Fixed LTE in CBRS Band Not Expected to Require Line of Sight for Fixed Wireless

Rural areas could soon see a jump in fixed wireless deployments once the FCC fully opens up spectrum for citizens band radio service (CBRS). Fixed LTE equipment operating in that band has the potential to offer an economical solution in a wide range of deployment...Learn More

Moffett: At the End of the Day, Cable Industry 5G May Prevail Over All Others

Speaking at the WiFI Now Conference (Tysons Corner, Va) today, leading telecom industry analyst Craig Moffett had some pretty provocative statements regarding wireless, including suggesting that cable industry 5G efforts may ultimately win, even over wireless carriers. Moffett postulates this idea, while also criticizing the...Learn More

Moffett: 600 MHz Auction Results Suggest Cable Wireless Service Not Much of a Threat

The possibility that a cable wireless service would arise to offer competition to the nation’s four major wireless carriers appears less likely than it did before results of the 600 MHz auction were released last week, noted Moffett Nathanson Research in a research note today....Learn More

SRT Market Exit Illustrates Rural Wireless Challenges

North Dakota-based SRT Communications said today that it will exit the rural wireless business and is encouraging customers to transition to the Verizon network. An SRT spokesperson told Telecompetitor that Verizon is buying SRT’s spectrum and has agreed to improve its coverage in the area...Learn More

About Half of Fifty 600 MHz Auction Winners Are Rural Companies

AT&T, Comcast, Dish Network and T-Mobile were the big winners in the voluntary auction of TV broadcast spectrum in the 600 MHz band completed several weeks ago, the FCC announced this afternoon. Fifty 600 MHz auction winners, about half of which were rural carriers, collectively...Learn More

5G Spectrum Drives $1.6 Billion AT&T Straight Path Purchase

AT&T said today that it plans to acquire Straight Path Communications in a $1.6 billion deal. Straight Path’s primary assets are spectrum licenses in bands suitable for 5G deployment. The AT&T Straight Path purchase will bring those licenses – in the 39 GHz and 28...Learn More

FirstNet Plans Finally Revealed, AT&T to Spend $40B on National Public Safety Network, Create 10K Jobs

AT&T said today that it will spend about $40 billion over 25 years to build, operate and maintain a nationwide mobile broadband public safety network, dubbed FirstNet. In return, the carrier will be able to share 20 MHz of spectrum in the 700 MHz band...Learn More

Nokia Claims 600 MHz LTE Equipment First

Nokia claimed a 600 MHz LTE equipment first today, announcing that it has completed the first pre-standard 600 MHz LTE call using commercially available equipment. The winning bidders in the FCC’s auction of 600 MHz spectrum are expected to use the spectrum to expand their...Learn More

Sprint Gigabit LTE is Born, First Commercial Launch in New Orleans

A new mobile broadband experience took place in New Orleans yesterday, with the unveiling of Sprint Gigabit LTE, the company reports. The new service, which is seen as an evolutionary step towards 5G, delivers much faster mobile broadband, with some caveats. Sprint and its technology...Learn More

Verizon CFO Ellis Shares Verizon 5G Roadmap, Including Nationwide Fixed 5G Plans

Verizon’s fixed 5G plans include offering fixed wireless broadband service outside the company’s traditional local service footprint, said Matt Ellis, Verizon chief financial officer and executive vice president today. Ellis made his comments in a question and answer session at an investor conference, where he...Learn More

Private LTE Could Be Coming Soon, Thanks to Google CBRS Band Efforts

Considerable progress is being made in preparation for using Citizens Band Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum on a shared basis to support commercial and private wireless networks, according to separate announcements late last week from Google and Federated Wireless. According to a company blog post, Google...Learn More

FCC LTE-U Authorization Paves Way for T-Mobile Gigabit LTE

The FCC said yesterday that it had authorized some LTE-U devices for use in unlicensed portions of the 5 GHz band. T-Mobile wasted no time in making its own announcement saying it is now deploying LTE-U in its network with the goal of having service...Learn More

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