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Live Chat: LTE Launches & the Road Ahead

With 213 LTE networks up and running, the 4G standard is quickly becoming the de facto mobile network across the globe, promising faster data speeds, more device choices, and exciting new applications. But the wireless operators' work is far from over.

Operators are looking for a combination of small cells, WiFi, data optimization, spectrum acquisition, and other techniques to cope with the continuous growth in data and evolving customer demands. What mix of technology is most important depends on whom you ask. (See Qualcomm: Small Cells Key for 1000x Capacity and Top 10 Carrier WiFi Worries .)

Join Heavy Reading analyst Gabriel Brown and the editors of Light Reading in a LIVE CHAT on Wednesday, September 11, at 12 noon ET (9:00 a.m. PT) to discuss how wireless operators are improving and evolving their LTE networks and what it means to their customers. We'll look at how the networks are deployed affects the provisioning of high-quality data services and how operators are working to continuously improve the user experience.

LTE in the USA
RootMetrics provides a crowd-sourced snapshot of LTE coverage in the US, combining the (disproportionate) network coverage of Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile.
RootMetrics provides a crowd-sourced snapshot of LTE coverage in the US, combining the (disproportionate) network coverage of Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile.

Brown, a mobile infrastructure and services specialist, will be able to share his professional experience testing EE 's LTE service in the UK and his personal experience considering which operator to sign up with now that the country has more choices to consider. (See What 4G for Me?)

We'll also chat about the 4G LTE roadmap, including operators' plans for voice-over-LTE, LTE-Advanced, and new services.

Register for the site here, and join the Light Reading live chat message boards on Wednesday, September 11, at 12 noon EST (9:00 a.m. PST).

Bring your questions about the LTE state of play and any personal experiences you may want to share. We hope to see you there on Wednesday.

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— Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, Light Reading

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DanJones 9/11/2013 | 11:35:07 AM
Don't forget! This live chat is go in 25 mins.
Sarah Thomas 9/10/2013 | 1:03:57 PM
Re: Network improvements I am, Alan, except that it just seems 4G doesn't work a lot of places. I wouldn't say 3G is necessarily faster, it's just more widely available still for me in Chicago.
Sarah Thomas 9/10/2013 | 1:02:59 PM
Re: Network improvements Most 4G networks just cover the operators' 3G network footprint, but I bet the customer expectation is 4G means better coverage too. You'd think if you got 4G, it'd work where your 3G didn't. Is that expectation misguided? Seems to be so far.
[email protected] 9/10/2013 | 7:12:22 AM
Re: Still mostly about the speeds.... Though, to be fair, Vodafone UK has put services (music and sports TV) at the heart of its 4G marketing here in Blighty, and interesting contrast to EE, which is still relying on Kevin Bacon telling us how big the EE network is. 
[email protected] 9/10/2013 | 7:10:21 AM
Still mostly about the speeds.... LTE is faster, yes, but that's not as attractive a proposition as having ubiquitous mobile data coverage.

Now, combine LTE with indoor and truly widespread outdoor coverage and I'm signing up...
albreznick 9/9/2013 | 9:45:39 PM
Re: Network improvements I have a Samsung Gakaxy phone that uses the Rogers LTE network up here in Toronto but I haven't been impressed. My wife's dumber phone using the old 3G network seems to get a signal quicker and easier and dial through faster. So I'm not sure what this 4G network is doing for me yet. Are others experiencing the same, yh, disconnect? I'll be asking Gabe about that on Wednesday.  
DOShea 9/9/2013 | 3:13:11 PM
Re: Network improvements 3G is usually pretty good, 3-4 bars, sometimes the full set. Right now, the 4G is registering 1-2 bars, going up and down--it's sometimes stronger, but not often. This is on my Samsung Glaxy S3 at my house, which does not have 3-ft thick, is not underground, and not in the remote ex-urbs. I'm in the Chicago city limits, about 10 miles southeast of O'Hare Airport.

 
DanJones 9/9/2013 | 2:01:05 PM
Re: iPhone Yeah, with LTE-A, the bands supported by Apple will  become more important than ever.
Sarah Thomas 9/9/2013 | 12:16:11 PM
iPhone Apple won't upstage our live chat with its big event tomorrow! But, the new iPhone is rumored to support LTE-Advanced, so I'm sure that will come up in our chat: http://www.inrumor.com/in/technology/iphone-5s-could-be-compatible-with-4g-lte-advanced-networks/
Sarah Thomas 9/9/2013 | 12:14:35 PM
Re: Network improvements Agreed. I think the topic of when a carrier says a market is covered versus when it really is covered will definitely come up. We can discuss what they do when they go back through existing markets to improve coverage.
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