Samsung Electronics claims it had made a breakthrough in wireless network technology, which it is touting as "5G," explaining the new wireless technique will enable data downlink speeds of 1 Gbps. However, the technology is not nearly ready for prime time--Samsung said it hopes to commercialize it by 2020.
T-Mobile USA will be able to move to LTE Advanced faster than its larger rivals because its network equipment and Radio Access Network are already capable of supporting LTE Advanced, even though it only just launched its initial LTE service earlier this month, according to a T-Mobile executive.
BARCELONA, Spain--Broadcom thinks that 2014 will be the year it will be able to bring together the key components of its chipset portfolio--applications processor, advanced LTE modem and its newest combo chip--and integrate them into a solution for high-end smartphones, according to a company executive.
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.
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.
Consumer femtocells are cool. Active antenna systems are cool. HetNets are cool. But the mobile infrastructure market is not a consumer market, where "cool" devices go viral. In the mobile infrastructure game, it's important to remember that all of the technology we invent has one purpose: Get the bits from Point A to Point B, faster and cheaper than before.
Acknowledging the obvious--that most WiMAX operators are also interested, or already investing, in other radio access technologies--the WiMAX Forum announced that its WiMAX Advanced roadmap will include the flexibility to support additional broadband wireless access technologies and devices beyond WiMAX Release 1 and Release 2.
Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen reiterated he is worried that regulatory delays in rules for Dish's 40 MHz of MSS S-band spectrum will cause the company to miss its opportunity to get into the wireless market.
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