AT&T Wireless Names WCDMA Network Suppliers
Jul 23, 2003, 2:01 PM by (staff)
AT&T Wireless today announced agreements with Nortel Networks and Ericsson to deploy what is expected to be the first commercial WCDMA network in North America. Ericsson previously supplied equipment for AT&T's current WCMDA test network in Dallas, TX. The new agreements mark progress on AT&T's commitment with Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo to launch WCDMA service in four U.S. cities by the end of 2004. DoCoMo launched the world's first commercial WCDMA network in 2001, and holds a 16% stake in AT&T Wireless.
Verizon Looking to Be First to Deploy 5G
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Sprint Targeting a Fall Launch for VoLTE
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Qualcomm's Snapdragon X50 5G Modem to Connect First 5G Networks and Devices
Qualcomm today said various network operators plan to use its Snapdragon X50 5G modem in trials this year, while a number of device makers have selected the X50 for mobile gear due next year. According to Qualcomm, the carriers committed to the X50 include AT&T, British Telecom, China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, KDDI, NTT DoCoMo, Orange, Singtel, SK Telecom, Sprint, Telstra, Verizon, and others.
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.