Samsung and SK Telecom Kick Off LTE-Advanced Era
Samsung today announced the Galaxy S4 LTE-A, a variant of its flagship smartphone that adds support for LTE-Advanced networks, which can perform at about twice the speed of today's LTE 4G networks. In addition to adding LTE-Advanced, the GS4 LTE-A also comes with a quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor from Qualcomm. In conjunction with Samsung's announcement, SK Telecom has launched an LTE-Advanced network in Seoul and its surrounding suburbs. SK Telecom says its LTE-Advanced network is capable of delivering download speeds up to 150Mbps. U.S. carriers have been quiet on their own LTE-Advanced plans.
T-Mobile Announces In-Home LTE CellSpot
T-Mobile today showed off the 4G LTE CellSpot, a "mini cell tower" meant for in-home or in-office use. Similar to T-Mobile's WiFi CellSpot Router, the LTE CellSpot provides full LTE coverage in small buildings up to 3,000 square feet.
Verizon Debuts LTE Advanced with 50% Faster Speeds
Verizon Wireless today said it has launched LTE Advanced service in 461 markets around the country, covering some 288 million POPs or 90% of Americans. Verizon's LTE Advanced relies on two- and three-channel carrier aggregation to boost speed and capacity.
Qualcomm Snapdragon X20 Modem Powers 1.2Gbps Speeds
Qualcomm today announced the Snapdragon X20 LTE modem, which it says is the first Category 18 modem capable of download speeds up to 1.2Gbps. The X20 is manufactured using a 10nm FinFET process.
Qualcomm's X12 Modem to Supercharge Snapdragon 820
Qualcomm today confirmed that its Snapdragon 820 processor will be equipped with the company's X12 LTE modem. The X12, announced in passing earlier this year, is Qualcomm's most advanced wireless radio module.