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Is a Verizon FirstNet Plan in the Works? FCC Letter Seeks Clarification

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When the Commerce Department earlier this year awarded the contract to build the FirstNet nationwide mobile broadband public safety network to AT&T, it wasn’t a done deal for all 50 states. Individual states still must opt in (which at least five already have done) or...Learn More

FirstNet Apps Ecosystem is Key to Future Success and is Being Built on Three Pillars

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Applications will be key to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) and the FirsNet Apps ecosystem is being built on three pillars. They include: developing a rich set of applications for public safety, ensuring that the applications developed for the network enhance public safety and...Learn More

Verizon, General Motors Connected Car Deal is About Global Connectivity

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Global connectivity is the focus of a Verizon, General Motors connected car deal announced today. The deal calls for Verizon Telematics and global connectivity provider Globetouch to launch “upgraded network solutions” that will be used for GM’s OnStar connected vehicle service. Verizon, along with several...Learn More

FirstNet States Now Number Five

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The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), the nascent nationwide first responder LTE network, today announced that five states now have opted into the program. FirstNet states now include Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Virginia, and Wyoming. “Governors Hutchinson, Reynolds, Bevin, McAuliffe and Mead are taking critical steps...Learn More

AT&T 5G Evolution Speeds Are Twice That of 4G LTE, Points to Indianapolis for a Glimpse

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With a launch today in Indianapolis, AT&T is claiming AT&T 5G Evolution speeds that are double that of traditional 4G LTE. Although the service is not based on 5G standards, which are still being established, an AT&T press release notes that the service does encompass...Learn More

Virginia is First State to Opt in to AT&T FirstNet Plan

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Virginia is expected today to be the first state to opt in to AT&T FirstNet plans to build a wireless public safety network that ultimately will interconnect with public safety networks in all 50 states. Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe announced the decision at an event...Learn More

Cincinnati Bell Hawaiian Telcom, OnX Acquisitions Will Bring a Stronger Enterprise Focus

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More than three quarters (76%) of Cincinnati Bell revenues will come from the enterprise market assuming the company completes two key acquisitions announced today, including incumbent telco Hawaiian Telcom and IT solutions provider OnX Enterprise Solutions. The Cincinnati Bell Hawaiian Telcom, OnX acquisitions are the...Learn More

Total Mobile Broadband Subscriptions Now Reach 1.275 Billion in OECD Nations

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The density of both mobile and fixed-line broadband subscriptions continues to grow in the 35 Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries, according to the organization. Total mobile broadband subscriptions now exceed 100 percent in the U.S. and many other countries The Paris-based OECD...Learn More

ABI: LTE Unlicensed, Shared Spectrum a $1.7B Equipment Market in 5 Years

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ABI Research predicted in a recently released report that unlicensed and shared spectrum is attracting startups in addition to mobile network operators. The firm sees a U.S. market for unlicensed and shared spectrum that will reach $1.7 billion during the next five years based on...Learn More

Report: Disruption of the Traditional Bundle Will Only Get Worse, Next-Gen Bundles Now on Tap

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U.S. consumers are embracing next-gen bundles and telco and cable providers need to adapt or risk losing significant market share to disruptors, says market research firm Ovum. Their new report, Digital Consumer Insights 2017: Multiplay, outlines changing bundling trends. The traditional triple play bundle of...Learn More

T-Mobile LAA Field Test Achieves Mobile Broadband Speed of 741 Mbps

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T-Mobile announced that it has completed the first live mobile broadband data session field test using License Assisted Access (LAA) on its commercial network. The T-Mobile LAA test is the first of its kind on a live commercial network by a U.S. carrier for the...Learn More

Sprint, Comcast and Charter Rekindle Wireless Partnership Talks

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Sprint, Comcast and Charter are once again talking wireless partnership, according to several reports, including the Wall Street Journal. The talks have put a long rumored tie up between Sprint and T-Mobile on hold for now. The idea of Sprint and the cable industry partnering...Learn More

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