. Network
Mobile Access Using SSL VPNs. White paper
for Aventail on the benefits of using SSL VPNs to
provide secure remote access for smartphones and
PDAs. The paper also discusses how SSL VPNs can be
optimized for these types of devices. 2005.
GPRS to HSDPA and Beyond. A comprehensive
report published by 3G Americas on the
capabilities of the GSM/UMTS family of
technologies, including throughput, latency,
spectral efficiency, radio methods and
architecture. Contrasts are made with CDMA2000 and
WiMAX technologies. 2005. (Later version
Messaging Gateways. Cover story for Network
Computing. Most companies have accepted that they
must support wireless e-mail, but questions
remain. Which employees need it, and on which
devices? And, how can IT best manage, secure and
support it? This article examines how effectively
vendors have resolved the problems that hindered
past deployments. 2005.
Messaging Gateways. By Dan Renfroe.
Companion article. A mobile messaging gateway will
help you manage a menagerie of devices. This
article evaluates six that can get service up and
running with minimal effort. 2005.
Wireless Networking Using SSL VPNs. White
paper for Aventail on the application of SSL VPNs
for securing multiple forms of wireless
connections, including Wi-Fi on site, hotspots and
cellular data. 2005.
Hard Numbers and
Experts' Insights on Migration to 4G Wireless
Technology. 3G wireless networks are rolling
out. Interest in streaming media and other
high-speed wireless data applications is growing.
To ensure wireless networks can meet future
customer demand and remain competitive for years
to come, operators and manufacturers must begin
planning now for 4G wireless. This authoritative
report provides concrete numbers, a
detailed analysis of the relative benefits of
different technical approaches and the insights of
pioneering experts on the advantages and
limitations of both CDMA- and OFDM-based
Evolving. Cover story for Network Computing
on 3G technology capabilities, deployments and
application strategies. The article also covers
technologies such as WiMAX and Flash OFDM. See
companion piece by Dave Molta that details
operator offerings: Survival of
the Fittest. 2004.
Capabilities: GPRS to HSDPA. Detailed report
on the data capabilities of GPRS, EDGE, UMTS and
HSDPA, including throughput, latency and spectral
efficiency. 2004. (Later version available.)
Brush up on
Bluetooth. Workshop on how Bluetooth works,
technology trends, and how to use it. 2004.
the Airwaves. Security analysis of PDAs and
(Smartphones and Wireless PDAs). 3.2 Mbyte
PDF file. An analysis of new wireless platforms,
technology capabilities, market drivers and
application deployment. 2004.
the Smart Choice (Smartphone and Wireless PDA
Platform Review). Details on the leading
wireless platforms based on a Request for
Information, covering Palm, RIM, Symbian and
Windows Mobile. 2004.
Messaging: Propelling SMS and Desktop IM to the
Next Level. An in-depth technology analysis
and market study published by Datacomm Research on
wireless messaging, including integration with
desktop IM systems. 2003.
Goals, Unique Strengths - A survey and
analysis of the leading wireless hotspot
Capabilities for GSM Evolution to UMTS. A
detailed view of the data capabilities of GPRS,
EDGE, WCDMA and HSDPA, with quantitative
comparisons. 2002. (Later version available.)
Nirvana - Details on GPRS and CDMA2000
1XRTT, including technology and rollouts. 2002.
Enhancements for GSM Evolution to UMTS. An
in-depth paper on the mechanisms used in GSM to
maximize voice capacity. 2002.
and Wireless Networks. The role and
relevance of networking standards in wireless
Wireless LANs: Challenges, Opportunities and
Strategies. A detailed analysis of the
crucial role that WLAN technology will play in the
deployment of next generation wireless services.
Free with Wireless LANs - The dramatic
advances and uptake of wireless LANs. 2001 .
to Find a Foothold - The rollout pains of
this broadband wireless technology. 2001.
Unify Cellular Protocols? - Column about the
Mobile Wireless Internet Forum. 2001.
Ready Yet - Column about mobile wallets.
Move Could Ignite U.S. Market - Column on
the significance of AT&T's GSM and GPRS plans.
from I-Mode - Column on why i-mode is so
successful in Japan, and how to export the
Unleashed - Cover story for Network
Computing on mobile commerce. 2001.
ASPs Do the Legwork - An analysis of the
platforms and service providers for mobile
Step to Mobile Payments - Column on new
payment mechanisms introduced by Palm and
for General Packet Radio Service - How it
works and latest developments with this important
the Wireless Standard - A workshop on WAP,
including how it works and its problems. 2000.
The Road to a
Wireless Future - An updated roadmap of
wireless data services. 2000.
Wonders Coming your Way - The latest on
HiperLAN and Bluetooth. 2000.
IP Security - PDF format. White paper on
security for AT&T's Cellular Digital Packet
Data (CDPD) network. 2000.
Mobile Code - How to use handheld devices
with wireless networks. 1999.
The Evolution of
Cellular Data, On the Road to 3G - Data
services for next-generation cellular networks.
IP, A Case Study - Real-world issues and
solutions in deploying wireless data. 1999.
Now Playing in Select Locations - High speed
wireless for the local loop. 1999.
Services, Don't Join the Space Race - The
specialized business case for using satellites.
Case for Fixed-Wireless Technology - Using
wireless technology to bridge networks. 1999.
Wireless IP, Ready to
Lift Off? - The latest on wireless data in a
mobile environment. 1999.
Implementing Wireless LANs - How wireless
LANs work in detail, and how to use them. 1999.
and Other Fixed-Wireless Systems - How these
systems work and how to take advantage of them.
Radio Service (GPRS) - Details on this high
speed packet data service for GSM networks. 1998.
Wireless Computing - A detailed survey of
all the wide-area wireless networks. 1997.
With Mobile IP - Progress report on Mobile
IP and whether you should use it. 1997.
Making the Call
with Two-Way Paging - Two way paging with
details on SkyTel's service. 1997.
Communications Made Easy - The ins and outs
of data over analog cellular. 1997.
Wireless Data Made to
Order - An update on Cellular Digital Packet
Data (CDPD). 1996.
- An in depth analysis of the benefits that TCP/IP
brings to remote computing. 1996.
in a Wireless Environment - Featuring Oracle
Mobile Agents. 1996.
On the Road to PCS
- Data Services for Digital Cellular and PCS.