TeliaSonera Launches World's First LTE Network in Stockholm
Today Ericsson announced that its network operator customer TeliaSonera has launched what is the world's first commercial Long Term Evolution network in Stockholm, Sweden. The entire city of Stockholm is covered by the network, making it the largest LTE deployment in the world. Consumers will be able to access LTE-derived wireless broadband via laptop dongles made by Samsung. LTE has reduced latency speeds and increased upload/download speeds when compared to today's 3G networks. TeliaSonera didn't make any specific claims about what speeds its LTE network will offer to customers. A number of North American operators have committed to LTE, including AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless.
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.
Verizon Debuts LTE Advanced with 50% Faster Speeds
Verizon Wireless today said it has launched LTE Advanced service in 461 markets around the country, covering some 288 million POPs or 90% of Americans. Verizon's LTE Advanced relies on two- and three-channel carrier aggregation to boost speed and capacity.
Verizon Looking to Be First to Deploy 5G
Verizon Wireless wants to stay ahead of the curve and be among the first to launch fifth-generation (or 5G) wireless network technology. The company plans to begin field tests at its Innovation Centers, which are dedicated sandboxes for testing apps and services, located in San Francisco and Waltham, Mass., at some point in 2016.
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.
AT&T Says '5G Evolution' to Reach 20 Markets This Year
AT&T said customers who own the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ will have access to enhanced wireless service in Austin starting today. Austin serves as the first market for what AT&T is calling "5G Evolution" service, an effort to modernize and improve its network ahead of the official adoption of the 5G specification by international standards bodies.
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