5G Americas: Amidst 5G Prep, Global LTE Connections Hit 2.5 Billion, 100%+ North American Penetration in 2018

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Global LTE connections reached 2.5 billion by the end of the third quarter, according to research conducted by Ovum and cited by industry trade association 5G Americas in a press release.The new plateau represented an increase of 838 million new LTE subscriptions in the last...Learn More

AT&T to Launch Edge Computing Test Zone in Silicon Valley in Early 2018

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November 6, 2017 — DALLAS, Texas — AT&T is building an edge computing test zone in Palo Alto, California, where developers and other companies can test connected applications like self-driving cars, augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR), and drones. The test zone will go live...Learn More

Busy Weekend for Sprint as T-Mobile Deal Dies, Altice MVNO Born, and More Softbank

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Sprint executives were busy this weekend. Another run at a T-Mobile merger failed, but a new Altice MVNO deal was born. To top it off, Sprint majority owner Softbank intends to up their current 82% ownership stake in the U.S. mobile carrier. Both T-Mobile US...Learn More

On the Path to 5G, Verizon, Ericsson Team Up for Massive MIMO Deployment

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Verizon and Ericsson today announced they have completed their first FDD (Frequency Division Duplexing) Massive MIMO deployment (Multiple Input – Multiple Output) on Verizon’s wireless network in Irvine, Cal., which is seen as a major stepping stone to 5G service. According to the companies, the Massive...Learn More

Illinois Valley Cellular Lights 4G LTE with ExteNet

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CHICAGO, Oct. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — ExteNet Systems, a leading provider of Distributed Network Systems (DNS) enabling advanced cellular, wireless and broadband connectivity across urban and rural America, today announced a partnership with Illinois Valley Cellular to enable 4G LTE broadband connectivity for north central Illinois. Operating as a regional cellular service provider,...Learn More

Agricultural Drones Could be Bright Spot, Driving Connectivity, Cloud Opportunities

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Agricultural drones could conserve up to 90% of water usage for irrigation and reduce chemicals required for crop spraying between 30% and 50%, according to Ipsos Business Consulting. Potential benefits such as these drove investment in agricultural drone technology to increase 344% between 2013 and...Learn More

Samsung/ Charter 5G Trials Illustrate Importance of Fiber for Small Cells

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Samsung said today that it has been conducting field testing of 4G LTE and 5G wireless technology with Charter Communications in trials that will run until the end of the year. The Samsung/ Charter 5G trials illustrate how a company such as Charter with little...Learn More

Verizon Gigabit LTE Trial Breaks the Gigabit Speed Barrier

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Following a recent Verizon Gigabit LTE field test, Verizon announced a new speed breakthrough in a lab trial. Working with Ericsson and Qualcomm again, Verizon says they reached 1.07 Gbps download speed in this latest lab test. “These efficiencies will enable the delivery of the...Learn More

Sprint LTE Plus Data Speeds Up 28% in Seven Months

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August 11, 2017 — OVERLAND PARK, Kan.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Can you hear that? Sprint (NYSE:S) customers are having a better network experience than ever with national average download speeds up 28 percent in seven months, according to Ookla Speedtest Intelligence data. Ookla data also shows Sprint now...Learn More

A Verizon LAA Trial Yields Gigabit LTE Wireless Speed, Proving 4G Has Quite a Bit of Runway Left

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Using Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) technology, Verizon and vendor partners Ericsson and Qualcomm achieved near gigabit wireless speed of 953 Mbps. The Verizon LAA trial took place during a ‘dynamic, real-world environment’ in Boca Raton, Florida, the carrier announced. Verizon claims this is the fastest...Learn More

Report: T-Mobile Network Metrics Surge; Verizon, AT&T Take Hits In Wake of Unlimited Data Plans

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The revival of unlimited data plans took their toll on the wireless networks of the top two U.S. carriers since being reintroduced in February. T-Mobile network metrics gained ground, while 4G and overall wireless network speeds dropped at both Verizon and AT&T as their networks...Learn More

AT&T 5G Evolution Speeds Are Twice That of 4G LTE, Points to Indianapolis for a Glimpse

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With a launch today in Indianapolis, AT&T is claiming AT&T 5G Evolution speeds that are double that of traditional 4G LTE. Although the service is not based on 5G standards, which are still being established, an AT&T press release notes that the service does encompass...Learn More

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