BARCELONA, Spain--T-Mobile US CTO Neville Ray said that 5G networks will mainly involve new uses of spectrum to address continued expected growth in mobile data usage and different uses cases, including from the Internet of Things. At the same time, Ray cautioned that there is no need to rush to 5G networks today, as LTE and LTE Advanced networks still have a great deal of capabilities that carriers can tap.
BARCELONA, Spain--Qualcomm Europe's senior director of business development said the region is bouncing back in terms of technology development and operators' investments in networks.
Verizon Wireless entered the AWS-3 spectrum auction with at least 40 MHz of AWS airwaves covering around 70 percent of the U.S. population, but ended the auction with that figure around 95 percent. According to a senior Verizon executive, Verizon now has a combination of at least 40 MHz of AWS-1 or AWS-3 spectrum in 92 of the top 100 U.S. markets, which will help the carrier meet capacity needs as more traffic shifts to its LTE network.
At the end of 2014, there were 49 commercially available LTE Advanced networks around the world.
France-based SFR has launched LTE Advanced (LTE-A) services in Marseille following earlier launches in the cities of Toulon, Toulouse and Lyon.
Some 96 LTE networks were launched in 27 countries in 2014, taking the total number of commercial LTE networks to 360 in 124 countries by the end of the year according to latest figures released by the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA).
In this overview of 2014, we have focused on five key trends: fixed-mobile convergence and quad-play; mergers and acquisitions; "5G;" connected cars; and the resurgence of European device manufacturers. The reasons for focusing on these five areas and the news that shaped them are probably obvious to anyone who has been following the industry closely this year.
2014 is nearly at and end and it's the time of the year when there are countless year-end review articles and 2015 predictions. While there were many highlights of 2014, I choose to hone in on network and competition. Instead of predictions, my 2015 expectations have been laid out with technology paths and the previous year's events.
Tele2 set out its LTE and LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) rollout targets for the Netherlands and the Baltic States, as the Sweden-based group also unveiled a multi-year investment programme expected to cost around SEK1 billion (€107 million/$132 million) and yield annual savings of SEK1 billion from 2018.
AT&T Mobility is going to deploy carrier aggregation technology where it can, depending on how much spectrum it has available to meld together, according to a senior company executive.