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Mike Dano
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Trump to attend White House's planned 5G conference
News Analysis  | 
2/21/2020  |  Post a comment
President Trump will be among the attendees for a White House conference on 5G. They'll have much to discuss about the future direction of mobile and wireless tech and policy.
U.S. Cellular to boost capex for 5G, adds Samsung as supplier
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2/21/2020  |  Post a comment
U.S. Cellular said it could spend roughly $1 billion on capital expenses in 2020, a dramatic increase from 2019. Samsung could get some of that cash.
Ahead of Sprint merger, T-Mobile names Abdul Saad as new CTO
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2/21/2020  |  Post a comment
Abdul Saad is potentially being positioned to take over command of T-Mobile's network operations if the operator's merger with Sprint closes.
T-Mobile's DSS warnings all hot air, claim AT&T and Verizon
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2/20/2020  |  Post a comment
T-Mobile says a key piece of 5G tech – Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS) – isn't ready for prime time. AT&T and Verizon disagree.
5G spectrum auction imperiled by satellite operators' hunger for money
News Analysis  | 
2/20/2020  |  1 comment
Two big C-Band Alliance members – SES and Intelsat – had a falling out. That could create trouble for telcos that want C-Band spectrum for 5G.
Coronavirus cuts into 5G standards work
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2/19/2020  |  Post a comment
The 3GPP – the association charged with developing 5G technology standards – has canceled its face-to-face meetings in the first quarter due to coronavirus concerns.
Sprint lawsuit claims top Charter execs stole trade secrets
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2/19/2020  |  Post a comment
Sprint claims that two former employees — Paul Woelk and Craig Cowden — stole its VoIP technology and gave the tech to what is now Charter Communications.
Cable op Midco hints at interest in CBRS spectrum auction
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2/19/2020  |  Post a comment
Cable company Midco is testing fixed wireless LTE technology in the CBRS spectrum band in North Dakota and Minnesota, an effort that's partly to prepare for possible spectrum purchases, the company said.
Cambium deepens cost cutting amid promises of a recovery
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2/19/2020  |  Post a comment
Cambium Networks, which sells hardware for cellular and WiFi networks, said it will expand the restructuring it first began in November, in order to reduce costs.
Opposition to Sprint, T-Mobile merger begins to evaporate
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2/18/2020  |  Post a comment
The New York attorney general said she would no longer oppose the Sprint and T-Mobile merger in court. The deal is likely to close on April 1.
Now you can buy a 5G private wireless network with just one click
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2/18/2020  |  Post a comment
Federated Wireless is selling private wireless networking options on the marketplace listings of both Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure. The goal is to simplify the sales process.
Dell expands edge computing ambitions in telco space
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2/18/2020  |  1 comment
Dell Technologies unveiled a range of new edge computing products for telco operators, a move that could pit Dell against against Nokia, Ericsson and others that sell edge computing hardware.
Verizon: We have more unused network capacity today than five years ago
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2/14/2020  |  Post a comment
Thanks to new LTE technologies, small cells and other efforts, Verizon says it has managed to increase the amount of excess capacity on its network.
Sprint cuts the price of 5G
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2/14/2020  |  Post a comment
Sprint is now including 5G access across all three of its unlimited plans. The offering had previously been restricted to Sprint's most expensive unlimited plan.
Most Americans know about 5G and some might pay extra for it
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2/14/2020  |  Post a comment
A new survey indicates a willingness among Americans to pay more for 5G connections.
Verizon doubles down on mmWave 5G with new 60-city deployment goal
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2/13/2020  |  1 comment
Verizon plans to double the number of cities where it operates an mmWave 5G network, countering concerns that the operator might back away from the daunting task of building a widespread mmWave 5G offering.
Roll call: Who's still going to Barcelona?
DanoVision  | 
2/13/2020  |  2 comments
If you're still going to Barcelona this year, please let me know.
Sprint/T-Mobile merger: The six big things that should happen next
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2/11/2020  |  Post a comment
A judge's decision this week cleared the way for Sprint and T-Mobile to close their merger by April. But what needs to happen between now and then for the companies to consummate their transaction?
Comcast, Charter promise 5G services, but remain silent on pricing
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2/11/2020  |  4 comments
Charter and Comcast plan to join Verizon, their MVNO partner, in offering 5G phones. However, it's unclear whether the cable companies will join Verizon in charging extra for the service.
What they're saying: Reactions to T-Mobile/Sprint merger
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2/11/2020  |  1 comment
A judge's approval of the proposed merger of Sprint and T-Mobile elicited plenty of discussion among supporters, opponents and analysts about how the transaction might affect the wider market.
Inseego working on CommScope partnership for private LTE networks
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2/11/2020  |  Post a comment
Inseego is working to partner with CommScope on 3.5GHz equipment for sale to enterprises. The situation yet again highlights interest in the market for private wireless LTE networks.
IT'S OVER: T-Mobile, Sprint merger approved – reports
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2/10/2020  |  1 comment
The judge overseeing a lawsuit challenging the merger will side with the companies, according to the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, removing the last major roadblock to the deal.
Ericsson pushes private wireless networking product toward AT&T
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2/10/2020  |  Post a comment
Ericsson's 'Industry Connect' product is targeted at the private wireless networking space, and the infrastructure giant appears keen to rope AT&T into the effort.
Sluggish lowband 5G from AT&T, T-Mobile raises the question: Why bother?
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2/10/2020  |  Post a comment
Signals Research Group conducted extensive tests of the lowband 5G from AT&T and T-Mobile finding that 'LTE network performance was at least as good as if not better than 5G NR.'
AT&T CEO says US government investment into Nokia, Ericsson is a bad idea
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2/7/2020  |  3 comments
AT&T's CEO rejected suggestions from the US attorney general that the US purchases a controlling interest in Nokia or Ericsson. Instead, the executive said software innovation could blunt the rise of China's Huawei.
Local Officials Take on the Feds in Battle Over 5G Small Cells
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2/7/2020  |  Post a comment
Dozens of cities and city representatives are challenging FCC regulations intended to speed up the rollout of small cells for 5G. They argue such rules are unfair to taxpayers.
Meet My Small Cell
DanoVision  | 
2/7/2020  |  Post a comment
Small cells are rolling out in neighborhoods all over the US. I decided to go find mine.
Satellite Firms Unimpressed With Pai's $9.7B Pitch for C-Band Spectrum
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2/6/2020  |  1 comment
Several Canadian and European satellite companies aren't yet sure if they want to accept $9.7 billion to quickly free up valuable midband spectrum for 5G.
Attorney General Barr: The US, Allies Should Take Nokia or Ericsson Stake for 5G
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2/6/2020  |  Post a comment
White House officials have reportedly discussed incentives for US private equity firms to buy stakes in Ericsson or Nokia for 5G. But there appears to be discord among Trump's appointees.
Telefónica, Deutsche Telekom, Others Put $13M Into Blockchain Startup Clear
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2/6/2020  |  Post a comment
The venture money for Israel-based startup Clear underscores not only the opportunity surrounding blockchain in the telecom space but also operators' interest in the technology.
Amid Layoffs, Xilinx Warns of Pause in 5G Activities
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2/5/2020  |  Post a comment
Xilinx sells chips for 5G basestations, and had grand ambitions for its sales in the space. But last week the company announced layoffs and a 'pause' in 5G buildouts.
FCC Chairman Hunts for Magic Number in C-Band
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2/5/2020  |  Post a comment
C-Band incumbents reportedly want at least $12 billion to release the band for 5G, but the FCC's chairman is only expected to give them up to $9 billion. How will Ajit Pai split that difference?
Comment: Updates - Mike Dano - 2/5/2020
AT&T, Microsoft, Others Get Behind Trump's Anti-Huawei Agenda
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2/4/2020  |  3 comments
The Trump administration said it has a plan to foster the development of US-based software for 5G, and that AT&T, Microsoft and Dell are supporting the effort.
Elon Musk: Carriers 'Greedy' in Quest for 5G Spectrum
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2/4/2020  |  Post a comment
Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk weighed in on the debate around spectrum for 5G. But his position is likely linked to his view as chief executive for both Tesla and SpaceX.
US Wireless Carriers Violated Federal Law in Sale of Location Data, FCC Says
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2/3/2020  |  2 comments
The FCC has concluded its investigation into US wireless carriers' sale of their customers' location data, and found that 'one or more wireless carriers apparently violated federal law.'
Comment: Addendum - Mike Dano - 2/3/2020
Verizon, T-Mobile Butt Heads at Super Bowl
News Analysis  | 
2/3/2020  |  1 comment
Verizon and T-Mobile took their 5G squabble to the Super Bowl this weekend, with each attempting to out-snark the other.
5G Now Carrying 21% of All Mobile Traffic in South Korea
News Analysis  | 
1/31/2020  |  1 comment
According to figures from South Korea's telecoms regulator, 5G in the country is taking off. But there are some unique reasons for that, and South Korea's 5G efforts may soon be eclipsed.
Verizon's Network Strategy for the Super Bowl Includes 4G, 5G and... WiFi?
News Analysis  | 
1/31/2020  |  2 comments
Verizon's customers at this weekend's Super Bowl will be automatically connected to the venue's WiFi network – noteworthy considering Verizon's emphasis on its 4G and 5G offerings.
With $7.6B in Auction Bids, Demand for mmWave Spectrum Exceeds Expectations
News Analysis  | 
1/30/2020  |  Post a comment
The FCC's latest – and biggest – millimeter wave spectrum auction has generated almost twice as much money as some industry observers had expected.
How Will 5G Play in Super Bowl
DanoVision  | 
1/30/2020  |  Post a comment
5G is going to play a big role during this year's Super Bowl. But each of the top US wireless network operators is taking a slightly different tack when it comes to the big game.
Apple's CEO Acknowledges 5G, but Not Much Else
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1/29/2020  |  Post a comment
On the back of a better-than-expected quarter, Apple's Tim Cook said that the company is carefully watching the 5G space. But he didn't offer any indication about what Apple might do in 5G.
Mavenir Looks to Cash In on Anti-Huawei Frenzy
News Analysis  | 
1/29/2020  |  1 comment
Top executives from Mavenir met with US government officials in order to push for government support for US-based suppliers of 5G equipment (like Mavenir).
Startup Artemis Still Pushing pCell, This Time Into CBRS Band
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1/28/2020  |  2 comments
Artemis made a splash in 2015 with claims that its pCell technology would make 5G irrelevant. The company is repeating those claims as it pushes its technology into the newly freed CBRS band.
Comment: Update - Mike Dano - 1/28/2020
What will drive a 5G smartphone 'super cycle'?
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1/28/2020  |  Post a comment
Will the growth of 5G networks coupled with ever-cheaper 5G phones conspire to produce a 'super cycle' in the industry? Carrier executives aren't sure, but billions of dollars hang in the balance.
RootMetrics: Verizon's 4G Is Faster Than T-Mobile's 5G
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1/28/2020  |  1 comment
A new study from RootMetrics found that Verizon's 4G network clocked faster speeds than T-Mobile's lowband 5G network. But that situation could change in the months and years to come.
Sprint's Quarter Was Better Than Expected, but It Still Doesn't Matter
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1/27/2020  |  Post a comment
Sprint's quarterly results weren't as bad as some feared – and it expanded its 5G network – but ultimately the company's still-pending merger with T-Mobile overshadows everything.
Shipping Giant UPS to Test Private Wireless Network in Montana
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1/23/2020  |  Post a comment
UPS said it plans to conduct a substantial test of private wireless networking technology in Billings, Montana. Company officials acknowledged their interest in private LTE and 5G networks.
Vapor IO Nets $90M for Edge Computing Buildout
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1/22/2020  |  Post a comment
Funding from Berkshire Partners and Crown Castle will go to build mini data centers for edge computing around the US.
Verizon Notches Connected Car Win Against AT&T
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1/21/2020  |  Post a comment
Verizon snatched some Audi business away from AT&T, partly thanks to its support of eSIM technology in connected cars. But it might be more of a moral victory for Verizon than a major shift.
Meet the Biggest Private Wireless Network Operator You've Never Heard of
News Analysis  | 
1/20/2020  |  1 comment
Infrastructure Networks covers 130,000 square miles of US territory with a high-speed 4G LTE network. But its services aren't designed for mobile phones.
Charter Gets Noisy About Owning Spectrum for 4G, 5G
News Analysis  | 
1/17/2020  |  7 comments
Charter is looking to test big mobile networks in New York City and Los Angeles, a further indication of the company's interest in 'owner's economics' in the mobile industry.
Spectrum Shift: Anterix Says It's Not Another Ligado
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1/16/2020  |  Post a comment
Anterix is asking the FCC to issue new rules that would allow 4G in its spectrum holdings. In that respect Anterix is like Ligado -- except Ligado is reportedly nearing bankruptcy.
Introducing the latest 5G trend: Hiding it
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1/16/2020  |  5 comments
As the wireless industry gears up to deploy hundreds of thousands of small cells in the US over the coming years, a cottage industry is developing around the need to hide all this equipment.
Verizon, Vodafone, Others Team Up for 'Interoperable' 5G Specs
News Analysis  | 
1/15/2020  |  1 comment
América Móvil, KT, Rogers, Telstra, Verizon and Vodafone announced the formation of the new 5G Future Forum to 'collaborate to develop interoperable 5G specifications.' Details, though, are scarce.
Samsung's TeleWorld Acquisition Signals Broader US Ambitions
News Analysis  | 
1/14/2020  |  Post a comment
Samsung's purchase of TeleWorld Solutions this week likely reflects the company's desire to both sell to additional North American operators while re-igniting its growth in the region.
Comment: Update - Mike Dano - 1/14/2020
Foreign Providers Play China Card in US 5G Gambit
News Analysis  | 
1/14/2020  |  1 comment
The 'race to 5G' between the US and China is now at the heart of a renewed effort by a group of European and Canadian satellite companies to get money from the sale of C-Band spectrum for 5G in the US.
Comment: Update - Mike Dano - 1/14/2020
Anticipation Mounts for 3.5GHz Midband Spectrum Auction
News Analysis  | 
1/13/2020  |  2 comments
The FCC's auction of 3.5GHz licenses represents the agency's first big midband spectrum offering. However, no one expects that auction to generate the kind of interest that a C-Band auction will produce.
Apple, Samsung Phones Pass FCC's Radiation Tests
News Analysis  | 
1/10/2020  |  3 comments
A report last year from the Chicago Tribune raised concerns that common smartphones were blasting RF radiation over the legal limit. But FCC tests found that they were not.
Sprint Sold Phone With Chinese Malware, Cybersecurity Firm Claims
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1/9/2020  |  Post a comment
According to cybersecurity firm Malwarebytes, one of Sprint's prepaid brands sold a phone that contained pre-installed malware from China. Sprint disputes those allegations.
Verizon Tops 5G Network Perception Survey
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1/9/2020  |  Post a comment
New survey results indicate Verizon enjoys a commanding lead when it comes to which 5G network Americans think is best.
Here's Why It Might Be Time to Worry About mmWave 5G
DanoVision  | 
1/9/2020  |  4 comments
A new year is upon us, but neither Verizon nor AT&T has shared concrete, quantifiable plans for 5G in millimeter-wave spectrum in 2020. Is this cause for concern?
Verizon Targets Cable With New Fios Pricing Plans
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1/9/2020  |  Post a comment
Verizon is stepping away from 'triple play' bundles as well as promotional pricing schemes in an attempt to counter the gains of cable in the broadband Internet space and the rise of streaming alternatives in TV.
Verizon: Don't Expect Much From '5G Home' Until H2 2020
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1/8/2020  |  1 comment
Verizon won't embark on a wider deployment of its 5G Home service until the second half of this year, when high-powered equipment will be available.
T-Mobile COO: 'Right Is on Our Side' in Sprint Merger
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1/7/2020  |  Post a comment
T-Mobile executives continue to remain hopeful that the company will ultimately consummate its proposed merger with Sprint. But they also have some ideas for a Plan B.
Sprint Kills Virgin Mobile Brand, Will Move Customers to Boost Next Month
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1/7/2020  |  Post a comment
Despite its ongoing efforts to merge with T-Mobile, Sprint said it will move its Virgin Mobile USA prepaid customers onto its Boost Mobile service starting in just a few short weeks.
Could Apple Sidestep 5G With Satellites?
News Analysis  | 
1/6/2020  |  2 comments
Apple is reportedly working on ways to connect its devices directly to satellites, a move that would bypass terrestrial 5G networks. But Apple is still expected to move forward with 5G iPhones this year too.
Utilities, Telcos in 5G Street Light Fight
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1/6/2020  |  Post a comment
A battle is brewing between wireless carriers and utilities over whether 5G small cells can be installed on top of street lights. One problem? The street lights might fall over.
Ahead of CES, Dell Promises 5G Laptop
News Analysis  | 
1/2/2020  |  4 comments
Dell said its new Latitude 9510 laptop will support 5G. But 5G providers shouldn't expect a boost to their revenues just yet.
Comment: Update - Mike Dano - 1/2/2020
Judge Will Block Sprint/T-Mobile Merger, Cowen Analysts Predict
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1/2/2020  |  Post a comment
A Wall Street analyst firm sat through the antitrust 'trial of the century' last month, and reached a firm conclusion: The judge in the case will probably block the merger of Sprint and T-Mobile.
Meet Trump's New 5G Czar
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12/24/2019  |  Post a comment
President Trump named Robert Blair to lead his administration's 5G efforts. Blair has a background in national security issues, and just weeks ago defied a Congressional subpoena to testify about Trump's dealings with Ukraine.
T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Trial Testimony Ends, Waiting Game Begins
News Analysis  | 
12/23/2019  |  1 comment
The main, testimony phase of the merger trial for Sprint and T-Mobile is now over. The judge overseeing the trial isn't expected to issue a ruling until February.
mmWave Auction Nears $6B, but Action Slows
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12/23/2019  |  Post a comment
The FCC's third and biggest mmWave spectrum auction has blown past some analysts' estimates, but bidders' interest in licenses appears to be waning.
Verizon Reaches 5G Buildout Goal, Promises More to Come
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12/23/2019  |  Post a comment
Verizon says it offers 5G service in 31 markets, meeting its self-imposed 2019 goal. What will Verizon do for a 5G follow-up in 2020?
Verizon Moves to Buy More mmWave & Midband Spectrum Licenses
News Analysis  | 
12/19/2019  |  2 comments
Verizon asked the FCC for permission to purchase more spectrum licenses from the likes of Sunshine LMDS Network, Virginia Tech Foundation and Blue Ridge Wireless.
Report Blows Holes in Anonymized Location Privacy Claims
DanoVision  | 
12/19/2019  |  Post a comment
Companies dealing with users' cellphone location data promise that it's kept securely and anonymously. A new report from the NYT again serves to cast serious doubts on those claims.
Comment: And one more thing... - Mike Dano - 12/19/2019
Comcast's Xfinity Mobile Warns of Slower Speeds During 'Network Congestion'
News Analysis  | 
12/18/2019  |  5 comments
Comcast plans to move its Xfinity Mobile customers to its 'second generation' plans in February. Those plans include an important new caveat: speeds will be slowed during periods of 'network congestion.'
Dish's 5G Surprises: $10B in Loan Promises, Mystery 'Strategic Partners'
News Analysis  | 
12/18/2019  |  5 comments
Dish Network's Charlie Ergen testified he has several banks lined up to loan the $10 billion he needs to build a 5G network. And Dish appears to have inked deals with unnamed 'strategic partners' for 5G.
Opensignal Sees Smooth Transition for 3G Laggards
News Analysis  | 
12/18/2019  |  Post a comment
Opensignal reported that roughly 96% of Americans who connect to 3G actually have a 4G-capable device, which could pave the way for operators to re-purpose their 3G spectrum for 4G or 5G.
It's 5G vs. WiFi 6 for the Factory of the Future
News Analysis  | 
12/18/2019  |  Post a comment
Is WiFi 6 a workable alternative to 5G for the factory of the future?
Work on the Next Big 5G Tech Spec Update Now Underway
News Analysis  | 
12/16/2019  |  Post a comment
5G is set to gain a wide range of new features and functions, including better mixed reality support, walkie-talkie style services and more. But users probably won't see these updates anytime soon.
Comment: Clarification - Mike Dano - 12/13/2019
Boingo Hits Hard Times, Lays Off 16% of Workforce
News Analysis  | 
12/13/2019  |  3 comments
Boingo said it would stop investing in its retail and advertising business units and eliminate 80 positions as part of a cost-cutting restructure.
Millimeter Wave Spectrum Auction Blasts Past $1.5B, Shows No Signs of Cooling
News Analysis  | 
12/13/2019  |  1 comment
Bidding doesn't show signs of cooling in the FCC's ongoing mmWave spectrum auction. However, it appears that the event isn't generating the same demand that the agency's two prior mmWave auctions did.
Trial Shockers: Comcast Courted Sprint, T-Mobile Attempted Merger With Dish
News Analysis  | 
12/13/2019  |  1 comment
Each day of the antitrust trial against Sprint and T-Mobile brings new revelations, including an attempted merger between T-Mobile and Dish Network in 2015 and MVNO negotiations between Comcast and Sprint in 2017.
How Wireless Carriers Might Bring Private CBRS Networks Into the Fold
News Analysis  | 
12/13/2019  |  9 comments
Private wireless networks in the 3.5GHz CBRS band are all the rage, but they also represent an opportunity for the likes of AT&T and Verizon to dramatically improve their coverage inside smaller buildings.
AT&T Exec Hints That '5G Evolution' Is Faster Than T-Mobile's 5G
News Analysis  | 
12/12/2019  |  Post a comment
An AT&T executive hinted that forthcoming speed tests will find that AT&T's '5G E' branded connections are faster than T-Mobile's recently launched 5G service in its 600MHz spectrum.
T-Mobile/Sprint trial serves up healthy dose of courtroom drama
News Analysis  | 
12/11/2019  |  Post a comment
The first few days of the trial to block the proposed Sprint/T-Mobile merger delivered more courtroom twists and turns than most Law & Order episodes.
Comment: Re: Selloff of lines - Mike Dano - 12/11/2019
AT&T Targets Labor, Wireline Footprint in New Cost-Cutting Effort
News Analysis  | 
12/10/2019  |  3 comments
'Everything is on the table,' AT&T exec John Stankey says, with former Clearwire CEO Bill Morrow hired as the hatchet man to lead its cost-cutting efforts.
Surprise! With $637M in Auction Bids, Demand for mmWave Spectrum Continues
News Analysis  | 
12/10/2019  |  1 comment
The FCC's third mmWave spectrum auction started today, and it's likely that AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile are driving a significant amount of bidding.
NTIA Joins DoD Against Ligado's L-Band 5G Plan
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12/9/2019  |  Post a comment
The NTIA is teaming up with the Department of Defense to oppose a proposal from Ligado to release L-Band spectrum for 5G. That could come as a disappointment to the likes of Verizon and T-Mobile.


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