Smile Telecom said it is the first mobile operator to offer voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) in East Africa after it launched the 4G voice service in three cities in Uganda.
According to a new report from advertising measurement company iSpot, AT&T delivered the most effective ads during the past 30 days, narrowly beating out Verizon for the wireless industry's top spot. AT&T topped iSpot's chart mainly on the strength of its 30-second "Sort of Birthday" commercial, which the firm said generated about 12.4 percent of the industry's total "digital response."
T-Mobile US is seeing strong momentum in its sales to small businesses, in large part because of its expanding LTE coverage footprint, according to a T-Mobile executive.
While the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS) covers a lot of territory in its new white paper, "5G Reimagined: A North American Perspective," one thing is clear: There's a lot of life left in LTE systems, and 5G is going to have to be tightly integrated with LTE and LTE Advanced.
Sprint is rebranding part of its LTE network and said that it has now deployed carrier aggregation and beamforming technology in 77 "major" markets across the country, in what it calls an "LTE Plus" deployment. The carrier will continue using LTE Advanced techniques to make its network faster and more robust, according to Sprint CTO John Saw.
The latest issue of the Ericsson Mobility Report predicts that there will be 150 million 5G subscribers by 2021, with South Korea, Japan, China and the U.S. expected to lead in the first wave of take-up.
Verizon has certified CommScope's ION-E in-building wireless solution for installation in enterprises across Verizon's wireless footprint in the United States.
Ericsson expects average smartphone data usage in North America to grow nearly six-fold in the next six years, jumping from 3.8 GB per month in 2015 to 22 GB per month by the end of 2021. That growth will be driven by an increasing usage of streaming video as well as the advent of 5G networks. There will be 150 million 5G subscriptions globally by the end of 2021, according to a new report from the Swedish network vendor.
There will be convergence between fixed broadband and wireless in the United States, and T-Mobile US could be a part of that but will have multiple options as that occurs, according to a senior executive at the carrier.
While the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) is underway in Geneva this month, it's paramount that the world's spectrum leaders agree on some common spectrum allocated for 5G. In the meantime, it's worth noting the status of 5G here in the U.S.