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wireless service providers are looking for faster ways to increase 4G coverage across the United States, Verizon announced
an aggressive plan today in regards to 4G LTE expansion.
Just two days after AT&T announced 4G LTE expansion plans, Verizon announced a plan to double the amount of 4G LTE in the United States
by the end of the year.
Verizon already operates in approximately 200 markets around the country while rival AT&T
is looking to reach 40 markets by the early summer and 150 Americans by the end of 2012.
Targeting at least 400
markets by the end of 2012, Verizon believes that the 4G LTE network will be able to offer service to over 260 million Americans
across the country. Furthermore, Verizon Wireless CTO David Small repeated the company’s strategy of only releasing
4G LTE compatible smartphones for the rest of 2012 according to an interview with the Wall
On Thursday, March 15, Verizon will roll out 4G LTE service within:
Greenville, North Carolina
Also on Thursday, the wireless provider plans on expanding existing 4G LTE coverage to more effectively cover more
Northern New Jersey
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Hilton Head, South Carolina
Fort Worth, Texas
While more than a third
of smartphones sold during the fourth quarter of 2011 were 4G according to a report
from NPD, Verizon has only drawn five percent of customers to the faster LTE network.
However, the amount of people shifting to the new network will increase rapidly as more 4G smartphones are released and the
4G network expands to new markets.
In addition, the upcoming launch of the new iPhone, currently rumored for release
this summer when iPhone 4 early-adopter contracts expire, will definitely provide a boost for Verizon. In a related story,
a new report from independent mobile
carrier analyst firm Rootmetrics showed that Verizon’s LTE service dominated AT&T’s network within Los Angeles
in regards to data network speed.
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Between Q3 and Q4 of 2011, the LTE subscriber base nearly doubled in size,
to reach 12.02 million subscribers worldwide, showing a rapid adoption of LTE at the expense of WiMAX, according to the 17th
issue of the 4G Counts Quarterly Report from Maravedis.
The quarter-over-quarter subscriber increase for LTE and WiMAX was 92 percent and 14 percent,
respectively, over that reported at the end of Q3 2011.
At the end of 2011, 54 operators worldwide had launched LTE commercially, 19 during the
last quarter alone. An additional 224 major mobile operators committed to launching the technology in the future, 193 of those
with FDD-LTE and 31 with TD-LTE.
"Maravedis anticipates that 469 million LTE subscribers will be active by 2016, of which 25 percent or 118 million
will be TD-LTE users and the rest — 75 percent or 350 million — will be FDD-LTE," said Cintia Garza, 4GCounts
region where the most TD-LTE trials have been taking place during Q4 2011 is Asia Pacific, with 18 operators trialing the
technology, followed by Europe with five trials.
"Although we have seen some commercial TD-LTE deployments happening in 2011 outside
Asia, these deployments will not drive the substantial economies of scale expected from the larger deployments in China and
India this year," said Basharat Ashai, co-author of the report.
In Q4 2011, NSN-Motorola and Huawei enjoyed the lion's share of
awarded LTE contracts, with 26 percent and 23 percent respectively. Nokia Siemens Networks delivered the TD-LTE network and
USB dongles for the commercial launch of SKY in Brazil, becoming the first TD-LTE network in Latin America. Alcatel-Lucent
took 12 percent of the contracts, and is expected to land further LTE infrastructure contracts in Latin America, potentially
in Chile, Colombia and Brazil.
The majority of LTE devices available today support the 700MHz band because the predominant LTE deployments are from
U.S. operators Verizon Wireless and AT&T, which operate in that band.
"We believe, however, that the number of devices covered in
the 2.6 GHz band will soon exceed the devices deployed in the 700MHz. The 2.6GHz has been widely allocated for mobile broadband
across the world in both FDD and TD-LTE modes," Garza said. "We believe that multimode and multi-frequency devices
will gradually become the norm."
Kenya aims to roll out its open-access
Long Term Evolution (LTE) network by 2013, Bitange Ndemo, permanent secretary at the Ministry of Information and Communications,
has told Reuters. Speaking on the sidelines of a joint US-Kenya conference on infrastructure projects, Ndemo commented: ‘We
need to have it before the next elections [due in March 2013].
That is what we are targeting. We have finished with the study. We have sent it to the Ministry
We are just waiting for the approval
and then we hit the road. In Phase One we will go to the counties and leverage the existing base stations. It is an open access
model. We cannot set it up until we get the approval from Treasury. They can take one month or two months. But it is going
to be very soon’.
the cost of a nationwide LTE deployment at somewhere in the region of USD500 million.
reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, confirmed participants in the open-access project include: domestic mobile
operators Safaricom, Airtel Kenya, Essar Telecom Kenya (yu) and Telkom Kenya (Orange Kenya); local broadband providers Kenya
Data Networks (KDN) and MTN Business Kenya; and international vendors Alcatel-Lucent (France-US), Epesi Technologies (US) and Nokia Siemens
Networks (NSN, Finland).