T-Mobile to Transition to LTE in a 'Few Years'
T-Mobile today said that it will continue up upgrade its HSPA+ network, which hit 21Mbps last year and will reach 42Mbps this year, before moving to Long Term Evolution. T-Mobile executives explained that it will consider LTE "once devices are readily available and once device quality is on par" with what T-Mobile already offers for HSPA+. The company cautioned, "that will probably not be for a few years." In the meantime, T-Mobile is considering how best to deploy LTE. "Deutsche Telekom is exploring various options to acquire additional spectrum and reduce the gap regarding economies of scale compared with its larger competitors, including partnering with other companies," T-Mobile said in a statement. Verizon Wireless launched LTE in December, and AT&T is planning to launch LTE in mid 2011.
T-Mobile Leasing Spectrum In Effort to Expand LTE Coverage
T-Mobile recently confirmed that it has leased some spectrum licenses to other carriers in order to help expand its LTE 4G coverage. "We're always exploring opportunities to enhance America's fastest 4G LTE network," said T-Mobile in a statement provided to FierceWireless.
Verizon Reschedules VoLTE-Only Phones for 2016
Verizon Wireless has moved back the timeframe for deploying handsets without CDMA chipsets by two years. The company plans to debut VoLTE service by the end of 2014, but will continue to use its CDMA network for the bulk of voice calls for another two years.
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 Finally Using WCS Spectrum for LTE; Will Test LTE-U
AT&T has begun deploying LTE on its 2.3GHz WCS spectrum in a handful of markets around the country. Earlier this year, AT&T said it would begin the deployment by summer, and it is just meeting that commitment.
So what is it T-mobile? Are you now claiming that HSPA+ is not sufficient to call it 4G? Are you going to call LTE 5G?
I'm very curious on your direction here.
Then in two years whe...
they're so funny
...This is going to get a bit confusing. T-mobile claims they have 4G, yet they want to transition to a 4G technology in 2013.
So what is it T-mobile? Are you now claiming that HSPA+ is not sufficient to call it 4
It doesn't matter anymore who is right or wrong. The ITU changed their mind in December 2010 and certified HSPA+ as "4G", too.
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