T-Mobile 600 MHz Spectrum Will Boost Rural Coverage; Buildout Begins

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T-Mobile is lighting up what it says is the world’s first 600 MHz LTE network in Cheyenne, Wyoming. T-Mobile 600 MHz spectrum, initially at least, will target rural areas where the company traditionally has been weak. The networks are based on spectrum T-Mobile won at...Learn More

Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) Project Doubles Members, Community and Projects

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SAN FRANCISCO, July 31, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Building on its technical momentum and rapid community growth, the Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) Project today announced that Comcast, Fujitsu, Infosys, Netcracker Technology and Samsung joined as new members to contribute to the open source framework for network automation. Just six months...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

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

AR-VR Headsets Forecast Calls For Triple-Digit Growth This Year

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Sales of augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR) headsets picked up steam in 1Q 2017, and growth should continue strong throughout 2017, according to a new AR-VR headsets forecast from IDC. Anticipating the launch of a lengthy list of new AR/VR products in 2H’17, IDC...Learn More

1Q Smartphone Shipments Rose a Surprising 4.3 Percent to 347.4 Million

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First quarter 2017 smartphone shipments rose a surprising 4.3% globally over the same period last year, according to new research from IDC.  Global smartphone unit shipments totaled 347.4 million in 1Q. Market data from previous quarters revealed smartphone growth was slowing on a global basis....Learn More

Report: Apple iPhone 6s and 7 Models Were Best Selling Smartphones in 2016

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Warding off challenges from other premium, as well as low-cost, competition, Apple’s iPhone 6s and 7 models were the best selling smartphones worldwide in 2016, according to IHS Markit. Apple’s latest smartphone, the iPhone 7 was the top seller in 4Q last year, with the...Learn More

Report: 2016 Smartphone Shipments Reach Record High 1.5 Billion, Apple Overtakes Samsung in 4Q16

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Global 2016 smartphone shipments reached a record high 1.5 billion units, a 3 percent year-over-year increase, according to the latest market data from Strategy Analytics. Growth picked up in 4Q, rising 9 percent year-over-year, as 438.7 million smartphones were shipped worldwide – the fastest growth...Learn More

Smartphone Habits Survey: 75% of Americans Keep Them on All Day and Night

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Habitual smartphone use is now ingrained in societies worldwide. According to new smartphone habits survey results from ReportLinker nearly half – 46 percent – of Americans said they check their smartphones first thing in the morning while they’re still in bed. The early morning smartphone...Learn More

AT&T Call Protect Offers Free Fraud Blocking

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Carriers may be motivated to shift mobile voice traffic to their LTE networks primarily to save costs, but as news today about a new AT&T capability called Call Protect illustrates, that move also can enable new capabilities for end users. AT&T Call Protect is a...Learn More

Using T-Mobile DIGITS on Competitor Phones Has Strings Attached

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The T-Mobile DIGITS phone number offering announced yesterday breaks a lot of new ground, but may not be quite as disruptive as it initially appears, as a Telecompetitor email exchange with a T-Mobile spokesperson revealed. Despite T-Mobile hype, using T-Mobile DIGITS on competitor phones comes...Learn More

Bluegrass Cellular begins rollout of LTE Advanced

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Elizabethtown, Kentucky — November 18, 2016 – Bluegrass Cellular customers in select areas now have access to LTE Advanced, the next evolution of 4G LTE – the fastest and most advanced network available – on their mobile devices. LTE Advanced is the nation’s largest and...Learn More

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