Recently AT&T announced that they’ve launched 4G LTE service in 35 new markets throughout the country. In addition to the new markets they’ve also expanded LTE coverage in 17 existing markets and this latest launch brings their total to 326 markets, which narrows the gap with Verizon that currently offers LTE in over 500 markets now. They plan to launch 78 more markets throughout the summer and look to be ahead of schedule because the latest launch gives them 69 of the 78 anticipated LTE markets over the summer. Below is a list of the latest markets to go live with 4G LTE service on AT&T:
“Pine Bluff, Ark.; Searcy, Ark.; Chico-Oroville, Calif.; Grand Junction, Col.; Silverthorne, Col.; Homosassa Springs, Fla.; Palatka, Fla.; Milledgeville, Ga.; Valdosta, Ga.; Lafayette, La.; Morgan City, La.; New Iberia, La.; Cape Cod, Mass.; New Ulm, Minn.; Corinth-New Albany, Miss.; Greenwood-Cleveland, Miss.; Grenada, Miss.; Meridian, Miss.; Cape Girardeau, Mo.; Atlantic City-Toms River, N.J.; Batavia, N.Y.; Dunn, N.C.; Lawton, Okla.; Dillon, S.C.; Midland, Texas; Odessa, Texas; Sherman-Denison, Texas; Victoria, Texas; St. Croix, US Virgin Islands; St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands; Bremerton, Wash.; Moses Lake, Wash.;Yakima, Wash.; Beckley, W.V.; and Oak Hill, W.V.”
According to Engadget
insiders at SK Telecom say their company is in talks with Apple to bring a South Korean version of the “upcoming iPhone 5S” and it may include LTE-Advanced. The Korea Times says both parties are in the middle of negotiations stating Apple wasn’t against the idea of having a faster wireless radio in their next iPhone. If the next iPhone receives an LTE-A radio it could more than double the download throughput by carrier aggregation technology that pushes downloads over multiple radio channels at the same time. It’s also possible that if the iPhone 5S gets LTE-A they’ll likely be using a Qualcomm modem instead of Snapdragon processors typically found on Android phones.
Yesterday Sprint finally shut down the iDen network effectively turning all Nextel devices into paperweights. This shouldn’t come as a surprise because Sprint has stated this has been part of their Network Vision plan over the last year and this frequency will now be used to run 800Mhz LTE upgrades. In the Sprint press release they’ll be recycling about 100 million pounds of materials that are left in the wake of the iDen shutdown. The company has said that only the iDen equipment will be stripped from cellular towers and all the CDMA and LTE gear will be left intact so no customers will need to worry about a cell tower disappearing. The recycling effort is expected to continue early into 2014 and they’ll need to take down almost 30,000 iDEN installations across the country.
BELLEVUE, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 28, 2013-- T-Mobile US, Inc. (NYSE: TMUS) today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary has signed an agreement to purchase 10 MHz of Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum from U.S. Cellular (NYSE: USM) for $308 million in cash. The spectrum covers a total of 32M people in 29 markets in the Mississippi Valley region - notably in St. Louis; Nashville; Kansas City; Memphis; Lexington; Little Rock-North Little Rock; Birmingham; New Orleans; and Louisville. This additional spectrum will allow for an incremental roll-out of T-Mobile's 4G LTE network coverage to new markets and expands the existing 4G LTE bandwidth in the important Mississippi Valley region.
"In today's marketplace, spectrum is gold," said John Legere, President and CEO of T-Mobile. "This is a rare opportunity to secure precious AWS spectrum in key markets that will immediately be put to use by both T-Mobile and MetroPCS customers. This deal expands our network and capacity, allowing for a broader roll-out of 4G LTE and an even faster and more reliable 4G experience for our customers – in addition to spurring competition in the wireless marketplace."
The agreement is subject to approval by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Department of Justice, and other customary closing conditions. Following regulatory approval, the transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2013.
Washington, D.C. Today the Commission adopted a Report and Order that will increase the Nation's supply of spectrum for flexible use services, including mobile broadband, by opening 10 megahertz of spectrum in the bands 1915-1920 MHz and 1995-2000 MHz (H Block) for commercial licensing.
By enabling 10 megahertz of spectrum to be used for mobile broadband, the Report and Order furthers the Commission's efforts to ensure that the Nation's wireless networks have the capacity, speed and ubiquity to keep pace with consumers' expectations and ever rising demand for mobile services. It is also a step towards meeting its obligation under the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (Spectrum Act) to license 65 megahertz, including the 10 megahertz in the H Block, by February 2015.
The Report and Order pairs the two bands that comprise the H Block, and establishes that the paired bands will be licensed on an Economic Area basis and auctioned through a system of competitive bidding. In addition, the Report and Order sets technical rules to help ensure that operations in the H Block do not cause harmful interference to PCS downlink operations, consistent with a requirement in the Spectrum Act. Finally, the Report and Order adopts flexible use regulatory, licensing, and operating rules for H Block licensees.
Verizon Wireless is nearing closer to complete coverage and now officially offers 4G LTE coverage in 500 markets across the country. They now cover 298 million POPs with LTE service and cover 99% of their existing 3G network with 4G LTE coverage. In addition to this milestone Verizon is also planning to bring 4G LTE to Alaska within the next month, which has never had native Verizon coverage before. When this happens Verizon will be available in all 50 states with international support for several countries across the globe. After Verizon completes their LTE rollout by the end of 2013 they’ll then bring VoLTE (Voice over LTE) so customers can use data and voice service over LTE, right now only data is done over the LTE network. Customers in a Verizon 4G LTE market can expect to see data speeds of 5-12Mbps down and 2-5Mbps up with many users reporting much faster speeds!
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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), June 25, 2013 - Sprint Nextel Corporation (“Sprint”) (NYSE: S) shareholders voted today to approve and adopt the previously announced merger agreement providing for a substantial investment by SoftBank Corp. (“SoftBank”) (TSE: 9984). Sprint shareholders overwhelmingly approved the deal, with approximately 98 percent of the votes cast at today’s special shareholders meeting voting in favor of the merger agreement, representing approximately 80 percent of Sprint’s outstanding common stock as of April 18, 2013, the record date for the special meeting.
“Today is a historic day for our company, and I want to thank our shareholders for approving this transformative merger agreement,” said Sprint CEO Dan Hesse. “The transaction with SoftBank should enhance Sprint’s long-term value and competitive position by creating a company with greater financial flexibility.”
Consummation of the Sprint-SoftBank transaction remains subject to the receipt of the Federal Communications Commission approval. Sprint and SoftBank anticipate the merger will be consummated in early July 2013.
As previously announced, Sprint stockholders will have the option to elect to receive cash in the amount of $7.65 or one of New Sprint common stock for each share of Sprint common stock owned by them (subject to the previously disclosed proration provisions in the merger agreement). The total cash consideration available to Sprint stockholders is $16.64 billion. Pro forma for the transaction, the current Sprint stockholders’ resulting equity ownership in a stronger, more competitive New Sprint will be 22 percent while SoftBank will own approximately 78 percent. Sprint and SoftBank have previously mailed to Sprint shareholders forms of election and related instructions and established 5:00 p.m., New York time, on July 5, 2013 as the election deadline, subject to extension.