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LTE Advanced is the next phase in the network technology roadmap and many operators are embarking on the LTE-A migration path more quickly than expected thanks to the escalating growth in mobile data. As of July 1, the trade group 4G Americas had tallied 13 operators that had deployed LTE-A in 11 countries worldwide. In the U.S. there is just one operator so far: AT&T Mobility.
For around a year now Verizon Wireless has quietly been offering prospective customers in the Midwest the opportunity to take home a Verizon device and test it for a week to see if they like the carrier's coverage and services. The offering is very similar to T-Mobile US' recently launched Test Drive offering, which allows customers across the country to take home an iPhone 5s with T-Mobile service for seven days.
Verizon Wireless will bring LTE data access to its prepaid customers for the first time on July 17, according to a report from Droid Life. Verizon has up until now limited its prepaid customers to its 3G CDMA network.
FierceWireless has partnered with AllNet Labs, a wireless consulting firm, to map out exactly how much spectrum each of the four Tier 1 carriers currently has that they could deploy for LTE service, broken down on a county-by-county basis. T hese maps show how much spectrum each of the nation's Tier 1 carriers currently has for LTE based on their stated LTE deployment plans. It doesn't show actual LTE deployments, only the spectrum that likely is used or will be used for LTE deployments.
According to a new report from BTIG analyst Walter Piecyk, Verizon Wireless is in a better position than AT&T Mobility to maintain ARPU since fewer Verizon subscribers currently subscribe to shared data plans above 10 GB.
T-Mobile US confirmed it met its mid-year goal of covering 230 million POPs with its LTE network. The carrier plans to cover 250 million POPs with LTE by the end of 2014.
Verizon Wireless reported the resolution of problems with its online portal that impacted thousands of customers and its own retail stores in certain parts of the country. The operator also announced that it has deployed XLTE, the brand name for LTE deployed over its AWS spectrum, to more than 300 markets.
According to a new report from the Telecommunications Industry Association, U.S. wireless carriers will spend a total of $159.3 billion on wireless network equipment and infrastructure during the next four years, up fully 40 percent from the $113.9 billion in cumulative spending during the previous four years. However, TIA pointed out, overall growth in spending is slowing as carriers like Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility finish their initial LTE network buildouts.
AT&T Mobility is looking to purchase 40,000 customers, a handful of spectrum licenses and "related operations and assets" of Plateau Wireless, which offers wireless service across eastern New Mexico and West Texas and will exit the wireless business via the sale. The transaction, which still requires FCC approval, is scheduled to be completed in the second half of this year.