T-Mobile US is working to enhance its LTE network with Nokia Networks, which indicated that it will enable carrier-aggregation technology for the carrier.
Ericsson and Deutsche Telekom's Slovak Telecom business unit achieved data speeds of 300 Mbps in over-the-air field trials for intraband contiguous LTE carrier aggregation. The trials were the first for LTE Band 7, 2.6 GHz spectrum, using a 20+20 MHz configuration in a field environment, Ericsson said.
LTE Advanced is advancing. According to the Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GSA), 79 carriers in total have launched, have deployed or are trialing LTE Advanced technologies in their networks. The GSA also said 21 operators have launched LTE Advanced carrier aggregation in 14 countries.
Ericsson is exiting the wireless-modem business and will most likely slash about 1,000 jobs as a result. The decision comes as pricing pressure builds in the stand-alone-modem business and more device makers choose to buy system-on-a-chip solutions with modems married to application processors, which Ericsson does not offer.
HONG KONG--Connectivity is now a key point of differentiation in mobile device modems according to Qualcomm, which is trading on the sheer number of cellular technologies now incorporated into its mobile device modems, with support for TDD and FDD variants of LTE a key selling point.
LAS VEGAS--There are 321 LTE networks deployed worldwide, but only 20 that are upgraded to offer LTE-Advanced capabilities such as carrier aggregation. So while the hype around 5G continues to grow, 4G Americas wants to get the message out that there is still "a huge runway for LTE Advanced in the future," said Chris Pearson, president of trade group 4G Americas.
LTE networks are more efficient than legacy 3G networks, and generally produce more data usage, which carriers can monetize. However, according to a new report from research firm Strategy Analytics, the infusion of revenue that LTE is bringing to carriers is not likely going to last that long.
Apple is hosting a media event Sept. 9 at the Flint Center for Performing Arts, near its headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. Although Apple is expected to unveil its first new product line since 2010 at the event--its long-rumored wearable, which many have dubbed the iWatch--the main draw is expected to be Apple's announcement of the next iteration of the iPhone, which will likely be called the iPhone 6. FierceWireless has compiled six of the most prominent iPhone 6 rumors, with a special focus on the wireless technologies that may or may not make it into the final design.
Though many in the industry expected September to bring a functional freeze for 3GPP Release 12, this latest set of specifications for LTE-Advanced is now not slated for finalization until December. And the freeze date may be pushed back by an additional quarter as 3GPP works out final kinks in what has become a complicated technology release, according to Said Tatesh, director, 3GPP standards leader, at Alcatel-Lucent.
Carrier aggregation is a key feature of LTE advanced, delivering more efficient capacity utilisation and faster speeds; but LTE Advanced can deliver so much more, including heterogeneous network capabilities in particular. Coordinating the low-power layer of small cells with the macro network improves performance across the entire network while also further boosting efficiencies in spectrum use and power consumption, automating network configuration and optimisation.