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Sprint Lights Up 70 New LTE Markets

December 16, 2013 4:51 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

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. 

Backhaul Services - A Winning Business Proposition

December 12, 2013 12:34 pm | Webinars

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.

Testing: Ensuring LTE Advanced Goes Without a Hitch

December 10, 2013 2:31 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

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. 

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When Will LTE Be a ‘No-Brainer’ for Tablet Shoppers?

November 26, 2013 3:51 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

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. 

The Potential for Mobile RAN Virtualization

November 21, 2013 1:56 pm | Webinars

The mobile RAN is about to undergo a fundamental change as virtualization becomes real and mobile operators around the world start building base station hotels and C-RANs.  Using standard hardware for the baseband units together with deployment in data centers can significantly lower operating costs for the operators, as well as providing new deployment options. 

Verizon Focusing on Capacity Issues in NYC, SF, Chicago

November 13, 2013 10:13 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

As the first to complete its LTE coverage, Verizon is understandably the first to see capacity issues. According to CFO Fran Shammo, it will also be the first address those issues. "I'm done with coverage build, so now, all my efforts are around capacity," Shammo said during a talk Tuesday at the...

Worldwide Mobile Broadband Subscriptions Top 2 Billion

November 11, 2013 10:17 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Global mobile broadband subscriptions for the third quarter grew about 40 percent annually and topped two billion, accounting for a large portion of the 6.6 billion mobile subscriptions worldwide. Ericsson’s latest mobility report sees the growth trend for mobile broadband continuing, predicting mobile broadband subscriptions will quadruple by 2019, hitting eight billion worldwide.

AT&T's John Donovan Talks LTE-A, 700 MHz Interoperability

September 12, 2013 9:13 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T's LTE-Advanced upgrade is ready to go, making faster speeds and capacity that come with network features like carrier aggregation a reality in the near future. "Our LTE-Advanced is now ready and so what that means for us is that our network is now ready to do carrier aggregation...

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LTE and Wearable Tech Give Users Ultimate Personalization

August 1, 2013 4:36 pm | by By Steve Shaw, Director of Mobile Solutions, Juniper Networks | Articles | Comments

As smartphone users, we want immediate gratification and expect ultimate customization based on our preferences. We’re starting to see that dream become a reality as our smartphones evolve to offer new features like live streaming and content updates based on our app preferences...

LTE Stands Alone: The Case for Single-Mode Devices

August 1, 2013 11:03 am | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

LTE is billed as the rocket fuel that powers our smartphones and tablets, but as coverage expands and operators begin shuttering legacy networks, it’s proving out as the global standard. That said, chipmakers and M2M providers are increasingly exploring the value in single-mode LTE devices...

Verizon Flips Switch on 500th LTE Market

June 27, 2013 9:26 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon is communicating its satisfaction today with a job well done on its LTE network. The company has dedicated the newsfeed on its website to all things LTE in recognition of its 500th LTE market. "Today, the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network reaches a milestone. With the announcement...

LTE Advanced: Release 10 and the Importance of Carrier Aggregation

June 13, 2013 4:27 pm | Webinars

LTE-Advanced and features like carrier aggregation are the next step in the evolution of wireless networks. Join Wireless Week and sponsor Anritsu, along with a panel of industry experts, for a webinar that looks at not only how operators will approach aggregation but what kinds of testing...

Sorting Through the Details: Finding a Place for Small Cells in the Age of LTE

June 13, 2013 4:13 pm | Webinars

Join Wireless Week and sponsor Anritsu, as we take an in-depth look at how small cells are set to revolutionize the way operators approach the issue of coverage and capacity. Small cells have huge potential to address both capacity and coverage issues, but they're not without complexity...

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Samsung Boasts 5G Technology 100 Times Faster than 4G

May 13, 2013 10:00 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Samsung said today that it is testing 5G technology capable of data speeds 100 times faster than 4G networks. According to a press release, Samsung's new adaptive array transceiver technology will allow data to transmit at higher frequencies than currently possible...  

LTE-Advanced and Small Cells: Techniques for a Tiered Deployment Approach

April 15, 2013 10:42 am | by Renuka Bhalerao, Radisys | Articles | Comments

It’s no secret; we’ve all become data hogs. As today’s smartphone users consume ever-increasing network resources, mobile operators are rushing to deploy their LTE networks to meet subscriber demand. Given this trend, operators are already planning their LTE-A deployments. Delivering true 4G speeds...

Report: AT&T Closing Gap in LTE War with VZW

March 12, 2013 10:56 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless and AT&T are battling it out in the LTE wars, with both carriers receiving impressive scores in RootMetrics' latest 77-market study. According to the study, which is offered in a consumer-friendly format, AT&T’s LTE network...

LTE Just the Beginning of the Network Evolution

March 5, 2013 12:33 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

There's no question that LTE is where it's at if you're an operator. According to a recent report from 4G Americas, more than 150 operators globally have now launched LTE services in 67 countries, 50 of which were launched in the past five months. That's not just a trend it's a technological paradigm shift...

VZW: International LTE Roaming Partnerships Coming Soon

February 26, 2013 10:44 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless customers could be in luck when it comes to overseas roaming. According to a report from Reuters out of Mobile World Congress, Verizon expects to sign its first international LTE roaming agreement later this year. Verizon Wireless Chief Technology Officer...

Confirmed: Sprint LTE Live in Parts of SF, NYC, D.C.

February 19, 2013 11:21 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sprint is turning on LTE in some parts of San Francisco, Washington D.C. and New York City. While these markets haven't officially launched, a Sprint spokeswoman Kathleen Dunleavy confirmed "more and more reports of Sprint customers discovering LTE on their 4G LTE devices in San Francisco...

U.S. Cellular Announces New LTE Markets

February 14, 2013 10:40 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Regional carrier U.S. Cellular, in conjunction with its partner, King Street Wireless, today announced a wave of new LTE markets. The company says that by the end of 2013, customers in more than 3,800 additional cities and towns will have access to LTE...

Report: LTE Subscribers Will Hit 198 Million in 2013

January 22, 2013 2:53 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The number of LTE subscribers is set to more than double in 2013, according to a forecast released Tuesday from IHS iSuppli. According to the report, worldwide LTE subscribers will surpass 198.1 million in 2013, a 115 increase from the 92.3 million last year, according to an IHS. 

Report: Global LTE Smartphone Shipments to Hit 275M in 2013

December 19, 2012 10:20 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

LTE has arrived. According to new research from Strategy Analytics, global LTE smartphone shipments will grow threefold to reach 275 million units in 2013. Companies leading the growth spurt will include Apple, Samsung, LG and others...

Tablets Come Bearing LTE This Holiday Season

December 17, 2012 3:25 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

Tablets are yet again set to be big items this holiday season, and shoppers will have the best selection they’ve ever seen. But this year, those cellular equipped models won’t be shipping in just 3G; LTE is the flavor of choice for those seeking anytime, anywhere connectivity

Advances In Interference Management Make LTE HetNets a Reality

December 3, 2012 10:53 am | by Ilan Vardi, vice president, product management and marketing, AirHop Communications | Articles | Comments

The dramatic success of the iPhone, data hungry smartphone competitors and other wireless devices is placing an ever increasing capacity demand on wireless networks which is only expected to worsen with the accelerated deployments of 4G networks worldwide.  

3GPP Reports Progress on LTE Release 12

November 2, 2012 6:10 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

The chairman of the 3GPP's project coordination group told 4G World attendees on Thursday that the standards body is making progress on LTE Release 12.

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