LG, Nortel Acheive CDMA-LTE Handover
LG and Nortel have successfully demonstrated the world's first live handoff of an active data session while moving between CDMA and LTE networks. The demonstration used Nortel network gear and a near-commercial LG data modem. The technology is expected to deployed by carriers such as Verizon Wireless, allowing users to move seamlessly between new LTE coverage areas and CDMA EVDO-only coverage areas without dropping their data connection. LTE will offer higher data rates than current CDMA EVDO networks. LG developed its prototype "M13" LTE/CDMA data modem in collaboration with Verizon Wireless and Qualcomm, and plans to bring a similar product to market in 2010.
HTC One A9: First Phone To Work on Verizon Without CDMA
HTC will sell an unlocked version of its new One A9 that can be used on Verizon's LTE network, even though the phone lacks the legacy CDMA technology found in all other Verizon phones to date. That makes the One A9 the first phone announced for use with Verizon in LTE-only mode.
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.
MetroPCS CDMA Network Shutdown On Track for June 21
MetroPCS plans to switch off its legacy CDMA network on June 21. MetroPCS parent T-Mobile says about 190,000 customers are still using CDMA handsets in the three markets that offer CDMA coverage, down from 300,000 about a month ago.
Verizon Explains Why It Is Refarming PCS Spectrum
Verizon Wireless elaborated today on news it has begun to refarm its PCS spectrum for LTE. Verizon has already deployed LTE on its PCS spectrum in a limited scale across Manhattan and Cleveland, Ohio, with "about 10 other markets" currently in testing.
Testing has already yeilded speeds...