A top Verizon Communications executive said the carrier doesn't plan to reduce spending on its wireless network, despite the fact that it has largely completed its nationwide macro LTE buildout. At the same time, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo said the carrier plans to increase its margins in its wireless business over time.
T-Mobile US is selling stock in an offering that is likely going to raise $1 billion. The carrier indicated it will use the proceeds for capital expenditures and spectrum purchases beyond what it may acquire in the ongoing AWS-3 auction.
After drooping revenues in 2014, coming deployments of LTE Advanced technologies and small cells are expected to drive the microwave equipment market back to growth, according to a new report from Infonetics Research.
The evolution of mobile networks and services has continued to dominate in 2014 as operators across Europe roll out LTE, LTE Advanced, and Voice over LTE (VoLTE). At the same time, operators, vendors, regulators, standards bodies, and others have been spending an increasing amount of time investigating what 5G will be, and when it is likely to happen.
Dramatic structural changes in mobile communications technology supply, with the demise of vertical integration, is forcing those who are developing standard-essential technologies for 4G and "5G" networks to monetise these efforts through patent licensing, as well as their own product sales.
Ericsson is partnering with cloud and enterprise powerhouse IBM to jointly research phased-array antenna designs for "5G" networks, though such networks are still being contemplated and have not yet been defined. The companies said they hoped to provide customers with data speeds that are "orders of magnitude faster" than what is available today.
LTE networks have been live in the U.S. since 2010, and each of the four Tier 1 carriers now cover at least 250 million POPs with LTE, with Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility each covering at least 300 million people. However, have you ever wanted to see how LTE coverage in the U.S. developed over time? Mosaik Solutions has done just that.
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Ericsson expects that by 2020, 90 percent of the world's population over 6 years old will have a mobile phone, and smartphone subscriptions by then are expected to top 6.1 billion.
The newest instance of network parity isn't around the corner. It's looking like we'll achieve network party in 2016 and beyond. This could perhaps give us a two-to- three-year period of network parity. In this period, we should expect the carriers to heavily market their networks as being just as good as any other carrier in the market, if not better.