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AT&T: Austin and Indianapolis Provide Glimpse into AT&T 5G Roadmap

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The AT&T 5G roadmap is well underway and one has to look no further than Austin and Indianapolis to see where AT&T is headed, according to Scott Mair, AT&T senior vice president for technology planning and engineering. Mair outlined this AT&T 5G roadmap this morning...Learn More

Virgin Mobile USA Changes How to Buy Wireless: One Year of Service for Only $1 + Virgin Perks

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June 21, 2017 — KANSAS CITY, Mo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Virgin Mobile® USA announced today it will be the first iPhone-exclusive carrier and launched a game-changing offer: Buy an iPhone and get six months of unlimited talk, text and data on Virgin Mobile’s nationwide network for only $1...Learn More

Nokia Bell Labs First To Show Use of Ultra-low Latency 10G PON for Mobile Fronthaul

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Espoo, Finland – Nokia has announced a significant industry breakthrough in the effort to better support mobile fronthaul and latency sensitive services. In a world-first, Nokia Bell Labs showed it is now possible to use a commercial next generation PON (NG-PON) to transport ultra-low latency...Learn More

AT&T Releases FirstNet State Plans; States Have 90 Days to Opt In

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AT&T and the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) released their state-by-state plans for the FirstNet nationwide public safety network yesterday. Individual states will have 90 days to determine whether they want to opt in or out of the FirstNet state plans, which call for AT&T...Learn More

Verizon Wireless Beats Back T-Mobile for PC Magazine’s Fastest U.S. Mobile Network Title

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Verizon Wireless held on to the title of the fastest U.S. mobile network, at least when it comes to mobile network speeds among the nation’s four largest carriers, which amounts to essentially the same thing, according to PC Magazine’s latest annual nationwide speed test. Verizon...Learn More

C Spire LTE Now Supports Peak Mobile Download Speeds of up to 100 Mbps

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New enhancements to the C Spire LTE network have the regional wireless provider talking peak speed capabilities of up to 100 Mbps, up from the current 5 to 12 Mbps. C Spire, the nation’s sixth largest wireless carrier began the enhancements in March. The new...Learn More

Text to 911 Poses Technology, Funding and Political Challenges

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The ability to send text messages to 911 anywhere in the U.S. could enhance public safety answering points’ (PSAPs’) ability to respond to emergency situations – and could be particularly important when the person contacting the PSAP is unable to place a traditional phone call....Learn More

ABI: Enterprise 5G Plans Don’t Match the Hype

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Sixty-two percent of U.S.-based companies spanning nine industry verticals do not have plans to deploy next-generation 5G wireless/mobile broadband technology in coming years, according to new market research about enterprise 5G plans from ABI Research. The results, ABI says, indicate “severe discord” between industry expectations...Learn More

Motorola Offers Details on AT&T FirstNet Equipment

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Motorola Solutions will provide “best in class” mobile apps, sofware and services for the 4G LTE wireless/mobile broadband network AT&T is building for the federal government’s FirstNet network, the company said yesterday. Having come out on top of FirstNet’s RFP selection process, AT&T chose Motorola...Learn More

Business Use of Instant Messaging on the Rise, Email Still Primary Survey Finds

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Growing use of digital network communications in place of traditional phone and face-to-face interaction continues in the U.S. workplace. Email remains the centerpiece of office communications between co-workers, while use of other, more recently introduced forms of digital network communications, such as instant messaging applications,...Learn More

Verizon Oath Strategy: Mobile Usage Data is Our Oil and Oath Will be Our Oil Rig

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Building “brands people love” will differentiate Verizon’s strategy for the digital media business it will operate when its Yahoo acquisition is completed and those assets are merged with Verizon’s AOL business, said Marni Walden, Verizon executive vice president and president of the company’s Media and...Learn More

CFO: ‘Non-sustainable’ T-Mobile Lifeline Business to be Phased Out

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T-Mobile’s business selling service to low-income users whose costs are paid, at least in part, through the Universal Service Fund (USF) Lifeline program is “non-sustainable,” said Braxton Carter, T-Mobile chief financial officer today.  T-Mobile Lifeline customers represent 4.4 million of the carrier’s 73 million subscribers...Learn More

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