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As US policymakers mull open RAN certifications, others move on
News Analysis | 5/4/2021

'An industry certification program for open RAN can be a significant milestone,' Microsoft told the FCC. Meantime, the O-RAN Alliance, the UK government and others aren't standing still.

India's STL sees 5G, open RAN as fiber growth factors
News Analysis | 5/3/2021

Corning competitor STL said increased bandwidth usage, European expansion and more 5G network buildups will keep it growing in 2021.

Charter wants to start mapping out its mobile network
News Analysis | 4/8/2021

After spending around $500 million on CBRS spectrum licenses, Charter is now asking the FCC for permission to conduct drive tests of transmissions in the band in around a dozen cities.

Samsung, TSMC $130B plunge underlines the great chip divide
News Analysis | 4/5/2021

The global chip war is framed usually as a rivalry between the US and China, but in reality the two superpowers are not even in the race.

Cable networks are set for a much-needed upstream boost
News Analysis | 2/18/2021

A more efficient modulation scheme, OFDMA, is expected to play a bigger role as cable operators start to embark on upgrades that dedicate more spectrum to the upstream.

Minim adds data usage tracker to device management app
News Analysis | 2/8/2021

Minim, a maker of DOCSIS gateways and other CPE, has launched a data usage tool for ISPs and for its retail products to help educate consumers about their usage patterns and to 'demystify' data caps.

EXFO checks OTT's heartbeat
News Analysis | 12/3/2020

New video monitoring tool is designed to help service providers auto-detect and diagnose the root cause of video streaming issues and impairments.

Verizon's DSS comes up short in new 5G tests
News Analysis | 12/1/2020

Signals Research Group used high-end testing equipment to check out Verizon's new Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS) technology. 'We can't help but be disappointed,' the firm concluded.

Albany Marine base to sport 'made in the USA' 5G network
News Analysis | 11/27/2020

The US Department of Defense's test network is part of a $600 million project that is intended to strengthen the US in its 5G competitiveness.

Eurobites: Vodafone, Ericsson trial safe-skies tech for drones
News Analysis | 11/25/2020

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia and A1 switch on private network for Siemens; BT and Transatel renew MVNOs partnership; TIM and Google combine on 'Voice Smart' calling.

Dish's 5G gets real: Company inks massive Crown Castle tower deal
News Analysis | 11/16/2020

The work of physically installing radios on top of cell towers is often the most expensive part of any wireless network buildout. Dish Network said it will use 20,000 Crown Castle towers for 5G.

Verizon explains exactly how it will make money from 5G
News Analysis | 11/12/2020

Verizon officials outlined the company's 5G buildout efforts, as well as 5G revenue opportunities spanning 5G smartphones, 5G fixed wireless services and edge computing.

India launches PLI scheme to boost local manufacturing
News Analysis | 11/12/2020

The government has cleared the Production Linked Incentive scheme supporting 4G, 5G, next-generation RAN, IoT access, enterprise and wireless equipment.

Apple, Google start working on 6G
News Analysis | 11/12/2020

The first 5G phones from Apple and Google are barely out of the box, yet both companies have joined the Next G Alliance to 'advance North American mobile technology leadership in 6G.'

C Spire opens up about its 5G rollout
News Analysis | 11/11/2020

C Spire is using equipment from Nokia to deploy non-standalone 5G across its PCS, 700MHz and 600MHz spectrum holdings, with plans to add 28GHz in the future.

Microsoft's Airband initiative shifting focus amid leadership change
News Analysis | 11/10/2020

Paul Garnett is no longer heading up Microsoft's Airband initiative, a move that coincides with the company's shift in focus to expand broadband in urban as well as rural areas.

T-Mobile, Verizon, U.S. Cellular laud 5G fixed wireless
News Analysis | 11/9/2020

T-Mobile plans to launch its 5G fixed wireless Internet service next year. And the operator isn't the only one with high hopes for the technology.

DoD's 5G ambitions face steep, but not impossible, odds
News Analysis | 11/9/2020

President Trump fired the Secretary of Defense who signed off on a 5G spectrum-sharing project. What that means, alongside a likely President Biden, remains unclear.

Where Dish Network is going in 5G, and how it will get there
News Analysis | 11/9/2020

Dish Network is set to join AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile in operating a 5G network. Here are the executives, vendors and government-mandated timeline it's using.

Viavi fiscal Q1 delivers 'all-time record' in OSP segment
News Analysis | 11/6/2020

Optical security and performance products buoyed by strong 3D sensing demand star performer, field instrument recovery anticipated as 5G rollout accelerates.

Comcast to test mobile, fixed operations in C-band ahead of auction
News Analysis | 11/5/2020

Comcast said it wants to 'evaluate coverage, throughput and mobility of equipment and facilities' in C-band spectrum ahead of the FCC's December auction of licenses in the band.

American Tower's $3.5B InSite purchase highlights sky-high tower values
News Analysis | 11/5/2020

American Tower's new deal comes with 'high sticker shock,' but it reflects the long-term value investors see in the ownership of towers amid a 5G rollout.

A closer look at Verizon's curious CBRS spectrum purchases
News Analysis | 11/5/2020

Verizon's CBRS spectrum purchases stretch across a variety of US markets. But the operator did not purchase spectrum in its most congested markets, according to Tutela.

Race update: For every ten US 5G customers, there's one Chinese 5G basestation
DanoVision | 11/4/2020

China's telecoms regulator counts fully 600,000 5G basestations in the country. Meantime, one analyst firm has recorded sales of just 6 million 5G phones in the US this year.

SpaceMobile's 5G from space touted as 'a game changer'
News Analysis | 11/3/2020

NASA, T-Mobile and Verizon are among the companies fretting over SpaceMobile's plans to beam 5G from satellites. But AT&T thinks the whole thing could be 'a game changer.'

Hopes fade for a cell tower boom
News Analysis | 11/3/2020

Companies like Crown Castle and SBA Communications still expect to derive growth from catalysts like Dish Network's 5G plans and the C-band auction. But the timing remains somewhat unclear.

Dish Networks turns on first 5G test site, taps Intel for silicon
News Analysis | 11/2/2020

Dish Network said it will use Intel's Xeon Scalable Processor, Ethernet 800 Series network adapter, vRAN Dedicated Accelerator ACC100 and FlexRAN software reference architecture.

Dish Network signs up for US military's 5G plans
News Analysis | 11/2/2020

Dish Network is offering the US Department of Defense a dedicated slice of its planned 5G network, as well as ways for the DoD to deploy services in its own spectrum holdings.

Open RAN might not be ready for America's big 5G push
News Analysis | 10/30/2020

Some have been pushing open RAN as a lever to pull in the 'race to 5G' between the US and China. But the technology might not be ready for America's big midband spectrum rollout.

Satellite providers jostle for 5G Fund money
News Analysis | 10/29/2020

The FCC's 5G Fund requires the delivery of services to an 'off-the-shelf' smartphone. That has piqued the interest of two satellite startups: SpaceMobile and Lynk.

US military goes all-in on spectrum sharing
News Analysis | 10/29/2020

The US Department of Defense issued a new spectrum strategy that contemplates sharing its spectrum with 5G operators instead of providing it for commercial auctions.

AT&T, IBM team for edge computing and 5G
News Analysis | 10/29/2020

IBM's Cloud Satellite customers now have the option to use AT&T's 5G network for their communications, as well as AT&T's new Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) offerings.

5G skirmishes at 12GHz may escalate into all-out spectrum war
News Analysis | 10/28/2020

AT&T and SpaceX are among the companies that oppose 5G operations in the 12GHz band. But companies backed by the likes of Charlie Ergen and Michael Dell are disputing that notion.

Trump's economic adviser reiterates 'free market approach' to 5G
News Analysis | 10/27/2020

'The Trump administration is going to keep its free market approach,' according to Larry Kudlow, an adviser to the president. At issue is a 5G network operated by the US military.

Starlink's beta arrives at $99/month for speeds up to 150 Mbit/s – report
News Analysis | 10/27/2020

Starlink, the satellite Internet provider from Elon Musk's SpaceX, isn't confirming any details, but emails touting its 'Better Than Nothing Beta program' offer some insights.

T-Mobile overshadows Verizon, AT&T in LTE fixed wireless coverage
News Analysis | 10/26/2020

T-Mobile touts 20 million households covered, while AT&T said it will cover 1.1 million locations this year. And a new report on Verizon found the operator covers just 2 million homes.

Verizon, AT&T pounce on private networking opportunity
News Analysis | 10/26/2020

Operator deals with enterprises will likely resemble managed services contracts.

Lockheed Martin CEO envisions 5G remote-controlling US military
News Analysis | 10/23/2020

James Taiclet served as a pilot in the Gulf War under the callsign 'Cheetah23.' Now, as CEO of the Pentagon's largest weapons supplier, he wants to use 5G to control military vehicles.

FreedomFi wants private wireless to be as easy as launching a website
News Analysis | 10/23/2020

Enterprises with coding capabilities are starting to create open source LTE networks with help from a startup called FreedomFi.

Verizon covers 0.5% of Americans with mmWave 5G – analysts
News Analysis | 10/22/2020

Verizon officials have refused to discuss the number of people covered by the operators mmWave network. A new report fills this gap with a rough calculation: 1.8 million.

Tesla's 5G stop sign: Self-driving needs 'no connectivity whatsoever'
DanoVision | 10/22/2020

Tesla, the world's most valuable auto maker, plans to charge $10,000 for its new self-driving service. Meanwhile, 5G remains free to users on most top-tier mobile plans.

Viavi loses CFO to Rackspace, upgrades fiscal Q1 guidance
News Analysis | 10/22/2020

Test and measurement specialist appoints Pam Avent as its interim CFO following resignation of Amar Maletira.

The full list: Here are the actual bidders in the C-band auction
News Analysis | 10/21/2020

There are a total of 74 entities that have registered their interest to bid in the FCC's upcoming C-band auction. Here's the list.

5G users in US consume 1.9x more data than 4G users – report
News Analysis | 10/21/2020

A new report from Opensignal shows that 5G users in the US consumed an average of 16.5GB in September, far more than 4G users.

Qualcomm targets macro cell towers with new chipsets
News Analysis | 10/20/2020

Qualcomm to challenge Marvell, Broadcom, Intel and Xilinx in bid to build chipsets for macro cell towers, and possibly expand silicon options for open RAN equipment vendors.

AT&T, T-Mobile take different views on 6G
News Analysis | 10/20/2020

According to some, 6G will support a wide range of science fiction-type services. But others are warning against getting sidetracked by 'shiny objects syndrome.'

Verizon, AT&T, Charter, Cox, Dish among C-band bidders
News Analysis | 10/19/2020

A number of big names are stepping up to bid in the FCC's upcoming C-band auction, an auction that some expect to raise an astounding $51 billion in bids.

The next version of 5G expected to be delayed to 2022
News Analysis | 10/19/2020

The 3GPP's Release 17 – expected to collect the next big batch of 5G technologies – might not hit the market until 2022, almost a year behind schedule.

Operators edge toward revenues from low-latency services
DanoVision | 10/16/2020

Edge computing promises to reduce users' latency speeds. And now, some operators are not only addressing the space but seeking revenues from the sale of low-latency services.

How AI could cut bandwidth in video conferences by 90%
News Analysis | 10/15/2020

A new artificial intelligence platform from chipmaker Nvidia promises to reduce bandwidth usage in video conferencing down to one tenth of the H.264 standard.

COVID-19 sparks fixed wireless rollouts
News Analysis | 10/14/2020

Fixed wireless providers in locations ranging from LA to Arkansas are rolling out new services in order to connect students and others to the Internet amid a pandemic.

Menlo Micro's 'Ideal Switch' touted as major upgrade to 5G
News Analysis | 10/14/2020

According to iPod and iPhone luminary Tony Fadell, Menlo Micro's new product 'is already triggering massive cross-industry upheaval.' It's initially targeted at the 5G sector.

Rivada hires former Sprint, BellSouth exec for wholesale ambitions
News Analysis | 10/12/2020

Keith Cowan, formerly of Sprint and BellSouth, joins Rivada as its new chief development officer amid Congressional investigations into the company's focus area.

An inside look at Verizon's first 5G MEC customers
News Analysis | 10/12/2020

Verizon and its partner Amazon Web Services currently have 5G edge compute centers in five cities with plans to expand that to ten locations by year-end.

Qualcomm, Intel, Huawei seen leading in Wi-Fi 6 patents
News Analysis | 10/12/2020

Reports from Japan's NGB Corporation and Germany's IPlytics indicate China's Huawei and Qualcomm and Intel in the US contribute the most technologies to Wi-Fi 6.

Facebook goes to space
News Analysis | 10/9/2020

Facebook confirmed that it launched an 'experimental satellite designed to test ways to improve broadband connectivity,' but said it has no desire to provide services.

Rakuten's 4G network is still the slowest in Japan
News Analysis | 10/9/2020

According to new findings from Tutela, Rakuten's 4G network in Japan supports 16.16Mbit/s download speeds, which is around 9 Mbit/s slower than the company's competitors.

AMD poised to acquire Xilinx for $30B – report
News Analysis | 10/9/2020

A combination of AMD and Xilinx would position AMD to more directly challenge Intel in the telecommunications market, including 5G.

DoD awards $600M to AT&T, Ericsson, Nokia, others, for 5G testing
News Analysis | 10/8/2020

The US Defense Dept. is awarding a huge sum to more than a dozen companies to help create 'the largest full-scale 5G tests for dual-use applications in the world.'

OpenRF association hopes to kickstart 5G device sales
News Analysis | 10/8/2020

Broadcom, Intel, MediaTek, Murata, Qorvo and Samsung are teaming to make it easier to develop 5G products. But Qualcomm is conspicuous in its absence.

Trump's chaos spills into 5G
DanoVision | 10/8/2020

A disagreement among Trump appointees over 5G has engulfed everyone from the FCC to the DoD. 'Our government is a mess,' concludes one financial analyst firm.

Ericsson's 6G story centers on 'Internet of senses'
News Analysis | 10/6/2020

Ericsson's top researcher painted a 6G picture that involves a 'full sense experience' complete with sights, sounds and haptics that would create multisensory experiences.

EE, Vodafone have the best UK mobile game networks – study
News Analysis | 10/6/2020

As network operators increasingly compete in mobile gaming, EE and Vodafone now offer users the UK's top mobile gaming experiences, says a new study.

In the US, 4G continues to outshine 5G
DanoVision | 10/6/2020

The 'year of 5G' has come and gone a few times now, but it's clear that 4G continues to play the role of workhorse while 5G stands only as the showhorse.

If Dish is America's Rakuten, it might be in trouble – analysts
News Analysis | 10/5/2020

Rakuten's mobile losses are 'proving much higher than we anticipated,' according to some financial analysts. What that means for Dish Network's 5G ambitions is unclear.

Dish Network's Chairman Ergen seeks $1B for possible M&A
News Analysis | 10/5/2020

Dish's Ergen is forming a SPAC called CONX to raise $1 billion for deals in telecom, tech or media, 'including the wireless communications industry.'

Post offices could be the new edge of 5G networks – report
News Analysis | 10/2/2020

The US Postal Service Office of Inspector General argued that the agency's 31,000 facilities nationwide could play a major role in 5G and edge computing.

Verizon, T-Mobile knock on smart home door
News Analysis | 10/1/2020

T-Mobile is offering Vivint smart home services in some markets, according to Wave7 Research, while Verizon is bundling Amazon smart home offerings into 5G Home.

Honeywell to test private 5G network
News Analysis | 10/1/2020

Multinational conglomerate Honeywell is joining the likes of Ford, Microsoft and Hitachi in the pursuit of private wireless network tests using 5G technologies.

GOP to Trump: Please don't nationalize 5G
News Analysis | 9/30/2020

An obscure Request For Information from the US Department of Defense has again set off alarms that President Trump is considering a nationalized 5G network.

In race to V2X, wireless industry resurrects Chinese boogeyman
DanoVision | 9/30/2020

The US wireless industry is rallying around the C-V2X standard for car-to-car communications, and is warning that China could dominate the market if action isn't taken.

Trilogy plants 4G seeds in North Dakota farm
News Analysis | 9/30/2020

A new precision agriculture program in North Dakota promises to use edge computing, AI and a private LTE network in CBRS spectrum to automatically eliminate weeds.

Ford CTO hypes 5G in autonomous vehicle future
News Analysis | 9/24/2020

Ford's CTO said the company already counts 5 million connected cars, and is looking toward future technologies like 5G and C-V2X.

Indian telcos warm up to open RAN
News Analysis | 9/23/2020

Speaking at a virtual industry event, telco leaders expressed growing interest in open RAN but said the technology ecosystem must mature.

US military looks to use DSS for 5G spectrum sharing
News Analysis | 9/21/2020

The Pentagon is considering using DSS technology to share the 3100-3550MHz spectrum band with commercial users. The issue again raises the potential for a wholesale 5G network.

Utility giant Xcel to test private LTE network with Motorola Solutions
News Analysis | 9/21/2020

After shuttering its WiMAX effort, utility provider Xcel Energy is now testing a private wireless LTE network with spectrum from Anterix and equipment from Motorola Solutions.

South Korean operators team up with AWS, Google for MEC
News Analysis | 9/21/2020

South Korea is becoming a mobile edge testbed, with each of its three telcos forging an alliance with different global partners.

AT&T, Verizon team to stop T-Mobile from getting more 5G spectrum
DanoVision | 9/18/2020

AT&T and Verizon are mobilizing against a spectrum-leasing deal between T-Mobile and Columbia Capital. But the upcoming C-band auction is at the heart of the issue.

T-Mobile's Mexican standoff affects hundreds of cell sites
News Analysis | 9/15/2020

Altán Redes is building a wholesale wireless network for the Mexican government. But its operations have forced T-Mobile to shut or power down hundreds of sites.

CBRS spectrum auction maps: Who won what, and where
News Analysis | 9/10/2020

Stephen Wilkus of Spectrum Financial Partners, Moise Advisory and JMA Wireless provide detailed Auction 105 results in terms of spectrum and location.

5G security suffering from too many cooks in the kitchen
DanoVision | 9/9/2020

The Department of Homeland Security's cybersecurity agency said it's going to 'analyze components from 5G vendors,' but the details of the program are unclear at best.

US earns participation medal in the race to 5G
News Analysis | 9/8/2020

China, Finland, Japan and India are all making moves to shore up their 5G positions. Meanwhile, US operators aren't impressing 5G network testing engineers.

Verizon, CenturyLink, Windstream still using Huawei, ZTE equipment
News Analysis | 9/4/2020

Three of the nation's five biggest wireline phone providers (Verizon, CenturyLink and Windstream) said they still have equipment or services from Huawei or ZTE.

Will the US cable industry supercharge open RAN?
DanoVision | 9/3/2020

Comcast, Charter and Cox collectively spent more than $1 billion on wireless spectrum. Will they choose the safe buildout path, or will they risk an open RAN strategy?

T-Mobile plans widespread C-band tests for 5G
News Analysis | 9/1/2020

T-Mobile wants to test 5G in the C-band in Houston, Phoenix and elsewhere. But some analysts have lowered their expectations for T-Mobile's spectrum spending.

Open RAN might actually be working
DanoVision | 8/31/2020

Dish Network's work with smaller vendors and Rakuten's turn away from Cisco and Nokia are early indicators that Open RAN may well be having an effect on the market.

Verizon expands C-band tests with Samsung, Ericsson
News Analysis | 8/27/2020

Verizon is using equipment from Ericsson and Samsung in its latest C-band tests in California. Analysts expect the company to spend billions of dollars on C-band spectrum.

DT launches cloud gaming, no thanks to MobiledgeX
News Analysis | 8/26/2020

DT has launched a new cloud-based video game streaming service, but a startup tailored by the company to support this kind of offering is not yet playing a part because of 'technology compatibility issues.'

What the Trump?! President calls for a 'national' 5G network
DanoVision | 8/25/2020

President Trump's mention of a 'national' 5G network raises questions around Newt Gingrich and Rivada Networks, but lacks information, substance, detail and logic.

Open RAN gets even more convoluted with ONF's arrival
News Analysis | 8/25/2020

The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) hopes to do to open RAN what it did to packet switching and passive optical networking. But the stakes might be higher this time.

Xcel ditches WiMAX, eyes public and private LTE
News Analysis | 8/24/2020

Utility provider Xcel in 2016 thought WiMAX was 'the most viable solution for current needs and those of the foreseeable future.' Today? Not so much.

Vuzix, Verizon look to pair 5G smart glasses with first responders
News Analysis | 8/24/2020

COVID-19 is accelerating the demand for smart glasses for use in telemedicine, remote work and more.

Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T balk at drive testing their networks
News Analysis | 8/19/2020

Verizon's 'Can you hear me now?' ad campaign focused heavily on network testing, but the company told the FCC it would be 'prohibitively expensive' to conduct extensive drive testing.

AT&T lights up open RAN design with Samsung and Ericsson
News Analysis | 8/19/2020

A Samsung radio connecting to an Ericsson baseband unit at several AT&T cell sites in Dallas is a major step forward in open RAN, Signals Research Group says.

Leading Lights 2020 Finalists: Outstanding Test & Measurement Vendor
News Analysis | 8/18/2020

EXFO, Infovista, Keysight Technologies, Netrounds, Sandvine, Spirent Communications, Tutela Technologies and Viavi Solutions stand out as the eight final contenders for outstanding test and measurement vendor this year.

Leading Lights 2020 Finalists: Most Innovative 5G Technology
News Analysis | 8/14/2020

Altiostar Networks, Arrcus, Enea, Etiya, Kaloom, Mavenir, Wind River and ZTE are among the companies shortlisted for the 'Most Innovative 5G Technology' category.

Verizon takes commanding lead in 5G phone sales: report
News Analysis | 8/11/2020

According to figures from M Science, Verizon has sold a total of roughly 2.2 million 5G phones since first introducing the service in the middle of last year.

5G absent from VW's big manufacturing plant upgrade
News Analysis | 8/10/2020

Volkswagen is embarking on a major manufacturing plant update that appears tailor-made for 5G. Except that the company said it's using Wi-Fi and wired networks.

T-Mobile's standalone 5G proves sporadic in initial tests
News Analysis | 8/5/2020

Mike Thelander of Signals Research Group bought a Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra to test T-Mobile's new standalone 5G network. However, 'the phone is not staying in standalone mode.'

Google's MVNO to test Wi-Fi offloading with Boingo
News Analysis | 8/5/2020

Google's Fi MVNO is testing Passpoint technology with Boingo that will allow its customers to automatically connect to Boingo's Wi-Fi hotspots. The impetus for the action is unclear.

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