The second biggest wireless carrier in America is fully confident that it did the right thing in deciding to prioritize License Assisted Access (LAA) over LTE Unlicensed (LTE-U) technology. Although these forms of LTE wireless technology are expected to be made commercially available at the same time, some are saying that LAA would take lesser time to hit the market as compared to LTE-U.
Among the Big Four carriers in the United States, T-Mobile now holds the distinction of being the first to complete live network tests of Narrowband LTE technology for Internet of Things (or NB-IoT for short). The third biggest mobile operator in the country achieved this with the help of tech giants Qualcomm and Ericsson across a number of sites on its network in the city of Las Vegas in Nevada. The trials were done utilizing 200 KiloHertz of the carrier’s advanced wireless services (AWS) airwaves.
When it comes to being the first major US mobile operator to roll out LTE-U tech (which is short for LTE Unlicensed technology), it looks like T-Mobile has won the race, even beating industry leader Verizon Wireless to the finish line.
It became clear Verizon Wireless had also been planning to get rid of its CDMA phone service after it had successfully deployed its LTE network for voice calls around three years ago. This time around, the Big Red is now moving on to offering its first LTE only device to its customers.
Less than a couple of months since industry leader Verizon Wirelessrevealed that it had deployed its LTE-M network across America, rival AT&T has also announced recently that it has completed the roll out of its own countrywide LTE-M network for the Internet of Things (IoT) earlier than expected.
Sprint recently took the opportunity this week to officially introduce Magic Box, which is an LTE Advanced User Equipment (UE) Relay tool built by AirSpan, a company that specializes in small cell wireless technology. Simply put, Magic Box is a product that is created to improve LTE coverage for mobile users, especially those availing of Sprint’s wireless plans.
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.
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