Ergen’s New Hobby: A Dish IoT Wireless Network Costing $1 Billion to Start

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Some video executives might buy a hobby farm. But Dish Network CEO Charlie Ergen’s new hobby is a Dish IoT wireless network that will cost $1 billion for phase one. “For me it’s not a job. . . it’s a hobby” Ergen reportedly told attendees...Learn More

Comcast Whole-Home Mesh Wi-Fi Goes Nationwide, Starts at $119

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First announced and launched in limited markets late last year, a Comcast whole-home mesh Wi-Fi solution is now available nationwide. The solution is delivered through xFi pods, which plug into electrical outlets throughout the home, expanding Wi-Fi coverage. Comcast xFi pods connect with xFi gateways,...Learn More

Samsung to Host Final Conference for Completing 5G Standards for Commercialization

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Korea on May 21, 2018 — Samsung Electronics today announced that it hosts the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) working groups’ final meeting to complete the 5G mobile communication standards in Busan from May 21st to 25th. This meeting will finalize the relevant standard technologies for...Learn More

Facebook Partners with Qualcomm on Terragraph Fiber-in-the-Air Technology, Aims to Enable Gigabit Fixed Wireless

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Qualcomm said today it will work with Facebook to support Facebook Terragraph technology, a high-speed wireless offering designed for urban areas that Facebook has likened to “fiber in the air.” Qualcomm said it will integrate Terragraph technology in its pre-802.11 ay Wi-Fi chipsets. Facebook and...Learn More

FCC to Tackle Rural Telecom Issues: USF Contributions, Access Charges, TDM-to-IP Transition

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The FCC has a lot on its agenda for its next monthly meeting – including three items involving rural telecom issues. The FCC rural telecom issues pertain to rural carrier contributions to the Universal Service Fund (USF), potential access charge rule changes and a possible...Learn More

Android Data Usage Trends: 60% Increase in One Year

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Android-based phones have seen a jump in data traffic across all operators, according to new research about Android data usage trends from AppOptix. The company monitors 4,000 Android devices, which had significant jumps in cellular and WiFi data, due — at least in part —...Learn More

New York, Others Added for Sprint 5G Rollout

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Sprint has added New York City, Phoenix and Kansas City to the markets that will receive the company’s 5G service in the first half of 2019. Previously announced markets for the Sprint 5G rollout include Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. We...Learn More

Verizon and Partners Test Mobile CBRS on Live Network in Florida, Achieve 790 Mbps Peak Speed

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Verizon, Ericsson, Federated Wireless and Qualcomm Technologies said they have tested Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) in a live commercial network in Florida. CBRS is shared spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band, a portion of which already has been freed up for unlicensed use on...Learn More

Spirit Communications and Lumos Networks Announce Network Expansion of Express Cloud Access Service

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May 15, 2018 — WAYNESBORO, Va. & COLUMBIA, S.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The combination of Spirit Communications and Lumos Networks, a super-regional provider of fiber-bandwidth in the mid-Atlantic and Southeast, announced that Express Cloud Access service is now available across Spirit’s footprint in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia....Learn More

What Verizon Has Learned About Fixed 5G – And How It Will Benefit Mobile

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Ongoing Verizon fixed 5G trials continue to teach the company more “every day” about 5G technology, said Verizon CTO, Executive Vice President and President of Global Networks Hans Vestberg at an investor conference today. In a question-and-answer session, Vestberg explained why Verizon’s 5G coverage estimates...Learn More

Coalition Proposes Alternate CBRS Auction Plan, Licenses by County and Census Tract

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A coalition of 11 carriers and corporations, eight industry associations and the nation’s largest port authority have sent the FCC an auction proposal for the CBRS spectrum band that represents a middle ground between rules currently in place and a proposal submitted recently by organizations...Learn More

Minnesota WISP Enlists Calix for Mesh Wi-Fi

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PETALUMA, CA – May 10, 2018 – Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) today announced Minnesota WiFi, a wireless Internet service provider (WISP) based in southern Minnesota, is leveraging Calix Cloud and Mesh-Enhanced Carrier Class Wi-Fi solutions to bring its managed Wi-Fi service to residential and business subscribers across six counties. Through the superior performance...Learn More

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