A new report out today indicates UK mobile carriers Three and EE have reached a deal to work together, including the sharing of costs, for the next phase of their 4G LTE network buildout. According to reports, the two carriers will share masts and backhaul transmission costs to the tune of $1.63 Billion USD. The report says that while the infrastructure and costs are being shared between the two carriers, other components are not being shared. Notably, “the antennas, spectrum and the core network” will remain separate. This means each carrier will still have control over speed and coverage for their networks.
The initial impression in the industry is that the deal will be more beneficial for Three which has been trailing other carriers in building out a 4G LTE presence. Meanwhile, EE has already deployed a significant 4G LTE footprint. With some additional capital flowing into the deal from a partner, EE hopes to maintain its early lead in the market. The other major players, Vodafone and O2, have their own agreement in place to partner in building out a 4G network.
source: Android Central
Is Sprint your current mobile carrier? Then we have some great news for you. The carrier has announced today through a press release that its 4G LTE network has gone live in 40 markets. This brings the total to 340 markets nationwide. To view the full list of additional markets and Sprint’s official press release, hit the break.
AT&T continues to add and expand new markets around the country to their 4G LTE coverage— just today, the carrier added “several” new markets, including the ones after the break.
AT&T is working on expanding its LTE coverage and with the bevy of devices we’ve seen announced at CES for the network it would only make sense for the carrier to push it even further. Today AT&T announced that they’re bringing LTE to 26 new markets. They include:
- Hope, AR
- Greeley, CO
- Okeechobee, FL
- Lewiston, ID
- Crawfordsville, IN
- Ames, IA
- Iowa City, IA
- Cambridge, MD
- Battle Creek, MI
- Jackson, MI
- Red Wing, MN
- Branson, MO
- Hannibal, MO
- Mexico, MO
- Missoula, MT
- Keene, NH
- Poughkeepsie, NY
- Ashtabula, OH
- Tahlequah, OK
- Lebanon, PA
- Utuado, PR
- Stephenville, TX
- St. John, USVI
- St. George, UT
- Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA
- Walla Walla, WA
The carrier boasts that it now covers over 270 million people and 500 different markets. While it doesn’t have the expansiveness that Verizon has, AT&T is working hard on bringing LTE to its customers. If you’re in any of these towns, you should already see this on capable devices. Let us know in the comments below.
source: AT&T 1, 2
After a recent leak of images of Huawei’s successor to the Ascend Mate, the Ascend Mate 2, it is no surprise to see the device at CES 2014. This refreshed version of a super-sized smartphone will come with a 6.1-inch screen running at 720p resolution. While giving up some sharpness to manufacturers producing 1080p or greater screens for their smartphone devices, the lower energy demands combined with Huawei’s 4050 mAh battery means the device should run for quite a while between charges. Huawei claims under “normal use” that translates to 60 hours per charge or 12 hours of constant web surfing.
Android powered cars sound awesome, but when you start getting into the details, using Android without an internet connection isn’t a perfect experience. Chevrolet has a solution, though; integrating mobile carrier radios into the vehicles. Yep, many 2015 models of Chevrolet cars are going to have support for AT&T’s LTE network right out of the, uh,
box showroom floor.
The Impala, Malibu, Volt, and Corvette models will all have access to AT&T’s network, with five other models set to be added later on. Chevy is integrating this LTE connectivity under the OnStar name, which is already synonymous with extra features in your car.
AT&T plans on letting consumers add vehicles to their shared data packages just like you would any other vehicle. If you’re already an AT&T customer, this hopefully won’t cost much more than adding a tablet or hotspot. AT&T is also planning on letting customers purchase data packages individually, but they haven’t announced any pricing yet. It’ll be interesting to see where those price points fall.
You can check out Chevrolet and AT&T’s full press release below. For the rest of our CES 2014 coverage, click here.
Today, United Kingdom carrier EE announced that there is a 4G LTE roaming agreement in place with AT&T. AT&T users in an EE LTE market area will automatically connect to EE’s network. That network boasts a 24-30Mbps average download speed and is currently in 160 different cities.
Just like the deal with Rogers, AT&T users will have to have the Data Global Add-On package to benefit from this agreement. Unlike T-Mobile’s Simply Global plan, that allows unlimited global data at no extra cost, you’ll be paying a pretty penny to take advantage of international roaming. Either $30/month will get you 120MB or you can get 300MB for $60/month.
That, however, may be worth it for some people to have access to LTE internationally. EE is looking to expand even further with more carriers in the coming year, so be on the lookout for that.
Today AT&T announced the first agreement for a U.S. carrier to offer international LTE roaming after revealing a new collaboration with Rogers Communications in Canada. With the new agreement in place, it is possible for AT&T customers roaming in Canada to use their existing LTE device on the Rogers network. According to the announcement, Rogers covers about 70% of Canada’s population and delivers the fastest LTE network in Canada.
To access the Rogers network with an AT&T device, they can add a Data Global Add-On package to their account. Packages are available for $30/mo. providing 120MB, $60/mo. for 300MB, or $120/mo. to get 800MB of data. While not able to access LTE yet, the Data Global Add-On gives users data access in more than 150 countries around the globe.
AT&T continues to add to its number of 4G LTE markets, and today announced 10 new markets— 4 of which are located in Texas. At its current rate of adding new markets, the carrier should be pretty caught up with Verizon relatively soon.
Hit the break for the full list of new markets below.
AT&T is continuing to broaden it’s LTE horizons by recently bringing the technology to 14 new markets, which makes the number of overall markets to a total of 461. While AT&T is still catching up with Verizon, the new places on AT&T’s list include some fairly small towns. They should be done with their 4G LTE rollout by next summer, meaning if you currently have AT&T’s 3G service and don’t yet have 4G LTE access, you will within the next 8-10 months. You can find a list of the new places on AT&T’s 4G LTE list after the break.