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Old Jan 23, 2013, 05:17 PM   #1
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Apple to Expand LTE Support to 36 Additional Carriers in Several Countries




During today's Financial Results call, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that 36 additional carriers will be providing LTE connectivity for the iPhone and the iPad next week.

"Next week," said Tim Cook, "we're adding 36 more carriers for LTE support. These carriers will be in countries that we are not currently supporting LTE."

While Cook did not name all 36 carriers that would be getting LTE, he did mention that they are in regions like Italy, Denmark, Switzerland, the Philippines, and the Middle East. Currently, 24 carriers offer LTE for the iPhone and the iPad, in countries like the United States, Australia, South Korea, the U.K., Germany, Canada, and Japan.

Apple has been slow to roll out LTE connectivity, leading to complaints over the "4G" in the third generation iPad's name when it was released. Apple later changed it to the iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular in response.

When asked if the slow pace of LTE rollouts has had an impact on iPhone sales, Cook skirted the question, but he did mention the plans to roll out LTE in the aforementioned countries during the next week, and had this to say: "We feel really good about the situation we are in, particularly with these adds next week."

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Old Jan 23, 2013, 05:18 PM   #2
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Great. 3G is hard to find here in Ireland...
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Old Jan 23, 2013, 05:32 PM   #3
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Great. 3G is hard to find here in Ireland...
Same in India. (second potential market next to China).
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Old Jan 23, 2013, 05:21 PM   #4
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It's obvious that this confirms 6.1 in the best week.
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Old Jan 23, 2013, 05:22 PM   #5
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^^ Yup, this confirms 6.1 for next week.
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Old Jan 23, 2013, 05:23 PM   #6
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Old Jan 23, 2013, 05:26 PM   #7
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Still no Sweden
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Old Jan 23, 2013, 05:32 PM   #8
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Still no Sweden
LTE requires new base stations. Not likely, with < 10.000.000 people in sweden.
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Old Jan 23, 2013, 05:35 PM   #9
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Sweet.

6.1 next week means JB soon after.

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Old Jan 23, 2013, 05:39 PM   #10
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LTE requires new base stations. Not likely, with < 10.000.000 people in sweden.
Well New Zealand only has 4 million people, less than half that of Sweden, and our no.1 carrier is beginning work on a 4G LTE network: http://www.telecom.co.nz/mobile/mobi...dinga4gfuture/
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Old Jan 23, 2013, 07:40 PM   #11
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LTE requires new base stations. Not likely, with < 10.000.000 people in sweden.
What are you talking about? Sweden already have 4G (LTE) and was the first country in the world with a commercial 4G network.

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Sweden has ≈ 21 people per square kilometre, and denmark has 130 people per square kilometre.
The absolute majority lives in southern Sweden.

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Denmark has how many fjords (difficult locations)?
Are you high or just retarded?
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 01:49 AM   #12
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LTE requires new base stations. Not likely, with < 10.000.000 people in sweden.
There are in fact three different operational LTE networks in Sweden. None of which Apple support.
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 04:09 AM   #13
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How do they add LTE support? I thought any carrier that can send out the right signal would work on iphone 5s. In the UK, people have said that only EE and 3 would ever be able to support LTE on iphone 5s because the other mobile networks dont have the right frequencies.
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LTE requires new base stations. Not likely, with < 10.000.000 people in sweden.
Sweden was the first country with a commercial LTE network in 2009.

2600 and 800 MHz are by far the most widely deployed LTE frequencies, but Apple's hardware does not support this - expect to see this in the iPhone 5S the next iPad Mini and iPad.

Some networks have LTE on 1800, but here Apple blocks it (quality issues?). This is what Apple is about to release.
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 07:16 AM   #14
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LTE requires new base stations. Not likely, with < 10.000.000 people in sweden.
Maybe if you had done your research before opening that big mouth you would know that Sweden was the first country in the world (with Norway) to have LTE...

That Apple doesn't support the bands used in some countries it doesn't mean these countries don't have LTE (moreover... you wish you had the quality of internet Swedish have... and also the price), but hey... no hard feelings.
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 10:02 AM   #15
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LTE requires new base stations. Not likely, with < 10.000.000 people in sweden.
As so many has said, Sweden was the first country in the world with a LTE network, when it comes to internet, broadband, and the likes, Sweden is one of the world leaders.
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Old Jan 27, 2013, 07:47 AM   #16
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LTE requires new base stations. Not likely, with < 10.000.000 people in sweden.
Not in every case. For example the EPlus Network in Germany has combined base stations for GSM 1800 / HSPA 2100 (and sometimes also GSM 900). They say they can add LTE 1800 to a lot of these just with a software upgrade.

Software defined radio is your friend...

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Old Jan 23, 2013, 06:43 PM   #17
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Still no Sweden
No Portugal either.
That's why people here are buying Samsung instead.
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 04:06 AM   #18
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No Portugal either.
That's why people here are buying Samsung instead.
I don't have any statistics but a great majority of my friends and the people I see on the streets in Sweden have iPhones. I sucks that we don't get LTE.
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 05:12 AM   #19
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LTE requires new base stations. Not likely, with < 10.000.000 people in sweden.
Swedish Telenor and Tele2 have just started trial runs on the 1800 MHz band supported by the iPhone 5 in order to bring LTE support to Sweden. This actually hit the news yesterday. The coincidence with Cook's tease here about expansions to new countries lines up with Sweden's latest trials, and I think Swedish Tele2 and Telenor will be among the countries/carriers officially added, possibly with the final release of iOS 6.1 or iOS 7. (they have told media that a software update to iPhone and iPad will still be necessary despite the carriers technically supporting the bandwidth in the future)

An initiative like this is no doubt made in cooperation with, or at least with endorsement by, Apple. I think there's no way they would go through this otherwise, due to how popular Android devices already support LTE in Sweden via the 800 MHz band.
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 06:25 AM   #20
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It's great to see that we finally get some LTE on our iPhones here in Denmark, but it's pretty ridiculous that it only happens now. The LTE networks have been up and running here for months and are extensively advertised, but iPhone users have been completely omitted so far.

Still, the 3G where I live performs at about 10-20 Mbit/sec (depending on load), which is plenty, but it will be interesting to see what the LTE network can offer next week.
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 09:25 AM   #21
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Sweden gets LTE next week as well. You can count on it.
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Old Jan 24, 2013, 09:48 AM   #22
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IOS 6.1 Beta 4 also enables LTE in TMN in Portugal, TMN is also expanding their network to iPhone 5 Frequency .


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No Portugal either.
That's why people here are buying Samsung instead.
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About damn time! LTE in my country yeah!

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Actually Vodaphone Portugal is switching their frequencies to be iPhone friendly as it activated LTE for Portugal in 6.1 beta 3
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Old Jan 26, 2013, 05:17 PM   #23
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As others have said the viability of LTE in a country isn't about population, but population density in particular parts of the country.
Here is the coverage map for Telstra Australia . LTE/4G is only available in small pocket os the major cities. In fact most of Australia, by area, not population, have no coverage at all.

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Old Jan 27, 2013, 09:11 AM   #24
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..and still no Norway.
The 2 first countries in the world to get public LTE networks, all the way back in 2009. Lets say I'm not impressed by Apple.
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Old Jan 23, 2013, 05:29 PM   #25
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How do they add LTE support? I thought any carrier that can send out the right signal would work on iphone 5s. In the UK, people have said that only EE and 3 would ever be able to support LTE on iphone 5s because the other mobile networks dont have the right frequencies.
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