600 MHz Auction Satisfies Final Stage Rule

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WASHINGTON, January 18, 2017 – With the results of today’s rounds of the forward auction, the bidding has satisfied the requirements of the incentive auction’s Final Stage Rule, meaning that the auction will successfully conclude in Stage 4. Bidding will continue in Stage 4 until...Learn More

An Examination of Apparent Disappointing 600 MHz Auction Results

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With the 600 MHz auction results expected soon, it’s becoming increasingly clear that those results are likely to be disappointing. More and more industry observers are predicting that prices will be considerably lower than many initially expected — and lower they were in the 2015...Learn More

Straight Path to Return 5G Licenses to FCC in $100 Million Spectrum Squatting Settlement

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Straight Path Communications has agreed to a spectrum squatting settlement with the FCC valued at more than $100 million. The company, which calls itself an “intangible asset monetization company,” specializes in “maximizing the value of assets such as microwave bandwidth licenses.” The settlement resolves an...Learn More

Seven Top Telecom Trends for 2017

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Fixed wireless (including 5G), broadband Universal Service, and increasingly diverse video options will be key focus areas for the telecom industry in 2017. Other top telecom trends for 2017 include G.fast and new business opportunities such as SD-WAN and the Internet of Things, including the...Learn More

Sprint HPUE Technology Claims Indoor Coverage Breakthrough

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Sprint HPUE technology, announced today, aims to overcome certain limitations of the company’s 2.5 GHz spectrum, which according to the company, carries more traffic than any other spectrum band the company uses. Sprint said the high-performance user interface (HPUE) technology extends coverage range 30%, while...Learn More

CEO: Verizon 5G Fixed Wireless Trial Will Offer Gigabit Broadband via ‘Wireless Fiber’

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The Verizon 5G fixed wireless trial planned for next year will support gigabit speeds and will include over-the-top (OTT) video, said Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam today. McAdam made his comments about the Verizon 5G fixed wireless trial plans at the UBS Global Media and Communications...Learn More

MBBF: 5G Future is About Digitizing the World, Once and For All

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The migration to a 5G future is already underway and it’s going to be different than previous wireless generation migrations. Much different. That was a key theme at Huawei’s Mobile Broadband Forum (MBBF), held last week in Tokyo. Seizing the true business opportunity amongst the...Learn More

Charter’s Spectrum Internet Assist Targets Low-Income Seniors with 30 Mbps Broadband

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Charter Communications this week launched a low-income broadband service dubbed Spectrum Internet Assist that provides speeds of 30 Mbps downstream and 4 Mbps upstream for $14.99 monthly. The offering is considerably faster than low-income broadband offerings that have been available until now and considerably less...Learn More

Facebook Millimeter Wave Broadband Wireless: 20 Gbps Over 8 Miles

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Facebook has achieved broadband transmission of 20 Gbps over an eight-mile distance using millimeter wave technology, according to a Facebook blog post. The Facebook millimeter wave broadband wireless technology could be used for several different applications, eventually including connecting the company’s Aquila communications drones with...Learn More

Could Increased Millimeter Wave Network Range for Wireless Broadband Offer Rural Applications?

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A New York University (NYU) student research team pushed the envelope for millimeter wave network range in a recently conducted field test in rural southwest Virginia. Setting up a millimeter wave transmitter on the porch of the country home of their professor Ted Rappaport, the...Learn More

U.S. Cellular 5G Tests Show Technology’s Potential for Rural Markets

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5G wireless technology could be an important technology for mid-sized and rural markets, as news today about U.S. Cellular 5G testing illustrates. The company said it had collaborated with Nokia to test 5G and demonstrate 5G in a fixed wireless configuration. U.S. Cellular and Nokia...Learn More

Windstream Fixed Wireless Expansion Highlights Growing Competitive Realities

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Updated October 13 with additional information from Windstream Fixed broadband wireless gained more traction today with Windstream’s announcement that a Windstream fixed wireless service will be launched in 40 markets nationwide. The service is targeted to provide speeds of up to 275 Mbps bi-directionally and...Learn More