CEO: We Don’t Need 5G for U.S. Cellular Fixed Wireless, LTE Will Work Just Fine

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LTE will be a better choice than 5G for supporting fixed wireless service for U.S. Cellular, said U.S. Cellular CEO Ken Meyers, yesterday. U.S. Cellular fixed LTE is currently available in remote areas of Kansas and Nebraska, and the company expects to make more fixed...Learn More

Starry, Marvell Join Forces on 5G Fixed Wireless, Hope to Empower Other ISPs

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Starry, Inc., and Marvell are teaming together to develop new fixed wireless technologies that the companies expect to be the basis for future connectivity of wireless broadband access. The Starry, Marvell deal will bring together the Starry millimeter wave integrated circuit and smart-antenna and cloud management...Learn More

Top Telecom Stories of 2017 (7 High-Profile, 3 Low-Profile)

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It was virtually impossible to miss some of the top telecom stories of 2017 –such as the recent Net Neutrality reversal or carriers’ ongoing 5G and fixed wireless activities. Some other important stories initially got a bit of attention but then faded from the collective...Learn More

Latest AT&T 5G Trial is Wi-Fi Focused, Uses 28 GHz Spectrum

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The latest AT&T 5G trial, announced today, will be in Waco, Texas and will use 5G as the backhaul link to support Wi-Fi connectivity at the Silos – a shopping, dining and recreation area operated by Magnolia, the home and lifestyle brand of Chip and...Learn More

Maine WISP Redzone Announces Gigabit Fixed Wireless, Promises Disruptive Pricing

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Gigabit fixed wireless will be coming to Portland, Maine beginning in the first quarter of 2018. Wireless internet service provider (WISP) Redzone Wireless said today that it will achieve gigabit speeds by combining three spectrum bands – licensed 2.5 GHz spectrum and unlicensed spectrum in...Learn More

Microsoft TV White Spaces Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands Deployments Provide Emergency Communications

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TV white spaces (TVWS) technology provided by Microsoft is helping people in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands reconnect with people outside their immediate communities. More than two months have passed since Puerto Rico and the Caribbean were ravaged by hurricanes, knocking out internet...Learn More

Qualcomm Announces First 5G NR Chipsets and Verizon Partnership; So What is 5G NR?

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Qualcomm said today that it has achieved gigabit speeds using a 5G NR (5G New Radio) modem chipset that the company is calling Snapdragon X50. The achievement could pave the way for 5G commercialization in 2019. That’s about a year earlier than what developers initially...Learn More

Microsoft TechSpark Puts a Full Court Press on Rural Broadband

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The Microsoft TechSpark initiative, which kicked off in Fargo, North Dakota late yesterday, aims to use technology to boost local economies outside the country’s major metropolitan areas. The five-faceted program will include deployment of the Airband fixed wireless technology that Microsoft has been promoting, as...Learn More

Fixed Wireless Market Report: Subscribers to Double to 8 Million by 2021, Generating $5.2B

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The U.S. fixed wireless market is comprised of 2,000 network operators averaging 1,200 customers each, according to a new report from analyst firm The Carmel Group. Several major companies also have announced plans to offer fixed wireless service – including Google, AT&T, Verizon and Windstream,...Learn More

Report: Small Business Benefits of Rural Broadband are Plentiful

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There are many small business benefits of rural broadband, argues ACT – The App Association in a well-researched blog post that cites numerous real-world examples of those benefits. ACT, an association of small technology firms, wrote the blog post to advocate for TV white spaces...Learn More

Fixed 5G Forecast: Verizon, AT&T Will Help Drive $1 Billion in U.S. Service Revenues by 2019

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5G fixed wireless networks, which will be the first broad use case for 5G, will generate service revenues of $1 billion in the United States by the end of 2019, according to a fixed 5G forecast from research firm SNS Telecom. The report, “5G for...Learn More

Pole Attachment Ruling Upholds One Touch Make Ready, A (Temporary?) Win for Google Fiber

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A federal judge has upheld a Louisville “One Touch Make Ready” law that allows a communications service provider to hire a contractor to move another service provider’s equipment when installing new equipment on a utility pole. The pole attachment ruling came in response to a...Learn More

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