Report Reinforces 5G Fiber Backhaul Opportunity for Fiber Network Operators

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The importance of 5G fiber backhaul far outranks other backhaul options including copper, microwave, freespace optics and millimeter wave technologies, according to a report from the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA). All operators surveyed said fiber was important for 5G backhaul, including 83% who said it...Learn More

Report: Global LTE Connections Surpass 2 Billion, North American Penetration Approaches 300M

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Global LTE connections rose to 1.9 billion in 4Q 2016 and breached the 2 billion connection mark in February, according to the latest market data from 5G Americas via Ovum Research. North America boasts nearly 300 million LTE subscribers, as well as some of the...Learn More

ABI Sees Important Role for 4.5G LTE-Advanced Pro

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ABI Research expects the global base of customers subscribing to “high-speed data throughput” services to surge higher and exceed 641 million in 2021. Readily available access to next-gen 5G networks and services is still four to five years away, but 4.5G LTE-Advanced Pro technology is...Learn More

Sprint Gigabit LTE is Born, First Commercial Launch in New Orleans

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A new mobile broadband experience took place in New Orleans yesterday, with the unveiling of Sprint Gigabit LTE, the company reports. The new service, which is seen as an evolutionary step towards 5G, delivers much faster mobile broadband, with some caveats. Sprint and its technology...Learn More

Verizon CFO Ellis Shares Verizon 5G Roadmap, Including Nationwide Fixed 5G Plans

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Verizon’s fixed 5G plans include offering fixed wireless broadband service outside the company’s traditional local service footprint, said Matt Ellis, Verizon chief financial officer and executive vice president today. Ellis made his comments in a question and answer session at an investor conference, where he...Learn More

First Verizon 5G Markets Announced, Service Set to Roll by Mid 2017

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The first Verizon 5G markets were announced today, and the carrier says they hope to launch pre-standard 5G service by mid-year. Eleven markets were identified and Verizon will initially focus on fixed wireless broadband service to homes, with a ‘fiber replacement’ type service. The identified...Learn More

Shentel MIMO Trial Yields Up to 5x Wireless Bandwidth Boost

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A new technology known as massive MIMO has the potential to help urban and rural wireless carriers substantially improve the performance of current mobile infrastructure through an antenna change. In a recent Shentel MIMO trial in Woodstock, Va, the regional wireless carrier saw massive MIMO...Learn More

Fixed Wireless Forecast Calls for 30% Annual Growth, 151 Million Connections by 2022

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Momentum in fixed wireless is strong and will only accelerate with 5G, leading to a fixed wireless forecast of 151 million connections by 2022. ABI Research predicts a 30% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) to achieve this forecast. Commercial 4G LTE networks are cropping up...Learn More

Fiber Vs. Fixed 5G Report: Fiber More Economical in Rural Areas

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Fixed 5G wireless is not a substitute for wireline broadband, argues telecom engineering and consulting firm Vantage Point Solutions in a technical paper filed with the FCC by NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association. Broadband delivery methods based on fiber to the premises (FTTP) generally...Learn More

Could 5G TV Spur Fixed 5G Deployments?

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Network operators are looking seriously at using fixed 5G wireless technology to support pay-TV offerings, according to Strategy Analytics. 5G TV could be an “anchor use case” for deploying fixed 5G, argues Sue Rudd, Strategy Analytics director of service provider analytics, in a new report....Learn More

3GPP 5G Logo Launched

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3GPP introduced a new logo in anticipation of the completion and industry-wide adoption of its next-generation 5G mobile broadband technical specification. To be used for technology beginning with 3GPP 5G Release 15 onward, the new logo includes plain black text, a new textured wave pattern...Learn More

Rise Broadband: Fixed 5G Broadband Has Real Rural Challenges

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Despite increased interest in fixed 5G on the part of the nation’s largest carriers, it’s still not a great choice for rural areas, said Jeff Kohler, co-founder of rural broadband wireless network operator Rise Broadband, in an interview with Telecompetitor. In discussing fixed 5G vs....Learn More