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Tower Owner SBA Buys Data Center for Edge Computing Know-How
News Analysis  | 
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  |  Post a 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
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
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  |  Post a 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  |  1 comment
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  |  1 comment
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  |  1 comment
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.
5G Isn't Going Indoors Anytime Soon
News Analysis  | 
8/21/2019  |  9 comments
Around 80% of all mobile data traffic is consumed indoors and the fastest variety of 5G spectrum, millimeter-wave, won't get into your home or office in the near future.
Comment: Update - Mike Dano - 8/19/2019
Just 29,000 5G Devices Have Been Sold in the US (So Far)
DanoVision  | 
8/19/2019  |  4 comments
According to new figures from BayStreet Research, 5G phones aren't exactly flying off the shelves.
Crown Castle Hires Google Lobbyist to Boost DC Efforts
News Analysis  | 
8/19/2019  |  Post a comment
Tower and small cell company Crown Castle moved to bolster its Beltway firepower with the addition of a new chief lobbyist who hails from Google and Microsoft.
Comment: Update - Mike Dano - 8/19/2019
Did Altice Change Its Tune on Buying 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  |  Post a 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  |  2 comments
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
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
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
News Analysis  | 
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  |  4 comments
In social media advertising for 5G, AT&T is targeting older Americans while Verizon is targeting mostly men.


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