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The latest news, developments and trends for mobile broadband. Gain valuable insight into the implications of 3G, 4G, LTE, Wi-Fi, Smartphones, Tablets, Spectrum and more.

Report: Twin Cities at Top of Mobile Speed Rankings, T-Mobile Takes Title

Minneapolis has the fastest mobile internet in the U.S., while the slowest among the top 100 were : Laredo, Anchorage, Madison, Reno and Lubbock, according to the latest mobile speed rankings from Ookla, a mobile and broadband network testing firm. In grabbing the top spot,...Learn More

Study Explores Mobile vs. Fixed Internet Preferences, But Results Need a Closer Look

An authoritative study commissioned by the Internet Innovation Alliance contains valuable information about mobile vs. fixed internet preferences. Researchers at CivicScience surveyed 10,000 people for the study and the researchers appear to have been quite diligent about ensuring an appropriate mix of respondents. But beware...Learn More

T-Mobile ONE Now Blankets the Globe with Over 210 Countries and Destinations

Bellevue, Washington — July 17, 2018 — T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS) today took the best wireless plan for travelers and made it even better – blanketing nearly the entire globe. T-Mobile customers already had unlimited data and texting in over 140 countries and destinations thanks to Simple...Learn More

Verizon 4×4 MIMO, 256 QAM Upgrades Should Boost Wireless Speeds, Capacity

Verizon aims to boost wireless speeds and capacity with technology upgrades planned for 1,100 markets or more. The company will provide carrier aggregation to subscribers in more than 2,000 markets and will add 4×4 Massive Input, Massive Output (MIMO) and 256 Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM)...Learn More

FCC Takes Next Steps to Free Up 3.7-4.2 GHz Mid-Band Spectrum

The FCC voted today to take stock of satellite earth stations operating in the 3.7-4.2 GHz spectrum band with the goal of making unused spectrum available to wireless network operators. The commission is also seeking input on what direction it should take in making spectrum...Learn More

AT&T Gains Exclusive Distribution Partnership with AR/VR Firm Magic Leap

AT&T announced it had invested in and is partnering with Magic Leap, developer of proprietary spatial computing and experiential platforms that provide augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) experiences. The AT&T Magic Leap deal will give AT&T certain exclusive sales opportunities involving Magic Leap’s first product,...Learn More

CTIA: U.S. Mobile Usage Includes 1.5 Trillion Text Messages and 15.7 Trillion MBs of Data

CTIA released their latest research on U.S. mobile usage trends for 2017, and some of the numbers are staggering. Americans love their smartphones, and even though mobile data usage equates to 15.7 trillion MBs of data, they also still like to talk on their phones,...Learn More

T-Mobile Gets Early Access to New York Area 600 MHz Spectrum

T-Mobile can enhance its LTE coverage and capacity in the greater New York City area more quickly as the result of a new agreement with CBS Corporation that was announced today. WLNY-TV moved from its 600 MHz spectrum on portions of Long Island and the...Learn More

Charter Launches Spectrum Mobile, Closely Follows Xfinity Mobile Playbook

Charter unveiled Spectrum Mobile today, the cable MSO’s mobile wireless service. The move has been expected for some time. The new Wi-Fi first mobile service looks to be closely following the Xfinity Mobile model, which was also expected. Spectrum Mobile offers two plans: an unlimited...Learn More

FCC’s Rosenworcel Releases Model Small Cell Agreements

The FCC has taken a step toward sorting through complex small cell deployment issues by releasing two model small cell agreements agreed to by the San Jose City Council. The announcement was made by Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, who said that there is a balance between...Learn More

CTA: Smartphone Penetration Second Only to TV in U.S. Households, and Closing Fast

Smartphone penetration has hit 87% of homes in the United States, according to the Consumer Technology Association’s “20th Consumer Technology Ownership and Market Potential Study.” Only televisions, which are present in 96% of U.S. homes, are ahead of smartphones. With laptops owned in 72% of homes,...Learn More

Report: LTE Market Share Hits 76% in U.S. and Canada with 365 Million LTE Connections

More than one third (38.5%) of all wireless cellular technology worldwide used LTE in the first quarter of 2018, according to new LTE market share data from 5G Americas and Ovum. North America dominates the LTE landscape, with a penetration rate of more than three-quarters...Learn More

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