Telekom Austria Group and Telenor Global Services--the international carrier division of Telenor Group--penned an LTE roaming deal that opens the door to a potential market of 220 million subscribers globally.
Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure has a bold claim: that within two years, Sprint will have the top network among U.S. carriers.
Despite low LTE penetration, Russian mobile operators are starting to close the gap with their Western European counterparts in terms of LTE deployments, even though the government has never held an auction for LTE spectrum. Special report
Despite low LTE penetration, Russian mobile operators are starting to close the gap with their Western European counterparts in terms of LTE deployments, even though the government has never held an auction for next-generation frequencies. However, operators face several challenges in boosting LTE adoption, including a large number of prepaid users on 2G networks and a tough geographical environment that takes its toll on network infrastructure and its deployment.
Russia is gearing up to hold its first LTE spectrum auction in the second half of 2015, although a lack of auctions has not stopped the country's mobile operators pressing ahead with rollouts of the technology.
Telekom Slovenije (Slovenia) announced plans to utilise its LTE network to provide a triple-play bundle of services to areas where physical infrastructure is not currently available.
Targeting public safety and the energy industry, Nokia Networks is launching a compact, rapidly deployable LTE network in a box with macro site capacity and coverage to provide real-time communication services.
A little more than half of Sprint's rural LTE roaming partners have launched LTE service, according to a Sprint spokeswoman, though it is unclear exactly which ones have done so.
Huawei and Qualcomm Technologies have completed tests using LTE CAT11, achieving a downlink peak data rate of up to 600 Mbit/s by aggregating three component carriers--3CC carrier aggregation--with 256QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation).
Carrier aggregation will pick up as the speed war, fueled by the never ending RootMetrics reports and the subsequent carrier press releases and earnings call citations. AT&T and Verizon's network transformations are "skating to where the puck will be" in an effort to become more agile and drive down costs. So far smaller Sprint and T-Mobile haven't seen this need. There's no doubt that more changes will come about this year.