Carrier, AT&T IoT Deal Will Use Wireless to Keep Tabs on Smart HVAC Equipment

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Carrier, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of electrical appliances and equipment, will be building “Internet of Things” (IoT) network intelligence into its product line. Carrier is part of United Technologies Corp.’s (UTC) Climate, Controls & Security group. A new Carrier, AT&T IoT deal calls...Learn More

AT&T Testing Cell Site Drones for Disaster Recovery, Festivals and More

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AT&T has been testing the use of drone-mounted radios and antennas to augment its cellular network in the case of a natural or manmade disaster or for certain other use cases, said Art Pregler, AT&T drone project director, in an interview with Telecompetitor. The company...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

AT&T LTE-M Internet of Things Network to Be Nationwide by 2Q

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AT&T said its LTE-M Internet of Things (IoT) network will be available nationwide by the end of second quarter. That’s ahead of schedule, the company said. The news follows successful testing with a pilot network launched in California in October. Since then AT&T has added...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

AT&T Fiber Expansion Continues with Five Additional Markets Now on Tap

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An ongoing AT&T Fiber expansion is well underway and will reach 51 major metro markets by the end of this month. Market launches for AT&T Fiber in the month of February will include Columbia, S.C.; Jackson, Miss.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Milwaukee, Wisc.; and Shreveport, La. AT&T’s...Learn More

Verizon Relents, Introduces Verizon Unlimited Plan

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In what may well be the latest example of ‘if you can’t beat them, join them,’ Verizon will launch a Verizon unlimited data plan on Monday February 13th. Verizon joins T-Mobile and Sprint, who have used unlimited data plans very effectively as a clear differentiator...Learn More

Report: Trump Job Promises Surface in AT&T Union Negotiations

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Employees of AT&T’s wireless business could strike against the company and have invoked President Trump’s campaign promises about protecting U.S. jobs in ongoing AT&T union negotiations, reports Bloomberg. The report quotes a spokesperson for the Communications Workers of America as saying “It seems someone should...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

AT&T Partners for Atlanta Smart City Project

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AT&T joined with Current, powered by GE, and Southern Company subsidiary Georgia Power to test intelligent lighting solutions in Atlanta. The Atlanta smart city project adds momentum to the growing smart city movement in progress across the U.S. Utilities are pivotal players in Smart City...Learn More

In Pursuit of 5G Spectrum, Verizon XO Purchase Closes

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The Verizon XO purchase closed yesterday, giving Verizon access to valuable ultra-high-frequency 5G spectrum as well as XO’s fiber assets. The move came just one day after AT&T said it had acquired Fiber Tower, a company that calls itself a “provider of spectrum and fixed...Learn More