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.
Huawei's P8 Variant for U.S. Teased in FCC Approval
The FCC this week approved a new Huawei phone for North America that bears a striking resemblance to the just-announced P8 global flagship. The phone approved by the FCC has small but distinct differences, such as a flash on the other side of the camera, matching Huawei's description of a more affordable P8 variant coming the U.S.
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.
AT&T Adds Carrier Aggregation to Several Big Cities
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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.