AT&T Prepping LTE-Broadcast Network for Video
AT&T plans to use spectrum it acquired from Qualcomm to deliver LTE-based video to mobile devices. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson confirmed the plans today when speaking at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference. LTE-Broadcast is a one-way multicast network technology that is similar to what's used by television. It uses LTE cell sites to broadcast the content, which can be received by any LTE-capable smart device. LTE-Broadcast is part of the LTE spec, and doesn't require a special antenna or other pricey hardware components. AT&T would be able to control what type of content is delivered in a given region, meaning it can offer local content as well as national content if it wants to. AT&T didn't say when it planned to launch this new video service, though Stephenson implied it is several years out. AT&T will deploy the LTE-Broadcast network on the MediaFLO spectrum it bought from Qualcomm. Qualcomm operated the MediaFLO mobile video service for several years beginning in 2007, but eventually shut it down due to poor uptake of the service.
Google Home's Broadcast Feature Goes Live
Google today enabled the broadcast feature on Google Home devices in English in the U.S., U.K., Australia, and Canada. Now, people with Google Home devices in their house can broadcast announcements or statements from their phone-based Google Assistant to their Home device.
T-Mobile Rolling Out LTE-U
T-Mobile today said it is beginning to upgrade its 4G network with LTE-U this spring. LTE-U allows LTE to operate on the unlicensed spectrum in the 5 GHz band, which is typically reserved for WiFi.
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.
T-Mobile Completes Acquisition of Layer3 TV, Preps TV Service
T-Mobile today said it has completed its acquisition of Layer3 TV, a deal originally announced late last year. T-Mobile will use Layer3 TV's technology to create and launch a new TV service that will be delivered over T-Mobile's LTE network.
AT&T's 'Stream Saver' Doesn't Quite Mimic T-Mobile's BingeOn
AT&T said it is preparing a new service that will allow customers to stream more video content over the wireless network and conserve their data. Stream Saver, set to become available early next year, will downgrade streamed video to 480p so it chews through less wireless data.
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