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If Sprint, T-Mobile Divest Customers in a Merger, They Could Call América Móvil
News Analysis  | 
4/30/2019  |  Post a comment
The merger of Sprint and T-Mobile continues to cast shadows across the industry, with Mexico's América Móvil voicing interest in divested customers and T-Mobile's prepaid chief leaving the company.
Here Are AT&T's 5 Most Congested Markets
News Analysis  | 
4/30/2019  |  Post a comment
California seems to be giving AT&T troubles.
T-Mobile/Sprint Merger Odds Sink to 55%
News Analysis  | 
4/29/2019  |  1 comment
Analysts at Raymond James said that the proposed merger between Sprint and T-Mobile is facing increasing headwinds. However, the top antitrust regulator at the DoJ said he has not yet made up his mind about the proposed transaction.
FCC Commissioners Waver Over C-Band Details for 5G
News Analysis  | 
4/26/2019  |  Post a comment
Two of the FCC's five commissioners don't quite see eye-to-eye on exactly how to shift C-Band spectrum from the satellite industry to the 5G sector. Billions of dollars are at stake.
T-Mobile: 5G Launch in 2H19 Should Double LTE Speeds
News Analysis  | 
4/25/2019  |  1 comment
As analysts grow increasingly worried that T-Mobile will not be able to consummate its proposed merger with Sprint, the focus is shifting to the 5G services T-Mobile might be able to provide on its own.
Verizon: Fully Virtualized 5G Core to Launch in 1 to 2 Years
News Analysis  | 
4/25/2019  |  Post a comment
Verizon currently uses a 4G LTE IMS core from Nokia for its 5G offerings. But in the next 1 to 2 years, the operator has said it will shift to a standalone, fully virtualized 5G core for its 5G services.
SoftBank Plows Big Bucks Into Drones & Balloons for 5G, IoT
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4/25/2019  |  Post a comment
SoftBank is embarking on a new business that involves building massive drones to provide Internet services in remote areas. Tied in, SoftBank is also plowing $125 million into Alphabet's Loon project.
5G Completely Absent From Tesla's Big Autonomous Driving Event
News Analysis  | 
4/24/2019  |  3 comments
Tesla's Elon Musk made some aggressive promises around autonomous driving during the company's 'Autonomy Day' event. Conspicuously absent though was any mention of 5G.
AT&T Hints at Speed-Based Pricing for 5G
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4/24/2019  |  1 comment
AT&T executives offered updates on the operator's '5G E' and 5G NR network buildout efforts, as well as a list of what the operator needs to make things easier.
Vapor IO Dials Up Edge Computing Hotline to Amazon's AWS
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4/24/2019  |  Post a comment
Vapor IO is working with Crown Castle and Amazon to essentially develop a 'red phone' hotline between its edge computing data centers and the AWS data centers Amazon offers for cloud computing services.
Verizon: mmWave Is Not 'a Coverage Spectrum' for 5G
News Analysis  | 
4/23/2019  |  1 comment
Verizon's CEO fought back against concerns that the operator's mmWave 5G buildout isn't meeting expectations, but said that 'we all need to remind ourselves, this is not a coverage spectrum.'
Here Are T-Mobile's 5 Most Congested Markets
News Analysis  | 
4/23/2019  |  1 comment
California – including cities like San Bernardino, Pomona and Salinas – appears to be causing T-Mobile some trouble in terms of network congestion, at least according to new findings from Tutela.
Leading Lights 2019 Finalists: Most Innovative Edge Computing Strategy
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4/22/2019  |  Post a comment
Alef Edge, AT&T, Edgeworx, MobiledgeX, Qwilt, SK Telecom and Vapor IO are the Leading Lights 2019 Finalists for Most Innovative Edge Computing Strategy.
AT&T, T-Mobile Close Galaxy Fold Hopes as Samsung Delays Folding Phone
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4/22/2019  |  Post a comment
Apparently Samsung's new folding phone, the Galaxy Fold, isn't quite ready for prime time considering a number of reviewers found major problems with the device. It's like the Galaxy Note 7 all over again.
Why Wireless Carriers Magically Keep Growing Every Quarter
News Analysis  | 
4/22/2019  |  1 comment
US wireless network operators are reporting phone growth beyond any rational explanation. Where are these new 'customers' coming from? Hint: Look for unused phones in desk drawers.
America's Big 5G Millimeter-Wave Spectrum Experiment Comes Up Short
News Analysis  | 
4/19/2019  |  1 comment
Millimeter-wave spectrum, core to the US government's 5G strategy, doesn't seem to be generating the expected demand among providers. That's probably because it isn't performing like some had promised, at least not yet.
Ligado's 5G Ambitions Take One (Tiny) Step Forward
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4/18/2019  |  Post a comment
The FCC this week said it plans to do... something... with a tiny chunk of mid-band spectrum. Ligado, which rose from the ashes of Philip Falcone's failed LightSquared, is hoping to get that spectrum and eventually use it for 5G.
T-Mobile Adds Banking to Its List of New Services
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4/18/2019  |  Post a comment
Just days after launching a TV service, T-Mobile announced nationwide banking. The developments come amid the operator's efforts to score approval for its proposed merger with Sprint.
Here Are T-Mobile's 4 Options if Sprint Merger Collapses
DanoVision  | 
4/18/2019  |  1 comment
The chances that Sprint and T-Mobile will receive approval for their merger proposal continue to dim. And that leads to the next obvious question: What will Sprint and T-Mobile do if they don't receive regulatory approval?
China Mobile May Be Barred From US Telecom Market Under FCC Proposal
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4/17/2019  |  Post a comment
The FCC is heeding a recommendation by the Trump administration to prevent China Mobile from building interconnection facilities inside the US.
The Aftermath: Where Do Qualcomm, Intel & Apple Go From Here?
News Analysis  | 
4/17/2019  |  Post a comment
Following Apple's new agreement with Qualcomm – and its rejection of Intel – the question now is whether Apple will develop its own 5G modem, and what Intel might do with its now-abandoned 5G modem business.
In 5G, US Carriers Aren't Putting Their Money Where Their Mouth Is, but They Will
News Analysis  | 
4/17/2019  |  Post a comment
Wall Street analysts aren't seeing the kind of 5G spending they had expected in the US tower industry, an indication that US operators may not be racing to 5G as fast as the hype seems to indicate.
Apple, Qualcomm Truce May Pave the Way for 5G iPhone
News Analysis  | 
4/16/2019  |  2 comments
Apple and Qualcomm announced an end to their courtroom battles, as well as a new patent licensing agreement and a supply agreement that could provide Apple with Qualcomm's 5G modem.
Huawei: US Wireless Network Business Remains Undimmed
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4/15/2019  |  Post a comment
While Huawei is effectively barred in the US from doing business with nationwide wireless operators, it still has customers here – and is fighting to hang on to them.
Here Are Sprint's 5 Most Congested Markets
News Analysis  | 
4/15/2019  |  Post a comment
Based on some testing from Tutela, five cities in Texas, California, Florida and Nebraska round out Sprint's five most congested markets, based on the difference between busy and idle network speeds.
Absence of Mid-Band Spectrum Clouds Trump's 5G Proclamations
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4/12/2019  |  Post a comment
President Trump hosted a 5G-themed press conference with the chairman of the FCC — but the event didn't cover many of the hot-button 5G issues that those in the industry are worried about.
Comment: Update - Mike Dano - 4/12/2019
Following NYC Launch, Starry Considers Joining Smartphone Bundle
News Analysis  | 
4/11/2019  |  1 comment
Starry launched its latest market – New York City – and also fanned speculation that its fixed wireless, in-home broadband service could be added to a smartphone offering.
WiFi 6 Gains Momentum Amid Calls for 5G 'Convergence'
News Analysis  | 
4/11/2019  |  1 comment
As WiFi 6 technology gains steam with deployments and devices, WiFi proponents continue to argue that there is a role for WiFi in a 5G world.
Dish's Ergen Teases Fixed Wireless, Dynamic Pricing for 5G Network
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4/10/2019  |  Post a comment
Dish chairman Charlie Ergen says building a wireless network 'is harder than I thought it was going to be,' but reiterates plan to build a 5G offering that could enable dynamic pricing and fixed wireless services.
Why a Megadeal Between Mobile & Hypercloud Could Happen
DanoVision  | 
4/10/2019  |  Post a comment
Mobile network operators like AT&T and Verizon might team with big cloud companies like Amazon or Microsoft to tackle edge computing.
Souring US-China Relations Could Cast Shadow Over 5G Standards-Setting Process
News Analysis  | 
4/10/2019  |  Post a comment
AT&T, FirstNet and Sprint did not attend a recent 3GPP meeting in China. Some in the industry attribute their absence to relatively benign reasons, but others worry that increasingly sour US-China relations could affect the standards-setting process.
Qualcomm Challenges Nvidia, Intel With AI Chip for Data Centers
News Analysis  | 
4/9/2019  |  Post a comment
Qualcomm is looking to capitalize on its expertise in mobile devices by building AI acceleration for the high-density, low-power constraints of modern data centers.
Yes, Google Is Still Selling Fixed Wireless, but No, It's Not Doing 5G
News Analysis  | 
4/9/2019  |  3 comments
Amid all the 5G noise, it's easy to forget that Alphabet acquired a fixed wireless provider called Webpass in 2016. Now, as commercial 5G networks come online and fixed wireless stands as an initial use case, what's happening at Webpass?
5G 'Race' Continues to Dominate US Policy Discussions
News Analysis  | 
4/5/2019  |  Post a comment
The US wireless industry trade group continues to use the specter of a 5G Chinese boogeyman to push policymakers to bend to its demands. And based on CTIA's 5G event this week, the association may be making headway in its efforts.
Another Set of 5G Standards Was Just Released, but No One Really Cares
News Analysis  | 
4/5/2019  |  1 comment
The 3GPP's RAN committee recently voted to approve the third and final bundle of initial 5G specifications. However, those in the industry are calling it a 'non event,' because few operators appear interested in the specs.
Comment: Update - Mike Dano - 4/4/2019
T-Mobile: AT&T's '5G E' Label Helped Tilt Speed Tests
News Analysis  | 
4/4/2019  |  1 comment
T-Mobile has cited data from Ookla for years showing that its wireless network is the fastest in the country. Now Ookla's new numbers give the crown to AT&T and T-Mobile was fast with its excuses.
Comment: Update - Mike Dano - 4/3/2019
Verizon's Mobile 5G Network Goes Live in 2 Cities at 'Typical' 450Mbit/s Speeds
News Analysis  | 
4/3/2019  |  1 comment
Verizon switched its mobile 5G network on in two cities a week earlier than expected, and set performance expectations: average 450Mbit/s downloads, peaks up to 1Gbit/s and latency of 30 milliseconds.
Meet Verizon's New Network Team
News Analysis  | 
4/3/2019  |  2 comments
Verizon is embarking on a new corporate structure that unifies its wireless and wireline network operations. Here's a look at some of the operator's top executives, and their organizational relationships, in Verizon's new network division.
T-Mobile's Threats to Cable Are All Bark & No Bite, Says New Street
News Analysis  | 
4/2/2019  |  5 comments
T-Mobile has boasted that it will pose a major threat to the nation's cable companies if it is able to merge with Sprint. But the Wall Street analysts at New Street Research aren't buying that argument.
Raytheon-Lockheed Martin Pact Could Free up to $19B in 5G Spectrum
News Analysis  | 
4/1/2019  |  Post a comment
Two massive technology companies with deep ties to the US government have teamed on a proposal that could ultimately free 50MHz in the 1300MHz band for 5G or other commercial uses. But the idea faces big challenges.


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