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.
Verizon Wireless CEO Dan Mead to Retire
Dan Mead, who has served as the CEO of Verizon Wireless since 2010, plans to retire according to filings the company made with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Mead will remain on the board of directors and serve as executive vice president and president of strategic initiatives.
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'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.
Verizon Might Skip 600MHz Incentive Auction
Verizon Wireless said it is comfortable with its spectrum holdings at the moment and may not bid in next year's auction for 600MHz airwaves. Verizon is only using 40% of its licensed spectrum for LTE, which gives it plenty of room to add capacity.
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