Qualcomm Announces First 5G NR Chipsets and Verizon Partnership; So What is 5G NR?

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Qualcomm said today that it has achieved gigabit speeds using a 5G NR (5G New Radio) modem chipset that the company is calling Snapdragon X50. The achievement could pave the way for 5G commercialization in 2019. That’s about a year earlier than what developers initially...Learn More

Cable Broadband’s Future Lies in Deep Fiber, WOW! is First Up

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As the cable industry rolls out DOCSIS 3.1 over existing infrastructure, cable companies should have no trouble offering gigabit broadband – at least for a while. But as take rates climb and as the cable companies get set to support multigigabit speeds, they are looking...Learn More

CBRS LTE Fixed Wireless Broadband Set to Deploy, Despite Uncertain Future

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Fixed wireless broadband continues to gain traction with the news today that Georgia-based wireless internet service provider (WISP) Paladin Wireless will deploy fixed service using LTE technology in the CBRS band. Paladin is targeting a December turn-up for the network using an experimental license, said...Learn More

EVUE-NOW! Streaming Video Service is App-Based, Targets Service Providers

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A new cloud streaming video service announced today aims to make it easier for service providers to offer a skinny bundle of local broadcast and cable channels delivered over IP. The offering, dubbed eVUE-NOW!, comes from Evolution Digital, and also supports cloud-based DVR capabilities. End...Learn More

Windstream SDNow Demo Will Use SDN for Wavelengths on Demand

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A quartet of companies will demonstrate what they are calling “intent-based” SDN operations, including on-demand automation of wavelength services in a multi-platform and multi-domain environment at the MEF17 Proof of Concept (PoC) Showcase, which will be held Nov. 13 to 16 in Orlando. The goal...Learn More

G.fast Enhancements Will Support Gigabit Speeds Over Copper

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The next generation of G.fast chips will give network operators the ability to support gigabit speeds over twisted pair copper or coax wiring over distances of 100 meters or more – and chipmaker Sckipio expects to support the maximum possible bandwidth, said Michael Weissman, vice...Learn More

T-Mobile NB-IoT to Launch Nationwide Next Year

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T-Mobile made three announcements at Mobile World Congress Americas in San Francisco. The carrier said it would start operations of a nationwide T-Mobile NB-IoT network next year and that NB-IoT modules from Sierra Wireless, Telit and u-blox are testing in its labs. T-Mobile also announced...Learn More

T-Mobile Surpasses Gigabit LTE Speeds in Lab Trials, Gains Bragging Rights for Now

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T-Mobile, Nokia and Qualcomm Technologies have broken the 1 Gbps barrier with commercially available LTE equipment. The gigabit LTE tests were conducted at T-Mobile’s labs, achieving download speeds of 1.175 Gbps, the companies said. “We are helping customers maximize the value of their existing networks...Learn More

Report: AR/VR Headset Sales Jump 25.5% Over Last Year

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The headset segment of the still young augmented reality and virtual reality segments grew 25.5 percent year-over-year, according to new AR/VR headset sales data from IDC. The category reached 2.1 million headset units shipped, according to IDC. IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Augmented and Virtual Reality Headset...Learn More

Innovative Systems Launches New WiFi Set-Top-Box

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A new Innovative Systems set-top-box is now in market trials and should be available by the end of 2017. The set-top-box currently works exclusively with Innovative Systems’ IPTV middleware platform, an Innovative Systems (IS) spokesperson confirmed with Telecompetitor. The new STB features 802.11ac WiFi connectivity,...Learn More

CenturyLink 10G PON Field Trial Points to a Virtualized Broadband Access Future

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As CenturyLink plots their FTTP broadband access future, the company has plans to use a virtualized 10G PON approach, said Frank Miller, CenturyLink vice president of access, in an interview with Telecompetitor. Rather than using a “monolithic” optical line terminal (OLT), CenturyLink 10G PON will...Learn More

T-Mobile 600 MHz Spectrum Will Boost Rural Coverage; Buildout Begins

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T-Mobile is lighting up what it says is the world’s first 600 MHz LTE network in Cheyenne, Wyoming. T-Mobile 600 MHz spectrum, initially at least, will target rural areas where the company traditionally has been weak. The networks are based on spectrum T-Mobile won at...Learn More

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