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.
All of the nation's Tier 1 U.S. carriers have indicated they will probably launch Voice over LTE technology in the near future. But how will Sprint, T-Mobile US, Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility position VoLTE when they launch the technology here?
Sprint has been touting its "Sprint Spark" tri-mode LTE service as major advancement in its network capabilities, but the first tri-mode LTE smartphones the carrier has rolled out do not support simultaneous voice and data over LTE.
Ulf Ewaldsson, Ericsson's CTO and senior vice president, spoke to FierceWirelessTech Editor-in-Chief Sue Marek about the company's view of LTE Broadcast technology, Voice over LTE and what exactly 5G will be. "We are looking at tough requirements for 5G with download speeds of up to 20 Gigabits and latency below 1 millisecond," Ewaldsson explained. For more, check out this FierceWirelessTech Hot Seat.
Ericsson announced two more LTE contract wins this week as the Swedish vendor continues its quest to build its share of the LTE market in the face of tough competition from Chinese rival Huawei.
"Good luck, Randy!" That's exactly what four of Europe's Big 5 operators (e.g., Vodafone, Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefónica, and Telecom Italia) told me when I asked the question: What do you think of AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson's statement that he sees room to move the European market in the direction of the U.S. by investing in networks, shifting pricing strategies to encourage mobile data use and collecting more revenue as use increases?
HOLLYWOOD BEACH, Fla.--AT&T Mobility expects to launch its first Voice over LTE smartphone by the end of the year as a prelude to a wider VoLTE deployment in 2014, according to a senior AT&T executive.
When deciding to move from 3G networks to LTE, operator executives need to build and share an agreed and clear view on how to manage device evolution, customer migration, spectrum refarming, traffic offloading, rural coverage and the timing for VoLTE.
Russian operator Scartel is now technically ready to deploy Voice over LTE (VoLTE) services on its LTE network following trials with Huawei, the Chinese vendor said in a statement.
Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo said although content providers have approached Verizon Wireless about wanting to subsidize content delivery, there are still technology hurdles to making that a reality.