LightSquared May Ink Network Deal with AT&T
According to anonymous sources cited by Bloomberg, LightSquared is looking to buy Long Term Evolution network access from AT&T. Though the deal has not been finalized, LightSquared would use AT&T's forthcoming LTE network in areas where it doesn't have the coverage or capacity to provide its own services. LightSquared is building a nationwide LTE network using L-band spectrum that it plans to launch later this year. It has inked roaming deals with smaller operators, including Cellular South, Cricket Wireless and Open Range. AT&T plans to launch LTE in five markets this summer. Neither LightSquared nor AT&T would comment on the Bloomberg report.
Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom Goes On Sale for $329
Asus today made the ZenFone 3 Zoom available from its web site for $329. The phone was first announced in January.
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.
AT&T Targeting Summer Launch for LTE in WCS Spectrum
AT&T plans to begin deploying LTE service in its 2.3GHz WCS spectrum holdings this summer. AT&T acquired some WCS spectrum from NextWave in 2012 and more from Sprint in 2014.
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.
T-Mobile to Buy Chicago-Area Spectrum to Boost Coverage
T-Mobile today said it has agreed to buy 700 MHz spectrum from Leap in order to bring its "extended-range LTE" coverage to the Chicago metropolitan area. Specifically, T-Mobile is snagging A-Block 700 MHz spectrum covering Chicago, Elgin, Joliet, Waukegan, Evanston, Naperville, Aurora, Gary, Rockford, De Kalb, Janesville, Bloomington, Normal, Kankakee, Kenosha, and others.
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