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.
AT&T Targeting LTE Multicast for 2015
AT&T recently indicated it plans to deploy LTE Multicast beginning next year. LTE Multicast is a technology that allows network operators to push video content to a large number of subscribers at a time, rather than broadcast individual streams to select users on demand.
AT&T to Trial LTE Broadcast at College Football Game
AT&T recently announced plans to test its LTE Broadcast technology at the forthcoming college football championship game on Jan. 12 in Arlington, Texas.
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.
Verizon Reschedules VoLTE-Only Phones for 2016
Verizon Wireless has moved back the timeframe for deploying handsets without CDMA chipsets by two years. The company plans to debut VoLTE service by the end of 2014, but will continue to use its CDMA network for the bulk of voice calls for another two years.
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