Wireless carriers seem to be obsessed with the speeds that their LTE networks can provide now, and will provide in the future. While downlink and uplink speeds are important factors in determining the consumer experience, an often overlooked metric is network latency.
Verizon Wireless is nearing a deal to sell its lower 700 MHz A Block spectrum to T-Mobile US, according to a Bloomberg report. The report, which cited an unnamed person close to the deal, said that the deal could be announced as soon as this week.
It's no secret that a significant amount of attention and interest has been paid to wireless network speeds in the United States and globally. And that comes as no surprise: LTE networks provide significantly faster download speeds than 3G networks. However, relatively little attention has been paid to 3G and LTE latency speeds in wireless--which is notable considering a number of operators have pointed to improved latency as a major reason behind the push to LTE.
Sprint is considering a bid for No. 4 carrier T-Mobile US, according to a Wall Street Journal report. Sprint is studying potential regulatory concerns of the deal, and it might make an offer in the first half of next year.
Nine months after DirecTV CFO Patrick Doyle told analysts that the company was open to sharing "NFL Sunday Ticket" with other pay TV distributors, CEO Mike White said Thursday that he expects DirecTV will keep exclusive rights to the popular programming package.
Sprint desperately needs a repositioning, in the same way that T-Mobile has shown is possible. As the last quarters have proven, just providing "unlimited for life" is not enough for consumers to switch to Sprint in significant numbers because the other operators offer packages with more data per month than most consumers use. Unless Sprint can provide more value than Verizon or AT&T, the customer losses will continue.
Verizon Wireless would be open to swapping its lower 700 MHz A Block spectrum for other airwaves, according to Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam.
Verizon Wireless is planning to augment its LTE network in 50 different cities with AWS spectrum in the first half of 2014 to avoid potential capacity issues. That process includes seeding the customer base with AWS-capable devices, as well as deploying inbuilidng coverage and Distributed Antenna Systems, according to Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam.
In today's spotlight, FierceWireless takes a look at plans from Verizon Wireless to use AWS (Advanced Wireless Service) spectrum to augment its LTE network in 50 cities during the first half of 2014.
Verizon Wireless has been deploying its AWS spectrum in dozens of major markets across the country in an effort to boost capacity for its LTE network and in some markets it is tripling the amount of spectrum dedicated to LTE service.