Less than a year since it spent around $420 million in order to acquire 700 MegaHertz airwaves, T-Mobile is now debuting wireless service in that spectrum band in the city of Chicago. Branded as “Extended Range LTE,” the service is being rolled out to the Windy City’s downtown, suburban, and outlying areas.
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.
ZTE may have decided to shut down its Hawkeye handset, but fans of the Chinese phone maker’s products will have something to look forward to during this year’s Mobile World Congress, scheduled to happen this coming February 27th until March 2nd in the beautiful city of Barcelona in Spain. This is because the company is expected to showcase a new smartphone that is capable of supporting connection speeds of up to 1 gbps.
Mobile virtual network operator FreedomPop has apparently inked a collaboration with the second biggest wireless carrier in America. This week, the MVNO is launching SIM cards and an LTE mobile hotspot that will work on AT&T’s network. According to FreedomPop, the new SIM card only costs $10 and can be used on any certified GSM handset in order to gain access to AT&T’s LTE network.
Verizon Wireless has unveiled a new initiative called the Airborne LTE Operations (ALO), and among other things, it is looking to make full use of drones that are connected to the Big Red’s LTE network in giving assistance to first responders in times of emergencies and natural calamities. With the launch of this initiative, the Big Red is also hoping to encourage developers to build mobile apps for ALO.
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.
Not to be outdone with Verizon Wireless’ announcement of its LTE Advanced deployment a week ago, T-Mobile has revealed that it has successfully doubled the connection speed of its data network by way of 4x4 MIMO (multiple input, multiple output).
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