Meet the new LTE beasts
Independent mobile network tester RootMetrics has completed its latest round of nationwide speed and reliability tests, and while the best overall performance…
Unlicensed to drive
Carriers are constantly on the hunt for more 4G spectrum, but the airwaves they need may be right under their noses. Mobile…
T-Mobile is starting to clock some impressive download speeds on its newly upgraded LTE networks in different parts of the country: 30.2 Mbps in Columbus, Ohio; 24.1 Mbps in Boston; and 19.3 Mbps in Kansas City.
As predicted a couple weeks back, the British mobile operator EE has begun rolling out LTE-Advanced “4G+” across central London. The technology…
A new Verizon LTE ad has popped up online touting doubled 4G capacity. This is the same network Verizon started rolling out in October. It looks like Verizon is now ready to started marketing it.
A few operators have taken their first tentative steps into LTE-Advanced, but the technology hasn’t yet taken root. The reason? All of the technical and political pieces aren’t yet in place, explains Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg.
While the data paints a good picture of the state of the current 4G device base, newer souped-up networks are delivering faster absolute speeds.
The HTC One will be the first U.S. smartphone to connect to two separate LTE networks simultaneously, resulting in big boosts in speed. The first carrier we’ll see use that technology is AT&T.
AT&T is using a new LTE-Advanced technique called carrier aggregation, which splices two 4G transmissions together to create a fatter mobile broadband pipe. The Galaxy S5 will be one of the first devices to access it.
A new report out of South Korea says an iPhone capable of faster speeds may debut later this fall. If it does, keep in mind there are very few carriers deploying the technology yet.
Internet architects are realizing that timing is becoming more and more important on packet-based networks. The question is how they can implement precise timing on a distributed architecture.
5G is still just the merest twinkle in the mobile industry’s eye, yet the blogosphere is now using the term to describe T-Mobile’s forthcoming network. Just as with 4G, we’re conflating technology with marketing, and we need to stop.
T-Mobile’s new 4G service will keep pace with its competitors’ initially, but as the company fine tunes its deployment, its speeds will increase. Eventually T-Mo will field a network capable of supporting a theoretical 150 Mbps connection.
The government is hoping that making a band of unlicensed spectrum available as part of the upcoming incentive auctions will help build a nationwide wireless network. Is that the best use of that spectrum?
NSN has pulled off another speed test record, pushing 1.6 Gbps of bandwidth through an LTE network. The technology is hardly ready for commercial use, but unlike many of the other concept networks vendors design, this one might actually get built.
Japan’s eAccess isn’t deploying any old LTE network. It’s going for broke, pushing the upper limits of the technology to launch a network that can support speeds of 300 Mbps. That makes Verizon’s LTE network, which can breach 25 Mbps on a good day, seem pokey.
The ITU has approved the LTE-Advanced standard, and the web understandably got excited, proclaiming the arrival of ‘5G’. We’re also pretty amped up about LTE-Advanced and the huge gains in speeds, capacity and network efficiency it will deliver, but we also think the party is a bit premature.
Sprint will launch LTE in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and six other smaller markets by mid-2011, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse revealed Thursday. He also went into more detail about how it planned to grow its initial low-bandwidth LTE network into a big fat one.
We can stop wondering if Clearwire will default on its loan payment. Sprint has stepped up with a plan to spend $1.6 billion over the next four years that will help Clearwire stay solvent, and Clearwire said it would make its $237 million debt payment.
Verizon’s LTE adds this quarter show how high demand is for faster mobile broadband. But as connectivity becomes integral to everything we own, does the lumbering pace of the carriers threaten innovation? And what can they and governments do about it?
Clearwire’s shift to LTE is not just a move away from WiMAX, but it cements Clearwire’s shift in strategy from being a retail operator to a wholesale provider – a change that has been coming for a while.What must it do to make this transition pay off?
After building a WiMAX network in the U.S., Clearwire plans to leverage its current infrastructure and roll out an LTE-Advanced mobile broadband service. The new network has shown 120 Mbps wireless downloads in trials, and will be targeted in areas where Clearwire already has WiMAX equipment.
LTE-Advanced, which would actually be an acceptable 4G wireless standard under the original definition of 4G, has gigabit wireless speeds and even more. I’ll detail the 10 things you need to know about the next gen wireless standard that will follow LTE in a few years.
Long-Term Evolution (LTE), the wireless broadband technology that is being rolled out on networks around the world is heading past 1 Gbps speeds, thanks to Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo. But HSPA backers are not throwing in the towel just yet and are boosting speeds.