Carriers are finally catching up to the mobile phenomena that is occurring. Market Research firm Gartner Inc. , said that it expects worldwide tablet sales to surge 98 percent in 2012 to 118.9 million units. Now with a mobile network to support this growth we can expect to see businesses push for a BYOD (bring your own device) environment.
Originally posted on Gigaom:
AT&T’s(s t) LTE rollout plans are a bit of a hodgepodge. The problem is spectrum. It never managed to piece together the licenses to form a consistent nationwide 4G band like that owned by archrival Verizon(s vz)(s vod). Instead AT&T cobbled together 700 MHz licenses here and Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) licenses there. The result is a network that already has some big capacity shortfalls in key markets and could eventually have gaps in coverage.
But AT&T is trying to rectify that situation by tapping spectrum in the most unexpected places. On Thursday, AT&T announced its intentions to buy spectrum squatter NextWave and its big hunk of Wireless Communications Services (WCS) spectrum. Shortly afterward it filed notice with the FCC that it plans to pick up smaller WCS holdings from Comcast(s cmsca) and Horizon Wi-Com. UBS Investment Research analyst John Hodulik believes AT&T is now approaching Sprint(s s), which is the last remaining WCS licensee of note.
Hodulik said in a research note that those deals will give AT&T almost exclusive ownership of the WCS band, which ultimately would allow it to deploy a 20 MHz LTE network nationwide.