AT&T delays VoLTE, has no launch date

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According to Fierce Wireless AT&T is still working on their VoLTE (Voice over Long Term Evolution). Originally the carrier hoped to launch VoLTE by the end of 2013 but were delayed due to issues with devices running out of battery power too fast. VoLTE will move voice calls from circuit switched networks to IP based networks. Originally Mark Collins, Senior Vice President of data and voice products said the majority of AT&T devices would be VoLTE ready by the second half of 2013. For now they haven’t released any updates on when VoLTE will actually launch but know Verizon is targeting the first half of 2014 so AT&T won’t likely be far behind.
 

Netflix and Comcast strike a deal to improve streaming

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Over the last several months many Comcast customers have been complaining about poor streaming with Netflix. The Wall Street Journal has announced that Comcast has opted to pay Comcast for smoother streaming so customers don’t end up with videos that constantly buffer. The move by Netflix could set an ugly precedent as other ISP’s will be sure to jump on the same bandwagon and demand money for carrying their traffic too, despite the fact customers are already paying for the connection to the ISP and Netflix is paying fees to Cogent. This looks like the Comcast is trying to double dip here, getting Netflix to pay for additional capacity that should be handled by the ISP instead of Netflix. Only time will tell how fast other companies jump on the bandwagon to get more money from Netflix just so they can get a reliable stream out to their customers.
 

Verizon introduces MORE everything plan

 

Customers can get more of what they want from their wireless service with today’s launch of MORE Everything from Verizon Wireless. 

MORE Everything, a new way of looking at wireless plans, brings together for the first time all the tools and services consumers want and need when they use their smartphones, tablets and other connected devices to talk, text, access the Internet and use data, all on the nation’s largest and most reliable 4G LTE network.

“MORE Everything changes the game by adding even more of what customers want from their wireless provider in a single, simple monthly plan,” said Ken Dixon, chief marketing officer at Verizon Wireless. “Verizon Wireless led the way with the introduction of shared data plans, and MORE Everything is the next leap forward with more storage, more messaging and more choice,  all on a 4G LTE network that is unmatched in coverage and capacity.”

Beginning today, MORE Everything customers simply get more with Verizon Wireless:

  • Data: Simplified monthly data allowances that fit their family’s wireless needs. Some customers will see their data allowance doubled for the same monthly price they paid previously.
  • Verizon Edge: MORE Everything customers who choose Verizon Edge will also be eligible for $10 off monthly smartphone access for data allowances up to 8 GB, and $20 off monthly smartphone access on plans of 10 GB and higher.
  • Messaging: Unlimited international messaging will be added to unlimited domestic text, picture and video messaging.
  • Storage: Each MORE Everything line can use up to 25 GB (or up to 250 GB on a 10 line account) of cloud storage from Verizon Wireless, which means customers never lose a contact’s number, cherished photos of the once-in-a-lifetime vacation, or video from a school recital. Cloud storage also means important information is easily available whether devices are upgraded tomorrow or in two years.

MORE Everything customers can also add additional benefits to their monthly plans, both of which are free for the first three months and then available for $5 per month.

  • Safety and Security: Family Base, an innovative way to help manage family members’ wireless experiences.
  • International Long Distance: To make it simpler to stay in touch with friends, family and colleagues in many countries throughout Latin America and around the world, Verizon Wireless’ International Long Distance Value Plan, which provides rates as low as $0.01/minute to Canada and Mexico, and $0.05/minute to many other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, can be added to the plan.

“Since Verizon Wireless was the first to introduce shared data plans in 2012, major U.S. wireless operators have followed suit in strategically preparing for the increase of connected devices and data consumption among its customers,” said Carrie MacGillivray, program vice president of Mobile Services and Internet of Things (IoT), IDC. “Shared plans have created demand for more data as consumers continue to embrace mobility across all aspects of their lives. Share plans that provide more data for the same price will be welcomed by customers."

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Sprint Q4 2013 report


Yesterday Sprint released their fourth quarter earnings report indicating that they’ve added 477,000 new customers in the fourth quarter. This is a step in the right direction for Sprint, however, all other major wireless carriers posted more subscriber growth. Most of the new Sprint customers are opting to go with a prepaid account instead of a 2/yr contract which is evident by only adding 58,000 new contract subscribers vs. 401,000 new contract subscribers this time last year. Sprint ended up posting a loss of $1.04 billion on revenue of $9.14 billion but thinks 2014 will be their year as Sprint Spark and LTE service continues to expand. Right now Sprint covers over 200 million POP’s with their tri-band Sprint Spark service that is available now in 14 markets across the country.
 

Verizon to use LTE Multicast during Super Bowl XLVIII

According to Engadget Verizon is now displaying their Multicast service, which allows live content to be streamed to many different Verizon devices. Traditional LTE services could have service interruptions while trying to stream where Multicast gives customers an uninterrupted video feed regardless of the number of devices using service. Verizon plans to flip the switch on Multicast in the first half of 2014 and a demo is available in New York City this week at Verizon’s Bryant Park booth running on a Galaxy Note 3. On the demo Verizon is broadcasting video at 1.8Mbps with a data feed relayed at 750Kbps and Multicast streamed content might not count against your data cap as long as you have a subscription in place.

Poor 4G LTE Signal? Get a 4G LTE repeater
 

Sierra Wireless 4G LTE Gateway for distributed enterprises

VANCOUVER, British Columbia--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Sierra Wireless (NASDAQ:SWIR) (TSX:SW) today announced the launch of the AirLink® ES440 enterprise 4G LTE gateway and terminal server. The AirLink ES440 provides mission-critical 4G LTE connectivity when primary wireline internet connections are unavailable, making it ideal for the distributed enterprise market – customers with branch locations that are remote from the main office infrastructure. These customers require seamless connectivity and automatic failover to continuously process transactions for businesses such as retail, restaurant, and financial services chains.

Together with an enterprise router, the AirLink ES440 supports a best-in-class business continuity strategy by enabling out-of-band-management (OOBM) capability to IT administrators while leveraging the router’s failover and firewall features. This allows IT administrators to remotely troubleshoot and repair network equipment over wireless wide area networks, dramatically reducing the need to manually reset or update networking equipment on site.

“For distributed enterprise customers, network downtime means lost revenue and customers,” said Emmanuel Walckenaer, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Enterprise Solutions for Sierra Wireless. “Imagine a busy retail location unable to process transactions because of a failure in its landline connection. The AirLink ES440 is a critical component in a strong IT strategy for distributed enterprises for two reasons. First, it provides a reliable backup internet connection to keep transactions flowing, using high-speed 4G LTE networks. Secondly, it allows network administrators to use the OOBM feature to remotely reboot an attached router and get their network back online without the time and expense of a site visit.”

The AirLink ES440 also includes the ability to remotely configure, deploy and monitor the gateway, and manage airtime subscriptions across multiple networks using AirVantage® Management Service (AVMS). With AVMS, network administrators are also able to create configuration templates to speed up large deployments or bring new deployments online in seconds.

The AirLink ES440 is available now from Sierra Wireless distributors and resellers in North America and Europe.

What customers are saying

“For Money Mart, having a backup system to process transactions is absolutely essential. The cost of downtime is simply too high. We landed on Sierra Wireless AirLink gateways after extensive testing of multiple devices, and found that when the device needed to roll over to wireless, the Sierra Wireless platform was the only one that offered the stability we needed. The new AirLink ES440 is a perfect fit for us and will be a logical choice for our future deployments.” – Pete Wilson, Telecom and Network Administrator, Money Mart

“We use AirLink devices because of their proven stability and their excellent reputation for quality - our customers trust them. It's clear that Sierra Wireless has listened to the needs of our market in designing the new AirLink ES440 - it provides exactly what we need in terms of balancing performance, build quality, features, and cost.” – Michael Kuhlmann, CEO, Colony Networks


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Sprint launches 4G LTE to more cities

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), January 27, 2014 - Sprint (NYSE:S) stepped up its 4G LTE rollout, announcing today the availability of LTE service in 40 more markets nationwide – for a total of 340 markets spanning the country.

“We are making great strides towards achieving nationwide scale with 4G LTE. The momentum we have demonstrates our commitment to provide an exceptional wireless experience for our customers,” said Bob Azzi, chief network officer. “Today we are well underway with our build-out and delivering faster data speeds to our customers in more places where they live, work and play.”

Including the new cities in today’s announcement, Sprint 4G LTE is now available in 340 markets. Today’s additions include:

  • Anderson, S.C.
  • Camden, N.J.
  • Cape Girardeau-Jackson, Mo.-Ill.
  • Carson City, Nev.
  • Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • Concord, N.H.
  • Eugene-Springfield, Ore.
  • Evansville, Ind.-Ky.
  • Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, Ark.
  • Georgetown, S.C.
  • Glasgow, Ky.
  • Greenville, Ohio
  • Hilton Head Island-Beaufort, S.C.
  • Hudson, N.Y.
  • Idaho Falls, Idaho
  • Jackson, Miss.
  • Laconia, N.H.
  • Marion, Ohio
  • McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas
  • Midland, Mich.
  • Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wis. Mobile, Ala.
  • Monroe, La.
  • New Castle, Pa.
  • New Philadelphia-Dover, Ohio
  • Olean, N.Y.
  • Olympia, Wash.
  • Owensboro, Ky.
  • Owosso, Mich.
  • Paducah, Ky.-Ill.
  • Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna, W.V.-Ohio
  • Point Pleasant, W.V.-Ohio
  • Providence, R.I.
  • Reno-Sparks, Nev.
  • Rockingham County-Strafford County, N.H.
  • Salt Lake City
  • Spartanburg, S.C.
  • Springfield, Ohio
  • Tacoma, Wash.
  • Yuma, Ariz.
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