Light Reading
Looking to migrate more from wireline to wireless, AT&T is looking at launching next-generation 4G LTE next year, say TBR analysts

AT&T Plans LTE-Advanced in 2H13

Dan Jones
LR Mobile News Analysis
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor
12/3/2012
50%
50%

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) "will begin firing up" LTE-Advanced networks in the second half of 2013 as it tries to move more wireline customers to 4G wireless instead, according to a report Monday from Technology Business Research Inc. (TBR) .

LTE-Advanced is based on release 10 of the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) specification, and it is aiming for maximum download rates of 3Gbit/s and uploads of 1.5Gbit/s. These speeds are bound to be lower, however, when deployed on real networks outside of the lab.

AT&T currently has 109 markets up using the older LTE specification. It is hoping to cover 300 million potential users with LTE by the end of 2014 via its $14 billion Project Velocity IP plans.

In the report, TBR analysts Ken Hyers and Eric Costa note that 4G technology will help underpin new initiatives from AT&T, such as its Mobile Premise wireline replacement scheme, Digital Life home automation plans, Connected Car scheme and its involvement with the ISIS mobile payments project. For Mobile Premise, AT&T will offer a $9.99 a month service that lets customers port their wireline numbers to a device that forwards calls directly to their cellphones and to in-home wired phones.

"As customers continue to give up wireline numbers for wireless, AT&T responds by developing a solution that will cannibalize its own wired network, rather than having other operators take their customers," the analysts write.

AT&T petitioned the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) early in November to update its rules so that wired or wireless IP systems can be considered as a replacement for the traditional copper phone-line system.



— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

(8)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
joset01
50%
50%
joset01,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 5:16:38 PM
re: AT&T Plans LTE-Advanced in 2H13


TBR also noted in the report that AT&T Expects 40M NFC phones available in the U.S. by end of 2014.

joset01
50%
50%
joset01,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 5:16:32 PM
re: AT&T Plans LTE-Advanced in 2H13


Because device choice is garbage on Clearwire and will be even worse with the initial TD-LTE network launch? Among other things..

opticalwatcher
50%
50%
opticalwatcher,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 5:16:31 PM
re: AT&T Plans LTE-Advanced in 2H13


I'm wondering about that. Clearwire uses the lack of phones as an excuse to stretch out their upgrade to LTE. But there are a lot of phones that use Qualcomm's MSM8960 chip, which supports TD-LTE, which Clearwire uses.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...


The iPhone even has a Qualcomm modem MDM9615m that supposedly supports TD-LTE.


Is it that the rest of the phone design wasn't designed right to be able to connect to Clearwire's network? Or is it that a software update is needed? Or maybe the phones are capable of it, but the cellphone companies won't turn it on to force us to buy new phones (that's the cynic in me)?


And does LTE-Advanced come automatically when a phone supports LTE, or is another phone upgrade needed to get it?


 

joset01
50%
50%
joset01,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 5:16:29 PM
re: AT&T Plans LTE-Advanced in 2H13


I'm thinking TD-LTE might also throw up issues with VoLTE too.

krishanguru143
50%
50%
krishanguru143,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 5:16:29 PM
re: AT&T Plans LTE-Advanced in 2H13




There is software in phones that require it.  Just tossing a chip that supports it into a phone doesn’t make it magically work.  Filters are also required.  The modem chip in the Nexus 4 supports the LTE bands in Canada; the filters are not there as well as the design of the antennae.  So while users can enable it and it does work, it doesn't work all that well.

For LTE-Advanced it depends; if the phone has the hardware to support it, it could just be a software upgrade.  Most likely, the manufacturer will just require the new model be bought.  Not much use in giving away a new feature for free.  It is unlikely that they would go the Apple route and "charge" for an update.




joset01
50%
50%
joset01,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 5:16:28 PM
re: AT&T Plans LTE-Advanced in 2H13


Thanks to DSLReports for the pickup on the story.


DJ

nbattson
50%
50%
nbattson,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 5:16:27 PM
re: AT&T Plans LTE-Advanced in 2H13


There are significant differences with LTE Advanced vs LTE and LTE A has numerous features that do or do not need to be included to claim LTE-A. So it is difficult to say. The obvious desired feature is carrier aggregation so multiple bands of spectrum (inter band or intra band) can be added together to give greater throughput or capacity. This requires new Baseband MODEM chipsets in handsets (Qulacomm releasing very soon) and most likely new RF chipsets as wel....but maybe not (depends on the required bands)


On the infrastructure side SW updates to the baseband would most likely add support, but certainly new Radios would be required that support mult-band (most are single band) which is most likely why ATT are rolling it later next year....they havent finished LTE yet


 

Flash Poll
From The Founder
It's clear to me that the communications industry is divided into two types of people, and only one is living in the real world.
LRTV Documentaries
The Rise of Virtual CPE

1|27|15   |   01:38   |   (1) comment


As NFV strategies evolve from tests and trials to production telco networks, expect to hear a lot about virtual CPE (customer premises equipment) rollouts during 2015.
LRTV Documentaries
Optical Is Hot in 2015

1|23|15   |   01:56   |   (2) comments


Optical comms technology underpins the whole communications sector and there are some really hot trends set for 2015.
LRTV Custom TV
Policy Control in the Fast Lane

1|22|15   |   2:57   |   (0) comments


What's making policy control strategic in 2015 and beyond? Amdocs talks with Heavy Reading's Graham Finnie about the key factors driving change in the data services landscape. Find out what his policy management research reveals about the road ahead for policy control – and sign up for
LRTV Documentaries
Highlights From the 2020 Vision Executive Summit

1|21|15   |   4:33   |   (2) comments


In December 2014, Light Reading brought together telecom executives in Reykjavik, Iceland to discuss their vision for high-capacity networks through the end of the decade. The intimate, interactive meeting was set against the backdrop of Iceland's spectacular natural beauty. As one of the event's founding sponsors, Cisco's Doug Webster shared his company's ...
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei Pay-TV Partner Harmonic, Helping Carriers Accelerate 4K Video Deployment with Huawei

1|20|15   |   5:42   |   (1) comment


At IBC, Peter Alexander, Senior Vice President & CMO at Harmonic, speaks about the growing interest in pay-TV service and its branching into multiple devices.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Sony Marketing Director Olivier Bovis Discusses the Outlook for 4K and Cooperation With Huawei at IBC 2014

1|20|15   |   6:50   |   (0) comments


At IBC, Olivier Bovis, Marketing Director of Sony, speaks about the coming of the 4K era.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei Pay-TV Partner Envivio, Helping Carriers Accelerate 4K Video Deployment

1|20|15   |   2:57   |   (0) comments


At IBC, Olivier Bovis, Marketing Director of Sony, speaks about the coming of the 4K era.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Pay-TV's Networked Future

1|20|15   |   6:29   |   (0) comments


At IBC, Jeff Heynen, Principal Analyst at Infonetics, speaks about the future of the pay-TV industry and its transition.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Jeff Heynen: Distributed Access Will Help MSOs Compete in the Future

1|20|15   |   2:26   |   (0) comments


At IBC, Jeff Heynen, Principal Analyst at Infonetics, speaks about moving to distributed access and the future trend of cable business.
LRTV Interviews
Cisco Talks Transformation

1|20|15   |   13:02   |   (0) comments


In December 2014, Steve Saunders sat down with Cisco VP of Products & Solutions Marketing Doug Webster at Light Reading's 2020 Vision executive summit in Reykjavik, Iceland. They spoke about Cisco's approach to network virtualization as well as how service providers can begin to monetize high-capacity networks through the end of the decade.
LRTV Interviews
Bob Wilson, Arsenal Legend: The Light Reading Interview

1|16|15   |   35:36   |   (3) comments


Arsenal goalkeeping legend Bob Wilson was Light Reading's guest interviewee at the 2020 Vision Executive Summit in December. See what the former soccer star and sports broadcaster had to say when he took to the stage in Iceland.
LRTV Custom TV
What MEF Third Network Initiative Means for SDN & NFV

1|14|15   |   6:13   |   (0) comments


Vitesse Semiconductor CTO Martin Nuss discusses the importance of the MEF Third Network initiative and why it's good news for SDN/NFV industry initiatives.
Upcoming Live Events
February 5, 2015, Washington, DC
February 19, 2015, The Fairmont San Jose, San Jose, CA
March 17, 2015, The Cable Center, Denver, CO
April 14, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City, NY
May 12, 2015, Grand Hyatt, Denver, CO
May 13-14, 2015, The Westin Peachtree, Atlanta, GA
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
June 9, 2015, Chicago, IL
September 9-10, 2015, The Westin Galleria Dallas, Dallas, TX
September 29-30, 2015, The Westin Grand Müchen, Munich, Germany
November 11-12, 2015, The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA
December 1, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
December 2-3, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
Infographics
Hot Topics
BlackBerry Wants Net Neutrality Protection – That's Just Sad
Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 1/22/2015
FiOS Picks Up Pace Again
Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, 1/22/2015
Verizon Ready for Google MVNO Challenge
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 1/22/2015
Indiana Carrier Takes Fiber to the Farm
Jason Meyers, Senior Editor, Gigabit Cities/IoT, 1/22/2015
Cablevision's New WiFi Try – Freewheeling Enough?
Mari Silbey, Independent Technology Editor, 1/26/2015
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
Webinar Archive