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Drei Austria to expand current 5G network based on market demand: CEO

  VIENNA, AUSTRIA — Austrian telecommunications operator Drei said that the expansion of the company’s current commercial 5G network will be mainly driven by market demand in the country,  the company’s CEO Jan Trionow told RCR Wireless News during ZTE’s Global Wireless User Congress and...

Masmovil inks 5G deal with Orange in Spain

  Spanish telecom operator Masmovil inked a 5G agreement with rival operator Orange Spain which will boost the company’s EBITDA for the next three years, the telco said in a release. Under the terms of the agreement, which covers mobile, fiber and broadband technologies, Masmovil will...

FCC rural broadband funding makes its way to Oregon

FCC rural broadband grants total $67.6 million in 10 Oregon counties The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has authorized more than $67.6 million in affordable broadband funding in Oregon as part of its effort to improve broadband mapping across the rural U.S. The Oregon funding will include...

FCC continues to close the digital divide with more broadband funding

The FCC has authorized a total of $1.488 billion for broadband expansion The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has taken further steps to close the digital divide with the authorization of more than $4.9 billion in support over the next decade for maintaining expanding affordable rural broadband for 455,334 homes...

FCC improves broadband mapping to better serve rural communities

According to the FCC, the current national broadband map just isn’t cutting it anymore Across the U.S., individuals have varying levels of access to fast, reliable broadband service depending on location. In general, those living in rural communities have fewer connectivity options and slower internet...

Three launches 5G broadband offering in Central London

  U.K. mobile operator Three has launched 5G services in the country with the initial offering of a high-speed 5G broadband service in parts of London, the company said in a release. Three said that customers in London can have access to one single 5G home...

ADTRAN sees opportunity using utility networks for gigabit broadband

Utility companies are looking to expand gigabit broadband in rural areas, says ADTRAN ADTRAN, Inc., an open networking and subscriber experience solutions provider, has developed the Total Access 5000 fiber access platform, a broadband access platform to reduce capital outlay and provide investment protection in service provider network infrastructure. The platform, which also...

FCC authorizes fourth wave of rural broadband funding

There are significant gaps in national broadband coverage, says FCC As part of its multi-wave effort to improve broadband mapping across the rural U.S., the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) authorized more than $121 million in funding over the next decade to expand broadband to 36,579...

A novel approach to tackling home Wi-Fi waste (Analyst Angle)

Wi-Fi has become king in the home with an ever-increasing number and type of devices connected to Wi-Fi. Today consumers experience their home broadband mostly though Wi-Fi. Home devices from Smart TVs, to game consoles and thermostats are connected mostly through Wi-Fi. Therefore, in the...

Starry aims high, plans to launch in 17 more cities

TYSONS CORNER, Virginia--Fixed wireless broadband provider Starry plans to launch its service in an additional 17 cities, in addition to the service it provides in New York City, Boston, Massachusetts; Denver, Colorado; and Los Angeles, California. Starry uses 802.11-based technology (which it calls 5G)...

ZTE, China Mobile launch broadband solution for marine users

Chinese vendor ZTE has partnered with a regional branch of China Mobile to launch a marine broadband satellite solution. ZTE said that this new broadband satellite solution, dubbed "Heweitong," can solve the common problems of marine communication, such as poor coverage, slow data rate, and...

TIM partners with Corning to focus on 5G, IoT technologies

Under the agreement, the partners will focus on the evolution of infrastructure to better support these new technologies Italian carrier TIM and New York-based Corning Incorporated announced today they have entered a joint agreement to explore cooperation on a number of network applications and services...

U.S. operators keen to use 5G fixed wireless to grow broadband market share

AT&T, Verizon and now T-Mobile US all exploring 5G fixed wireless opportunity Verizon's initial go-to-market for 5G is residential broadband offering. AT&T made clear on an earnings call last week 5G as a viable alternative to fixed-line broadband. And now T-Mobile US is planning to...

Are consumers willing to pay (more) for 5G?

Two recent studies highlighted consumers' willingness to pay a premium for 5G service, but devices, and whether 5G actually provides a new kind of customer experience, could prove to be sticking points. Matrixx Software recently surveyed more than 4,000 mobile users in both the U.S....

New Business, New Operation, New Networks – Huawei’s HBB Service Drives a Growth in Value

  The number of HBB users worldwide increased by 10% in 2017, higher than the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7% from 2012 to 2016. Carriers realize that broadband-related consumption requirements are increasing exponentially, with an increasing number of devices connecting to networks, and...

FCC focuses on telehealth for rural America

Remote monitoring a key broadband-enable telehealth application The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will meet on Aug. 2 and discuss potentially providing $100 million in federal funds to support up to 20 telehealth pilot programs designed to leverage broadband infrastructure to improve health care particularly...

House of Representatives passes precision agriculture bill

The legislation stipulates the creation of a task force to evaluate best ways to boost precision agriculture in American farms The U.S. House of Representatives passed this week the Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act, which has the main goal of establishing a Federal Communications Commission (FCC)...

Ooredoo launches 5G home broadband devices in Qatar

Ooredoo said it aims to upgrade 100 base stations to 5G within the next three months Qatar-based telecommunications group Ooredoo has announced the launch of what it claims to be the world’s first live 5G home broadband devices. The devices, which are currently being tested on...

Analyst Angle: If broadband is an Industry 4.0 utility, then fiber is the asset class that will drive M&A

The realization that gigabit (and beyond) broadband speeds will be the baseline enabler of the Fourth Industrial revolution has private equity’s attention, which might kick off another round of carrier M&A. The idea of broadband service as a fourth utility (i.e., alongside gas, electricity and...

Indoor coverage and capacity complemented by small cells

With around 80 percent of mobile broadband traffic generated or consumed inside buildings, it’s vital to deliver the best customer experience indoors. Yet conventional macrocellular outdoor-in coverage is often inadequate. We explore the options for delivering revenue-boosting indoor mobile broadband experiences.

FCC chairman endorses SpaceX plan for satellite broadband

Two test satellites set to enter space during Saturday Falcon 9 launch Elon Musk's SpaceX wants to use satellites to provide broadband internet service. And the plan this week got a key endorsement from U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai. In a statement, Pai said...

Knoxville prepping for 5G, smart city initiatives

The city has selected CNX for a master planning regarding small cells installation to provide density for 5G, smart city projects CNX, a firm which focuses on the provision of broadband master planning and program management services to municipalities across the U.S, announced a new...

Generation Z: The Age of Wireless (Reader Forum)

  When I was 13, I wanted a phone in my room, so I could talk to friends in my own space instead of sitting on the basement stairs or pacing back and forth in the kitchen and ultimately knotting the curly cord like a...

Opinion: Surprising no one, net neutrality dies along party lines

A phoned-in bomb threat delayed but didn't derail a 3-2 party-line vote of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to undo Obama-era regulations governing net neutrality. After security officials swept the room with bomb-sniffing dogs, Republican FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a former legal rep for...

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