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FCC’s Rosenworcel Releases Model Small Cell Agreements

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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

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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

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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

Sprint CTO: Not All Massive MIMO is Created Equal

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There’s a lot of talk about using massive MIMO antennas to boost mobile network performance these days. But according to Sprint CTO John Saw, “not all massive MIMO is created equal.” At an investor conference yesterday, Saw said Sprint massive MIMO will have an advantage...Learn More

Ooyala: Mobile Video Now Accounts for Nearly 60% of All Video Plays in North America

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Mobile video consumption continues to rise but the pace of growth has stabilized, according to the newest findings from Ooyala. The growth comes primarily from more consumption of long-form video, according to Ooyala. Long-form videos – defined as more than 20 minutes in length —...Learn More

As One OTT Service Suffers Outage, AT&T Launches New WatchTV $15 OTT Service

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In the midst of suffering a major outage to their DIRECTV NOW OTT service, AT&T announced the official launch of AT&T WatchTV, a new skinny-bundle OTT service priced at $15. The latest OTT service from AT&T is also free with certain AT&T Unlimited wireless plans....Learn More

Sprint Taps Blockchain for Connected Car Offering

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A Sprint connected car offering launched today features a blockchain-powered IoT security system designed to guard against hackers. The offering is built on a platform from NXM Labs that includes high speed Wi-Fi, vehicle health monitoring and safety features. Maintenance reminders, preventative notifications, scheduling and...Learn More

FCC Filing: A Merged T-Mobile Sprint Would Become Major ISP Competitor With Fixed Broadband, Eyes Rural Expansion

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If T-Mobile and Sprint are allowed to merge, rural Americans would see major benefits, the companies argued in a 600-page statement of public interest filed with the FCC yesterday that touts a wide range of merger benefits. Plans would include a T-Mobile Sprint fixed wireless...Learn More

AT&T, Verizon Spar Over San Jose 5G, Small Cell, Smart City Plans

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AT&T and Verizon today issued dueling press releases about plans for San Jose, California. AT&T, Verizon San Jose plans both involve 5G, small cells and the smart city, with AT&T emphasizing the 5G side and Verizon emphasizing the smart city. The dueling press releases illustrate...Learn More

Verizon/Nokia Test 5G NR Outdoors – Including Multi-Carrier Aggregation

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Verizon and Nokia say that they conducted outdoor 5G data sessions using 3GPP New Radio (NR) standards. The Verizon/Nokia 5G NR test included boosting of signals via multi-carrier aggregation. Marc Rouanne, president of Nokia Mobile Networks, focused on the outdoor element of the testing in...Learn More

5G Subscriber Forecast: By 2023, LTE Will Still Outnumber 5G Subscriptions by 5 to 1

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There will be 1 billion 5G subscribers by 2023, when more than 20% of the world’s population has access to the technology, according to a 5G subscriber forecast included in the latest Ericsson Mobility Report. The report also found that mobile data traffic, driven by...Learn More

Eligible First Responders Can Now Get Individual Plans Through FirstNet

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Verified FirstNet subscriber paid users can now sign up for service at any of 5300 AT&T locations nationwide. FirstNet subscriber paid users must be verified first responders, AT&T said. FirstNet is the nationwide mobile broadband public safety network that AT&T is building nationwide. While some...Learn More

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