FCC Changes Direction on 5G License Areas

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The FCC on Friday released additional details on proposed plans to open up an unprecedented amount of spectrum for 5G wireless networks.  The commission expects to vote next month on the plans, which are quite similar to what was proposed late last year, except with...Learn More

Verizon is PC Magazine’s Fastest Mobile Network

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Verizon Wireless operates the fastest mobile network in the nation, according to PC Magazine’s latest rankings. It was the third consecutive year Verizon Wireless won top honors. T-Mobile ran a close second. Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile have effectively staked out lead positions in the premium...Learn More

Wheeler Wants 200-MHz or Wider Blocks for 5G Spectrum Frontiers Proceeding

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The FCC will vote in mid-July on a 5G Spectrum Frontiers proceeding aimed at opening up huge amounts of spectrum for fifth-generation wireless services, said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler today. “If the Commission approves my proposal next month, the United Sates will be the first...Learn More

Dish, Other Licensees Hope to Use MVDDS Spectrum for 5G

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A group of license holders including Dish Network hopes to persuade the FCC to allow the use of MVDDS spectrum for 5G wireless service, including two-way mobile broadband service. The spectrum, in the 12.2-12.7 GHz multichannel video and data distribution service (MVDDS) band, has been...Learn More

AT&T Foresees Opex Savings from SDN and NFV of 40% to 50%

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AT&T expects to see opex savings from SDN and NFV in the range of 40% to 50% but it will take a few years to reach that goal, said Krish Prabhu, president of AT&T Labs, yesterday.  Prabhu discussed the prospects for software defined networking (SDN)...Learn More

AT&T Technology Plans: FTTP Expansion Benefits Wireless

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Having both a wireline and wireless business continues to yield synergies for AT&T, as illustrated by comments about AT&T technology plans made today by Scott Mair, AT&T senior vice president of technology planning and engineering.Mair made his comments in a question and answer session at...Learn More

Verizon LTE in Rural America Carrier Deploys XLTE, Exec Says More to Come

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When Verizon made its XLTE spectrum and technology available to participants in the Verizon LTE in Rural America (LRA) program, it wasn’t clear how popular the offering would be with the rural carriers.  But Verizon on Monday announced in a blog post that one LRA...Learn More

600 MHz Auction Target Meets Expectations: 126 MHz to be Available

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The 600 MHz auction target announced Friday by the FCC is a satisfactory 126 MHz of spectrum, essentially meeting the target amount of spectrum the commission hoped would be made available for auction when it began planning the auction several years ago. Spectrum in the...Learn More

Rural Operators Could Find Opportunity in CBRS Auction Plans Adopted by FCC

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Rural operators could find it easier to obtain spectrum licenses in the citizens broadband radio service (CBRS) band as the result of CBRS auction plans adopted by the FCC at today’s monthly commission meeting. Previously the FCC had said it would only issue licenses where...Learn More

Rise Broadband Exec: Broadband Wireless Economics Are Better Than Ever

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Broadband wireless economics are poised for a boost thanks to impending technology advances and the availability of new spectrum, said Rise Broadband Co-founder Jeff Kohler in an interview with Telecompetitor this week. And if you’re seeking an insider view on the broadband wireless market it’s...Learn More

CTIA Measures Wireless Industry GDP Impact at $282.1 Billion

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A new market research report carried out by Recon Analytics for CTIA determined that the wireless industry contributes $194.8 billion a year to the domestic U.S. economy and estimated the wireless industry GDP impact at $282.1 billion. The U.S. economy expanded 2.4% to reach $18.7...Learn More

Exec Details Cruzio Wireless Gigabit Plans Using Siklu

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Wireless gigabit could be an alternative to fiber-to-the-premises for delivering ultra-high-speed broadband service, as an announcement from Santa Cruz, California-based broadband provider Cruzio yesterday illustrates. Cruzio wireless gigabit is based on point-to-point wireless technology from Siklu, which will deliver gigabit service for $99 a month,...Learn More