There have been rumors in the past that Research In Motion could be working on a 4G LTE variant of their Blackberry models in order to gain greater foothold in the American market. However, those plans seem to have suffered some setback according to sources.
We hear that RIM has been having trouble keeping the cost of producing such a device under check. The high cost is being attributed particularly to LTE chips. However, that is just one concern.
There is word that regardless of the costs, the phone could still see delay because of the company’s trouble with developing a reliable battery that can work long enough. The company is expected to take some more time to sort out these issues which means a 4G LTE capable Blackberry handset is still a long time away.
It is no secret that Verizon Wireless is aggressively building its 4G LTE network across its markets in the USA that will go live in a majority of areas by 2011. Now according to screenshots purportedly leaked from one of the LTE tests conducted by the carrier, the new 4G LTE network could be capable of carrying close to 13Mbps of data down and 4Mbps of data up.
This bit of information is not confirmed since it has been obtained from a leaked network testing report. The IP address mentioned in the report does corroborate to the Verizon network. But it’s the larger question of whether or not this is a genuine test and also whether Verizon Wireless could sustain this speed when it launches that should get a lot of its subscribers ruffled.
Sprint has been flaunting its WiMAX powered 4G technology for quite some time. With competitor carriers like Verizon looking at LTE as an alternate 4G option, it now looks like Sprint too may be interested in exploring the LTE service.
According to reports, the company has issued a RFP (Request for Proposal) over LTE. This is possibly an indication that the company is now ready to look at the alternate 4G technology. While this is no confirmation of the same, at least it is heartening that Sprint is looking to consolidate its position on the 4G front soon enough.
T-Mobile’s parent company, Deutsche Telekom is learned to be in early stage talks with New York based hedge fund, Harbinger Capital partners to procure LTE network starting next year.
Harbinger Capital already owns radio spectrum and is expected to roll out an LTE network.However, the company shall not be directly reaching out to customers, but instead is planning on sourcing the bandwidth to carriers instead.
T-Mobile has already made its intentions known about rolling out an LTE network by next year. However, with a smaller subscriber base, the company’s plans could be much more of an uphill task compared to rivals Verizon and AT&T. Under such circumstances, a partnership as this makes a lot of sense.
[via Financial Times]