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Don't look for a slew of 4G LTE phone announcements out of the AT&T camp anytime soon. Instead, the carrier plans to devote the next few months to building up its LTE network.
Speaking at a Oppenheimer Technology and Communications Conference today, Peter Ritcher, senior vice president for AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets, indicated that the company still expects to launch its 4G network in five markets--Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio--in the next few months, with plans to cover 15 markets by the end of the year.
Instead, AT&T will initially … Read more
Mobile broadband provider Clearwire has a new president and CEO.
Chief Operating Officer Erik Prusch has been promoted and will take over the reins as president and CEO, effectively immediately, the company announced today. Interim CEO and chairman John Stanton will become executive chairman of the board of directors.
Clearwire, which has been working on an ambitious nationwide 4G push, had seen a management shakeup this past March when CEO William Morrow resigned, prompting the board to put Stanton in charge for the interim. At the time, Chief Commercial Officer Mike Sievert and Chief Information Officer Kevin Hart also left … Read more
The mobile world moves at a breakneck pace, and it's difficult to keep up--even without the technical jargon most industry insiders throw around. And they do love to toss those terms about.
This week, I continue with the techno-babble trend with a few more network terms for 4G. (Who doesn't love those?)
So for some light reading, here are a few terms telecom experts throw around with the assumption that everyone understands them.
Clearwire's move to add a 4G LTE network doesn't mean it's going to be giving up on its current WiMax standard, according to Chief Technology Officer John Saw.
"Expanding into more markets is not off the table," Saw said in an interview with CNET today. "We will continue to add capacity where it's needed most."
Clearwire's announcement yesterday that it would carry a second wireless network was a logical move as the rest of the industry moves to LTE, which offers higher speeds and a larger pool of vendors that can … Read more
Despite raking in more revenue than expected, Clearwire's losses mounted in the second quarter as the company looked to add more customers, it said today. The company also announced a shift in technology direction, stating it will deploy a 4G flavor technology called LTE.
Clearwire posted a quarterly net loss of $168.7 million, compared with a loss of $125.9 million during the same quarter a year ago. The company's revenue jumped to $322.6 million, compared with $117 million in the same period last year.
The company, which is majority-owned by Sprint Nextel, added a total … Read more
Not all 4G networks are created equally. Just look at MetroPCS.
The prepaid provider and Verizon Wireless may share the same 4G technology, Long-Term Evolution, but the two have little else in common. It's a fact well known in the industry but less clear to consumers: MetroPCS's 4G service is significantly slower than the one Verizon is offering.
"The carrier's average speed is like a very good 3G network," PC Mag's Sascha Segan reported from the publication's speed tests earlier this year.
MetroPCS's 4G network was born out of the company's … Read more
A week after the making the first 4G LTE-enabled notebook available, Verizon today announced that it's about to ship the first Netbook that offers the same built-in superfast cellular Internet access, the Compaq Mini CQ10-688nr.
Like the 4G LTE notebook, the Compaq Mini was initially announced at CES 2011. It's currently the only Netbook on the market that offers built-in 4G LTE and will likely remain that way for a long time, as Netbooks have been consistently losing popularity to tablets.
Equipped with a 1.6GHz Intel Atom N455 processor, a 250GB hard drive, and 1GB of DDR3 … Read more
Motorola Mobility Chief Executive Sanjay Jha said he is planning a healthy product lineup including a pair of tablets and two 4G LTE smartphones in the second half.
Among other products, the company is planning to introduce its much-delayed Droid Bionic in September, Jha told CNET in an interview. After an unveiling at the Consumer Electronics Show, the 4G LTE smartphone for Verizon Wireless was delayed for several months to work out the kinks of its 4G connection. In addition, it is planning at least one more 4G LTE smartphone this year.
Jha said he is planning on two tablets, … Read more