"He's also part of the local wireless mafia, a veteran of AT&T Wireless from the old days in Redmond. He went on to Bellevue's InfoSpace and Motricity before joining his old boss, Dan Hesse, at Sprint in 2008.
Although he's based at Sprint's headquarters in Overland Park, Kan., Elfman kept his Redmond-area house and still calls himself "a Seattle guy." The network he runs is powered in part by Kirkland's Clearwire..."
That's what the article says, but it doesn't tell the whole story. Band 38 (China 2.6) is 2570-2620 Mhz. Band 41 (US 2.5) is 2496-2690 Mhz. So Band 38 actually lies within Band 41. The problem is the CDMA version for Sprint doesn't support any TD-LTE so far.
"The A1529 (iPhone 5C) and A1530 (iPhone 5S) are handsets that will be sold in Australia, Hong Kong, Korea, New Zealand and Singapore, and will have support for TD-LTE frequencies of 1,900, 2,300 and 2,600."
Based on the shareprice action this morning a few people are starting to connect the dots. However it seems the media is still missing the the meaning of the "C" in 5C. They assumed it was for Cheap but it is relatively Costly. We all know it is actually for China, but what they seem to be missing is that C = speed of light, which is what it will feel like on a TD-LTE network. Especially compared to iphones that are still being used on 2G or 3G networks.
Softbank, Clearwire(Sprint) and China Mobile all have TD-LTE networks in the 2.5 ghz range. Google TD-LTE iphone for more info.
According to the respective official technical specifications webpages for the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, the devices will work on TD-LTE networks, a somewhat rare flavor of 4G used by China Mobile.
Apple will release multiple iPhone 5s and 5c versions with different baseband chips to support its various partner carriers. In the U.S., one model of each phone will cover AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile, while a variant is set to operate on Sprint's network. The latter model will also work with networks run by Japanese carriers Softbank and KDDI.
Posted By Stasys Bielinis on Sep 10, 2013 | 0 comments
According to sources inside Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), Apple’s iPhone 5S may have already passed TD-LTE certification process.
As China Mobile prepares for the commercial launch of its TD-LTE 4G network later this year, it needs to have smartphones that will be able to use it. And those smartphones have to pass the certification process at Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (similar to FCC approval in the U.S). The process may take at least two months.
Last week China Mobile announced that MIIT issued approval for 4 smartphones with TD-LTE support. These were: Samsung Galaxy Note II , Sony Xperia SP, Huawei Ascend D2 and ZTE Grand Memo U-815.
But, according to the sources inside MIIT, there was also the fifth phone that received permission to use China Mobile’s TD-LTE network – iPhone 5S. However, at Apple’s request, the information about it was withheld from official announcement.
So does this mean that China Mobile’s TD-LTE iPhone 5S will launch tomorrow , together with China Telecom and Unicom devices?
Certainly not. China Mobile may have 5 smartphones with TD-LTE support ready to go tomorrow, but they still have to get the approval from MIIT to commercially light up its 4G network. And that license, initially scheduled for October 1st, has been delayed until November.