AT&T Says Femtocells Will Launch This Year
According to statements made by AT&T's executive director for radio access network delivery, Gordon Mansfield, the company is preparing to femotcells that will be available to consumers within a few weeks. Mansfield said, "we will expand [the current trials] into a marketing trial of the AT&T-branded 3G Microcell, which will be open to customers through our AT&T stores…in a handful of cities. We're on track for a full national launch by the end of 2009." Femtocells are small base stations that look similar to Wi-Fi routers and provide enhanced cellular network coverage in places such as homes or offices.
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.
U.S. Cellular to Trial VoLTE
U.S. Cellular said it will begin testing VoLTE in a handful of markets later this year.
U.S. Cellular Says LTE Buildout Largely Complete
U.S. Cellular has finished building its LTE network, said the company, which now provides LTE coverage to 99% of its customers.
Verizon Begins 'go90' Mobile Video Service Trials
Verizon Communications today plans to launch a trial version of its mobile video service. The trial will be initially offered to existing customers in select, unnamed markets this week, with a full-scale launch planned for later this month or early next month.
ROK Mobile Expands Coverage and Retail Presence
ROK Mobile, a music-focused MVNO, today said it has significantly expanded coverage by partnering with "the nation's largest 4G LTE network." ROK Mobile didn't name its new partner, but said customers can now enjoy cellular network access in more places. The carrier has already partnered with Sprint and T-Mobile, so the new partner is either AT&T or Verizon Wireless.
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What Cities are being tested?
There are no trials being run outside of that, except maybe at the Alpharetta headquarters, in the labs.
There's been more than a little interest in them. An escalations manager I know has taken more than a few minutes o...
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