In its quest to boost LTE capacity, Verizon will reportedly on May 19 launch its AWS LTE network, branded XLTE. Droid Life cited unnamed sources confirming the reveal date and that the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the HTC One M8 would be able to grab hold of the network straight away. Verizon customers in AWS markets should see up to twice the LTE capacity and faster peak speeds, according to the report.
Network function virtualization (NFV) is a CSP-led industry movement intended to help them accelerate the convergence of their IT and network domains. NFV’s promise is in its ability to shorten the development cycle and ultimately help lower capital and operating costs.
The opportunity for mobile operators to capture enterprise customers and revenues is tangible; and while consumer services should always be a core offering, mobile operators should remain enterprise-focused as its VoLTE strategy is developed and executed.
“We wanted to go deeper than the metric that analysts tend to monitor, which is CapEx as a percentage of revenue, and we asked is there any way that we can actually measure the return on carrier performance and looking at the impact that CapEx has,” said Dr. Raul Katz.
According to Sravan Kundojjala, senior analyst for Strategy Analytics, the smartphone applications processor market will be boosted by LTE-Advanced, 64-bit, multi-core and semiconductor process technologies. Strategy Analytics forecasts that stand-alone applications processor penetration in smartphones will drop to 28 percent in 2018...
In partnerhsip with King Street Wireless, U.S. Cellular will add more than 1,200 LTE cell sites in 2014 and expand existing LTE service in 13 states. The regional carrier said in a statement that by the end of 2014, more than 93 percent of its customers will have access to LTE speeds.
Speaking Thursday at the CCA Global Expo Masayoshi Son talked about the need for teamwork between Sprint and the carrier members of the CCA in order to take a “real fight” to the AT&T and Verizon “duopoly.” And he had the GSMA Intelligence numbers to back up his doubt.
Sprint has said it is committed to making the feature standard for mobile phones. It eliminates background noise and sound quality is enhanced. Sprint pitches the call quality as better than a landline. A typical phone without HD Voice offers four octaves of sound, while Sprint's HD Voice claims to offer seven.
Many network teams think of performance monitoring as an insurance policy. At Bell Mobility, we see things differently. In our world, performance monitoring is a way to cut waste from our CDMA, LTE, and HSPA+ based wireless network. For decades, businesses of all types have adopted the principles of Lean Manufacturing.
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.