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Comment: Update - Mike Dano - 3/29/2019
Opponents Rally Against Trump's Possible 'Socialist' 5G Network
News Analysis  | 
3/29/2019  |  1 comment
President Trump may well be moving closer toward a proposal – pushed by Rivada Networks and others – that would have the US government build a wholesale 5G network. Meantime, opponents to the idea are beginning to ramp up their own efforts.
Verizon to Merge Wireless, Wireline Customer Loyalty Programs
News Analysis  | 
3/28/2019  |  Post a comment
One of the first things that Verizon plans to do under its new consumer/business corporate structure that goes into effect next week is to merge its customer loyalty programs that are currently separated between wireless and wireline customers.
Cable's Performance in Mobile Fails to Impress Wall Street
News Analysis  | 
3/28/2019  |  2 comments
Investors had hoped that Comcast and Charter might pose a significant threat to the likes of AT&T and Verizon in mobile. Newly reduced expectations from Wall Street indicate those hopes haven't panned out.
Comment: Update - Mike Dano - 3/28/2019
EdgeConneX: We're Not for Sale & We're Doing Just Fine
News Analysis  | 
3/27/2019  |  Post a comment
EdgeConneX said it's seeing growing demand for edge computing from 5G and IoT. And the company isn't alone. Players ranging from Google to Equinix to Vapor IO are eyeing how best they will play at the edge.
The Journey From 4G to 5G Will Begin With 1 Millisecond
News Analysis  | 
3/26/2019  |  Post a comment
The transition from 3G to 4G was challenging because operators had to block off chunks of spectrum specifically for the move. With 5G and the use of 'dynamic spectrum sharing,' the migration should happen much more fluidly.
US Military Plans 5G Tests, Likely With Nokia, Ericsson Equipment
News Analysis  | 
3/26/2019  |  1 comment
Meanwhile, tensions ratchet up between the US and Europe over whether Huawei equipment poses security risk.
C Spire's Bye Says Farewell
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3/26/2019  |  Post a comment
C Spire president Stephen Bye is leaving to head a new company focused on in-building wireless networks. As a result, C Spire's longtime CEO Hu Meena in taking control of C Spire's wired and wireless offerings.
Verizon Is 'First & Only' with 5G? Advertising Arbiter Says Nope
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3/25/2019  |  Post a comment
The Better Business Bureau's National Advertising Division got its first 5G-related case, and it ruled that Verizon can't claim to have the nation's first and only 5G network.
Comment: update - Mike Dano - 3/25/2019
Verizon Taps NFL for Help With 5G Innovation
News Analysis  | 
3/25/2019  |  1 comment
Verizon and the NFL launch a new 'innovation partnership' geared toward creating new 5G products and services for football fans. But the lack of details around the effort is telling.
These Carriers Are All Faster Than AT&T's 5G E
News Analysis  | 
3/22/2019  |  Post a comment
A field test shows that both Verizon and T-Mobile phones carrying the same technology are slightly faster than AT&T's '5G E' phones.
Comment: Update - Mike Dano - 3/22/2019
Vermont's VTel Strips Out Huawei Gear, Swaps In Ericsson Equipment
News Analysis  | 
3/21/2019  |  Post a comment
Vermont's VTel said it's replacing some Huawei equipment in its wireless network with gear from Ericsson. But this raises the question: Should the US government pay for others to make the same switch?
TV White Space Supporters Have New Reasons to Cheer
News Analysis  | 
3/21/2019  |  1 comment
Suppliers are making progress on new wireless applications in the TV White Spaces spectrum, but concerns remain about interference with hospital equipment.
Comment: Update - Mike Dano - 3/21/2019
T-Mobile is 8 Months Behind U.S. Cellular in Its Plans to Disrupt 'Big Cable'
News Analysis  | 
3/21/2019  |  Post a comment
T-Mobile said it will charge $50/month and reach 50,000 households this year with its LTE-powered fixed wireless service. The offering is virtually identical to the one launched by U.S. Cellular almost a year ago.
Google Puts a Price on CBRS SAS: $2.25/Month Per Home
News Analysis  | 
3/20/2019  |  Post a comment
One of the big mysteries in the CBRS 3.5GHz space is how much the SAS element of the system will cost. Google today provided a piece of this important financial puzzle.
Cellular Players Face Stiff Opposition to 5G Proposal in 6GHz
News Analysis  | 
3/20/2019  |  3 comments
Verizon, T-Mobile and others want the FCC to auction a portion of the 6GHz band for 5G. But a wide range of players, from cable companies like Charter to tech companies like Apple, strongly oppose that proposal, arguing 6GHz should be held for unlicensed services like WiFi.
Government Testing Adds 5-Month Delay (& Counting) to CBRS
News Analysis  | 
3/19/2019  |  1 comment
Government testing of the unique spectrum-sharing setup in the 3.5GHz CBRS band is lasting much longer than anyone expected. That's not a surprise considering CBRS problems could – in a worst case scenario – cause a US Navy shipwreck.
Login With Facebook, Google or… AT&T? Thanks, but No Thanks
DanoVision  | 
3/19/2019  |  1 comment
The nation's four big wireless operators want to offer single sign-on services like Facebook and Google. But their collective track record in the privacy and security department pretty much makes this a non-starter.
OneWeb's Ambitions Blast Off With $1.25B From the Likes of Qualcomm, SoftBank
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3/18/2019  |  Post a comment
OneWeb scored another big round of funding to finance its big plan to launch hundreds of satellites into space and provide super-fast Internet services everywhere.
It's Officially Time to Start Talking About 6G
DanoVision  | 
3/15/2019  |  1 comment
No, it's not because Trump tweeted about 6G. It's because the FCC voted to allow testing above 95GHz, and a bunch of people think that this is where the next generation of wireless will happen.
Comment: Update - Mike Dano - 3/14/2019
DIY 5G: In the Future, You Might Install Your Own Cell Tower
News Analysis  | 
3/14/2019  |  8 comments
Fixed wireless access has emerged as one of the first major use cases in the 5G landscape. There's also a debate raging in the space about whether customers are tech savvy enough to install their own equipment for the service.
AT&T Hints at Possible Decline in Capex in 2020
News Analysis  | 
3/13/2019  |  1 comment
AT&T's CFO didn't directly respond to a question about whether the operator would lower capex in 2020, but he did list all the reasons why the operator might do exactly that.
With Passpoint & WiFi 6, Boingo Shows That WiFi's 'Got Game'
LRTV Interviews  | 
3/12/2019  |  Post a comment
Yes 5G is everywhere and everything, but the message from Boingo's Derek Peterson is clear: Don't ignore WiFi.
5G Hotspot Maker Moves Manufacturing From China to Taiwan, Partly Because of Trump
News Analysis  | 
3/12/2019  |  Post a comment
Inseego, an early mover in the 5G device space, said it has completed its move out of China for manufacturing, setting up instead with Foxconn in Taiwan. At issue are Trump's Chinese tariffs, as well as ongoing security concerns.
This Tiny Startup Could Connect Your Smartphone Directly to a Satellite
News Analysis  | 
3/12/2019  |  6 comments
UbiquitiLink is looking to completely eliminate outdoor dead zones, and is testing its service with Vodafone, Telefonica and, in the US, Cellular One operator Smith Bagley.
Verizon Eyes Opportunities for Smart Cities to 'Move a Metric'
LRTV Documentaries  | 
3/11/2019  |  Post a comment
Mrinalini 'Lani' Ingram, VP of Verizon's Smart Communities, has helped form public-private partnerships between the telco and cities like Boston, San Jose, and Sacramento. She said the opportunity for Verizon comes when cities want to "move a metric." That's when projects go from small-time testing to building technology and operations at scale.
CBRS Inches Forward With Tests (AT&T, Charter) & Devices (Samsung)
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3/11/2019  |  Post a comment
Samsung's Galaxy S10 is among a growing number of devices that supports the 3.5GHz CBRS band. That, coupled with new tests from the likes of AT&T and Charter, is pushing the CBRS space forward. All that's missing now is sign off from the feds.
Comment: Comment from AT&T - Mike Dano - 3/11/2019
AT&T & Verizon's Battle Over Public Safety Spills Into 5G
News Analysis  | 
3/8/2019  |  1 comment
The public safety market – totaling up to 20 million potential customers – is the setting for an increasingly heated battle between AT&T and Verizon. And 5G looks to be the latest weapon that Verizon plans to wield.
Satellite's Grip on C-Band Spectrum for 5G Could Be Slipping
News Analysis  | 
3/7/2019  |  Post a comment
Shares in Intelsat and SES have tumbled in recent days following what looks like growing opposition to the satellite companies' hopes to sell off spectrum ideal for 5G transmissions.
T-Mobile Details Home Internet Service to Challenge 'Cableopoly'
News Analysis  | 
3/7/2019  |  Post a comment
T-Mobile released more details about plans to challenge Comcast and Charter with a fixed wireless Internet service. But the broader message was aimed at regulators reviewing its proposed merger with Sprint.
AT&T Is Collecting Lots of 700MHz Spectrum Licenses, Possibly for 5G
News Analysis  | 
3/7/2019  |  Post a comment
AT&T recently asked the FCC for approval to snap up a range of spectrum licenses from C Spire. But that deal is just one of several that reveal AT&T's appetite for 700MHz spectrum – potentially for a 5G service.
Shentel Follows Sprint Into Massive MIMO & 5G
News Analysis  | 
3/6/2019  |  Post a comment
Shentel, a longtime Sprint affiliate, plans to begin testing 5G this year, though details on the move remain sparse. Nonetheless, Shentel becomes the latest regional wireless network operator headed toward the industry's next-gen technology.
Touring a Mini Data Center for Mobile Edge Computing
Slide Shows  | 
3/6/2019  |  1 comment
Edge computing remains a hot topic in the wireless industry, but what does it actually look like? Startup EdgeMicro showed off its new mobile edge computing testing facility and explained how it is using the site.
5G4REAL: 5G Arrives for Consumers, but What About Enterprises?
LRTV Documentaries  | 
3/6/2019  |  Post a comment
Although 5G basestations are transmitting and some consumers can already access 5G service, the promises of industrial applications seemed more conceptual at this year’s MWC.
Comment: Update - Mike Dano - 3/6/2019
Dish Network Aspires to Be America's Rakuten in 5G
DanoVision  | 
3/5/2019  |  1 comment
Despite analyst skepticism, Dish executives continue to argue that the company will be able to make a splash with a new, nationwide 5G network. And Japan's Rakuten appears to offer some evidence to support those claims.
MWC19 Recap: 8 Takeaways From Top Analysts
News Analysis  | 
3/5/2019  |  1 comment
This year's MWC was chock full of developments, from 5G phones to edge computing to private LTE networks. So what were the key takeaways from the big Barcelona wireless event?
Comment: Update - Mike Dano - 3/5/2019
Comment: Nokia too - Mike Dano - 3/5/2019
AT&T, Verizon Perpetuate a 5G mmWave Mystery
News Analysis  | 
3/5/2019  |  Post a comment
Verizon and AT&T aren't giving out mmWave deployment details like site density and layout. But a careful analysis of their plans highlights both the opportunities and challenges each company faces in the mmWave game.
U.S. Cellular to Launch 5G in the Second Half of 2019
News Analysis  | 
3/1/2019  |  1 comment
U.S. Cellular – which counts 5 million US mobile customers – is planning to join the 5G game with vendor Ericsson. However, some of the details of U.S. Cellular's 5G launch plans remain unclear at best.
Cox's 5G Ambitions May Have Shifted From mmWave to CBRS
News Analysis  | 
3/1/2019  |  Post a comment
Cox – America's third-largest cable TV company – isn't going to bid on mmWave spectrum, but it does apparently have interest in looking at the 3.5GHz CBRS band for wireless operations.


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