Google are getting ready to prepare, build, and launch their own 4G LTE wireless network. Can we say Google Wireless and Nexus phones? Slow down. While something like that could be in the future, a new FCC filing (or two) shows Google's just planning their own campus-wide network. For now at least.
AT&T and Alltel announced the plan to swap some more network spectrum in a deal that will net AT&T about 600,000 wireless customers and cost $780 million. AT&T is continuing their efforts to expand and increase their 4G LTE network and rollout, and this is just one of many steps they'll be taking in 2013.
T-Mobile has been working hard to update and improve their networks with faster 4G HSPA+ speeds. They've been calling it a network refarm or modernization project, and today have announced their largest update yet. Last week we mentioned 3 or 4 cities were getting updated, but today T-Mobile's confirmed an additional 14. More details on where can be found below.
Verizon lately. Between launching multiple new 4G LTE devices, including the Galaxy Camera, to updating markets across the US with 4G LTE speeds. Last week we reported many new cities in the northwest were set to receive 4G LTE, but today Verizon has announced another 16 cities to add to their ever growing list.
Verizon celebrated the 2-year anniversary of their 4G LTE, but they aren't slowing down anytime soon. We know they've been updating at a very rapid pace and today have learned multiple Northwest markets will be getting lit up with 4G LTE. Verizon's expects their entire LTE rollout to be complete in 2013, and they're well on their way.
Verizon has been pretty busy lately working on their 4G LTE spectrum. They've been doing a little of both, selling and buying up available spectrum as long as the FCC approves of the deal. Today Verizon has confirmed they've sold more 700 MHz 4G spectrum to Clear Talk and will be awaiting approval by the FCC.
Verizon Wireless. While network news and conference calls aren't always that exciting, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo had a few comments regarding their ever expanding 4G LTE network. Today Verizon stated they expect their entire network to be fully 4G LTE compatible by mid 2013 -- 6 months sooner than originally planned.
AT&T and T-Mobile have announced that they will be opening up their networks for customers of both carriers in New York and New Jersey, two areas that have been hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. Since both companies use GSM and UTSM networks, it means that users will be able to switch between the two networks with no problem.
FCC has just dropped some good news down on the folks at AT&T. We've seen countless spectrum and airwave transfers and purchases as of late, and now AT&T is getting in on even more action after they've been shopping for extra. Earlier this year the FCC allowed them to transfer some spectrum to T-Mobile after the failed merger, and now some unused broadband airwaves are going to get put to use.