High-Stakes Broadband Drama at FCC as CTIA, CCA Float Compromise CBRS Proposal, But WISPA Begs to Differ

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Two organizations representing mobile wireless service providers have sent a letter to the FCC with what they called a “compromise proposal” for the planned auction of citizens band radio service (CBRS) licenses in the 3.5 GHz spectrum band. The compromise CBRS proposal comes from CTIA – The Wireless Association and the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA)...Learn More

Report: Network Automation Investment Should Result in ‘Hulk’ Like Performance

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Network automation investment will grow by about 30% between now and 2021 and 75% of responding companies said they would implement full or significant automation during the next five years. The research was conducted by ACG Research on behalf of Ciena. Respondents included decision makers from service providers and large enterprises worldwide. “A new theme...Learn More

Verizon Leans on IoT Growth, Fios Broadband to Maintain Revenue Growth in 1Q18

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Verizon today reported first-quarter 2018 results highlighted by consolidated revenue growth and strong Verizon Wireless customer loyalty. Verizon revenues were up 6% over the same period last year. For first-quarter 2018, Verizon reported EPS of $1.11, compared with 84 cents in first-quarter 2017. On an adjusted basis (non-GAAP), first-quarter 2018 EPS was $1.17, compared with...Learn More

Microsoft Airband Project Gains Another Partner, Targets Rural Virginia Fixed Wireless Project

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Microsoft and Declaration Networks Group are partnering on a project to bring fixed wireless broadband to 65,000 people on Virginia’s eastern shore over the next three years. The Microsoft Declaration Networks deal is part of Microsoft’s Rural Airband initiative, which aims to bring broadband to unserved areas of the U.S. within five years using a...Learn More

EXCLUSIVE: AT&T, Verizon Outline FirstNet Interoperability Details; Rural Specifics Remain Light

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AT&T and Verizon have been conducting a sort of press release duel in recent months with regard to public safety communications. Verizon traditionally has had the largest share of that market, but AT&T gained a tremendous edge when it won contracts and spectrum to build out a nationwide mobile broadband network on which public safety...Learn More

DOJ eSIM Investigation Cites Possible Verizon, AT&T Collusion and Raises Issues About Standards-Setting Process

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Development of the latest eSIM standard is on hold, pending an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice, global standards organization GSMA said Saturday. Regardless of how it is resolved, the DOJ eSIM investigation raises some important issues about the standards-setting process. DOJ eSIM Investigation eSIM technology incorporates a range of features, and among other...Learn More

FCC Takes First Steps Toward C-Band Shared Spectrum with Possible Implications for CBRS

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As stakeholders continue to debate the fate of CBRS band spectrum, the FCC yesterday took the first steps toward opening spectrum in the neighboring C-band for use on a shared basis with existing license holders that use the spectrum for fixed satellite service (FSS). Wireless ISPs and other rural service providers want to see C-band...Learn More

Comcast and Charter Partner to Take on Mobile Industry, Form Mobile Operating Unit

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Comcast and Charter announced a joint venture today that will fuel both cable MSOs’ continued move into the mobile broadband ecosystem. The partnership will focus on developing and operating backend systems that support both Xfinity Mobile and Spectrum Mobile, signaling a more committed effort for cable MSO-based mobile offerings. Each company will continue to operate...Learn More

Dramatic Expansion of AT&T’s 5G Evolution Lays Groundwork for Real 5G

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AT&T announced today an expansion of their 5G Evolution technology to an additional 117 markets across the U.S., bringing the total 5G Evolution markets to 141. The term 5G Evolution is more of a marketing term, since the underlying technology for it is really advanced 4G technology. The 5G Evolution platform is more akin to...Learn More

Improving the Verizon Customer Experience is Objective for Moment Acquisition

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Verizon today closed its acquisition of Moment, a New York-based design and strategy firm founded in 2002. Verizon Moment plans include having former Moment employees join Verizon’s growing in-house design team and be responsible for creating end-to-end Verizon customer experiences including in-store, online, mobile and live customer service by phone or chat. The Moment team...Learn More

Arvig Moves Illustrate Rural Carrier E-rate Opportunities, Includes Expansion into Twin Cities

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Minnesota-based regional carrier Arvig said today that during the first quarter of 2018, more than 30 schools or school districts chose the company to provide high-speed internet, transport and voice services funded, in part, through the Universal Service Fund (USF) E-rate program, also known as the schools and libraries program. The company’s success is an...Learn More

Report Advises Positioning Sling TV as a Mobile Offering

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Sling TV is missing an opportunity, according to analyst firm Strategy Analytics, which advises positioning Sling TV as a mobile offering. In a new report, Strategy Analytics cites key factors in the success of Sling TV in addition to consumer motivations to replace traditional pay TV services. Smartphones should be prioritized as an alternative screen...Learn More

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