European nations are significantly more dependent on mobile for broadband connections than fibre-rich South Korea and the widely-cabled United States, for example. Europe cannot afford to wait for "5G." It needs to accelerate its laggardly 3G and 4G deployments forthwith.
Mobile subscriptions are expected to reach 9.3 billion by 2019, and more than 60 per cent of these, or 5.6 billion, will be for smartphones, according to the latest Ericsson Mobility Report.
AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega said that traffic on the company's HSPA+ network has peaked as more and more customers are using LTE devices. The announcement comes as AT&T is starting to refarm some of its 1900 MHz PCS spectrum for LTE service.
AT&T Mobility is starting to refarm its 1900 MHz PCS spectrum for LTE service in New York City, according to a GigaOM report.
T-Mobile US claims it will soon have the fastest U.S. wireless network, but it likely will never have the largest. T-Mobile, whose LTE network currently covers around 202 million POPs, plans to top out its LTE coverage at around 225 million people.
When deciding to move from 3G networks to LTE, operator executives need to build and share an agreed and clear view on how to manage device evolution, customer migration, spectrum refarming, traffic offloading, rural coverage and the timing for VoLTE.
Nearly 950 LTE-enabled devices have been announced for use on LTE networks, including 200 that can operate using the TD-LTE mode, according to a new report from the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA).
AT&T Mobility is adding LTE to its new Aio Wireless prepaid brand, which launched with just support for the carrier's HSPA+ network. The move comes shortly after AT&T added HSPA+ and LTE support to its GoPhone prepaid brand.
T-Mobile US touted its progress in getting subscribers from its MetroPCS brand off legacy CDMA service and onto its HSPA+ and LTE networks, saying that it is ahead of schedule in the migration.
AT&T Mobility revamped its GoPhone prepaid plans, as it recently promised it would, and highlighted the fact that its GoPhone customers can access its LTE network, which now covers more than 200 million POPs.