Summary: All three of the main operators in Estonia are planning to rollout the higher speed variant of 4G before the end of year, making it one of the most advanced countries in the world when it comes to LTE-A.
Carriers have built plenty of 4G networks, but they’re still not in agreement in how they use them. Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg believes the next few years are going to be a period of pricing and service experimentation.
MWC 2013 Broadcast mobile TV is back again, this time on Verizon’s 4G network with better quality than ever, because it’s obviously merely inferior technology which has prevented the success of mobile broadcasting in the past.
“We must stop the confusion about which technology is going to win; it achieves nothing positive and risks damage to the entire industry.”
Anyone among the curious band of people who track articles about the status of mobile broadband (and the chances are that you are one of them) will have noticed an interesting trend over the past 18 months: the temperature of the debate about the technology most likely to succeed is rising rapidly. Increasingly polarised articles are published on a daily basis, each arguing that Long Term Evolution (LTE) is the 4G technology of choice, or that WiMAX is racing ahead, or that it’s best to stick with good old 3GPP because HSPA+ is going to beat both of them. It remains surprising that their articles invite us, their readers, to focus slavishly on the question “WiMAX vs. LTE vs. HSPA+: which one will win?”
Verizon Wireless is making good on its promise to the FCC to return its extraneous 700 MHz to the market, and the principle buyer turns out to be the country’s other mega-carrier, AT&T. Verizon will give AT&T 39 lower-700 MHz licenses in some of the country’s biggest cities in exchange for $1.9 billion in cash and four licenses in an alternate 4G band.
The Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), the international organization that developed the widely used UMTS WCDMA/HSPA 3G standards, also developed Long-Term Evolution (LTE). Release 8 was completed in 2010, followed by release 9. Available now, release 10 defines LTE-Advanced (LTE-A).
Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the glitzy tech-fest that takes place in Las Vegas ever January, is over for another year. Last year LTE featured heavily with many manufacturers choosing to announce their new-fangled LTE handsets there, ahead of the traditional mobile launchpad that is the Mobile World Congress in February.