On Thursday, I tuned in to the Wisconsin Badger's first game in the NCAA basketball tournament on a Nokia Icon from Verizon. The phone was a review unit, so I didn't watch for long, but I have to admit that I was impressed by the quality of the picture. In fact, I had a little bit of an epiphany around video on mobile.
Sprint today turned on LTE in 20 more markets including Omaha, Neb., and Provo, Utah, bringing its LTE coverage total to 402 cities. Sprint also turned on its 2.5 GHz Spark coverage in Provo and Trenton, NJ, making Spark now available in 18 cities.
Sprint and Qualcomm over the weekend tested demonstrated the second phase of an over-the-air trial of an LTE TDD hyper-dense small cell network at the Phoenix International Raceway. The companies said the race was an ideal venue to test the technology, as the March Phoenix race hosts a large crowd. Small cells are favored among carrier network planners as a way to increase capacity in dense areas that see a lot of traffic.
We're in the beginning of a world in which everything is connected to the Internet and with one another, while powerful yet relatively cheap computers analyze all that data for ways to improve lives. Toothbrushes tell your mirror to remind you to floss. Basketball jerseys detect impending heart failure and call the ambulance for you.
On nearly a monthly basis, a post will pop up on the Madison, WI sub-Reddit asking about T-Mobile’s coverage in the city and surrounding areas. Unlike AT&T, Verizon and U.S. Cellular—whom, for better or for worse, people in Madison already know very well—T-Mobile is still a bit of a wild card here.
AT&T detailed more specifics for its Domain 2.0 initiative, which aims to virtualize the carrier's network. AT&T said Ericsson, Tail-F Systems AB, and Metaswitch Networks LTD have been selected to begin further discussions on design and deployment of a software-based network artchitecture.
HP had launched a new NFV platform that aims to help operators reduce CapEx OpEx, while also speeding delivery of new product and services over the network. HP’s offering includes an open standards–based NFV reference architecture, HP OpenNFV Labs—the company is opening a pair...
Sprint laid out for the FCC just exactly what it thinks a revised spectrum screen should look like, taking into account propogation aspects of a given frequency, as well as how much it will cost to deploy on that band in a given area. But the carrier also had some caveats aroudn just how much of the 2.5 GHz band...
Ericsson is putting an emphasis on software and cloud-based solutions, as the wireless industry moves towards virtualizing the network with technologies like Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). Specifically, Ericsson will be launching what it’s calling...
Broadcom on Monday announced new high-speed LTE chipsets that target the growing demand for sub-$300 smarpthones. In a press release, Broadcom said the new turnkey reference platform supports Android KitKat and utilizes the company's pin-to-pin compatible dual-core M320 or upcoming quad-core M340 LTE System on a Chip (SoC).
Verizon's recent demonstration of evolved Multimedia Broadcast and Multicast Service (eMBMS) ahead of the Super Bowl was really showcasing the tip of the iceberg for a technology that could significantly improve how content is delivered over today's wireless networks.
By end-2018, half the African population will be covered by LTE networks, as LTE base station deployment swells at a CAGR of 40 percent over the next five years, according to a new report from ABI Research. Abit said the LTE network population coverage will be far from homogenous across the region...
Verizon is hoping to use the upcoming Super Bowl to showcase the power of LTE. The carrier is demoing LTE Broadcast technology that can make more efficient use of available bandwidth at large events. Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Services (eMBMS) is the technical specification that the 3GPP included Release 9 of LTE.
The United Kingdom's already stunted 4G deployments could be hindered by an increase license fees, according to a statement released Thursday by the GSM Association (GSMA). Tom Phillips, chief regulatory officer for the GSMA, said Ofcom’s proposal to more than quadruple annual licence fees for the 900MHz and 1800MHz spectrum...
Verizon CFO Fran Shammo played it cool when asked about how his company will respond to T-Mobile’s recent “Un-Carrier” moves. “We are seeing a segment of our base that is responding to the competitive offers,” Shammo said, during a fourth quarter earnings call Tuesday that was broadcast online.
SK Telecom said it has successfully developed 3 Band LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation technology and plans to show off network speeds of up to 450 Mbps at this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC). The Korean wireless provider said Monday that it can combine three bands—two 10 MHz bands and one 20 MHz—and hit aggregated downlink rates of 300 Mbps.
Isreal-based Altair Semiconductor will provide single-mode LTE chips for HP's Google Chromebooks. According to a press release, Altair's FourGee-3100/6202 chipset was selected to connect the new HP Chromebook 11.6” LTE to the Verizon's LTE network.
Putting aside the net neutrality concerns of AT&T's recently announced Sponsored Data solution, Lejla Maric, director of TV and media engagement practice at Ericsson, said she believes the idea is here to stay. "We believe [this will catch on], because obviously it's a new way for operators to engage with the content providers," Maric said.
AT&T today announced a partnership with General Motors to get LTE inside the company’s line of Chevrolet vehicles. Chevrolet says it will offer the “OnStar LTE” option will first be available in the Corvette, Impala, Malibu, and Volt lines. They will be followed by the Equinox, Silverado, Silverado HD, Spark and Spark EV.
T-Mobile today announced that it has reached a deal to acquire $2.4 billion worth of 700 MHz A-Block licenses. The proposed transaction also includes the transfer of certain T-Mobile AWS and PCS licenses to Verizon, which according to a press release have an aggregate value of approximately $950 million.
Of all the wavelengths in the spectrum used for wireless data transmission, perhaps the least well known is the millimeter wave band. However, it is precisely this band (and the continuous bandwidth it provides) that enables wireless data transmission at speeds and bandwidth that compare to the high quality of fiber optic communication systems.
Amid rumors that it is testing the regulatory waters for a possible bid for T-Mobile, Sprint Monday announced that it had turned on LTE in 70 new markets. The new markets, which include, among others, Green Bay, Wis, Orlando, Fla and San Diego. The new additions bring the carrier’s total LTE markets to 300.
The landscape of mobile networks is evolving rapidly: LTE, LTE-Advanced, Carrier Wi-Fi, small cells, large venues, smart phones, tablets, new services, new apps, tidal waves of video. All of these factors and many more affect how mobile networks are designed and operate, creating new opportunities for innovative Backhaul Service Providers.
LTE Advanced may bring a number of novel new features to mobile networks. Carrier aggregation and Voice over LTE (VoLTE) are two aspects of the standard that have arguably created the biggest headlines recently and for good reason.
When consumers are tablet shopping this holiday season, they'll likely still notice a significant price difference between the LTE-capable models and those with Wi-Fi only; Apple charges a $130 premium for the Wi-Fi + Cellular version of the iPad Air. In short, the cost of picking up a tablet with cellular connectivity is still prohibitive for many.