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The latest news, developments and trends for mobile broadband. Gain valuable insight into the implications of 3G, 4G, LTE, Wi-Fi, Smartphones, Tablets, Spectrum and more.

AT&T and Crown Castle Expand Strategic Relationship

AT&T and Crown Castle signed a new agreement simplifying and expanding their long-term leasing deal for wireless network infrastructure. Under the new agreement, leasing management and operations are streamlined to improve the efficiency and flexibility under which AT&T can deploy new technologies and increase network...Learn More

Report: App Download Growth Leads to Best Quarter on Record, 27.5 Billion Apps Downloaded

The “app economy” had its best quarter ever in both consumer spending and downloads in 1Q 2018, according to App Annie, a provider of app market data. Researchers measured app download growth at more than 10% year over year. Combined global downloads for iOS and...Learn More

AT&T: Mobile 5G Trials Yield Gigabit Speeds in Millimeter Wave Bands

AT&T mobile 5G trials are achieving gigabit speeds, the carrier said in a blog post today. The speeds were achieved in trials in three cities using millimeter wave spectrum, the company said. “[W]e’re confident we have all the answers we need to deploy a mobile...Learn More

Verizon Sees Private LTE Network Opportunity with CBRS for Both Licensed and Unlicensed Spectrum

Verizon said yesterday that it is conducting interoperability testing of LTE equipment operating in the CBRS band at the company’s facility in Irving, Texas. In addition to testing equipment and software to support commercial service, technicians also are testing equipment to support private LTE networks....Learn More

In Latest Mobile Broadband Speed Comparison, Verizon Comes Out on Top

The average mobile download speed for all carriers in the last quarter of 2017 and the first quarter of this year was 19.08 Mbps and the average upload speed was 11.92 Mbps, according to Wirefly. Researchers at Wirefly also found Verizon to be the fastest...Learn More

Major Wireless Carrier Chooses Zayo for Fiber-to-the-Tower

A major wireless carrier has selected Zayo for fiber-to-the-tower (FTT) to new macro towers in 30 markets across 21 states. The Zayo fiber-to-the-tower deal is an expansion of an agreement announced in September 2016. Inclusive of both contracts, Zayo will connect thousands of macro towers...Learn More

Behind Dueling AT&T, Verizon Public Safety Core Network Announcements

In separate announcements today, AT&T and Verizon provided launch details for core networks to support mobile broadband service for public safety users. AT&T last year won contracts and funding from the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) to build a nationwide public safety core network, along...Learn More

Report: Rush to 5G Not Expected to Result in Significant Wireless Service Revenue Growth

Despite all of the attention given to the onset of 5G, the new technology won’t be result in a big boon to wireless service revenue, according to a new Strategy Analytics study about 5G revenue growth. The research firm’s Worldwide Cellular User Forecasts 2018-2023 report...Learn More

AT&T to Deploy 60,000 White Boxes to Support 5G Plans

AT&T said this week that it will deploy 60,000 white boxes over “the next several years” to support its 5G next-generation wireless plans. The AT&T white boxes will provide router functionality and support edge computing which will be critical to low-latency services, the company said....Learn More

Four Small Wireless Carriers Choose Ericsson Cloud-Based Network Management Platform

The agreement by four small wireless carriers to use Ericsson’s cloud-based network management services suggests that a growing number of smaller operators see the cloud as viable option for managing their network end-to-end. Network Management as a Service, as Ericsson calls it, is the latest...Learn More

Report: Ahead of 5G Push, LTE Market Share Hits 74% in North America with 353 Million Connections

LTE technology became the most widely used wireless cellular technology in the world in the fourth quarter of 2017, according to 5G Americas. Based on data from Ovum, LTE market share now exceeds 35% and the technology is providing 4G wireless access to services and...Learn More

Report: Be Prepared to Wait for 5G Smartphones

Though there is lots news about 5G, the handsets necessary for the networks to be used will remain scarce for the next few years, according to a 5G smartphones forecast from Strategy Analytics. The firm says that while handsets will go on sale early next...Learn More

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