LTE Speed Test Comparison

See how painfully slow 4G LTE is in the U.S. compared to the rest of the world

February 4th at 9:18 AM

See how painfully slow 4G LTE is in the U.S. compared to the rest of the world

It turns out T-Mobile is a one-eyed man in the land of the blind. In a recent study conducted on a massive scale, T-Mobile was found to have the fastest 4G LTE network in America, narrowly beating Verizon. But here’s the bad news: 4G LTE networks in America are painfully slow to begin with. OpenSignal released new data on Thursday showing that the average LTE download speed in the United States is less than one-third as fast as the top-ranked nation.

Who is ranked No. 1? How many countries out there have faster LTE download speeds than the U.S.? Prepare to be saddened. More →

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Verizon AT&T T-Mobile Sprint LTE

Let’s take a moment to appreciate how great LTE is

July 25th at 9:00 AM

Let’s take a moment to appreciate how great LTE is

Like a lot of you, I regularly find ample things to complain about with regards to my wireless carrier — yes, Verizon, your coverage is fantastic but I absolutely despise your data caps. That said, there are times when you do have to step back and marvel at the technological progress that the wireless industry has made in developing powerful, durable LTE data networks that can stand up under a lot of strain. More →

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Are Wi-Fi And LTE Dangerous

One woman is so scared of wireless tech that she spent $6,400 to block Wi-Fi and LTE from her house

October 22nd at 2:55 PM

One woman is so scared of wireless tech that she spent $6,400 to block Wi-Fi and LTE from her house

There’s no real evidence that Wi-Fi and LTE are dangerous for your health, but one woman out of a small town in the U.K. is taking drastic measures to protect herself from both wireless data technologies nonetheless. Stefanie Russell, 72, has spent thousands of pounds to block Wi-Fi and mobile phone signals from her house, as she claims that the signals cause nausea and headaches.

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pCell Smartphone Fix for Weak Signal, Poor Battery

How one device can fix your most pressing smartphone issues

March 12th at 2:36 PM

How one device can fix your most pressing smartphone issues

Signal loss, poor battery life and inflated monthly bills may be some of the most annoying smartphone-related issues users complain about. But one device the size of a Wi-Fi router may offer a fix in the coming years. Called pCell – short for “personal cell” – and conceived by Artemis, the new technology may solve connectivity issues, reduce battery strain and decrease costs for carriers. All the while, the device could provide data speeds that are 1,000 times faster than 4G, Business Insider says. More →

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Intel 4G LTE Modem Smartphones

Intel’s first 4G LTE modem is heading to smartphones and tablets

October 31st at 10:15 PM

Intel’s first 4G LTE modem is heading to smartphones and tablets

Intel might have given up on TV, but the company is looking to take the smartphone world by storm with the introduction of its first 2G, 3G and 4G LTE data modem, the Intel XMM 7160. The new modem will support 15 LTE bands simultaneously to allow for global LTE roaming, and is also capable of voice-over LTE (VoLTE). The modem has been in testing for quite a while but will be commercially available for the first time in the 4G version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, which has already started shipping in Asia and Europe. Intel also announced new PCIe M.2 LTE modules to allow for data connectivity in other devices, such as tablets and ultrabooks. These modules should begin shipping next year.

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3G 4G Network Data Traffic Projection

Carriers’ network data traffic projected to plunge as Wi-Fi services expand

June 12th at 8:30 PM

Carriers’ network data traffic projected to plunge as Wi-Fi services expand

Carriers have long complained about data-hungry smartphone users clogging up their networks, but a new study from Juniper Research suggests that their plans to limit their customers’ data consumption might be working a bit too well. Juniper’s latest report “forecasts that almost 50% of data traffic generated by mobile phones, tablets and other 3G/4G connected devices, will be offloaded to Wi-Fi and Small Cell networks this year.” While this is on the surface good for carriers because it relieves congestion on their networks, Juniper points out that it could also lead to more consumers choosing cheaper data plans with low bandwidth caps if they become accustomed to hooking onto Wi-Fi for most of their mobile data needs. Juniper notes that “in response, operators are actively partnering with existing Wi-Fi networks and launching their own carrier grade Wi-Fi solutions” so they don’t get completely left out in the cold.

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LTE Global Coverage

A world without wires: LTE will cover the majority of the world by 2018

May 22nd at 4:50 PM

A world without wires: LTE will cover the majority of the world by 2018

As people continue to look for ways to “cut the cord” and move away from traditional cable services, right now they largely have no choice but to continue subscribing to ISPs’ Internet services even if they cancel pay-TV. Over the next few years, however, that need might fade in many regions. According to new research from ABI, LTE-FDD (frequency-division duplex) will expand to cover 57% of the global population by 2018 while LTE-TDD (time-division duplex) will cover 52% of the population by that point in time. More →

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LTE Data Traffic

LTE data traffic expected to grow more than 200% in 2013

March 19th at 7:07 PM

LTE data traffic expected to grow more than 200% in 2013

The United States has outstanding LTE coverage compared to other markets, however worldwide carriers are beginning to upgrade their networks to deliver the high-speed wireless technology to their customers. According to a new report from ABI Research, the total mobile data traffic for 2012 amounted to 13,412 petabytes, an increase of 69% from 2011 when 3G data usage accounted for 46% of all traffic. The accelerated adoption of 4G LTE is expected to increase in 2013, however. The research firm estimates that LTE data traffic will grow an astonishing 207% year-over-year in 2013, compared to 99% growth for 3G traffic. The increase for LTE traffic comes as a result of added 4G deployments in developed markets throughout the world. There are still a number of markets that have not yet upgraded to the technology, though.

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LTE Handset Shipments

LTE handset shipments surged by a ‘phenomenal +1100%’ in Q4 2012

March 5th at 10:55 PM

LTE handset shipments surged by a ‘phenomenal +1100%’ in Q4 2012

2012 will likely go down as the year when LTE became a standard smartphone feature rather than a luxury. Strategy Analytics has put out new research this week showing that the fourth quarter of 2012 “witnessed phenomenal +1100% annual growth for LTE handset volumes, led by Apple (AAPL) and Samsung (005930) in developed markets.” 2012 was certainly a banner year for LTE in the United States after Sprint (S) finally got around to launching its own LTE services and both Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T) continued expanding their LTE networks to cover the majority of major markets throughout the country. With much of the U.S. now covered, carriers’ next big milestone will be deploying Voice over LTE (VoLTE) services that will let users make calls over LTE and thus potentially end the need for separate voice and data plans.

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International 4G Speed Study

Sweden takes the crown for fastest 4G service, America lags behind in 8th place

February 14th at 6:15 PM

Sweden takes the crown for fastest 4G service, America lags behind in 8th place

In many ways, the United States is way ahead of the curve when it comes to LTE service since we have three major carriers that offer LTE in the majority of major markets throughout the country. But GigaOM points us to a new study from British network-testing firm OpenSignal showing that while America has the most overall LTE networks of any country, it only ranks eighth in terms of network speeds with an average download speed of 9.6Mbps. In this respect, the U.S. trails LTE speed champion Sweden, whose networks deliver average download speeds of over 22Mbps, as well as its northern neighbor Canada, whose networks deliver average download speeds of just over 18Mbps. More →

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Sprint LTE Availability

Sprint celebrates successful LTE launch year, says it’s deployed LTE in 49 markets

December 19th at 10:54 PM

Sprint celebrates successful LTE launch year, says it’s deployed LTE in 49 markets

It took Sprint (S) a little longer than its rivals to get LTE services up and running, but the carrier has made admirable progress on getting the United States covered ever since its first launch this past summer. Sprint on Wednesday announced that it has deployed LTE to 49 markets over the past six months and is planning on several new launches for early 2013. In all, Sprint says it plans 150 new LTE launches “in the coming months,” an ambitious target that would go a long way toward helping the carrier catch up with rivals Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T).

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VoLTE Battery Life

Mobile LTE subscribers expected to double by 2014

November 29th at 10:11 PM

Mobile LTE subscribers expected to double by 2014

High-speed 4G LTE networks are the future of mobile data in the United States and around the world. A number of major wireless providers have already deployed LTE networks and others are expected to follow soon. The Yankee Group found that by the end of 2012 there will be 152 commercial LTE networks across 65 countries, an increase from 47 networks in 2011. The research firm predicts that in 2013 there will be roughly 114 million mobile subscribers utilizing the high-speed technology, a number that is expected to more than double to 258 million by the end of 2014. The global voice and messaging revenue mobile operators are expected to make is also predicted to fall from $769 billion in 2011 to $697 billion in 2016. As a result, Yankee expects service providers to bundle additional content apps and services with LTE subscriptions, as well as increasing their cloud-based storage offerings. More →

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Sprint LTE U.S. Coverage

Sprint continues 4G LTE expansion with 11 more markets

November 26th at 10:54 PM

Sprint continues 4G LTE expansion with 11 more markets

Sprint (S) is on a roll with its 4G LTE coverage build out in the United States. Only two weeks after it revealed it  will bring 4G LTE coverage to nine additional U.S. markets, the wireless carrier announced on Monday it is adding 11 more cities and counties to its high-speed network. Currently available in 43 markets, Sprint’s 4G LTE coverage will hit locations in Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia over the next weeks and months. More →

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