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Altice Changes Tune on Whether It Will Buy Spectrum
News Analysis  | 
8/16/2019  |  5 comments
Altice said it wants to buy C-Band spectrum, which appears to represent a bit of a change from the company's previous strategy.
Comment: Update - Mike Dano - 8/16/2019
Dish's CEO to Boost Dealers: 'We Want to Change the Way the World Communicates'
News Analysis  | 
8/16/2019  |  1 comment
The CEO of Dish Network is urging Sprint's Boost dealers to stick around with the brand while Dish works to acquire the business from Sprint.
Here's What Trump's Huawei Ban Cost US Firms in Q2
News Analysis  | 
8/16/2019  |  1 comment
Several US companies put a dollar amount on the losses they incurred from President Trump's Huawei ban. Here's the tally.
Akamai Testing Edge Computing Scenarios With 5G Operators
News Analysis  | 
8/14/2019  |  2 comments
Akamai is hoping to parlay its efforts in the CDN arena into a role in the 5G and edge computing marketplace.
Verizon to Test Aggregation Across CBRS, 1900MHz, 700MHz & AWS Spectrum
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8/14/2019  |  1 comment
Verizon is planning to conduct tests that would combine transmissions across CBRS spectrum and its existing licensed spectrum bands, including 1900MHz, AWS and 700MHz.
Comment: Update - Mike Dano - 8/14/2019
Nokia Delays Sprint's 5G Rollout
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8/13/2019  |  3 comments
Sprint is using three vendors for 5G and two of them have already launched commercial service on their gear. Where's Nokia?
5G Report Card for August: 100 Announced Devices, 39 Operators Globally
News Analysis  | 
8/13/2019  |  1 comment
5G is gaining momentum, according to the latest numbers from the GSA.
5G Firms Still Face Trump Tariffs
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8/13/2019  |  Post a comment
President Trump will delay some tariffs on smartphones, in the latest development in his trade war with China.
Nokia, Ericsson, Cisco Pull US Operators Toward Standalone 5G
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8/12/2019  |  3 comments
T-Mobile, Verizon and other operators are working with a range of vendors to smooth out the move from 'non-standalone' to 'standalone' 5G.
U.S. Cellular's CTO Opens Up About 5G
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8/9/2019  |  Post a comment
U.S. Cellular CTO Michael Irizarry offered a few more details about the operator's 5G plans ahead of the provider's 2020 launch.
American 5G Vendors Getting More Time in the Spotlight
DanoVision  | 
8/9/2019  |  2 comments
President Trump's personal aversion to globalization and trade, and his promotion of US-based manufacturing, appears to be pushing some 5G providers toward American vendors.
5G Is Safe, FCC Says
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8/8/2019  |  2 comments
FCC officials said that 5G does not cause health concerns like cancer, nor do transmissions in millimeter-wave spectrum.
CenturyLink: We're Testing Edge Computing With Customers Now
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8/8/2019  |  Post a comment
CenturyLink is testing edge computing technologies with customers today, according to the company's CEO. And he promised additional announcements on the topic 'in the coming weeks.'
AT&T Outsources FirstNet Construction to ATN's Commnet for $167.5M in Southwest
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8/8/2019  |  Post a comment
AT&T said it will pay ATN's Commnet $167.5 million to build a wireless network for its commercial users and its FirstNet users in the Southwest.
US Government Employees Get Green Light to Buy 5G Services & Gear
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8/7/2019  |  Post a comment
The US government's IT purchasing official said that the door is open for federal and state government agencies to begin purchasing 5G services and equipment.
Shentel to Get Bigger Using Mix of Fiber, Cable & LTE Fixed Wireless
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8/7/2019  |  Post a comment
Regional operator Shentel says it plans to expand Internet access in part using LTE fixed wireless technology.
Verizon Promises Cheaper 5G Phones, 'Tailored' 5G Service Plans
News Analysis  | 
8/7/2019  |  Post a comment
Verizon's Ronan Dunne offered a few more hints about how Verizon will move forward in 5G in terms of pricing, phones and coverage.
Things Are Getting Desperate in the 5G Small Cell Sector
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8/7/2019  |  Post a comment
Pushed by federal and state legislation designed to speed up the small cell approval process, some cities are gearing up for an application explosion. And vendors are pushing things along with lawsuits.
Wireless Industry in Q2 in 9 Charts
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8/7/2019  |  Post a comment
As the Q2 reporting season comes to a close, it's time to look at how Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T stack up against each other.
Houston, We Have a Problem: Satellite Alliance Fractures Over 5G Spectrum Sale Profits
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8/6/2019  |  Post a comment
There appears to be dissension in the ranks of satellite companies hoping to cash in on the sale of 5G spectrum.
Google Uses Wireless to Expand Fiber in Austin
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8/6/2019  |  Post a comment
Google plans to use both fiber and wireless technologies to deliver Internet services in Austin, a first for the company.
Cable MVNOs Are Beginning to Hurt U.S. Cellular
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8/6/2019  |  1 comment
U.S. Cellular acknowledged that cable MVNOs from the likes of Comcast and Charter are now beginning to affect the company's mobile business.
Verizon Sneaks $10/Month 5G Fee Into New Unlimited Plans
DanoVision  | 
8/2/2019  |  3 comments
Verizon is taking a page out of Gillette's playbook by announcing five (5!!!) different unlimited plans. And as for 5G, it's definitely going to cost you extra – at some point.
Power Brokers: Utilities Explore Their Role in 4G & 5G
News Analysis  | 
8/2/2019  |  2 comments
Utility companies like Duke and Xcel are already major players in the telecom market. Now they're looking at how they might participate in 4G and 5G.
A10 Networks Is in Trouble: Company for Sale, CEO Leaving
News Analysis  | 
8/1/2019  |  1 comment
A10 Networks, which is struggling to develop a 5G, network security and analytics strategy, is now up for sale. And the founder and CEO is on his way out.
5G Customers Use More Data Than 4G Customers
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8/1/2019  |  Post a comment
What effect might 5G services have on networks? Data out of South Korea certainly indicates that 5G customers, at least initially, will use more data than 4G customers.
This Is Dish's 6-Step Plan for 5G
DanoVision  | 
7/31/2019  |  2 comments
Dish Network is hoping to enter the wireless industry as a disruptive MVNO while it builds a 5G network. But what exactly are the company's plans?
Verizon Delays 3G Network Shutdown
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7/31/2019  |  Post a comment
Verizon previously planned to shut down its 3G CDMA network at the end of this year, but now says it will shutter that network at the end of 2020.
Comment: Update - Mike Dano - 7/31/2019
Comcast's Xfinity Mobile to Tweak By-the-Gig Pricing
News Analysis  | 
7/30/2019  |  1 comment
Two years after launching its Xfinity Mobile MVNO, Comcast is tweaking its By-the-Gig pricing by adding two new options: 3GB for $30/month and 10GB for $60/month.
Dish/T-Mobile/Sprint: Winners, Losers & What's Next
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7/30/2019  |  Post a comment
The merger of Sprint and T-Mobile would have a major impact on virtually every player in the telecommunications market. But it first must overcome a major legal challenge.
How Mobile 5G Could Affect In-Home Broadband
DanoVision  | 
7/29/2019  |  5 comments
Mobile 5G services are popping up around the country. However, there are plenty of reasons that such services won't replace customers' wired, in-home Internet connections.
Q&A With Dish's Charlie Ergen About His New 5G Strategy
CxO Spotlight  | 
7/26/2019  |  Post a comment
Dish's chief executive spoke with Light Reading about the company's 5G future, just hours after Dish announced a $5 billion agreement to purchase customers, spectrum and wholesale access from the combined Sprint and T-Mobile.
Comment: Update - Mike Dano - 7/26/2019
Dish Could Unseat T-Mobile as the Uncarrier
DanoVision  | 
7/26/2019  |  1 comment
Yes, Dish Network faces an uphill climb in its plan to build a 5G network covering 70% of the US population by 2023. But don't count it out completely.
T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Gets DoJ Approval Thanks to Dish's $5B Deal
News Analysis  | 
7/26/2019  |  1 comment
The DoJ signed off on a transaction that would merge Sprint and T-Mobile and position Dish Network to build a nationwide 5G network. It's a complex deal.
Apple Buys Intel's 5G Modem Biz for $1B
News Analysis  | 
7/25/2019  |  1 comment
As expected, Apple will pay $1 billion for Intel's 5G smartphone modem business. The real question is when Apple might replace Qualcomm's chips with its own.
Ford to Test Private LTE/5G Wireless Network for Connected Cars
News Analysis  | 
7/24/2019  |  1 comment
Ford plans to build a private wireless network on its Dearborn campus using LTE/5G technologies. The news bisects two key trends in the automotive and mobile industries: connected cars and private wireless networks.
Comment: Re: question - Mike Dano - 7/23/2019
CONFIRMED: Altice Mobile MVNO Priced at $25/Line for Employees
News Analysis  | 
7/23/2019  |  3 comments
Altice confirmed that its mobile offering is currently available to employees at $25 per line. That price is below what Comcast, Charter and Sprint charge for unlimited services.
An Inside Look at Cable's MVNO Business Model
News Analysis  | 
7/22/2019  |  Post a comment
Comcast and Charter have successfully pushed some of their mobile customers' traffic from Verizon's network and onto WiFi networks, according to new findings from Tutela.
OneWeb's LEO Strategy Shows More Progress, but Questions Remain
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7/22/2019  |  Post a comment
OneWeb is building a constellation of low-Earth orbit satellites for global Internet services, but key elements of the offering remain cloudy.
3 Big Themes to Watch for in Wireless Q2 Earnings
DanoVision  | 
7/22/2019  |  Post a comment
From cable's wireless growth to Sprint's expected losses, here's what to expect from the next few weeks.
In #5G Social Media Advertising, AT&T Goes Old While Verizon Goes Male
News Analysis  | 
7/19/2019  |  1 comment
In social media advertising for 5G, AT&T is targeting older Americans while Verizon is targeting mostly men.
Comment: Re: Add AT&T too - Mike Dano - 7/19/2019
5G in Laptops, Watches, Tablets & More? Analysts Are Divided
News Analysis  | 
7/19/2019  |  2 comments
5G operators are keen to see consumer electronics companies install 5G capabilities into all kinds of devices. However, analysts are divided about whether that will actually happen.
3.5GHz CBRS Band Deployments Face Yet Another Delay
News Analysis  | 
7/18/2019  |  3 comments
The NTIA is still testing spectrum sharing in the 3.5GHz CBRS band. Such testing has delayed commercial operations in the band for almost a year.
T-Mobile Reportedly Worried That Dish Is Actually a Trojan Horse for Cable
News Analysis  | 
7/18/2019  |  Post a comment
T-Mobile and its parent company are worried that a cable company like Charter or Comcast might acquire Dish in order to gain MVNO access into T-Mobile's network.
AMG's NextLink: The FCC's Poster Child for Crossing the Digital Divide
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7/17/2019  |  Post a comment
Bill Baker, CEO of AMG Technology Investment Group's NextLink, is getting ready to put millions from the FCC's Connect America Fund to use covering rural America with fixed wireless. He may soon bid for billions more.
5G May Drive Carriers to Share Networks – Like It or Not
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7/17/2019  |  Post a comment
Operators around the world are eyeing network-sharing deals to deploy 5G. US operators remain decidedly against such a proposition, but they may back into more sharing scenarios in the coming years nonetheless.
Smartphone Life Expectancy Could Delay 5G Transition
News Analysis  | 
7/16/2019  |  1 comment
US mobile users don't show much interest in buying new phones these days, a situation that could create challenges for operators looking to replace the 4G phones among customers with more efficient 5G gadgets.
AT&T Keeps Pushing on the Manufacturing Use Case for 5G
News Analysis  | 
7/15/2019  |  Post a comment
The 5G industry is hoping that the technology will play a role in the 'factory of the future.' AT&T specifically has embarked on a few efforts to make this happen.
Sprint, Verizon to Sell 5G Phones Nationwide
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7/12/2019  |  2 comments
Sprint and Verizon have launched 5G services in parts of just a handful of cities. But the operators confirmed that they will sell their 5G phones in all of their retail stores nationwide.
Boingo's New CEO Sees Growth Everywhere, Including in Private CBRS Networks
CxO Spotlight  | 
7/12/2019  |  Post a comment
From 5G to WiFi 6, Boingo's new CEO sees opportunities everywhere. Moreover, those opportunities now stretch into the 3.5GHz CBRS band.
For Cell Phone Tower Owners, the Wall Street Party May Be Ending
News Analysis  | 
7/12/2019  |  Post a comment
Cell tower owners including SBA, American Tower and Crown Castle have been enjoying lots of love on Wall Street. But the good times might be over, according to some analysts.
Comment: Re: Kingmaker - Mike Dano - 7/11/2019
Rural America Might See More 5G With FCC's New 2.5GHz Order
DanoVision  | 
7/11/2019  |  Post a comment
The FCC said it's moving to release valuable midband spectrum for 5G with its new 2.5GHz action, but opponents argue American students will suffer as a result. The truth is that Sprint already owns most of the nation's 2.5GHz holdings.
Verizon Folding Smart City Unit Into Business Group, Ingram to Depart
News Analysis  | 
7/10/2019  |  Post a comment
Verizon is moving its smart city operations into its new consumer/business corporate structure. As a result, Verizon's VP of Smart Communities, Mrinalini (Lani) Ingram, is leaving the company.
What Does Dish's Charlie Ergen Want?
News Analysis  | 
7/10/2019  |  5 comments
Charlie Ergen has accumulated a treasure trove of spectrum licenses, and has now emerged as the linchpin in the government's review of the T-Mobile and Sprint merger. But what does he really want?
MVNO Ting Dumps T-Mobile for Verizon, Blames Sprint/T-Mobile Merger
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7/9/2019  |  Post a comment
Ting, an MVNO of both Sprint and T-Mobile, in part blamed the ongoing uncertainty around the proposed merger of Sprint and T-Mobile for its decision to move from T-Mobile to Verizon.
Jeff Bezos & Elon Musk to Compete for 5G Backhaul Business
News Analysis  | 
7/9/2019  |  3 comments
Some of the world's most visible and wealthy entrepreneurs are preparing to compete against each other in offering satellite-based backhaul services to wireless network operators.
Nintendo Investigating 5G, but 'We Don't Chase Trends'
News Analysis  | 
7/9/2019  |  Post a comment
Wireless industry executives tout 5G as ideal for gaming and other high-speed services, but executives at video game company Nintendo are taking a wait-and-see approach.
AT&T's '5G E' Strategy Is Paying Off – Misleading or Not
News Analysis  | 
7/9/2019  |  Post a comment
AT&T's decision to replace the 'LTE' icon on some of its phones with '5G E' earned the carrier widespread condemnation, but new findings show that AT&T's network is nonetheless seeing dramatic improvements.
The Story Behind Verizon's 5G Secret Weapon
News Analysis  | 
7/9/2019  |  3 comments
Verizon is spending billions on fiber to support its wireless 5G push.
5G Will Be 100x Faster Than LTE? More Like 2.7x Faster
News Analysis  | 
7/8/2019  |  4 comments
T-Mobile boasts that 5G will support 10x faster speeds than 4G. CTIA crows that it will be be up to 100x faster. Well, the initial results are in, and the reality doesn't quite match up to the hype.
Here Are All the 5G Devices Announced & Released So Far
News Analysis  | 
7/8/2019  |  1 comment
5G is catching steam around the globe. As a result, device makers ranging from Oppo to Samsung are rushing to get 5G devices out into the market.
5G Today Is Just a Glorified Add-On
DanoVision  | 
7/3/2019  |  3 comments
Now that all of the major US wireless network operators have launched some type of commercial mobile 5G service, it's worth seeing exactly how they're pricing the offering. The results are anticlimactic, to say the least.
Satellite Giants Battered by New C-Band Proposals for 5G
News Analysis  | 
7/2/2019  |  1 comment
Charter, Google and others are rallying around new proposals that would release midband spectrum for 5G. However, the government agency in charge of such matters – the FCC – might be a bit hesitant to engage in bold action.
Dish Divestiture Deal Might Save the T-Mobile, Sprint Merger
News Analysis  | 
7/2/2019  |  Post a comment
Dish Network has reportedly inked a tentative deal with T-Mobile that could save the operator's proposed merger with Sprint. That would likely be welcome news considering the transaction is now officially overdue.
5G iPhone Faces Chinese Question
News Analysis  | 
7/1/2019  |  Post a comment
Thanks to a new 5G push in China, analysts are raising their forecasts for the 5G phone market. However, it's unclear how that market will shake out given the ongoing geopolitical dance between China and the US.
The US Wireless Market in 10 Charts
News Analysis  | 
6/24/2019  |  1 comment
The US wireless industry is a complicated place. Here are 10 charts to help you make more sense of it.
5G Providers Hope to Solve 6GHz Spectrum-Sharing Concerns
News Analysis  | 
6/18/2019  |  Post a comment
An FCC proceeding looking at the 6GHz band could release a whopping 1200MHz for new commercial operations, including 5G. To push it ahead, some 5G providers are urging the FCC to implement sharing tech in 6GHz.
Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins Answers All the Questions
CxO Spotlight  | 
6/18/2019  |  Post a comment
During Cisco's recent corporate trade event, Cisco Live, the company's CEO Chuck Robbins devoted roughly half an hour to a Q&A session with reporters, covering everything from Cisco's position on the world's geopolitical stage to the company's latest networking products.
Cisco's SP Chief Eyes the 5G Opportunity
LRTV Interviews  | 
6/17/2019  |  Post a comment
Cisco's Jonathan Davidson is the chief executive of the company's service provider business. During the company's Cisco Live event, he offered some commentary on how Cisco is looking at the nascent but potentially explosive 5G opportunity, and how that might play into Cisco's business, including its SD-WAN activities.
5G's Future Could Literally Be Full of Hot Air... And Drones
News Analysis  | 
6/17/2019  |  1 comment
Sure you could deliver 5G using regular stuff like macro cell towers and small cells. But if you're really cool, you'd use balloons, blimps or drones.
From 5G to Huawei to SD-WAN: A Tour of Cisco Live
LRTV Documentaries  | 
6/14/2019  |  1 comment
Light Reading attended the recent Cisco Live event, where 28,000 people descended on San Diego's convention center to learn everything they could about Cisco's products and business strategy.
Cisco Aims to Quell Quantum Security Queasiness
News Analysis  | 
6/13/2019  |  Post a comment
Quantum computing presents as many challenges as it does opportunities. Cisco is working on a solution that could address some of the challenges presented when quantum computing affects network security.
How Orange Business Services Is Pursuing the SD-WAN/5G Intersection
LRTV Interviews  | 
6/13/2019  |  Post a comment
John Isch of Orange Business Services said the company is talking about SD-WAN with virtually all of its multinational clientele. However, he said the 5G part of that conversation is still at a very early stage.
Facebook Teams With CommScope to Join the 3.5GHz CBRS Party
News Analysis  | 
6/13/2019  |  Post a comment
Facebook is looking to conduct unspecified tests in the 3.5GHz CBRS band. Given Facebook's wide-ranging proclivities in the wireless arena, it's unclear what the social networking giant is hoping to learn.
AT&T Caps 5G Speeds at 2 Gbit/s… Huh?
DanoVision  | 
6/13/2019  |  Post a comment
AT&T said that '5G+ speeds, where available, will be capped at 2Gbps.' Why? Because "it helps provide a consistent experience" and "doesn't limit" its future options. Or something like that.
TV White Spaces Eyed as Ideal Bridge Over US Digital Divide
News Analysis  | 
6/12/2019  |  1 comment
The FCC is considering rule changes to aid fixed wireless deployments in TV White Space spectrum. Microsoft and others are hoping the changes could supercharge the construction of a bridge over the US digital divide.
T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Sinks Into the Political Mud
DanoVision  | 
6/12/2019  |  Post a comment
The arguments around the merger of Sprint and T-Mobile are increasingly plunging into the political morass – but that might be part of John Legere's ultimate plan.
5G Standards Group Struggles to Balance Tech With Politics
News Analysis  | 
6/12/2019  |  3 comments
As China and the US grapple over geopolitical concerns in security and trade, the world's main 5G standards organization is working on Release 17 while addressing the Trump administration's ban on US business with Huawei.
World's Biggest Wireless Carrier Awards First 5G Equipment Contracts
News Analysis  | 
6/11/2019  |  Post a comment
China Mobile awarded its first batch of 5G equipment contracts to the likes of Huawei and ZTE, though it did include Ericsson and Nokia in the process.
States Aim to Block Sprint/T-Mobile Merger: 'This Is Bad News'
News Analysis  | 
6/11/2019  |  Post a comment
The latest development in the soap opera that is the merger of Sprint and T-Mobile is an imminent lawsuit against the transaction by ten state attorneys general. "This is bad news," write the analysts at New Street Research.
Cisco's CEO: We Shouldn't Take Advantage of Huawei
News Analysis  | 
6/11/2019  |  Post a comment
Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins said that he has warned the company's sales team not to use Huawei's ongoing troubles as leverage in their sales efforts.
Tower Trouble: AT&T Keeps Pushing Cell Tower Landlords to Reduce Rent
News Analysis  | 
6/10/2019  |  Post a comment
AT&T for years has been threatening tower companies to lower rental rates or potentially face competition from a new, nearby tower. New data indicates AT&T might be mostly bluffing. Is it?
Putting a Price on Latency: Startup Network Next Aims to Fix Internet Routing
News Analysis  | 
6/9/2019  |  3 comments
With things like Google Stadia and 5G putting a new focus on real-time connections, startup Network Next hopes its AdWords-inspired approach to Internet routing will catch on.
Hollywood: Don't Let 5G Madness Screw Up TV
News Analysis  | 
6/6/2019  |  1 comment
Disney, CBS and other content companies are worried that a new 5G proposal could impact TV services for up to 300 million Americans.
China Finally Lights Its 5G Fire
News Analysis  | 
6/6/2019  |  Post a comment
China's government issued commercial 5G licenses to the nation's three main mobile operators as well as China Broadcasting Network Corp., paving the way for the country to engage in a massive buildout.
There's a New Victor in the Battle Between Mobile Devices & TVs
News Analysis  | 
6/5/2019  |  Post a comment
Yes, we're in a new golden age of TV programming, but that still didn't stop mobile devices from winning the battle over Americans' time.
AT&T Still Hazy on 5G Pricing Strategy
News Analysis  | 
6/5/2019  |  Post a comment
We know what Verizon is charging for 5G services, and we know what Sprint is charging for 5G services. But AT&T – which claims to be a 'world leader' in 5G – still isn't saying how it might price 5G.


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