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

AT&T Enters CenturyLink Market with Competitive AT&T Broadband Wireless Service

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Updated October 7 AT&T revealed today that it is trialing a 100 Mbps competitive fixed wireless broadband service to “multiple” apartment complexes in Minneapolis, a CenturyLink market. The AT&T broadband wireless offering is particularly noteworthy in that it is being offered outside the company’s traditional...Learn More

Verizon: We Are Taking Lead on 5G and That Includes Rural 5G

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Verizon plans to test 5G wireless technology in a fixed implementation in rural as well as urban and suburban areas in trials beginning next year, said Verizon Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo today. Initially rural 5G didn’t appear to be part...Learn More

5G Race is On, Ericsson Says They Are First Out of the Gate

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On your mark, set, go! The race for 5G is well underway, even though true widespread commercial availability isn’t expected until 2020 or beyond. That’s not stopping Ericsson from announcing what they claim to be is the first commercially available 5G radio. The next generation...Learn More

New CBRS Alliance to Focus on LTE-Based Indoor, Outdoor Coverage

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The CBRS Alliance, announced yesterday, aims to “develop, market and promote” LTE-based offerings in the 3.5 GHz, also known as the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS), band. Although much of the talk around the CBRS band has focused on using it to support fixed broadband...Learn More

Google Fiber Delay Hints at Gigabit Wireless Plans

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Google Fiber will delay plans to deploy gigabit fiber-to-the-home in the San Jose, California area, reports local media outlet San Jose Mercury News. The company reportedly is seeking less costly deployment alternatives. Some industry observers speculate that the Google Fiber delay means the company is...Learn More

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