Samsung/ Charter 5G Trials Illustrate Importance of Fiber for Small Cells

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Samsung said today that it has been conducting field testing of 4G LTE and 5G wireless technology with Charter Communications in trials that will run until the end of the year. The Samsung/ Charter 5G trials illustrate how a company such as Charter with little...Learn More

Unite Private Networks’ Nebraska Small Cell Deployment

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LINCOLN, Neb., July 25, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Unite Private Networks (UPN), a leading provider of high-capacity, fiber-based communication networks is pleased to announce a small cell expansion project in Grand Island, NE. The deployment is in support of a major wireless carrier. The new...Learn More

Verizon: We’re Doubling Down on Fiber Broadband, Just Don’t Call it Fios

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Verizon’s message at Fiber Connect, taking place here in Orlando this week, was music to the fiber broadband ecosystem’s ears. Fiber is back at Verizon, and in a big way, according to Kyle Malady, SVP and chief network officer of wireline for Verizon. “All the...Learn More

Verizon CEO: Fixed 5G Line of Sight Not Needed, 5G Leadership is on Track

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Fixed wireless broadband service based on 5G technology will not require line of sight between the transmitter and receiver, said Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam today. Advances in antenna and processing technology have essentially eliminated the need for fixed 5G line of sight, he explained in...Learn More

AT&T Offers AirGig Update, Reiterates Upcoming Trials for Fiber Fronthaul/Backhaul Alternative

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AT&T AirGig millimeter wave broadband technology provides better propagation than traditional point-to-point wireless options because it uses wave guide technology, said Bill Hogg, president of technology operations at AT&T, today. Developed by AT&T, AirGig is designed to be deployed on the same pole infrastructure as...Learn More

CEO: Verizon Wireless Network Densification Will Drive Deployment of Largest Fiber Network Nationwide

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Stakeholders know that because small cells will have shorter range, operators will need a dense fiber network to support them. Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam yesterday offered a sense of just how dense that network will need to be. Verizon small cells and densification efforts are...Learn More

Sprint All-Wireless Small Cell Improves Indoor/Outdoor Coverage, Will Aid with 5G

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The Sprint Magic Box, announced today, is an indoor all-wireless small cell that uses the company’s cellular network for both the final link to the end user and for backhaul from the small cell to a traditional cell tower, a.k.a. microcell, where traffic is handed...Learn More

Crown Castle Announces Agreement to Acquire Wilcon

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HOUSTON, April 17, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Crown Castle International Corp. (NYSE:CCI) (“Crown Castle”) announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Wilcon Holdings LLC (“Wilcon”) for approximately $600 million (subject to certain limited adjustments) from Pamlico Capital and other...Learn More

$700 Million Southern Light Purchase Raises Uniti Non-Windstream Revenues to 30%

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Uniti Group, the telecom real estate investment trust (REIT) that was spun out of Windstream Communications, said today that it plans to acquire Southern Light, operator of a fiber network serving tier two and three markets in the southeastern U.S. The Uniti Southern Light purchase...Learn More

Global Small Cell Revenue to Triple by 2022

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Global small cell revenue will triple by 2022, according to new research from Mobile Experts. According to Mobile Experts’ definition, small cells extend down to residential femtocells. Researchers expect the market to grow at an a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of around 17 percent...Learn More

Six Broadband Policy Ideas to Spur Investment

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A new report from Next Century Cities offers a range of broadband policy ideas aimed at spurring investment and adoption. The organization, which now has 166 member communities, was formed several years ago with the goal of helping communities achieve broadband goals by providing a...Learn More

Report Reinforces 5G Fiber Backhaul Opportunity for Fiber Network Operators

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The importance of 5G fiber backhaul far outranks other backhaul options including copper, microwave, freespace optics and millimeter wave technologies, according to a report from the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA). All operators surveyed said fiber was important for 5G backhaul, including 83% who said it...Learn More

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