Samsung announced a new Galaxy Note 4 variant for South Korea that is the world’s first “commercially” available LTE Advanced Tri-Band Carrier Aggregation phone. Why does that matter? Because a phone with LTE-A Tri-Band CA can theoretically produce download speeds up to 450Mbps on Category 9 LTE networks. That…is fast. Of course, Cat.9 networks aren’t mainstream yet, but this phone is also capable of pushing the needle on today’s LTE networks (Cat.6) to upwards of 300Mbps. (more…)
A discussion recently took place between Fierce Wireless and Verizon executive Mike Haberman, Big Red’s vice president of network support, in which Haberman outlined the carrier’s immediate 2015 plans, as well as looked beyond and into the future for the network.
2015, Haberman states, will be a year of more carrier aggregation, as the company has already begun testing the network, getting it ready for public rollout. The technology of aggregation, which Verizon has labeled LTE Advanced for marketing purposed, builds greater “traffic lanes” for mobile users to utilize, bonding spectrum to produce greater capacity. This ultimately brings faster mobile speeds and improved call quality to anyone with a compatible phone. (more…)
Qualcomm announced two new Snapdragon processors this morning, the Snapdragon 808 and the Snapdragon 810. According to Qualcomm, these two chipsets are the highest performing mobile processors from the company to date, specifically geared at powering the latest generation of flagship smartphones and tablets. (more…)
According to a report out of GigaOm, AT&T has gone live with LTE-Advanced in several markets, making them the first major U.S. carrier to offer what could be an incredible 4G wireless experience. AT&T isn’t ready yet to make this news into a marketing campaign, though, since no current devices can even take advantage of the network technology outside a hotspot unit. That will likely change once the Samsung Galaxy S5 arrives in April. (more…)
Verizon’s completion of their 4G LTE rollout means big things for next year’s roadmap, according to a recent discussion with the carrier’s Chief Network Operator, Nicki Palmer. Shooting for a time frame of late 2014, Verizon intends to launch its first line of LTE-only devices, capable of handling simultaneous voice and data through a single radio, something that Verizon’s users have been without for some time. (more…)
At a New York-based event this Tuesday, T-Mobile senior vice president of technology, strategy, finance and development, Dave Mayo, talked up the carrier’s plans for LTE-Advanced. According to Mayo, T-Mobile will begin, “rolling out LTE-Advanced features later this year.” In terms of what we can exactly expect of these features, Mayo did not give any insight. (more…)
This evening, Samsung and SK Telecom, a Korean carrier that recently finished construction on the world’s first commercially available LTE-Advanced network, announced the Galaxy S4 LTE-A. The LTE-A is the world’s first device able to connect to an LTE Advanced network, as well as containing Qualcomm’s newest flagship processor, the Snapdragon 800. (more…)