French broadcast services company TDF and Italian channel Rai have launched the first field trials of LTE-A+ broadcast from high-power television stations in Paris, France, and Aosta, Italy, reportsTelecompaper.com on April 14, 2015. The joint project, based on the original “Tower Overlay” idea developed and implemented by Technische Universitat Braunschweig (Germany) in 2013 involves contributions by US company GatesAir and is supported by Germany’s IRT and France’s Expway.
Higher speed cellular networks leads to a jump in video consumptionSPRINGFIELD, VA. ― It’s probably no surprise that Americans are increasingly watching video on their cell phones and tablets. Just how much mobile video consumption happens is starting to become interesting, and it is the subject of a study by Citrix.
Much of the coverage of LTE revolves around how many people the networks cover or how fast the speeds are. Yet how much spectrum the carriers have to support their LTE services, and where exactly they have it across the country, is a more arcane but perhaps an even more important metric.
Indeed, how much spectrum carriers control determines how much network capacity they have in specific markets and often how fast their network speeds are.
With this in mind, FierceWireless has partnered with AllNet Labs, a wireless consulting firm, to map out exactly how much spectrum each of the four Tier 1 carriers currently has that they could deploy for LTE service, broken down on a county-by-county basis.
The importance of small cells in delivering on the potential of LTE can’t be understated; but for that to happen, it’s vital we make sure operators have the ‘street smarts’ to effectively deploy them. If we do, I’m sure LTE will enjoy a very bright future.
Users of flagship smartphones such as Apple’s iPhone 5s and Samsung’s Galaxy S4 are continuing to suck down more data than their tablet-wielding counterparts, according to a large-scale survey of mobile data consumption in 2013 conducted by JDSU (which last year bought mobile data analytics company Arieso, the company that previously ran the annual survey).
Cable has a problem with 4G. I’m not talking about spectrum warehousing, wireless strategy, or even OTT and out of home content rights. I’m talking about how 4G deployments are wreaking havoc with their set top boxes all across the country.
Specifically, they have a problem with Verizon’s 4G LTE service that operates in the 700MHz band. I discovered this problem as a consumer right after I upgraded my iPhone to the new 5S model with LTE. I’m writing this post both as a personal consumer and customer of Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Verizon, and as the VP of a media company whose channel is being affected.
So, here’s the deal…
AT&T is tapping into spectrum formerly reserved for voice and 3G data services to put more oomph into its LTE network. It won’t make its 4G service faster, but it will certainly make it better.