Ericsson said a demonstration of LTE carrier aggregation conducted on the live Cosmote Greece network is a first for Europe after data download rates hit 500 Mbps.
Sprint is rebranding part of its LTE network and said that it has now deployed carrier aggregation and beamforming technology in 77 "major" markets across the country, in what it calls an "LTE Plus" deployment. The carrier will continue using LTE Advanced techniques to make its network faster and more robust, according to Sprint CTO John Saw.
Sprint is in the middle of its turnaround but has a lot of cause for optimism, according to CFO Tarek Robbiati, who promised that the carrier will continue to make improvements in churn and its network.
Sprint is seeing positive early results from its plans to densify its network, but the company's executives did not provide many details about how far along the project is and how long it will take.
Carrier aggregation, network twinning and LTE-Unlicnesed are in various states of deployment and development-- and they're all ultimately win-wins for both mobile carriers and users.
Ericsson and China Mobile are claiming an industry first in Beijing with the live demonstration of LTE TDD three carrier aggregation, including 256 QAM modulation scheme to increase speeds even more.
Apple unveiled its new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, which the company said feature 3D Touch that "senses force to enable intuitive new ways to access features and interact with content." The devices also sport Retina HD displays, 7000 series aluminum, and 12-megapixel cameras. Importantly, the phones support fully 23 bands of LTE, including the 700 MHz band 12 that T-Mobile US is using and Sprint's 2.5 GHz carrier aggregation.
Ericsson said Swisscom is the first operator in Europe to launch three-carrier aggregation combining LTE FDD and TDD modes in a commercial network on chipsets available from Qualcomm.
The nation's wireless carriers are expected to put the finishing touches on their respective LTE coverage buildouts, and then will use techniques including small cells and carrier aggregation to add density and capacity to their networks, according to industry experts. Specifically, Sprint and Verizon Wireless have pointed to both small cells and carrier aggregation as elements of their respective network buildout strategies for the remainder of this year.
Verizon Wireless is currently deploying 4x4 MIMO (multiple input and multiple output) technology, involving 4 transmitters and 4 receivers, which the carrier said should enhance both its coverage and improve its LTE network performance. Mike Haberman, Verizon's VP of network support, also said the operator is actively deploying carrier aggregation technology in its 20x20 MHz spectrum channels and expects the effort will allow it to offer spectrum channels wider than a 20x20 MHz configuration in the future, which Haberman said would allow Verizon to offer faster peak wireless download speeds in the future.