FCC Poised to Free Up 2.5 GHz EBS Spectrum for Broadband, Primarily in Rural Areas

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The FCC is getting set to free up as much as 194 MHz of unused spectrum in the educational broadband service (EBS) band, primarily in rural areas. The EBS spectrum is in the 2.5 GHz band and potentially could support fixed wireless broadband service, although...Learn More

Can New CBRS Alliance OnGo Brand & Certification Do for CBRS What Wi-Fi Did for Wireless LAN?

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The CBRS Alliance today launched brand and certification programs under the “OnGo” brand that are aimed at enhancing the interoperability of wireless equipment operating in the CBRS spectrum band with the goal of achieving broader adoption. A press release emphasizes CBRS applications involving private LTE...Learn More

WBA Introduces Wi-Fi Deployment Guidelines, Compliance Checklist

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The Wireless Broadband Alliance yesterday released the WBA Wi-Fi Deployment Guidelines and Compliance Checklist. The parallel offerings provide deployment best practices for wireless network operators and infrastructure vendors. WBA Wi-Fi Deployment Guidelines “The WBA has launched the Wi-Fi Deployment Guidelines vision as part of our...Learn More

CEO: We Don’t Need 5G for U.S. Cellular Fixed Wireless, LTE Will Work Just Fine

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LTE will be a better choice than 5G for supporting fixed wireless service for U.S. Cellular, said U.S. Cellular CEO Ken Meyers, yesterday. U.S. Cellular fixed LTE is currently available in remote areas of Kansas and Nebraska, and the company expects to make more fixed...Learn More

Starry, Marvell Join Forces on 5G Fixed Wireless, Hope to Empower Other ISPs

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Starry, Inc., and Marvell are teaming together to develop new fixed wireless technologies that the companies expect to be the basis for future connectivity of wireless broadband access. The Starry, Marvell deal will bring together the Starry millimeter wave integrated circuit and smart-antenna and cloud management...Learn More

Top Telecom Stories of 2017 (7 High-Profile, 3 Low-Profile)

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It was virtually impossible to miss some of the top telecom stories of 2017 –such as the recent Net Neutrality reversal or carriers’ ongoing 5G and fixed wireless activities. Some other important stories initially got a bit of attention but then faded from the collective...Learn More

Latest AT&T 5G Trial is Wi-Fi Focused, Uses 28 GHz Spectrum

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The latest AT&T 5G trial, announced today, will be in Waco, Texas and will use 5G as the backhaul link to support Wi-Fi connectivity at the Silos – a shopping, dining and recreation area operated by Magnolia, the home and lifestyle brand of Chip and...Learn More

Maine WISP Redzone Announces Gigabit Fixed Wireless, Promises Disruptive Pricing

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Gigabit fixed wireless will be coming to Portland, Maine beginning in the first quarter of 2018. Wireless internet service provider (WISP) Redzone Wireless said today that it will achieve gigabit speeds by combining three spectrum bands – licensed 2.5 GHz spectrum and unlicensed spectrum in...Learn More

Microsoft TV White Spaces Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands Deployments Provide Emergency Communications

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TV white spaces (TVWS) technology provided by Microsoft is helping people in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands reconnect with people outside their immediate communities. More than two months have passed since Puerto Rico and the Caribbean were ravaged by hurricanes, knocking out internet...Learn More

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

Microsoft TechSpark Puts a Full Court Press on Rural Broadband

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The Microsoft TechSpark initiative, which kicked off in Fargo, North Dakota late yesterday, aims to use technology to boost local economies outside the country’s major metropolitan areas. The five-faceted program will include deployment of the Airband fixed wireless technology that Microsoft has been promoting, as...Learn More

Fixed Wireless Market Report: Subscribers to Double to 8 Million by 2021, Generating $5.2B

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The U.S. fixed wireless market is comprised of 2,000 network operators averaging 1,200 customers each, according to a new report from analyst firm The Carmel Group. Several major companies also have announced plans to offer fixed wireless service – including Google, AT&T, Verizon and Windstream,...Learn More

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