Posts tagged with: LTE

LTE, short for Long Term Evolution, is the fourth wireless standard that provides theoretical download speeds of over 1gbps. Verizon was first to the market with LTE, followed by AT&T, Sprint, and lastly, T-Mobile. Carriers are providing smartphone, tablets, and other connected devices that take advantage of these faster data speeds.

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    LG is one eccentric chaebol. In addition to making plenty of components for its end-user products, like smartphones, and then, in some cases, providing the infrastructure for paid services for those products, as it does operating as a cellular service provider, LG U+, in Korea, there's just a ton of synergy possible. Concerning LG U+ in particular, it seems that its CEO is interested in expanding its presence to Japan, China and the US, investing in artificial intelligence and IoT as well as conventional wireless service. LG U+ CEO Kwon Young-soo said that he has developed relationships ...

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    Big Orange wants to hit several birds sitting on a power line with a few tiny plastic antenna units. AT&T is launching Project AirGig into the public, its effort to spread internet service wirelessly through the United States power grid. Affordable antenna units are supposedly able to redistribute wireline and wireless signals around or near, but not directly through medium-voltage cables. Nothing needs to be plugged into the power lines themselves and no new spectrum needs to be licensed. The company believes that these signals can help it deliver last-mile service while eliminating ...

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    AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon all have spectrum in the AWS-3 bands, but they're not using it just yet as they build out spectrum across lower and high frequencies as well as their AWS-1 bands (in LTE terms, Band 4). Well, a swift kick in the pants from LG may get the gears cranking. The company can also claim another first — you know, besides the whole "native Android Nougat phone" deal. FCC Office of Engineering and Technology filings show that its upcoming V20, soon to serve all three networks, will support LTE Band 66, a key part of that empty, unused (at least by those carriers) ...

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    Verizon launched LTE Advanced service last week. T-Mobile's CTO, Neville Ray, took "a big yawn" and decided to announce that 4x4 MIMO service has already went live in 319 cities and that Quadrature Amplitude Modulation would also help its customers get download speeds up to 400Mbps. Whoop de doo. That's more for the cavalier attitude. The improvements are a bit more concrete. Reddit caught T-Mobile testing advanced MIMO services last month. The Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are already set for 4x4 MIMO while other devices will get an OTA for support. QAM, on the other hand, is a technology ...

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    Samsung has not provided a specific date of availability nor has it spilled the prices of its latest wearables, the Gear S3 classic and the Gear S3 frontier. Both of them come in Bluetooth-only and LTE-connected flavors as well, so carriers are bound to be wanting in on the action. Well, AT&T, carrying the 3G version of the Gear S2 and first to grab at the LTE-enabled LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition, is getting Samsung's first LTE wearable. Specifically, the Death Star mentions the Gear S3 frontier with 4G LTE as part of its future lineup. Ma Bell also has software value-adds to tell you ...

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    Update: This story has been updated with information from the launch event. With all due respect to other companies' wearables to be showcased at IFA Berlin this year, the only real smartwatch of Note (heh) that's garnered enough buzz to be watched is Samsung's Gear S3. Two variations were launched at an event in Belin The Gear S3 classic, showing off a more traditional wristwatch form factor and it looks like a traditional wristwatch, too The Gear S3 frontier, a darker, more rugged-looking watch for explorers Design came first in focus for the company to make a smartwatch the ...

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    Verizon has painted the town a deeper shade of red. 461 cities and towns across the United States, to be precise. It has initiated LTE Advanced service at your nearest major metropolis and many roads that connect them to one another. All of this, Verizon says, without additional cost to the 288 million potential customers affected. Verizon says it has 39 LTE-A capable devices in its population and is actively selling 26 of them right now, dating back to the iPhone 6. If you have a Samsung Galaxy Note 5, a BlackBerry Priv or LG V10, you're all set. Several tablets also have LTE-A. Source: ...

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    Update: This article has been updated to reflect information about 4x4 MIMO technology in relation to the Snapdragon 820 given to us from Qualcomm. The Snapdragon 820 can support 4x4 cellular multiple input-multiple output, but you'd be struck to find a phone manufacturer willing to stuff four cellular antennas into their device. Well, the Galaxy Note 7 can claim to be the first phone that utilizes 4x4 MIMO. Ideally, 4x4 MIMO would handle networks that could use four physical streams of data. T-Mobile does not have such an infrastructure active yet, so, according to folks on the ...

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    Verizon has been doing all it can to try and shake competing CDMA-run Sprint as it gets back on its legs. The fellows at yellow have been making big claims like its network being almost as reliable as Big Red. Plan price cuts have compounded the cutthroat attitudes in this market. Meantime, the checkmark has responded by saying that Sprint is still billions of faults behind Verizon (while raising prices with albeit beefier plans) and pointing out the fact that it owns LTE across the country. The carrier enlisted the help of Jamie Foxx to do just that. Preaching to the choir or falling on ...

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    Have you got travel plans to Europe this summer? Want to stay connected? Do you fear of the consequences that may take place after the Brexit vote? T-Mobile's helping to allay most of these anxieties by amping up its Simple Global program in Europe. Sure, you have free data in over 140 territories around the world (including Belize now), but 2G speeds can get pretty impractical. The Un-carrier is letting those speeds rise up to 4G standards from July 1 to August 31 in the 58 countries it serves in Europe. That's for free, along with SMS. Calls are still 20¢ a minute. You can tell that ...

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    Sprint has been making a lot of headlines lately after they showed off their 5G chops with a demo at the Copa América Centenario soccer (or football for our non-U.S. readers) tournament. Rocking out download speeds up to a whopping 2Gbps with a super low latency, it was indeed an impressive feat to say the least. They showed it off streaming 4k video as well as streaming some VR goodness courtesy of VideoStitch and as far as we can tell it all went off there without a hitch cruising along on the 73GHz spectrum. Here soon they plan on showing off their service on a 15GHz spectrum touting ...

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    Getting away from the hectic Tuesday that T-Mobile and its IT engineers have had, it has also not been a walk in the park for its engineers working the towers. But the payoff could be not just free junk food and lazing in bed with Lupita Nyong'o and Bill Murray. A Redditor posted up some cellular diagnostics he did showing off some testing the Un-carrier has done in Dallas to aggregate its three bands of LTE in different configurations to deliver better speeds. All this came from a random speed test they did around the Dallas-area residence garnering an abnormally high 60+Mbps result, ...

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    You'll soon be able to buy a OnePlus 3 without an invite! Is this the flagship killer you've been waiting for? We finally have confirmation on USA pricing for the Xperia X. Will Sony start supporting North America more consistently? Qualcomm delivers an official statement regarding the TrustZone exploit, but will consumers be able to protect their information if manufacturers have to send updates? These stories and we'll be tackling your questions and comments. Make sure you're charged and ready for episode 203 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Watch the video broadcast from 2:00pm Eastern on June ...

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    We may be approaching a turning point in mobile technology, which in many ways is actually coming full circle. The time was that you had "accessories" like a camera, a PDA, a phone, a laptop, a watch, and a host of other devices on you that all performed a specific function. The best part was, all of those devices generally performed that function exceptionally well and if one of them happened to break down, you didn’t have to replace all of them. Gradually, we have shifted to a world where all of those devices have coalesced into one super device – the smartphone, with functions that ...

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    Let's start off this editorial on a personal gripe of mine. I think the industry oversold the smartwatch when we saw the first generation of Gears and Wears. Most people expected a "phone on your wrist" gadget, while the killer apps for wearables turned out to be fitness tracking and migrating your notifications. Android Wear 2.0 looks to up the ante on wrist based computing. Will this be the platform to really allow us to leave our phones at home? Many of us were surprised to see that smartwatch sales are staying strong. Even though we haven't seen the same rush of updates and releases, ...

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    Our smart “phones” are increasingly inaccurately described as “phones”. Every day, billions of people pocket tiny little super computers which are capable of incredible communication and multimedia activities. Voice calls are only one small part of why we buy smartphones, but when you do fire up a call, you want it to sound good. What affects call quality? Will it improve soon? Your phone’s hardware The first place to look at audio quality is the device in your pocket. Over many years of evolution and refinement, modern smartphones now routinely include high quality microphones ...

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    We've been livin' on the EDGE for a long time, but AT&T figures it's about that time that the sky started falling on GSM. CFO John Stevens says the network's remaining 2G networks will be shut off by the end of this year. In AT&T's Q1 earnings conference call, Stevens said that the company moved off six million customers from 2G in the past 12 months. Some stubborn feature phone-wielding subscribers may end up getting lost in the transition, but refarming the 850MHz and 1.9GHz bands entirely to LTE would be more economical for the company in the end. "There still is a lot of cost ...

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    So, it's out. The Xiaomi Mi 5, that is. And it's out all over the world, minus the places we've wanted to see it appear. So, what's up? Well, we now know about what you can expect if you decide to import the phone and that's nearly full LTE coverage. In fact, the Mi 5 has nearly all the bands it would need to operate on the four major US networks. This is, like, Nexus or iPhone level stuff we're talking about here. Here's the full listing of what the phone has to offer. LTE: B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/18/19/20/25/26/27/28/29/38/39/40/41 TD-SCDMA: B34/39 WCDMA: B1/2/5/8 CDMA2000: BC0/1 ...

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    Everyone seems to have a Windows 10 tablet out on the market these days. We saw a glut back at CES — a glut Alcatel was a part of — but for MWC, the newly re-christened company has decided to step up its offerings with a convertible tablet called the PLUS 10. That "10" tells of a 10-inch LCD at 1280 x 800 resolution. It's paired with two front-facing speakers (with "3D sound") as both stand as a hallmark of the intended multimedia experience. A quad-core processor powers the device with 32GB of storage, expandable by SD card. The 8,410mAh battery is believed to last an eight-hour day ...

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    Yesterday was a big day for a certain semiconductor company that saw its smartphone chip domination threatened last year through its own fault, but which seems to recover very well and quickly regain its industry trail-blazing reputation. The high-end Snapdragon 820, mid-range SD625, 435 and 425, plus the wearable-designed Snapdragon Wear 2100 processors are however only the beginning of Qualcomm’s 2016 ushering of new mobile technology eras, with the Snapdragon X16 LTE modem also announced as an “important milestone” in network speed progress. As the name suggests, the ...

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    OpenSignal has another report out today that places US networks firmly in the "needs improvement" category. It announced in its global State of LTE report for the last quarter of 2015 that the US was ranked seventh in coverage and 55th in speeds. Average speeds across the five major networks (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular and Verizon) come to 10Mbps while coverage stands at 81 percent of the country. This puts the country in line with Kuwaiti and Qatari carriers in terms of the composite picture. In the prime quadrant is Singapore, sixth in overall coverage (83 percent) and the ...

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    Right now, T-Mobile is in the process of bringing band 12 LTE coverage to more and more of its users. By and large, that's a good thing, and the addition of such support gives users access to more mobile bandwidth, helping to clear network congestion and keep data connections strong for everyone. With the frequency we're talking about for band 12, the signal also enjoys increased penetration, reaching further into buildings and dense urban centers. But the arrival of band 12 has been mired by confusion and uncertainty, and it's occasionally been difficult to tell just when smartphones will ...

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    LG launched the V10 smartphone along with its cell-connected second-generation Android Wear smartwatch called the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition last month. But, in order for sales to happen, we had to wait on an Android Wear update to support LTE connectivity before sales could start. Wait no more. The Android Official Blog has announced that support for cellular connections. And with that, it seems that Verizon is getting a leg up on the competition by offering pre-orders for the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition starting tomorrow for $499.99 off-contract or $449.99 with a two-year, $5/month plan ...

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    The war for more spectrum is on. Between carriers, there's a fight over how much of the 600MHz band each can take. Short-range, unlicensed LTE could prove a boon for venue managers who might hook an operator up with a lease. Furthermore, T-Mobile's been fixing to take the towers to the customers themselves with its new 4G LTE CellSpots. Now, municipalities have more leverage than ever to strike leases with the networks. It's thanks in part to Philips and Ericsson as both team up to manufacture LED streetlights with embedded LTE antennas. Philips claims its SmartPole lighting can generate ...

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    Using high-speed, efficient LTE data networks to handle voice calls makes a lot of sense, so it's little surprise we already see plenty of carriers supporting such VoLTE systems – a number that's only likely to increase. But for all the promise VoLTE promises, it also represents a major shift to the way voice calls are handled by phone hardware, routed, and even billed – changes that have the potential to cause users and carriers alike a few headaches. In a recent paper, a team of researchers in South Korea and the US highlight a number of these vulnerabilities, as well as discuss ways ...

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