NTT DoCoMo Field Testing LTE-Advanced
Japan's NTT DoCoMo has been given permission to test its Long Term Evolution Advanced wireless networking technology in the cities of Yokosuka and Sagamihara. DoCoMo has already tested LTE-Advanced in its labs and has reached peak data speeds of 1Gbps on the download and 200Mbps on the upload. DoCoMo will be using experimental equipment to perform the upcoming field tests and will be looking specifically how indoor versus outdoor performance. LTE-Advanced is backward compatible with LTE, which NTT DoCoMo has already deployed in parts of Japan. NTT DoCoMo did not say when it might offer LTE-Advanced service to its customers.
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.
AT&T Kicks Off VoLTE Roaming in Japan
AT&T today said customers can access VoLTE services when traveling to Japan. Specifically, the carrier has struck a VoLTE roaming agreement with NTT DoCoMo, Japan's largest carrier.
T-Mobile Hits 741 Mbps with LTE-LAA, Deploys LTE-U
T-Mobile today said it, too, has successfully tested LTE-LAA in real-world trials. The company claims its LTE-LAA tests reached 741 Mbps in and around Los Angeles.
T-Mobile Announces In-Home LTE CellSpot
T-Mobile today showed off the 4G LTE CellSpot, a "mini cell tower" meant for in-home or in-office use. Similar to T-Mobile's WiFi CellSpot Router, the LTE CellSpot provides full LTE coverage in small buildings up to 3,000 square feet.
SoftBank Looking to Raise $18B with Wireless Unit IPO
SoftBank Group, the parent company of Sprint, is weighing whether or not to offer shares in its own Japan-based wireless company. Under the direction of CEO Masayoshi Sun, SoftBank has transformed itself in recent years into an investor in technology companies.