AT&T, America’s second largest wireless operator, owns 30 MHz of spectrum in the so called “WCS band”. Translation: 2.3 GHz. They’ve been wanting to use that spectrum to deploy 4G LTE for a while now, but they’ve faced opposition from Sirius XM, a satellite radio company that uses the same band to run their service.
The merger between Orange and T-Mobile UK is almost complete, with the new Everything Everywhere brand and its oft-lauded 4G service set to launch on October 30. As part of the rebranding process, EE also plans to redesign its outlets across the country.
Today Sprint reaffirmed its commitment to expanding its 4G LTE network by announcing a major push to 22 new markets. Alongside the announcement of the 22 new cities getting its high-speed services, it also reiterated its promise to add LTE to more than a hundred new cities in the near future.
Verizon Wireless is giving several years notice that its 2G and 3G CDMA network will be gone by 2021. As more and more people move onto the new 4G LTE networks we’ll see more of the old 2G and 3G networks disappearing.
When Amazon announced its new range of Kindle Fire tablets last month, among them was its first device with mobile broadband. The high-end Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 4G LTE can connect to AT&T’s 4G network but, since it has support for 10 bands, it can fallback to the 3G networks as well! The only snag was that at the time of the launch, Amazon didn’t have U.S. Federal Communications Commission approval for the device! Although it could be seen as a foregone conclusion that the device would pass the FCC’s tests, it certainly wasn’t, especially when you consider that this is Amazon’s first device with any kind of cellular technology.
It’s not totally unheard of for companies to meet their goals ahead of schedule, but we do have to give a solid pat on the back for Verizon Wireless for completing its mission to bring 4G LTE service to 400 markets by 2012 — two months faster than the original plan.
UK’s first 4G LTE network is ready to roll, but before anything, EE has to build a strong line-up of high-end phones to go with the new speeds. That doesn’t seem to be a problem anymore for the T-Mobile/Orange joint venture, which has officially announced the release of the Galaxy Note 2 on October 15.
EE has officially announced it will launch its 4G service in the UK on October 30th in ten lucky cities. What does that mean for the rest of the UK carriers? Telecommunications watchdog Ofcom has now confirmed that 4G services will reach the other carries starting around the spring and summer of 2013.
While 4G LTE networks tend to be the standard in the United States, Europe is still only making baby steps in replacing 3G with the next generation of download and upload speeds. Things are starting to get a move on in the UK however, where EE (formerly known as Everything Everywhere) is planning to launch 4G LTE in time for the holidays.
After launching their first LTE site last year, Rogers has been busy working on getting LTE to everyone. They have recently launched LTE in 18 new cities, which greatly expands their area. It is a far cry from having complete coverage, but every new site that gets launched counts.