How close is Verizon Wireless to offering voice over LTE? Pretty darn close, based on the fact that Spirent Communications' announced its 8100 mobile device test system has been selected to ensure that VoLTE/IMS devices destined for Verizon's network will comply with industry standards and the operator's certification requirements.
AT&T Mobility could be required to pay Sprint millions of dollars due to a wholesale MVNO agreement Leap Wireless and Sprint inked in 2010. AT&T earlier this year announced plans to purchase Leap; the transaction is on track to close early next year.
Less than three months after its merger with MetroPCS, T-Mobile US said it has expanded the MetroPCS footprint by 50 million POPs. Along with starting service in 15 new metro areas, T-Mobile also said it is expanding its bring-your-own-device service to all MetroPCS customers.
Qualcomm posted gains in profit and revenue in its fiscal third quarter, and also raised its guidance for the full fiscal year thanks in part to growing demand for LTE devices and its Snapdragon chipsets. The company said it now has at least 500 Snapdragon-powered smartphones in the works.
Sprint is chugging along toward its goal of covering 200 million POPs with LTE by the end of 2013, but the pace of its deployment has lagged its Tier 1 competitors, including late-comer T-Mobile US, which launched LTE in March and now covers 157 million POPs in 116 markets. Sprint's LTE deployment has been hindered by a variety of factors, ranging from not enough fiber backhaul to issues related to its wide-ranging Network Vision network modernization project.
Sprint Nextel is just days away from shutting down service on its iDEN Nextel network--the last full day of service will be June 29--but is already looking to the advanced services it will enable on that vacated spectrum.
Apple has inserted code into its iOS operating system that limits the maximum data speeds iPhone and iPad customers can achieve on the networks of Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility and Sprint Nextel, according to an iOS developer. It does not appear that the code is affecting iPhones that work on T-Mobile US, which just started offering the iPhone in April.
Sprint Nextel said the shutdown of its Nextel iDEN network to make room for LTE will result in more than 100 million pounds of unused network gear and other materials, much of which the carrier hopes to recycle or reuse.
T-Mobile US brand MetroPCS will start selling GSM phones that work on T-Mobile's network as soon as June 12, according to a PhoneArena report.
Verizon Wireless wants to keep traffic on its 3G CDMA network humming even as it pushes more and more postpaid customers to move to its LTE network because traffic on its 3G network is very profitable, according to Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo.