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Verizon Adds 22 XLTE Markets

Posted by Sam Churchill on September 18th, 2014

Verizon Wireless announced that it has launched XLTE in 22 new markets, bringing LTE to the AWS band (1700/2100 MHz), in addition to its 700 MHz LTE service. Verizon says that 4 out of 5 LTE markets, large and small, now have Verizon Wireless XLTE service. According to Open Signal, T-Mobile is the fastest network […]

China iPhone Launch Delayed: Threat to National Security?

Posted by Sam Churchill on September 11th, 2014

Apple is facing a potential setback in China, reports the NY Times, delaying the introductions of the new iPhone models in China. On Wednesday, Apple told China’s three big state-owned mobile service providers that it would not release the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in mainland China on Sept. 19, when sales start elsewhere. […]

LTE Multicast Tested by 16 Operators

Posted by Sam Churchill on August 27th, 2014

A new report from the Global Mobile Suppliers Association says sixteen operators, spanning 13 countries, are currently trialing LTE Multicast, also called eMBMS (evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Services. LTE Multicast allows wireless operators to broadcast live video over their LTE networks to multiple users simultaneously. Today’s unicast streams require a dedicated channel for each user […]

State Fair Apps

Posted by Sam Churchill on August 26th, 2014

The Minnesota State Fair has seen data usage on Verizon’s wireless network increase 156 percent compared to the first four days of the 2013 state fair. The State Fair runs through Labor Day and is expected to draw 1.8 million people. The Minnesota State Fair created a mobile website and a mobile app to help […]

Sprint: Drama Queen

Posted by Sam Churchill on August 11th, 2014

Sprint named billionaire entrepreneur Marcelo Claure its new CEO, reports the WSJ in a background piece. Marcelo Claure, a 6-foot-6-inch Bolivian billionaire, built a global mobile-phone distributor from scratch. Claure is in while Sprint’s $32 billion merger plan with T-Mobile is out. Regulators with the FCC and Department of Justice were apparently not persuaded that […]

Sprint/T-Mobile: Real Deal?

Posted by Sam Churchill on July 14th, 2014

FierceWireless says that SoftBank and T-Mobile US parent Deutsche Telekom have reportedly reached a “basic agreement” for Sprint to merge with T-Mobile, according to a report in the Japanese business publication Nikkei. Deutsche Telekom, which owns 67 percent of T-Mobile, has agreed sell more than 50 percent of T-Mobile’s shares to Sprint, the Nikkei report […]