Post Tagged with: "LTE"

Wireless Carriers Bid Over $24 Billion in Airwave Auction

The government auction of airwaves saw bids climb over $24 billion yesterday as wireless carriers battle it out for the valuable licenses. It’s been about a week since the auction began and already companies have shot past the reserve price of $10 billion. The demand for the airwaves, which can be used to enhance existing [...]

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AT&T Reportedly Launching VoLTE on May 23

AT&T looks to be the first of the big U.S. carriers to launch Voice over LTE, beating Verizon to the punch. A report from Engadget states that the service will begin rolling out on May 23, with Chicago and Minneapolis as the initial launch markets. Both AT&T and Verizon have been working to get the [...]

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Sprint Snags New Subscribers, But Still Posts a Loss for Q4

Sprint has posted its results for the fourth quarter and while they are better than expected, they are still not all that great. The wireless carrier reported a loss of $1 billion, or 26 cents a share, which is actually an improvement over its $1.3 billion loss from the previous year. Revenue was also slightly [...]

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AT&T CEO Predicts End of Smartphone Subsidies

Is T-Mobile’s move away from contracts and smartphone subsidies a sign of a broader change in the wireless industry? AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson gave that impression at an investor conference in New York this week, where he said that the model of subsidizing new phones by requiring two year contracts won’t last. “When you’re growing [...]

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Sprint Spark Brings Faster LTE to Chicago

Sprint has launched its new Sprint Spark wireless service in Chicago. The service is an enhanced tri-band LTE service that offers faster data speeds for users downloading apps, streaming video, and more. Spark is said to offer better signals inside buildings and in high traffic areas, with peak speeds of 50Mbps to 60Mbps. Beyond the [...]

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LTE Networks to Cover Half the Global Population by 2017

The latest study from GSMA Intelligence predicts that global 4G LTE connections will pass one billion by 2017 and cover half the world. In the next three to four years, GSMA forecasts that LTE will account for about one in eight of the 8 billion mobile connections estimated to exist by that point. Currently, there [...]

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Smartphone Subscriptions to Reach 5.6 Billion by 2019

Smartphones are on track to expand their reach even further, according to the latest Ericsson Mobility Report. By 2019, the number of mobile subscriptions worldwide is forecast to reach 9.3 billion and around 60%, or 5.6 billion, will be for smartphones. By comparison, smartphones currently account for 25% to 30% of mobile subscriptions. Smartphone sales [...]

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Verizon Going Underground with Wireless Service for NYC Subways

Verizon is taking its wireless network underground. The carrier announced this week that it has signed a deal with Transit Wireless to bring 3G and LTE voice and data service to 36 subway stations in New York City. Despite being the wireless market leader above ground, Verizon is behind the times on this one as [...]

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Sprint Shuts Down Nextel

Nextel has finally been laid to rest with Sprint shutting down the network in the early hours of Sunday morning. The shutdown has been a long time coming; Sprint has been slowly moving toward this moment for years as Nextel’s iDEN technology proved outdated in an era of LTE. Nextel, which Sprint purchased for $35 [...]

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Dish Makes $2 Billion Bid for LightSquared Spectrum

First Dish Network made a bid for Clearwire, then it went after Sprint, and now it has set its sights on LightSquared. A report from Bloomberg states that Dish has made a $2 billion bid to purchase LightSquared’s spectrum. Dish is determined to launch its own wireless network and has been throwing money around in [...]

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