Fresh from allowing journalists to benchmark test its Snapdragon 845 mobile processor, Qualcomm is now introducing its X24 LTE modem, which holds the distinction of being the world’s first ever announced Category 20 LTE modem that comes with support for download speeds of up to 2 gigabits per second (gbps). Not only that, this LTE modem is also the first announced processor manufactured using a ground breaking 7 nanometer FinFET method.
According to AT&T, it has proceeded to deploying commercial its LTE Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) offering in a number of locations within downtown Indianapolis. Before the end of this year, the second biggest wireless carrier in the United States is looking to continue rolling out LAA in other downtown areas in the same metropolis. For AT&T subscribers based in downtown Indianapolis who happen to own Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8, they might be delighted to know that they will now be able to take full advantage of LTE LAA on their phablet devices.
During a recent media and analyst event jointly held with chip maker Qualcomm, T-Mobile took the opportunity to reveal that its Gigabit LTE service is now live in at least 430 markets across the United States. Looking at the bigger picture, the Uncarrier’s LTE Advanced (LTE-A) network now covers over 920 markets in America.
According to recent reports, Apple is apparently planning to release an LTE edition of its one and only smartwatch offering, the Apple Watch. If this turns out to be true, the tech giant will have basically liberated the wearable device from being dependent on the iPhone for connectivity.
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. Also, T-Mobile also took the opportunity to announce a new partnership it struck with Las Vegas in rolling out IoT related wireless offerings.
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.
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