With Smart Farm Technology, Individual Plants Now Generate Data, Requiring Good Rural Broadband Coverage

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The agricultural industry is expecting big things from smart farm technology aimed at enhancing crop yields while minimizing the use of fertilizers and pesticides and which will rely heavily on broadband connectivity. According to Transparency Market Research, the global  smart agriculture market is expected to...Learn More

AT&T Enhanced Push-to-Talk Breathes New Life into PTT: LBS, Voice Message Fallback, More

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AT&T has upgraded one of the oldest mobile business services offered by wireless carriers with AT&T Enhanced Push-to-Talk (PTT) service. PTT was perhaps made most famous by Nextel, which heavily marketed the feature as a differentiator over other mobile services at the time. Nextel was...Learn More

AT&T Challenger Lays Out Advantages of FirstNet Opt Out; 18 States in Play

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Executives at Rivada Networks are trying hard to get states to use their company, rather than AT&T, to build statewide mobile broadband public safety networks that would interoperate with the FirstNet network that AT&T will be building in at least 27 states and territories. Several...Learn More

5G Monetization Survey: Operators Look to IoT for Revenue Growth

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Network operators worldwide are getting serious about 5G, with 78% already involved in trials, according to a new network operator survey from Ericsson. Operators are looking to the Internet of Things for 5G monetization, with 86% seeing it playing a major role in 5G revenue...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

FCC Wireless Report Finds Competitive Market, New Satellite Rules to be Considered

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The FCC today voted to accept a report from its wireless competition bureau stating that the U.S. mobile wireless market is competitive, making it the first FCC wireless report to make that finding in several years. In addition, the commission adopted a report and order...Learn More

Verizon Rural Wireless Customer Cancellations Cause Unrest with Rural Carrier Partner

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Verizon has had a change of heart regarding a portion of the 8,500 wireless customers whose service it had planned to cancel and will allow certain customers to keep service on plans providing up to 8 gigabytes of data per month. But, according to a...Learn More

Three More States Opt In to FirstNet Public Safety Network

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A total of 23 states or territories now have made the decision to opt in to FirstNet, the nationwide mobile broadband public safety network. Texas, Idaho and Maryland announced this week that they are joining in. “As we saw in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, our...Learn More

GSA Finds 81 5G Trials by Operators in 42 Countries

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The wireless ecosystem is involved in numerous tests and 5G trials as the pace toward rollout of 5G quickens, according to new data from the Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) about 5G operators. The group’s report on lab tests and field trials suggests that the...Learn More

Verizon CEO: Move to 5G Will Make Verizon Network King Again, Leaving Competitors Behind

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Under CEO Lowell McAdam, Verizon’s key differentiation strategy has been network quality – a differentiator that has been increasingly difficult to maintain now that competitors have largely completed their LTE network buildouts. That’s set to change soon, however, McAdam told investors today. “When you’re ready...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

Legere Says Competitors Can’t Match T-Mobile Netflix Offer

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T-Mobile said today that it will include a Netflix subscription in its unlimited T-Mobile ONE family plan service at no extra charge beginning September 12. “The world is about to find out what happens when you bring two disruptors together,” said T-Mobile CEO John Legere...Learn More

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