Verizon updates the Moto Z2 Force to support Gigabit Class LTE speeds

Owners of the Verizon version of the Moto Z2 Force should expect a notification about an update to come across the screen at any time. This is a pretty important update that will allow the device to support Big Red’s upcoming Gigabit Class LTE service. A couple of months ago, Verizon tallied a 1.07 Gbps speed in a lab using Qualcomm’s X20 LTE modem chip.  Don’t expect such a high speed from the Moto Z2 Force since the latter employs the less powerful X16 modem. And the phone won’t be used inside the perfect conditions found inside a lab.

The software version of the update is NDX26.183-15 …


Sprint's Magic Box adds network capacity and increases data speeds from the sky

Looking for a way to expand the reach of its 2.5GHz spectrum for up to 10 square miles (at least to start), Sprint has started testing its Magic Box as an aerial small cell solution. The Sprint Magic Box is a signal booster than when on the ground, increases download and upload speeds by as much as 200% within a range of 30,000 square feet. In the air, the Magic Box can connect on the ground with a Sprint cell site, COW (Cell on Wheels) or SatCOLT (Satellite Cell Site on Light Truck) to provide service to customers. Using a drone, the Magic Box is lifted as much as 400 feet in the air.

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Kirin 970 chipset hits 1.2Gbps downlink speeds in testing

Huawei’s Kirin 970 chipset is the first to support Category 18 for downlink speeds and Category 13 uplink speeds. This means that the Kirin 970 can reach downlink speeds as fast as 1.2Gbps. And darn if the Kirin 970 didn’t hit that mark in a recent test conducted by Huawei and Rohde & Schwarz. The latter is a German company that manufactures test and measurement equipment for mobile radios.

To achieve this speed, Huawei and R&S used some of the enhancements employed in the field by carriers in this day and age. That includes 4×4 MIMO, and 256QAM. The former allows for additional …

T-Mobile matches its rivals, bumps data speeds on the Series 3 Apple Watch to 4G

T-Mobile CEO John Legere is more attuned to his customers’ wishes, hopes and desires than any other executive in the industry. So when T-Mobile subscribers complained that the Apple Watch Series 3 would be limited to data speeds of 512kbps (basically 3G), Legere looked into the matter. Today, the executive disseminated a tweet with good news for T-Mobile customers.

According to Legere, T-Mobile’s new Apple Watch plan will provide 4G LTE speeds for Apple Watch users at the same $10 per month rate that it was going to charge for 3G. Pre-orders for the Apple Watch Series 3 started yesterday …

Kinrin 970 chipset hits 1.2Gbps downlink speeds in testing

Huawei’s Kirin 970 chipset is the first to support Category 18 for downlink speeds and Category 13 uplink speeds. This means that the Kirin 970 can reach downlink speeds as fast as 1.2Gbps. And darn if the Kirin 970 didn’t hit that mark in a recent test conducted by Huawei and Rohde & Schwarz. The latter is a German company that manufactures test and measurement equipment for mobile radios.

To achieve this speed, Huawei and R&S used some of the enhancements employed in the field by carriers in this day and age. That includes 4×4 MIMO, and 256QAM. The former allows for additional …

Ookla: US LTE speeds up by 19% on average for the past year, T-Mobile leading the pack in H1 2017

The average mobile download speeds in the USA increased by 19% for the past year, according to Ookla. The company behind speedtest.net (the site where you check your download/upload speeds) just released its U.S. Market Report for mobile broadband, and it reveals some pretty interesting statistics. 

In said report, Ookla used a new “Speed Score” scoring system that supposedly measures “the full breadth of networking experience on a given network” in a more accurate manner. Essentially, it’s a mix of low-end, median, and top-end performance for both upload …

Speedtest data shows a rise in Sprint's LTE Plus download speeds over the last 7 months


The future appears to be looking brighter at Sprint. At the beginning of the month, the company reported its first quarterly profit in three years. And today, the nation’s fourth largest carrier reported that its national average download speeds are on the rise. Data from the Ookla Speedtest app shows that over the last seven months, the download speeds for Sprint’s LTE Plus service have risen 28%. During that same time period, T-Mobile’s download speed is up 18% while AT&T and Verizon show declines of 7% and 8%, respectively.

Sprint customers increasing use of High Performance User …

Verizon reaches insane 953 Mbps download speeds outside the lab, tells T-Mobile 'eat crow'

TMo eats crow. When the verified last place network crows about made up network quality results they pay for.  #factsmatter #TMoIndigestion pic.twitter.com/DUkZ2XkG2B— Jeffrey Nelson (@JNels) August 2, 2017

While 1Gbps+ download speeds aren’t technically 5G, you can rest assured that carriers may try and brand them as such, that is why the news that Verizon has hit the whopping 953 Mbps outside the lab with real-life equipment in Boca Raton, Florida, is quite significant. Despite that a tad higher speeds have been achieved in synthetic lab setups, including by …

Samsung's 2018 flagships will support ultra fast LTE speeds across the globe

Many of you out there are probably aware of the fact that Samsung’s flagships actually come in two distinct flavors: a U.S.-bound Snapdragon-powered one, and an international version with the company’s in-house Exynos chipset instead. This has been happening for a while now, thanks to Qualcomm’s strong grip on LTE patents stateside, and has often resulted in one version of the device being ever-so-slightly better than the other in certain use cases.

And we thought this might me the case with next year’s Galaxy S9 (or whatever it ends up being called), or at least in terms of …

U.S. LTE coverage is top-tier but speeds are lacking, according to OpenSignal's latest report

Wireless coverage mapping company OpenSignal has released its biannual “The State of LTE” report today, which highlights some of the interesting trends when it comes to worldwide 4G coverage.

South Korea is, unsurprisingly, the country with the best quality LTE connectivity in the world, but its competition is catching up fast as well. The United States, for example, has the fourth-best nationwide coverage (measured not geographically, but rather based on what percentage of the time a user is connected to LTE). This is thanks to a push from carriers …