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The Great Lanyard War of MWC19
DanoVision  | 
2/27/2019  |  1 comment
With China's Huawei swept up in a global geopolitical drama, the company's MWC19 lanyard sponsorship has suddenly taken on a new edge.
Comment: typo - Mike Dano - 2/27/2019
Cisco CEO: WiFi 6 Shouldn't Be Ignored Amid 5G Hype
News Analysis  | 
2/27/2019  |  1 comment
Although most of the MWC noise is focused squarely on 5G, Cisco's CEO used his keynote appearance to talk about the opportunities for WiFi in the enterprise, and to call on providers to consider the technology in their planning.
T-Mobile's Latest C-Band Proposal Is Just a Delay Tactic, Intelsat CEO Says
News Analysis  | 
2/27/2019  |  1 comment
T-Mobile continues to push a counter-proposal for the C-Band, one that would involve an FCC auction of the spectrum. But one C-Band spectrum user argues that T-Mobile is just stalling while it tries to reach a conclusion with its Sprint merger.
Comment: Slight tweak - Mike Dano - 2/27/2019
T-Mobile Sees 500Mbit/s Speeds on Its 5G mmWave Spectrum
News Analysis  | 
2/26/2019  |  1 comment
Much of T-Mobile's 5G discussions have centered on the operator's 600MHz spectrum, but network executives confirmed T-Mobile is also in the midst of deploying equipment on its 28GHz and 39GHz spectrums.
Comment: Update - Mike Dano - 2/26/2019
AT&T, Verizon Expand Fixed Wireless (Both LTE & 5G) to Small Biz Market
News Analysis  | 
2/25/2019  |  2 comments
As they work to battle Comcast and Charter, AT&T and Verizon are planning to expand their respective fixed wireless Internet businesses into the market for small businesses. And AT&T isn't waiting for 5G.
Sprint Dribbles Out 5G Updates, but Big Picture Still Cloudy
News Analysis  | 
2/25/2019  |  Post a comment
Sprint offered a number of updates on its 5G buildout – including plans to cover a total of 1,000 square miles with the technology – but the operator was conspicuously silent on how it would make back its 5G investment.
Verizon, AT&T Push SD-WAN Into 5G
News Analysis  | 
2/25/2019  |  Post a comment
AT&T and Verizon, with success in their respective LTE-powered SD-WAN offerings, are both moving to add 5G connectivity options.
San Francisco WISP Buys Facebook's 60GHz Terragraph Equipment
News Analysis  | 
2/25/2019  |  Post a comment
A small wireless ISP in San Francisco signed on to use Facebook's Terragraph wireless technology running in the unlicensed 60GHz band. However, Common Networks isn't sure yet whether it will label the service as '5G.'
The Stadium 5G Use Case Remains Decidedly Unconvincing
DanoVision  | 
2/24/2019  |  6 comments
The Sacramento Kings have pledged to remain on the cutting edge of the 5G technology revolution. But in a deep dive with the team's networking executives, it's became clear that 5G might really just be another drag on the bottom line of the sports franchise.
Verizon Appears to Walk Back 5G Home Buildout Goal
News Analysis  | 
2/22/2019  |  Post a comment
Fixed wireless still viewed as a great opportunity for Verizon, but execs don't appear to be standing behind an earlier stated goal to bring its 5G Home service to 30 million homes.
Casa Systems Buys AT&T's Fixed Wireless Equipment Supplier for $115M
News Analysis  | 
2/21/2019  |  Post a comment
Casa is purchasing NetComm, a big equipment supplier to both NBN in Australia and AT&T in the US. The move likely signals both progress in the fixed wireless market and Casa's desire to cash in on it.
Will 5G Kill WiFi? Qualcomm Thinks It Just Might
News Analysis  | 
2/21/2019  |  3 comments
WiFi remains a top technology for networks using unlicensed spectrum. But a new proposal from Qualcomm would create a version of 5G for deployments in unlicensed spectrum that could give WiFi a run for its money.
Verizon's 5G Details: 30 Mobile 5G Markets in 1H19, MEC Launching This Year
News Analysis  | 
2/21/2019  |  Post a comment
After months of silence, Verizon finally provided some details on its mobile 5G launch: It's coming to 30 markets, it will use millimeter-wave spectrum, and it will contribute to revenues starting next year. Oh, and Verizon will introduce an edge computing platform later this year.
Amid 5G Buildout, AT&T Offloads More Traffic to WiFi
News Analysis  | 
2/20/2019  |  Post a comment
Despite its efforts to build out new spectrum, densify its network and deploy 5G, AT&T is also working to add capacity to its network via an expanded WiFi offloading deal with Boingo.
An Inside Look at Verizon's Edge Computing Capabilities
News Analysis  | 
2/20/2019  |  Post a comment
Verizon has hinted at its interest in edge computing, but a comprehensive look at signals from around the company point to the potential for a broad and possibly lucrative deployment of the technology by the operator.
Satellite Companies Balk at T-Mobile's $11B C-Band Proposal
News Analysis  | 
2/19/2019  |  Post a comment
T-Mobile issued a new proposal for how the FCC should auction off C-Band spectrum. But the satellite companies that are currently using that spectrum are having none of it.
Qualcomm's Second-Gen Chip Takes 5G to 7 Gbit/s
News Analysis  | 
2/19/2019  |  Post a comment
Ahead of Mobile World Congress, Qualcomm announced its second-gen 5G modem and said it would start shipping in commercial devices before a similar product from Intel.
Some Massive MIMO Antennas Might Be a Little Too Massive
News Analysis  | 
2/19/2019  |  4 comments
Massive MIMO antenna technology promises to deliver big boosts in users' speeds and operators' network capacity. But early reports from the field indicate the rollout of the technology has been somewhat bumpy.
Ahead of 5G, Sprint Tweaks Backhaul & Spectrum Configurations
News Analysis  | 
2/14/2019  |  Post a comment
Sprint is clearly preparing for a 5G onslaught of data on its network, with plans to pay up to $175 million to potentially switch from Ethernet to fiber backhaul and, separately, to expand its 2.5GHz signals into additional channels.
Verizon, T-Mobile, Amazon Hint at CBRS 3.5GHz Ambitions
News Analysis  | 
2/14/2019  |  Post a comment
Verizon and T-Mobile have hinted at plans to use 3.5GHz CBRS spectrum to add capacity to their services. But others, like Amazon, are hinting at broader plans to use the spectrum for IoT-style services.
Fourteen Takeaways From the Sprint/T-Mobile Merger Hearings
DanoVision  | 
2/13/2019  |  1 comment
If you missed the three-plus hours of testimony from T-Mobile's John Legere and Sprint's Marcelo Claure on the proposed merger between their companies, here's a quick rundown of what happened (spoilers: not much).
Comment: Updated slightly - Mike Dano - 2/13/2019
Edge Computing Players Move Beyond Tower Locations
News Analysis  | 
2/13/2019  |  2 comments
The edge computing sector remains in flux: Players aren't interested in locating equipment at the base of every single cell tower anymore, and some (like Vapor IO) have delayed their data center buildout plans.
Qualcomm Quietly Exits Wireless Charging & Healthcare – on the Same Day
News Analysis  | 
2/12/2019  |  Post a comment
Qualcomm is getting rid of its businesses in the wireless vehicle charging sector and the mobile healthcare sector as it works to refocus on opportunities spanning the mobile, auto, IoT, networking and PC sectors.
Amid Global Turmoil, Huawei Still Counts at Least One American Supporter
News Analysis  | 
2/12/2019  |  Post a comment
While Huawei faces sales bans from carriers and governments worldwide, the company still counts at least one supporter: James Valley Telecommunications. 'I'm a believer in being innocent until proven guilty,' said the CEO.
Verizon to Keep 3G Network Running for Some Enterprise Customers
News Analysis  | 
2/11/2019  |  1 comment
Verizon re-affirmed that it will shut down its CDMA 3G network at the end of this year. But that shutdown won't affect a few of Verizon's enterprise customers who get to keep service for a few more years.
Why Verizon Is Seeking Grassroots Support for Its 5G Buildout
News Analysis  | 
2/11/2019  |  Post a comment
Verizon – one of the biggest US corporations – is asking regular people to help it build its 5G network. Why? It probably has something to do with health issues and aesthetic opposition to small cells.
Apple Could Poach 5G Modem Experts From Qualcomm, Intel in San Diego
News Analysis  | 
2/8/2019  |  Post a comment
Apple is reportedly planning to build its own cellular modems, including for 5G, and that effort might include hiring engineers from the likes of Qualcomm and Intel.
T-Mobile to Test Fixed Wireless Broadband Using LTE by This Summer
News Analysis  | 
2/7/2019  |  Post a comment
Despite initially criticizing the fixed wireless opportunity, T-Mobile now says it will test an in-home broadband service using LTE in the coming months in order to prepare for 5G and its merger with Sprint.
Can 5G Backhaul Itself?
News Analysis  | 
2/7/2019  |  3 comments
5G is only as fast as the backhaul from the tower that it's broadcasted from. But can 5G also replace the fiber backhaul connections that service those towers?
Verizon Doubles Down on Mobile 5G in Millimeter Wave Spectrum
News Analysis  | 
2/7/2019  |  3 comments
While other operators are planning widescale coverage with mobile 5G using spectrum below 6GHz, Verizon appears to be placing a big bet on spectrum much higher than that.
T-Mobile's Legere Calls Dish a Spectrum Hoarder
News Analysis  | 
2/6/2019  |  Post a comment
Dish has aims to build a national, stand-alone 5G network, but T-Mobile isn't buying it. But some analysts believe T-Mobile's attacks on Dish might tie to concerns over its ability to close its merger with Sprint.
Comment: update - Mike Dano - 2/5/2019
Comment: Update - Mike Dano - 2/5/2019
Ericsson Opens Largest Training Center in US for – You Guessed It – 5G
News Analysis  | 
2/5/2019  |  1 comment
Ericsson, the largest supplier of wireless networking equipment in the US, just opened its largest training center in the country to make sure there are enough people who know how to install its 5G equipment.
Looking Beyond 5G Phones
News Analysis  | 
2/4/2019  |  1 comment
Although much of the wireless industry is focused on how 5G might be integrated into phones, some are looking beyond that opportunity to enterprise networks and autonomous cars.
Who Won the Super Bowl Speed Game? It Depends on Who You Ask
News Analysis  | 
2/4/2019  |  Post a comment
Yes, the Patriots trounced the Rams last night at the Super Bowl, but two competing network performance reports don't offer nearly that kind of clarity about which wireless network operator offered the fastest network at the event.
T-Mobile Quietly Sweetens Sprint Merger With Philanthropic Pledge
News Analysis  | 
2/4/2019  |  1 comment
T-Mobile wooed regulators to approve the Sprint merger by vowing to continue to support Sprint's philanthropic 1Million Project.
Analyst Maps Verizon 5G in Sacramento, Finds 'Pretty Sparse' Coverage
News Analysis  | 
2/4/2019  |  Post a comment
Earl Lum of EJL Wireless Research braved 'dodgy' neighborhoods, dogs and other obstacles to map out what he believes are 99% of the cell sites for Verizon's 5G Home network in Sacramento. His most interesting finding? 10% coverage of the city.
Alphabet's Loon Debuts New Telecom Buzzword: 'Temporospatial SDN'
News Analysis  | 
2/1/2019  |  Post a comment
Google sister company Loon launches new industry jargon, driven by its recent deal with Telesat to power the company's LEO satellites.
Comment: Update - Mike Dano - 2/1/2019
5G4REAL: A Tech Cold War?
LRTV Documentaries  | 
2/1/2019  |  Post a comment
The US charged Huawei with bank fraud, intellectual property theft and violation of sanctions against Iran. The buildout of 5G networks is a central player in this escalating tech (and economic) cold war between the US and China.


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