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.
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.
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