Sprint Nextel aims to enable contiguous carrier aggregation (CA) over the TD-LTE Band 41 spectrum held by its partner Clearwire, according to a senior Sprint executive.
It's starting to look as though LTE Broadcast, based on evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service (eMBMS) technology, actually will take off within the next 12 months.
BARCELONA, Spain--Qualcomm rolled out its latest Gobi modem platform for mobile computing products, which includes carrier aggregation capabilities and support for LTE Category 4 peak data rates of 150 Mbps.
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LAS VEGAS--Verizon Wireless said that almost 50 percent of its data load now travels over its LTE network. The figure is up significantly from October, when Verizon said that 35 percent of its data traffic moved over its LTE network. Further, the carrier said it expects overall data traffic to grow by a factor of seven during the next three years.
Antenna developer SkyCross said unnamed major handset manufacturers will this year begin deploying its VersiTune-LTE Antenna, which supports operators' carrier-aggregation requirements.
Investors and financial analysts generally agree that Sprint Nextel will need to increase its $2.90 per share offer, or $2.1 billion, to buy the 49 percent of Clearwire that it doesn't already own. Yet many analysts think Sprint will ultimately seal the deal because Clearwire's vast spectrum holdings are too valuable to leave on the table.
AT&T Mobility plans to launch LTE Advanced network technology in the second half of 2012, according to a report from research firm Technology Business Research.
AT&T has been rapidly expanding its LTE network to reach its goal of having 150 million POPs covered by year-end, which will be the half-way mark for its ultimate goal of having LTE cover 300 million POPs by the end of 2014. Kris Rinne, AT&T Labs' SVP of network technologies is at the forefront of that charge as she is responsible for the company's network architecture, service platforms, radio access roadmap and initial implementation. FierceBroadbandWireless Editor-in-Chief Sue Marek met with Rinne at last week's 4G World conference in Chicago to talk about the company's LTE deployment, including its testing of carrier aggregation, deployment of small cells and more.
SK Telecom announced it will commercialize VoLTE and RCS service later this year and will also commercialize LTE Advanced with carrier aggregation in the second half of 2013.