Only a week after Free Mobile announced it had added LTE to its €19.99 ($ 27.60) mobile plan for no extra charge, the Iliad-owned operator is now including the high-speed service in its €2-a-month plan, while Bouygues Telecom said it is extending LTE to its entire portfolio at no extra charge.
LightSquared: GPS fix to cost industry $400M
by Roger Cheng SAN DIEGO–Start-up wireless provider LightSquared said today it will cost the commercial GPS industry as much as $400 million for gear that will eliminate the interference potentially caused by its planned next-generation network. LightSquared Chief Marketing Officer Frank Boulben told CNET that there are roughly 500,000 commercial precision GPS devices in the [...]
Clearwire Tumbles as Partner Sprint Lays Out Network Plans
Oct. 7 (Bloomberg) — Clearwire Corp., the money-losing wireless broadband provider, tumbled as partner Sprint Nextel Corp. laid out its strategy for network investments. Clearwire dropped 50 cents, or 24 percent, to $1.55 at 11:32 a.m. New York time in Nasdaq Stock Market trading, after falling as much as 29 percent for its largest [...]
Verizon Open to 4G LTE Smartphone Roaming Agreements
Posted by Chuong Nguyen | 09/07/2011 Via All Things D While 4G LTE technology is still nascent, Verizon Wireless has demonstrated how an LTE network should be deployed and handled with speeds exceeding the promised 12 Mbps and extremely low latency, Verizon is now talking about the future of 4G technologies and roaming. Currently, the [...]
AT&T Will Launch One LTE Smartphone Before The Years End
August 10, 2011 — 11:30am ET | By Sue Marek AT&T Mobility’s (NYSE:T) highly anticipated LTE launch is still expected to occur this summer, but the company won’t debut its first LTE smartphone until closer to the end of the year. Speaking at the Oppenheimer Technology and Communications Conference today, Pete Ritcher, senior vice president of [...]
LTE Smartphones Using LTE Advanced
There are many reasons to be interested in LTE Smartphones. If you are committed to having the best quality phone, and the most advanced technology on your side, this is the phone for you. For a large number of reasons, phones in the future are more likely than not going to use the standard set [...]
Sprint’s Hesse: Spark tri-mode LTE service could eventually provide real-world speeds of 150-180 Mbps
Sprint CEO Dan Hesse acknowledged that the carrier is still working through its Network Vision network upgrade, and that as it replaces equipment to improve its network, customers will see degradations in service and Sprint will see higher churn as a result. However, he said that Sprint's tri-mode LTE service, dubbed "Sprint Spark," which is just getting underway, will provide the kind of speed differentiation that will set Sprint apart.
Verizon Wireless is planning to augment its LTE network in 50 different cities with AWS spectrum in the first half of 2014 to avoid potential capacity issues. That process includes seeding the customer base with AWS-capable devices, as well as deploying inbuilidng coverage and Distributed Antenna Systems, according to Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam.
Intel is still working to catch up on smartphone and tablet application processors and LTE modems, and is also pursuing efforts in wearable computing. However, the company is also planning a major push to get its silicon into hardware that represents the guts of networks–routers, switches and base stations.
LTE adoption is growing at a pace that is considerably faster than the move from 2G to 3G, according to recent research from the GSM Association. The GSMA predicts that there will be 1 billion LTE connections globally by 2017, when LTE networks will also be available to half of the world's population.