T-Mobile to Bulk Up LTE Network with 4x2 MIMO
T-Mobile is prepared to strengthen its LTE 4G network by doubling the number of antennas on its base stations in select markets. T-Mobile's network currently uses a 2x2 MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) configuration. This means there are two antennas on the base station used in parallel to connect to two antennas on the cell phone. Switching to four antennas on the base station will help fill in the coverage gaps within a given cell, meaning phones in that particular cell will see better overall coverage and performance of the network on both the downlink and the uplink. "We do see the benefits 4×2 MIMO offers and will be deploying this in many cities in 2014 as part of our Wideband LTE rollout," said T-Mobile VP of Technology Mark McDiarmid in a statement provided to Gigaom. "All of T-Mobile's available devices currently support 4×2 MIMO and we'll ensure that new devices will as well. We believe this will be one of the first deployments by a top carrier network in the U.S." This means T-Mobile customers won't have to do anything in order to enjoy the benefits of this improved coverage. While speeds themselves won't improve, individual cell sites will be able to provide a more consistent connection to more devices. The first three markets to see these improvements will be Chicago, Dallas, and San Antonio. T-Mobile didn't say what other markets it is targeting.
Sprint's 'Magic Box' Is An In-Home Small Cell to Help Improve Coverage
Sprint today announced the Magic Box, a tool Sprint hopes consumers and businesses will use to help it densify its LTE network. The Magic Box is similar to a signal booster in that owners place it in a window.
Verizon Says LTE-Advanced Features On Deck for 2015
Verizon Wireless has a number of improvements to its LTE network planned for 2015 that will boost coverage, capacity, and speeds, according to Mike Haberman, vice president of network support for Verizon. First, Verizon will implement carrier aggregation, which pairs disparate spectrum bands so they act as one.
T-Mobile Debuts 4x4 MIMO, 256 QAM to Double Speed
T-Mobile today announced two significant updates to its network: first, it has launching 4x4 MIMO, and second, it has increased its network footprint. The 4x4 MIMO (multiple-in, multiple-out) technology falls under the LTE-Advanced category.
Verizon, Samsung Offer Small Cell for Improved In-Home Coverage
Verizon Wireless today announced the 4G LTE Network Extender for homes and small businesses. The small box provides LTE coverage in buildings up to about 7,500 square feet, including services such as HD Voice and high-speed data.
Qualcomm Amps Up its Wi-Fi Lineup
Qualcomm Atheros, a subsidiary of Qualcomm, today unveiled new Wi-Fi products that promise to boost performance for a range of consumer electronics. The company added the QCA9377 chip to its 802.11ac 2.0 ecosystem, which Qualcomm says brings the benefits of multi-user multi-input/multi-output (MU-MIMO) to mobile devices.
Why are they making headlines?
Verizon is just greedy and only does what it needs to do.
AT&T has actually made great strides and is starting to move on a significant basis. They're putting a lot of money into the network and are trying to beat Verizon.
I like T-mobile in the sense they push the other carriers to stride for more - but I want AT&T to win.
Verizon is actually deploying AWS LTE in many markets to add capacity and speed.