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

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