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Gogo Goes All-American for 5G Network
News Analysis  | 
10/23/2019  |  Post a comment
After getting burned using equipment from China's ZTE for a 4G upgrade, Gogo will tap Cisco, Airspan and First RF for a 5G network that will beam Internet connections to airplanes.
Sprint Boasts of 5G Expansion… but Not Too Much
News Analysis  | 
10/22/2019  |  Post a comment
Sprint says its new 5G network is much faster than its 4G network, and bigger than any other 5G network in the country. But Sprint still argues that its merger with T-Mobile is necessary for a wider 5G network.
T-Mobile Flips Colorado in Pursuit of Sprint Merger
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10/21/2019  |  Post a comment
After receiving new promises from both Dish Network and T-Mobile, Colorado joined Mississippi in reversing its position and supporting the proposed merger of Sprint and T-Mobile.
Comment: Update - Mike Dano - 10/21/2019
Verizon Relaunches Fixed Wireless Service With 5G NR, DIY Installs
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10/21/2019  |  1 comment
Verizon turns to self installations and the 5G NR specification for its refreshed 5G Home fixed wireless Internet service.
Dish Network Seeks Companies to Build Its 5G Network
News Analysis  | 
10/21/2019  |  1 comment
Dish Network plans to release its third RFP for its planned 5G network, this one focusing on the physical work that will be required to install its antennas on top of cell towers.
Crown Castle: No Plans for Edge Data Centers
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10/18/2019  |  Post a comment
Crown Castle's CEO said he doesn't see edge computing data centers 'playing a significant role in our long-term strategy.' Crown Castle's main rivals, American Tower and SBA Communications, are taking a different path.
Verizon to Acquire More AWS-3, mmWave Spectrum
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10/18/2019  |  Post a comment
Verizon is looking to purchase a number of spectrum licenses across the AWS-3 and mmWave bands, moves that show the operator continues to look for more spectrum holdings.
Comment: Update - Mike Dano - 10/18/2019
US 5G Industry to Investigate Supply Chain Security
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10/17/2019  |  2 comments
The Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions is probing how to shore up security for the supply chain for 5G, action that arrives amid concerns over Chinese suppliers like Huawei and ZTE.
Chickens & Eggs Frustrate Operators' Quest for 5G Revenues
News Analysis  | 
10/17/2019  |  7 comments
Yes, wireless operators in the US and elsewhere are building 5G networks. But how exactly they're going to make money from those networks remains a bit unclear.
Forget 5G, Soon Skynet Will Rule Our Airwaves
DanoVision  | 
10/17/2019  |  Post a comment
If you like cage matches, AI-powered killer robots and 1980s sci-fi movies, you'll love the Spectrum Collaboration Challenge from the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
M&A Creeps Up on Edge Computing Players
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10/16/2019  |  Post a comment
While edge computing in the mobile and 5G space remains a nascent area, companies such as Intel, EQT, SBA and EdgeConneX are all linked to deals or merger-and-acquisition chatter in this burgeoning sector.
US 5G Networks Marked by Paltry Coverage, Unimpressive Speeds, Independent Tests Show
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10/16/2019  |  Post a comment
It's early days, but uneven performance is among the key takeaways highlighted in the first public, comprehensive and independent tests of US 5G networks by IHS Markit's RootMetrics.
5G Signal Boosters Show Up Ahead of Regulations
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10/15/2019  |  2 comments
FCC regulations haven't yet caught up with startups' 5G plans.
Apple's 5G Modem Pegged for a 2022 Introduction
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10/14/2019  |  Post a comment
Apple is reportedly planning to release a 5G modem as early as 2022, possibly joining Samsung and Huawei in that select group and align with Apple's push to become a vertically integrated company.
Comment: Update - Mike Dano - 10/14/2019
Verizon to Use 'Integrated Access Backhaul' for Fiber-Less 5G
News Analysis  | 
10/10/2019  |  3 comments
Verizon plans to make use of a new technology that would allow the operator to deploy 5G transmitters into locations where fiber is not available.
T-Mobile Takes Sprint Merger Battle Down to State Level
News Analysis  | 
10/10/2019  |  1 comment
T-Mobile recently inked two separate agreements with two state attorneys general to get support for its proposed merger with Sprint. How far will T-Mobile go to get the deal approved?
MWC Los Angeles Won't Get a 5G Bump
News Analysis  | 
10/10/2019  |  2 comments
The GSMA expects to attract roughly the same number of attendees to its Los Angeles event – between 22,000 and 23,000 – this year as it did in 2018, despite the introduction of 5G in the US market.
Comment: Update - Mike Dano - 10/9/2019
AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon Stand Up for mmWave Auction, but Cable Is MIA Again
News Analysis  | 
10/9/2019  |  2 comments
Some of the nation's biggest telecom companies – including AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Dish Network – appear to be planning to participate in the FCC's upcoming mmWave spectrum auction. But big cable companies are missing in action.
AT&T, Verizon Cheer Broadband Maps – Except for 5G
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10/9/2019  |  Post a comment
AT&T and Verizon have voiced support for the FCC's efforts to obtain accurate maps of broadband access in the US. But they argued 5G should not be included in those maps.
Comment: Update - Mike Dano - 10/8/2019
5G Will Save Semiconductor Industry, IHS Predicts
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10/8/2019  |  Post a comment
The global semiconductor industry is nearing the trough of a massive decline due to oversupply issues, but according to a new report from IHS Markit | Technology, 5G will help rectify the situation.
Comment: One last thing... - Mike Dano - 10/8/2019
Billionaire Michael Dell Backs New Call for 5G in 12GHz Spectrum
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10/8/2019  |  Post a comment
Through his family's private investment firm, billionaire Michael Dell is pushing the FCC to enact new rules that would allow 5G operations in the 12GHz spectrum band.
Wireless Carriers Seed Inventors to Spur 5G Growth
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10/7/2019  |  Post a comment
T-Mobile is the latest carrier to look for ways to encourage inventors and other entrepreneurs to develop new products and services for 5G.
Like Politics, All 5G Is Local
News Analysis  | 
10/4/2019  |  1 comment
Denver city officials acknowledge that 5G could dramatically improve residents' lives, but ongoing concerns over permitting for and radiation from 5G cell sites remain obstacles.
Comment: Update - Mike Dano - 10/3/2019
Meet ZenKey: Telcos' Doomed Single Sign-On Service
DanoVision  | 
10/2/2019  |  2 comments
ZenKey is the new 'single sign-on' service from the nation's four big wireless network operators. If history is any indication, it won't last long.
Inside T-Mobile's New 'Home Internet' Business
DanoVision  | 
10/2/2019  |  10 comments
A deep dive into T-Mobile's fixed wireless service over LTE – complete with detailed commentary from a current customer – offers some interesting insights into what it means for Internet service in the future.
Verizon Doubles Down on AR/VR With Jaunt Acquisition
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9/30/2019  |  Post a comment
Verizon purchased some of the assets of AR company Jaunt, a move that further reinforces Verizon's interest in AR and VR content and technology.
Tower Visionary Marc Ganzi on 5G, Small Cells & Edge Computing
CxO Spotlight  | 
9/30/2019  |  2 comments
Marc Ganzi is described as a 'leading visionary and entrepreneur' in his company's biography, and given his recent investments its easy to see why. Here's what he has to say about hot topics like 5G, build to relocate, small cells and edge computing.
With ZTE Equipment, Pine Belt's 4G Upgrades Hit 'Complete Standstill'
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9/27/2019  |  Post a comment
Pine Belt, a tiny wireless network operator in rural Alabama, is considering getting out of the business entirely amid US concerns over the security of its ZTE-supplied LTE network.
Verizon CEO Hints Private 5G With Edge Computing Is Coming – Real Soon
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9/27/2019  |  Post a comment
Verizon's CEO said company campuses and manufacturing facilities should be among the first to deploy private 5G networks with edge computing capabilities.
Comment: Re: Im confused - Mike Dano - 9/26/2019
Comment: Another update - Mike Dano - 9/26/2019
FCC Preps for What Could Be Biggest Spectrum Auction Ever
News Analysis  | 
9/25/2019  |  1 comment
The Commission appears close to laying out the ground rules for a possibly record-breaking auction of C-Band spectrum for 5G that could generate as much as $50 billion in gross bids and surpass the AWS-3 auction of 2015.
US Takes Another Step Toward Ripping Huawei Equipment Out of Country
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9/25/2019  |  Post a comment
Legislation in the House is now joining a similar push in the Senate to pay US operators to rip Huawei equipment out of their networks.
Comment: Update - Mike Dano - 9/25/2019
As 3G Shutdown Looms, AT&T's Cricket Will Require VoLTE Phones
News Analysis  | 
9/25/2019  |  2 comments
AT&T's Cricket Wireless prepaid brand is soon going to prevent customers from activating older phones that don't support VoLTE technology. The move is part of AT&T's efforts to shut down its 3G network.
T-Mobile Relies on LTE for 5G Launch
DanoVision  | 
9/25/2019  |  2 comments
New tests of T-Mobile's 5G network in New York City raise plenty of questions about how exactly it works. However, the operator is pushing aside those questions and instead is embarking on a 5G advertising campaign against Verizon.
Comment: Re: Doom - Mike Dano - 9/24/2019
T-Mobile to Test Microsoft's 'Project xCloud' Game Streaming on Mobile in US
News Analysis  | 
9/24/2019  |  4 comments
Microsoft is opening its Project xCloud game streaming service to commercial testing, and T-Mobile has signed on as a supporting mobile network partner. But it's unclear whether telecom networks are ready for video game streams.
Three Reasons Why T-Mobile Isn't Going to Sell the Galaxy Fold
News Analysis  | 
9/23/2019  |  1 comment
AT&T and Best Buy will sell Samsung's first folding phone, so why is T-Mobile not following them into the Galaxy Fold fold?
DoD Begins Testing 5G With $52M Budget
News Analysis  | 
9/19/2019  |  1 comment
The US Department of Defense recently hired a new 'technical director for 5G,' who will be responsible for installing 5G networks and applications in select US military bases.
5G Report Card for September: 1.4M Subscriptions, 129 Announced Devices
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9/19/2019  |  Post a comment
According to the Global mobile Suppliers Association, there were a total of 1.398 million 5G subscriptions globally at the end of Q2. That total is in part driven by a growing number of 5G phones: As of Sept. 10, the group counted 16 commercially available 5G phones.
Tower Owner SBA Buys Data Center for Edge Computing Know-How
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9/18/2019  |  Post a comment
Following the lead of American Tower, SBA Communications has acquired a Chicago data center. CEO Jeffrey Stoops says the purchase will help SBA learn about edge computing.
Corning's Fiber Business Is Cratering, but What Does That Mean for 5G?
News Analysis  | 
9/18/2019  |  1 comment
Corning has dramatically reduced its sales expectations for fiber this year as carriers reduce spending. Does that mean 5G (which needs fiber) is in trouble? Not necessarily.
Of Patriots, Faith, Broadband & Huawei
DanoVision  | 
9/18/2019  |  1 comment
A modern-day morality play is slowly developing around the US telecom providers that have been caught up in the hoopla surrounding China's Huawei.
Verizon Eyes Intersection of Private Networks, CBRS, 5G & Edge Computing
News Analysis  | 
9/16/2019  |  Post a comment
As Verizon's initial 3.5GHz CBRS deployments get going, the operator is looking toward a future that would combine private networks, CBRS, 5G and edge computing.
Amazon Shows More Interest in 3.5GHz Wireless Networks
News Analysis  | 
9/13/2019  |  Post a comment
Amazon is preparing to expand its tests of CBRS wireless networks to additional locations, though exactly what the company is hoping to learn from the tests remains a bit of a mystery.
AT&T, AMG's NextLink Fined by FCC for Talking During Auction
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9/13/2019  |  Post a comment
The FCC fined AT&T $75,000 and AMG $100,000 for holding prohibited communications during the agency's CAF II auction last year.
Charter Is Preparing to Build a Wireless Network
News Analysis  | 
9/13/2019  |  Post a comment
Cable company Charter Communications is expected to begin building an LTE network in 3.5GHz spectrum in select locations where it counts a large number of Spectrum Mobile customers.
Comment: update - Mike Dano - 9/13/2019
Comment: Update - Mike Dano - 9/12/2019
It's Time to Get Excited About 3.5GHz CBRS
DanoVision  | 
9/12/2019  |  1 comment
We're days away from initial commercial deployments in the 3.5GHz CBRS spectrum band, often called 'Goldilocks spectrum' because of its propagation characteristics. It certainly appears to be just right, given the diversity of initial commercial applications.
Apple's AR Headset Could Do for 5G What iPhone Did for 4G
DanoVision  | 
9/11/2019  |  3 comments
Apple is rumored to be working on some kind of AR-capable headset. If the gadget is released, it could create the kind of cultural zeitgeist that the original iPhone did.
Verizon Promises Overhauled Fixed Wireless 5G Service Later This Year
News Analysis  | 
9/11/2019  |  3 comments
The chief executive of Verizon's consumer business said more than 80% of the operator's 5G Home customers could install antenna receivers for the service themselves.
Trump's Trade War Has Cost the US 5G Industry $1.2B So Far, CTA Says
News Analysis  | 
9/11/2019  |  2 comments
President Trump's tariffs on products from China have cost the US a total of $12 billion so far, according to new figures from the Consumer Technology Association.
What to Expect From Altice Mobile
News Analysis  | 
9/10/2019  |  Post a comment
Analysts expect Altice USA to collect 1.7 million mobile customers by 2023, and pay Sprint around $2.50 for each GB those customers consume.
Comment: Update - Mike Dano - 9/10/2019
Another Tiny Wireless Operator Is Launching 5G
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9/10/2019  |  1 comment
Nex-Tech Wireless, which serves parts of Kansas and Colorado, will use equipment from Ericsson to launch 5G. The announcement again shines light on rural US operators that use Huawei equipment.
'Upswitching' From LTE Trips Up 5G Latency In South Korea
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9/10/2019  |  Post a comment
Yes, 5G provides blazing-fast speeds. But new research from IHS Markit's RootMetrics in South Korea found that some users are seeing latency hiccups due to the fact they need to first move from LTE to 5G in order to access those blazing-fast speeds.
AT&T, Verizon Inch Toward Open RAN
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9/9/2019  |  Post a comment
AT&T said it tested an eCPRI connection with equipment from Nokia and Samsung, while Verizon appears to have deployed Nokia's cloud RAN. The moves reflect growing operator interest in open RAN technologies.
AT&T Could Win in 5G, but Needs an Overhaul First, Activist Investor Says
News Analysis  | 
9/9/2019  |  3 comments
Elliott Management, which now owns around 1.2% of AT&T's total market value value, argued the company must refocus on its core businesses. AT&T believes it has already set the right course for the company.
U.S. Cellular's New 'Fairness' Campaign to Include Rural 5G Component
News Analysis  | 
9/6/2019  |  1 comment
U.S. Cellular is embarking on a new advertising campaign that will include how it plans to expand 5G into rural areas.
Samsung to Make 80% of 5G Smartphones in 2019
News Analysis  | 
9/6/2019  |  3 comments
Samsung said it expects to ship fully 4 million 5G smartphones in 2019, which according to figures from Strategy Analytics would make it responsible for fully 80% of all 5G phones sold this year.
Comment: Update - Mike Dano - 9/6/2019
Meet AT&T's New Communications Division Leadership
News Analysis  | 
9/5/2019  |  Post a comment
AT&T's biggest business unit now has a new leadership team. Here's a look at who is likely running the company's wired and wireless networks, and its overall mobile and wired Internet offerings.
5G Is Not Among Trump's R&D Priorities
News Analysis  | 
9/5/2019  |  Post a comment
5G is no longer named as one of the nation's R&D priorities for federal spending. The White House last year specifically pointed to 5G as a technological priority.
Is There a Payoff for Free Wireless?
News Analysis  | 
9/5/2019  |  2 comments
Several wireless providers, including Sprint, T-Mobile and FreedomPop, have toyed with 'free' service offerings. However, the freemium business model appears tricky to implement.
AT&T, Verizon Perfect 5G Showboating With NFL Stadium Deployments
DanoVision  | 
9/5/2019  |  Post a comment
Both AT&T and Verizon said they will show off 5G services in NFL football stadiums. But the details of their announcements highlight the fact that it's still early days in the 5G space.
America's First Big 5G Midband Spectrum Auction Will Be in June 2020
News Analysis  | 
9/4/2019  |  Post a comment
The FCC said it will auction 70MHz of 3.5GHz CBRS spectrum starting on June 25 of 2020. That's likely a relief to companies like AT&T and Verizon that have said they need more midband spectrum for 5G.
Eutelsat Surprise Splits 5G Spectrum Alliance
News Analysis  | 
9/4/2019  |  Post a comment
European satellite operator Eutelsat said it is leaving the C-Band Alliance, but will still participate in the sale of C-Band spectrum for 5G – adding another layer of complexity atop an already complex situation.
AT&T's American Tower Deal Hints at Progress in Tower Play
News Analysis  | 
9/3/2019  |  Post a comment
AT&T inked a new, long-term deal with US tower giant American Tower. While the details of the deal remain unclear, it appears to signal some movement in AT&T's broader tower strategy.
McElfresh Takes Over for Donovan at AT&T, Stankey Named COO
News Analysis  | 
9/3/2019  |  Post a comment
John Stankey and Jeff McElfresh are stepping up to take over leadership at AT&T in the wake of John Donovan's departure. McElfresh specifically will be in charge of AT&T's move into 5G.
Another CDN Company Jumps Into Edge Computing Market
News Analysis  | 
8/30/2019  |  Post a comment
CDNetworks joined the likes of Akamai and Limelight in hoping to translate its CDN efforts into a broader edge computing strategy.
Huawei's Share of the Global Telecom Market Keeps Growing
News Analysis  | 
8/29/2019  |  1 comment
Although Huawei remains enmeshed in the US-China trade war, the company's telecom networking business continues to pick up market share.
Analyst Firms Are Raising Their Global 5G Forecasts
News Analysis  | 
8/29/2019  |  1 comment
Analyst firms like Gartner, IDC and Nomura are raising their forecasts for 5G device sales globally thanks to a concerted push by operators and phone vendors.
US MVNOs: We'll Offer 5G Too
News Analysis  | 
8/28/2019  |  Post a comment
Consumer Cellular, Ting and Red Pocket are among the US MVNOs that are promising to offer 5G.
T-Mobile Pauses 5G Network Construction Due to Sprint Merger Delays – Report
News Analysis  | 
8/28/2019  |  Post a comment
A new report indicates that the delays dragging at T-Mobile's attempts to merge with Sprint have caused the operator to suspend some of its network upgrade efforts.
FCC to Free 300MHz of C-Band for 5G in November, Analysts Say
News Analysis  | 
8/27/2019  |  Post a comment
The FCC could well side with the wireless industry by reallocating fully 300MHz of the C-Band for 5G and other commercial uses.
Game of Thrones: Who Will Replace John Donovan at AT&T?
News Analysis  | 
8/27/2019  |  Post a comment
John Stankey, Jeff McElfresh, Lori Lee and Susan Johnson may be in the running to ascend to John Donovan's iron throne at AT&T.
U.S. Cellular Joins Verizon, AT&T in Eyeing 3.5 GHz CBRS Operations
News Analysis  | 
8/26/2019  |  Post a comment
U.S. Cellular is joining AT&T and Verizon in expressing interest in using the soon-to-be-available 3.5GHz CBRS spectrum band.
John Donovan Out at AT&T
News Analysis  | 
8/26/2019  |  2 comments
The top telecom executive at AT&T is leaving the company to spend time with his family. AT&T hasn't named a replacement.
US Carriers Toy With 3-Year Phone Loans
News Analysis  | 
8/23/2019  |  3 comments
US wireless network operators are increasingly breaking up the cost of a new smartphone across three years, rather than two, to make the monthly payments easier for consumers to swallow.
Comcast, Charter to Offer 5G Via Verizon MVNO
News Analysis  | 
8/23/2019  |  2 comments
Comcast's Xfinity Mobile and Charter's Spectrum Mobile MVNOs will offer Verizon's 5G service to their respective customers at some unspecified point in the future.
Here's How T-Mobile Reduced LTE Congestion by 71%
News Analysis  | 
8/22/2019  |  Post a comment
T-Mobile's CTO Neville Ray built a traffic-forecasting tool in conjunction with Speedtest provider Ookla that the company said helped direct fully $10 billion in network spending over the past five years.
Apple's iPhone 7 Blasts RF Radiation Above Legal Limits in New Study
News Analysis  | 
8/22/2019  |  2 comments
Detailed RF exposure tests conducted by the Chicago Tribune found that a number of devices, including those from Motorola, Samsung and Apple, exceed some of the FCC's guidelines for radiation emissions.
T-Mobile Resolves Video Throttling Issue Amid Another PR Dustup
News Analysis  | 
8/21/2019  |  2 comments
T-Mobile acknowledged that it recently resolved an issue affecting its video-throttling practice, a situation that arises amid a renewed debate around wireless operators' network-management efforts.


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