Verizon Cooks Up Common Certification Process for Basebands
Verizon Wireless today announced a new system it has put into place that chip vendors must use to certify their equipment on Verizon's 3G and 4G networks. Baseband processors, in particular, are being targeted for this new system, as Verizon believes it will eliminate redundancies and headaches, and speed up approval and time to market. Requirements have been simplified, and Verizon says it will make sure all the chipsets that end up in its products meet a minimum level of quality. Existing chips will be grandfathered in, but new chips must pass the new certification process. Verizon Wireless said it has chosen a company called Comprion (based in Germany) to be the official test equipment provider for LTE-USIM and CDMA-CSIM Interface testing of handsets.
Verizon Says Its Pixel Will Receive System Updates At the Same Time as Other Pixels
Verizon Wireless will not stymie system updates for the Google Pixel phones, according to Ars Technica. Earlier this month, Google said Verizon would be responsible for pushing system updates to its variants of the Pixel and Pixel XL.
HTC One A9: First Phone To Work on Verizon Without CDMA
HTC will sell an unlocked version of its new One A9 that can be used on Verizon's LTE network, even though the phone lacks the legacy CDMA technology found in all other Verizon phones to date. That makes the One A9 the first phone announced for use with Verizon in LTE-only mode.
Qualcomm Develops 5G Test Platform
Qualcomm has created what it calls a prototype 5G system and trial platform. The 5G New Radio (NR) prototype is able to function across a wide range of spectrum bands, primarily below 6 GHz, and can achieve multi-gigabit per second data rates and low latency.
Verizon Supporting Non-Branded iPhone 6 and Nexus 6
Verizon Wireless has made it somewhat easier to activate select non-Verizon smartphones on its network. People who own an iPhone 6 or Nexus 6 can add Verizon service to their handset as long as it meets several key criteria.
Verizon Starts Cannibalizing 3G Airwaves for LTE 4G
Verizon Wireless has begun testing the use of LTE 4G on its PCS spectrum, airwaves it primarily uses to operate its CDMA-EVDO 3G network, in Manhattan. GigaOm confirmed with Verizon that the company has begun to steal capacity from its 3G network in favor of 4G, though it is doing so slowly and in limited scope.