Mobile virtual network operator US Mobile recently announced that it will be launching on the biggest 4G LTE network in America in summer of this year. Even though the MVNO did not disclose the identities of its infrastructure partners, it did tease that it will be working with two of the best mobile networks in the United States.
Just this week, AT&T has announced that it is commencing a trial run for new super fast LTE network, which offers about two fold the connection speeds of its current 4G offering. It is worth noting, however, that the trial run will only be conducted in 20 major metropolitan areas across the United States. Lastly, only those who own Samsung’s newest flagship devices -- the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus -- will be able to take full advantage of the ultra fast network.
Verizon Wireless has recently revealed that it is now deploying the first ever countrywide commercial 4G LTE Category M1 network across the United States. This roll out is viewed by many industry watchers as something that will have a strong impact on the wireless landscape. According to the Big Red, its 4G LTE Cat M1 will usher in a new generation of LTE chip sets that are designed for sensors working on data plans as low as $2 a month for each device, plus options made available for multiple activations and large procurements. If that preceding sentence sounds too technical, just know that Verizon’s deployment will help speed up the Internet of Things (IoT) concept here in America.
Since August of last year, T-Mobile’s One and One Plus unlimited data options have already been live on postpaid, but customers of the third biggest wireless carrier in the United States have yet to see unlimited data make its way to prepaid. Well, their wait is over -- the mobile operator has debuted its new prepaid One spin off, albeit quietly.
The last few years have more and more mobile virtual network operators cropping up in the United States wireless market, making the MVNO industry more competitive than it has ever been. The latest to join in on the fun is Mango Mobile. The company had actually launched last month rather quietly so it is pretty understandable that most mobile users still don’t know who this new player is and what it offers.
Each of the Big Four wireless carriers in the United States, namely Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint, like to claim at some point that they provide either the best coverage, the most reliable connection, or the fastest speed. Sometimes it is hard for the average mobile user to know exactly which is which, and how to distinguish between advertising and objective data.
It appears that T-Mobile wants its mobile users to further boost their cellular coverage, especially in indoor settings such as at home or in the office. The third biggest wireless carrier in the United States announced just recently that it will soon be offering the T-Mobile 4G LTE CellSpot, a low power wireless radio device that is capable of supplying 3G and 4G cellular coverage in indoor locations. T-Mobile is offering its 4G LTE CellSpot to subscribers of the wireless carrier’s Simple Choice plans.
T-Mobile may still only be the third biggest wireless carrier in the United States, but it is gaining on industry leaders Verizon Wireless and AT&T in terms of its 4G LTE coverage. Just this week, top executives of T-Mobile stated that the company’s 4G LTE service has now been made available to over 300 million mobile users all over the US. That number is around the same coverage as Verizon’s and AT&T’s high speed networks. On top of that, T-Mobile has also revealed that it is on its way to posting 1 million additional square miles of LTE coverage to its existing network infrastructure.
When it comes to high speed wireless technology LTE, more commonly known as 4G, the United States ranks in 14th place. That is, among the slowest -- yikes. As for the country with the fastest 4G LTE connection, in terms of both connection speed and quality of coverage, the honor goes to South Korea. This is, of course, according to a report published by OpenSignal, a mobile app that maps out mobile coverage all over the world. In making its report, OpenSignal collected information from more than 325,000 users of its mobile app, from the months of June and August of this year.
It has been more than half a decade since Verizon Wireless brought 4G LTE to the United States. This time around, the Big Red is getting ready to take it to the next level. The wireless carrier has just revealed that it has plans to start testing its 5G network by next year. As a matter of fact, Verizon Wireless has been keeping itself busy creating network environments, aka sandboxes, in its Innovation Centers located in the city of San Francisco, California and in Waltham, Massachusetts.
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