AT&T Unveils $14B 'Project Velocity IP' Network Initiative
AT&T today shared details on how it plans to evolve and grow its wireless and wireline networks and businesses over the coming years. AT&T will invest approximately $8 billion in its wireless network over the next three years in order to cover 250 million Americans with LTE by the end of 2013 and 300 million Americans with LTE by the end of 2014. AT&T also expects to spend about $6 billion on its wireline IP broadband business and make improvements to its backhaul network. AT&T expects to cover 99% of POPs with LTE in the 22 states where it also operates wired internet services. AT&T is hinging its LTE strategy on the FCC's recent approval of its Wireless Communications Services (WCS) spectrum plan. AT&T has been purchasing WCS spectrum in small amounts all year long. Pending regulatory approval, AT&T says it will have 118MHz of WCS spectrum across the U.S. to help supplement its 700MHz LTE network. AT&T also expects to use small cell and distributed antenna systems to increase the density of its wireless network in areas where demand is high. AT&T believes that Project VIP will eventually help it offer wireless home voice and broadband services, enhance its Digital Life (connected home) initiatives, and provide the backbone for connected cars.
Verizon, Samsung Offer Small Cell for Improved In-Home Coverage
Verizon Wireless today announced the 4G LTE Network Extender for homes and small businesses. The small box provides LTE coverage in buildings up to about 7,500 square feet, including services such as HD Voice and high-speed data.
AT&T Targeting Summer Launch for LTE in WCS Spectrum
AT&T plans to begin deploying LTE service in its 2.3GHz WCS spectrum holdings this summer. AT&T acquired some WCS spectrum from NextWave in 2012 and more from Sprint in 2014.
AT&T to Scoop Up WCS Spectrum from Sprint
AT&T has agreed to pick up 19 WCS spectrum licenses from Sprint for an undisclosed sum, according to a filing the companies made with the Federal Communications Commission. The WCS licenses cover 2.3GHz spectrum across portions of the south, including Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, and Texas.
Sprint Says Network Vision Is Basically Done
Sprint recently indicated that its years-long Network Vision project is coming to a close. Sprint's 1900MHz LTE network covers 260 million POPs, according to Sprint CFO Joe Euteneuer, who made the comments at a Bank of America investor conference this week.
T-Mobile Talks Up Plans for 700MHz Spectrum
T-Mobile today revealed what it expects to do with the 700MHz spectrum it recently acquired from Verizon Wireless. The company said this block of spectrum covers 158 million Americans, or 9 of the top 10 - and 21 of the top 30 - markets around the country.
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