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 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.
Qualcomm's Latest LTE Modem Boasts 450Mbps Downloads
Qualcomm today announced a new LTE modem and accompanying envelope tracker for mobile devices that has the potential to deliver blistering download and upload speeds. The Gobi 9x45 modem supports Category 10 LTE and global carrier aggregation for download speeds of up to 450Mbps and upload speeds of up to 100Mbps.
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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