C Spire 5G Demo Highlights 5G Interest Beyond Big Four

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C Spire said today that it successfully demonstrated 5G fixed wireless technology using spectrum in the 28 GHz band. The C Spire 5G news raises the question of whether we will see more companies outside the Big Four nationwide wireless carriers taking a more active...Learn More

Qualified 600 MHz Auction Bidders Include 28 Companies with Rural Wireless Bidding Credits

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Twenty-eight companies with rural wireless bidding credits are on the FCC’s list of approved bidders for the upcoming auction of TV broadcast spectrum in the 600 MHz band. As expected, three of the four major national wireless carriers – AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon but not...Learn More

Verizon 5G Spec Finalized, Suggesting Strong Interest in Fixed Wireless Deployments

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Verizon’s announcement today that the company has completed a specification for ultra-high-bandwidth 5G wireless is the latest example of the company’s increasingly wireless focus. The Verizon 5G spec was completed in advance of industry fifth-generation wireless standards efforts, raising the question of what is driving...Learn More

ITIF Wants Pro-Infrastructure 5G Policies

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Federal, state and local governments need to implement 5G policies that facilitate dramatic expansion of wireless network capacity, flexibility and connectivity, says a new report from the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a non-profit, Washington, D.C.-based think tank. In a summary of its ¨5G...Learn More

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