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

FCC Adopts New Small Cell Approval Rules in Pursuit of 5G

The Federal Communications Commission today adopted new small cell approval rules aimed at streamlining the wireless infrastructure siting review process to facilitate the deployment of next-generation wireless facilities. According to the FCC, the actions will reduce regulatory impediments to deploying small cells needed for 5G...Learn More

Mayors Argue for Local Decision Authority on 5G Infrastructure in Letter to FCC

Thirty-six mayors and elected local leaders representing Next Century Cities, a bipartisan organization, today sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that defended local decision-making around 5G infrastructure investments, small cell deployment, and the use of public rights-of-way. The mayoral letter to the...Learn More

Accenture Report Touts $1.56 Billion Savings From FCC Proposal for Streamlining 5G Small Cell Regulations

According to a new report from Accenture, an FCC proposed wireless infrastructure order, which includes emphasis on 5G small cell deployments, will save Americans $1.56 billion. The report says that the order will lead to more broadband for more Americans — including through an expedited...Learn More

CFO: Extensive Fiber Assets, FirstNet Give AT&T an Advantage on 5G Backhaul

AT&T’s legacy as a local exchange carrier (LEC), combined with its nationwide fiber network, will give it an advantage in backhaul connectivity for 5G wireless by minimizing 5G backhaul costs, said AT&T Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer John Stephens at an investor...Learn More

FCC Poised to Revamp Small Cell Regulation

At its March 22 Open Meeting, the FCC will vote on a plan streamline small cell regulation. The changes would pertain to the federal historic and environmental review procedure that impacts wireless infrastructure deployments. The announcement was made by Commission Brendan Carr in a Feb....Learn More

Microsoft Project Belgrade Taps Small Cells for TV White Spaces Fixed Wireless Broadband

TV white spaces fixed wireless broadband technology could benefit from small cell deployments, according to Microsoft. The technology giant has been conducting a trial tapping the two technologies in Cambridge, U.K. in a deployment dubbed Microsoft Project Belgrade and has been encouraged by the results....Learn More

Sprint and Cox Forge Strategic Partnership for Network Densification

A new Sprint Cox deal will allow Sprint to leverage Cox’s infrastructure for network densification. Sprint will utilize Cox’s network for additional macrocell backhaul and small cell deployments which are key for 4G and 5G deployments. Details are a little sketchy, but this Sprint Cox...Learn More

Fiber Deployment Forecast: 1.4 Million Miles Needed for 5G in Top 25 Metros

The Fiber Broadband Association has issued a bullish fiber deployment forecast. The forecast, which calls for approximately 1.4 million miles of fiber in the top 25 metro markets in the U.S., is driven in large part by carriers’ 5G wireless deployment plans, which will require...Learn More

Report: Network Densification Efforts Will Result in 100 to 350 Small Cells per Square Kilometer

Between 2015 and 2025 non-residential small cell deployments will grow at a CAGR of 36% and will reach 8.5 million deployed units. That would be 22 times the number of units deployed in 2015, according to a small cells forecast from the Small Cell Forum....Learn More

During Wireless Competitive Storm, Verizon Sticks With Network Quality

Verizon network quality will continue to be the company’s key differentiator, said John Stratton, executive vice president and president of global operations for the company, at an investor conference today. “The foundation of our brand is built on the quality and reliability of the network,”...Learn More

Busy Weekend for Sprint as T-Mobile Deal Dies, Altice MVNO Born, and More Softbank

Sprint executives were busy this weekend. Another run at a T-Mobile merger failed, but a new Altice MVNO deal was born. To top it off, Sprint majority owner Softbank intends to up their current 82% ownership stake in the U.S. mobile carrier. Both T-Mobile US...Learn More

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