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Apple bites on AT&T’s 5Ge branding

5Ge indicator rolling out with latest iOS update Some AT&T customers with Android handsets have begun seeing a "5Ge" indicator when connected to the operator's LTE-Advanced network. Now, with its most recent operating system update, Apple users will begin seeing the same thing, according to...

Analyst Angle: Linking 3GPP activities to influence and patents

Facts about 3GPP contributions In a previous article, ABI Research presented the complex nature of the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), a collaborative effort that brings together key stakeholders from all around the globe and several Standard Setting Organizations (SSOs), to set mobile standards in...

Verizon tallies more than 1,100 markets with LTE-Advanced

LTE-Advanced provides service continuity for early 5G deployments Verizon is working to bring commercial 5G services to life in between three and five markets by the end of the year. But, at the same time it is investing in the next-generation of cellular, the carrier...

T-Mobile doubles down on gigabit LTE deployments

Gigabit LTE footprint extends to 920 markets; plans to deploy LAA SAN JOSE, Calif.--In the race to boost capacity while optimizing usage of network resources, T-Mobile US today announced that it has deployed gigabit LTE technologies in 920 U.S. markets, which the operator says outpaces...

AT&T VP: 5G is not a ‘magical, singular event’

Innovators and inventors 'haven't yet begun to imagine' everything 5G will enable Speaking at the Wireless Infrastructure Association's HetNet Expo in West Palm Beach, Fla., AT&T Vice President of RAN and Device Design Gordon Mansfield asked attendees to, "Put your imagination caps on for just...

T-Mobile, Huawei test massive MIMO in Amsterdam

The Dutch telco said massive MIMO delivered 600% capacity increase  Dutch operator T-Mobile Netherlands has activated massive MIMO technology, a key path to delivering increased bandwidth and setting the stage for 5G, in the city of Amsterdam. The first antenna was installed at Leidseplein Square,...

AT&T, Sprint boost network speeds

AT&T continues its "5G Evolution" push in Indianapolis AT&T is delivering on its promise to bring LTE Advanced Pro speeds -- and "5G" marketing -- to Indianapolis, with the announcement that it has implemented a number of new features that will increase network speeds for...

Analyst Angle: Gigabit LTE – easier said than done

Editor’s Note: In the Analyst Angle section, we’ve collected a group of the industry’s leading analysts to give their outlook on the hot topics in the wireless industry. A gigabit connection is the most important and desirable component of an LTE-Advanced Pro network. A substantial...

Singtel launches nationwide 450 Mbps LTE service in Singapore

Telco demonstrated download speeds of 1 Gbps in live LTE network with Ericsson. Singapore telecommunications operator Singtel announced the nationwide deployment of LTE-Advanced services capable of supporting network speeds up to 450 megabits per second. The telco said the service is available to all...

Analyst Angle: Smartphone modems are key for LTE network efficiency and for better user experience

Are LTE smartphones not moving as fast as the networks they support? Editor’s Note: In the Analyst Angle section, we’ve collected a group of the industry’s leading analysts to give their outlook on the hot topics in the wireless industry. As mobile operator CTOs are rapidly...

EE, Huawei reach mobile broadband speeds of 2.1 Gbps

U.K. mobile operator EE and Huawei said they reached mobile broadband speeds of 2.1 gigabits per second over an LTE-Advanced network in a recent lab test. "We are committed to innovating and to be pushing the mobile industry forward by delivering ground breaking mobile speeds...

Huawei inks deal with China Mobile Hong Kong to deploy LTE-Advanced Pro technology

The Huawei-China Mobile deal also stipulates the deployment of NFV technology China Mobile Hong Kong and Huawei Hong Kong have inked a strategic partnership for the deployment of a LTE-Advanced Pro network. Under the terms of the deal, the telco’s existing TD-LTE/LTE FDD converged network will be...

LTE Advanced Pro enables Gigabit LTE on path to 5G

Carrier aggregation, combo of licensed and unlicensed spectrum, and massive MIMO are key 5G technologies Although 5G has not been fully defined, the next-generation wireless connectivity standard will certainly provide multi-gigabit data throughputs by tapping into carrier aggregation, massive MIMO and simultaneous use of licensed...

Cellnex completes acquisition of 230 cell towers in France

The Spanish firm and French telco Bouygues are evaluating the acquisition of additional cell towers Spanish telecommunication tower operator Cellnex Telecom confirmed it has completed the acquisition of a package of 230 cell towers from French telco Bouygues Telecom in France. This initial phase required...

Global LTE subscriptions reach 1.45B at the end of Q2

Asia leads in LTE subscriptions with a 57.7% share Global LTE subscriptions totaled 1.45 billion at the end of the second quarter of the year, after a net addition of 160.3 million LTE connections during Q2, according to the latest report by the Global mobile Suppliers...

LTE-Advanced network upgrades in Central London from EE

The UK telco plans to offer LTE-Advanced services in the largest cities during 2017 U.K. mobile operator EE, part of the BT Group, said it has added a third carrier to its LTE-Advanced network at Wembley Stadium, London, increasing the peak speed to up to...

T-Mobile on Verizon: ‘Yawn. What’s next? LTE-BS?’

Last week Verizon Wireless made a big deal about its activation of two- and three-channel carrier aggregation in more than 450 markets. In response, T-Mobile US CTO Neville Ray wrote a blog post essentially calling the Verizon Wireless play a marketing move. Ray wrote that...

Three carriers to compete for new mobile license in Singapore

MyRepublic, TPG Telecom and airYotta submitted expressions of interest in mobile carrier license Three companies have submitted expressions of interest in participating in an upcoming spectrum auction to become Singapore’s fourth mobile operator. The three companies are local broadband provider MyRepublic, Australian internet service provider TPG Telecom and...

What is 64 QAM?

Rohde and Schwarz recently achieved what it claims is the first Global Certification Forum validation of 64 quadrature amplitude modulation in the uplink, for LTE-Advanced Pro. Carrier aggregation in the uplink takes the maximum uplink rate for an LTE user from 50 megabits per second...

Ahead of 5G, Nokia pushes 4.5G Pro and unveils 4.9G

Nokia says 4.5G Pro solutions support five-channel carrier aggregation; future 4.9G meant to complement 5G services Nokia on Thursday continued to push toward "5G" with new and future platforms designed to help operators maximize LTE investments as the research, development and standardization of 5G progresses. "4G...

Verizon bringing LTE Advanced to more than 450 markets

Carrier aggregation will add capacity for Verizon subs with compatible devices The Verizon Wireless homepage on Monday was dedicated to a countdown timer, which, at 10:30 a.m. Central Standard Time, gave way to the headline: "50% faster peak speeds. More than 450 cities. Coast to...

In carrier aggregation test, Sprint achieves 275 Mbps speed

As it continues to test three-channel carrier aggregation, Sprint this week reports that a recent trial using the LG G5 smartphone achieved peak data throughput speeds of 275 megabits per second. The company said the carrier aggregation testing is part of its preparation for LTE...

GSA reports 521 LTE network deployments in 170 countries

A total of 192 telcos are deploying advanced LTE technologies A total of 521 operators have commercially launched LTE, LTE-Advanced or LTE-Advanced Pro networks in 170 countries, according to a recent report focused on the state of LTE network reach released by the Global mobile...

NTT DoCoMo expands Premium LTE offering

NTT DoCoMo ended June with 143,500 LTE base stations across Japan Japanese telecom operator NTT DoCoMo has expanded its "Premium 4G" service to 1,203 cities across Japan, according to a company presentation. The service, launched in March 2015, offers download speeds of up to 370 megabits per second using LTE-Advanced...

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