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.
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.
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.
Samsung Adds Tri-Band Carrier Aggregation to Note 4
Samsung today announced a modified version of the Galaxy Note 4 that takes the company's flagship handset to the Nth degree. The new Note 4 supports LTE Advanced (LTE-A) Tri-Band Carrier Aggregation (CA), which can provide peak download speeds of 300Mbps once such networks are available.
Samsung Bumps Galaxy S 5 Specs in Korea
Samsung today introduced a new version of of its flagship Galaxy S 5 phone with a faster processor and higher-resolution display. The Galaxy S 5 LTE-A has a quad-HD display like the rival LG G3, the new Snapdragon 805 processor, and support for LTE-Advanced at speeds up to 225 Mbps.