hotdigitalnews Recently, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo mentioned that their upgraded multicast wireless video capabilities will be commercially available in 2015. According to Light Reading, Shammo is quoted as stating that Verizon will start to embed multicast chips in handsets by the end of 2014 while the LTE network will be ready in 2015. Shammo went on to explain the difference between 4G wireless streaming video and multicast video as: “If everybody in this room was to watch the same video today we would probably bring down the cell site, because there wouldn’t be enough channels in that cell site to deliver…
Verizon, Qualcomm and Ericsson are planning to conduct field trials where they will all share spectrum currently owned by the US government so that the companies can expand their wireless network capacity. Verizon, Qualcomm and Ericsson plan to test a large section of 3.5 GHz spectrum which is usually assigned to military radar applications. All three companies have filed applications with the FCC to conduct the field trials. In the long term, Verizon says, this spectrum could be used for high-demand areas such as “stadiums, college campuses, or airports.” As FierceWireless notes, the FCC plans to authorize new spectrum-sharing techniques to open up the 3.5 GHz band for wireless…
Verizon has decided to follow in AT&T’s footsteps and stamp its feet about the restrictions that the FCC is going to put in place to save some chunks of spectrum for smaller operators. Verizon used similar arguments as AT&T by stating that the rules limiting hoarding by the companies with the deepest pockets was “perverse and unjust” and “subsidizing.”
Earlier this week, the FCC called AT&T’s bluff and essentially dared them to stay out of the most important wireless spectrum auction in years.
After pulling off nearly forty spectrum deals in the previous 12 months, AT&T’s CFO John Stephens told investors that AT&T had enough spectrum to last the next five years.
It’s that time of year where the major wireless providers cry to the US government about how their companies are doomed without additional spectrum being freed up. AT&T has a long history of over-emphasizing capacity and spectrum constraints in order to get what they want from regulators and politicians. Capacity was the primary justification for the company’s decision to impose overage penalties on DSL users, despite absolutely no evidence those networks experience meaningful congestion.
T-Mobile has done just about the impossible and shown remarkable growth in 2013 and promise for 2014. At the end of 2012, T-Mobile was down 9.8% and coming off their worst point of revenue growth along with being the only major company not offering the iPhone.
Sprint absolutely has the tools in place to build one of the most powerful, if not the most powerful, LTE network in the country. Unfortunately, we have been waiting since 2008 to get this so-called powerful 4G network from Sprint and nothing has materialized.