Verizon Says No Clearwire Talks, Teases LTE Devices
Verizon Wireless on Tuesday denied reports that it was in talks with Clearwire regarding use of the WiMax provider's spectrum in heavily trafficked markets. Verizon CEO Dan Mead said that the companies were not holding discussions about spectrum usage and that there was no need for any such deal. "We have a very defined spectrum policy," said Mead. "We are going to cover 185 markets by the end of this year (with LTE). We are very pleased with where we are at." Mead also said that the LTE leader plans to debut six more LTE devices before the end of the year, taking the total number from the current 14 to 20. The new devices will include smartphones, tablets, and data cards. Mead said to look out for LTE-related news in the coming weeks.
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.
Verizon Launches LTE-A Service in CBRS Band 48 Spectrum
Verizon Wireless today said it has successfully kicked off LTE-Advanced service using Band 48 spectrum, known as Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS). This slice of 3.5 GHz spectrum has previously been reserved for government and military use.
Verizon Says It Will Have CBRS Spectrum Phones Late This Year
Verizon Wireless is moving forward with plans to deploy LTE 4G in the CBRS (Citizen Band Radio Spectrum) later this year, and smartphones will be part of the product mix reports Fierce Wireless. Verizon is testing the performance of CBRS spectrum with a handful of partners, including Corning, Ericsson, Federated Wireless, Google, Nokia, and Qualcomm.
Verizon's 1900 MHz Spectrum In NYC Now Entirely LTE
Verizon Wireless has completed refarming its 1900 MHz spectrum in the country's largest city, an effort first begun in 2014. The company recently converted the last remaining 10 MHz block from CDMA 3G to LTE 4G, which means Verizon is running LTE on 20 MHz of its Band 2 spectrum in New York City.
Educated guess: 2 more LTE phone
Known LTE handsets that will be ready for launch this year: Samsung Nexus Prime and Samsung Statoshpere. That is all