New AT&T Unlimited Wireless Plans Aim to Leverage Unique Position in Wireless and Pay-TV

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AT&T tweaked its unlimited wireless data plans over the weekend, including adding a video bundle for both traditional pay-TV and OTT offers. The new AT&T unlimited wireless plans now have two categories, Unlimited Plus and Unlimited Choice. Starting at $90/month for a single line, or...Learn More

FCC LTE-U Authorization Paves Way for T-Mobile Gigabit LTE

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The FCC said yesterday that it had authorized some LTE-U devices for use in unlicensed portions of the 5 GHz band. T-Mobile wasted no time in making its own announcement saying it is now deploying LTE-U in its network with the goal of having service...Learn More

Report: 40.7 Million U.S. Mobile-Only Internet Users By Year-End

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The latest market data from eMarketer reveals that the number of Americans who access the Internet solely via desktop, laptop or other types of personal computers will shrink to 17.9 million this year, down from 20.3 million in 2016. The trend is fueling a rise...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

RWA: Mobility Fund Phase II Could Leave Some Areas Without Service

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Some rural areas could be left without wireless service if the FCC approves the latest proposal for the Connect America Mobility Fund Phase II, cautions the Rural Wireless Association. Some wireless carriers in high-cost rural areas currently receive funding through the traditional high-cost universal service...Learn More

TV Broadcast Spectrum Reverse Auction Yields $19.6B for 600 MHz Mobile Broadband Spectrum

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The “clock phase” of the TV broadcast spectrum reverse auction was completed Friday, explained FCC Chairman Ajit Pai in a statement. A total of 84 MHz of spectrum will now be released into the broadband marketplace, Pai said. According to news reports, the total of...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

Cisco: Average Mobile Broadband Speed to Exceed 20 Mbps by 2021

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More people will be using mobile phones than bank accounts worldwide come 2021 – 5.5 billion as compared to 5.4 billion, respectively, according to the 11th annual Cisco mobile traffic forecast. Ongoing strong growth in the world population of mobile telecom handset users, smartphones and...Learn More

OECD Mobile Broadband Penetration Rises to 95 Percent, Now Reaches 1.2 Billion

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New data from OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) reveals a mobile broadband penetration rate of 95% in the 35 industrialized nations that comprise the OECD as of June 2016. The number increased from 86% in June 2015. Some 123 million new mobile broadband...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

Telstra and Partners Claim Launch of World’s First Commercial Gigabit LTE Network

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Telstra, Qualcomm Technologies and Netgear announced the launch of the world’s first commercial gigabit LTE network and device at the “Gigabit LTE Experience” event in Sydney, Australia. Telstra’s gibabit LTE network service is up and running and Netgear’s Nighthawk M1 gigabit LTE device is available...Learn More