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.
Verizon Wireless said it expanded its deployment of AWS spectrum to boost capacity for LTE service to 22 additional markets, making it available in four out of five of its LTE markets nationwide. Since the carrier has around 500 LTE markets in total, that brings the AWS deployment to roughly 400 markets.
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.
Some 331 operators have commercially launched LTE networks and service in 112 countries, according to data released by the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA).
Time is speeding up in the wireless industry. Though advanced markets have rolled out significant LTE and LTE Advanced footprints, many markets worldwide are just now dipping their toes into the LTE pool. Nonetheless, the collective industry already has 5G on its mind, with most pundits calling for requirements and specs to be laid out in the next couple of years in time for commercial rollouts in little more than five years.
Verizon Wireless started rolling out Voice over LTE service nationwide but is initially making VoLTE available on only two smartphones: the Samsung Galaxy S5 and LG G2. The carrier had promised that a " robust " lineup of devices would come with its VoLTE launch, and vowed that more will come soon.
Virgin Mobile Central and Eastern Europe (VMCEE), a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), has secured funding of up to €10 million ($12.9 million) to fuel its expansion in Poland, Turkey, and other parts of the region.
Bouygues Telecom is the latest European operator to sign a deal offering customers direct access to Netflix, as the U.S. video streaming company continues its expansion in the region.
LAS VEGAS--Rival U.S. operators are concerned about the "peak wars" that Sprint might initiate using its vast spectrum holdings, said Mike Murphy, Nokia Networks' head of technology, North America.
Most mobile operators are planning or actually deploying indoor and outdoor small cells to densify their LTE networks, but the pending widespread deployment of small cells is creating an urgent and unprecedented IT security threat, according to Martin Nuss, CTO at Vitesse Semiconductor.