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Verizon calls for kindness as COVID-19’s impact continues

As 2020 is coming to a close, many are reflecting on a particularly challenging year. The COVID-19 pandemic forced much of the world inside, where we tried to continue our work, our schooling and our lives from inside our homes. However, there are also...

WBA OpenRoaming standard garners impressive industry interest, survey finds

79% of service providers, equipment manufacturers and enterprises have adopted or plan to adopt the WBA OpenRoaming standard The Wireless Broadband Alliance’s (WBA) OpenRoaming system was only introduced last May, and yet, a recent survey revealed that nearly four out of five (79%) of service...

Staying connected—wireless connectivity in an ever-changing world (Reader Forum)

From remote work to home-based education, wireless connectivity allows us to quickly adapt in an ever-changing world You may have just finished an online videoconference from your home office, helped your kids log in for a remote class at the kitchen table and are taking...

AT&T sees wave of LAN upgrades driven by new wireless technologies

Wi-Fi 6 and software-defined LAN capabilities are driving digital transformation, says AT&T The Wireless Broadband Alliance held its Wireless Global Congress this past week where speakers discussed a number of critical topics relating to Wi-Fi and the future of wireless connectivity, such as OpenRoaming and...

AT&T Q3 results stronger than expected with HBO, wireless subscriber gains

AT&T added more than 5 million domestic wireless net adds in Q3 During the AT&T 2020 Q3 earnings call, the latest quarter was summed up as follows: strong connectivity results; business transformation on track; and improved cash flow. Digging deeper into these assessments shows that...

Five connectivity trends emerging from 2020

2020 trends show a serious 'pivot' in connectivity testing RCR Wireless News caught up with test and measurement company Spirent Communications' head of 5G strategy, Steve Douglas, to discuss some of the connectivity trends that the company saw unfold throughout 2020, as well as what...

Students around the country need Congress and the FCC to act (Reader Forum)

  The coronavirus pandemic has placed schools across the United States in unprecedented circumstances. Thousands of schools are offering instruction exclusively online. Thousands more are operating with hybrid models that couple distance learning with time inside school buildings, an approach that likely will continue into...

Following tough year, the global 5G smartphone market predicted to see significant growth

The global 5G smartphone market saw a 'steep reduction' in demand during the first two quarters of 2020 A new study concludes that the global 5G smartphone market size is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 122.7% from 2020 to 2027....

DDoS attacks saw “radical change” and record levels in the first half, Netscout says

Netscout: COVID-19 "added rocket fuel to the growth in DDoS attacks" Cyber threats are shifting rapidly as attackers respond to the changing network conditions driven by the global coronavirus pandemic. In new analysis of dedicated denial of service attacks during the first half, network monitoring...

US networks bear up well under usage shifts, umlaut finds

U.S. wireline networks held up well overall under the network usage shifts associated with the coronavirus pandemic, according to new data from benchmarking and analysis company umlaut provided exclusively to RCR Wireless News. The one exception seems to be related to ultra-high-definition streaming, which...

Well, technically… use digital as a tool, not the end goal: Aparna Khurjekar, Verizon (Ep. 12)

RCR Wireless News · Well, technically… use digital as a tool, not the end goal (Ep. 12) On this week's episode, Verizon's Chief Customer Officer Aparna Khurjekar explores what being a leader in the communications industry has been like during COVID-19 and more specifically, how...

95% of gamers willing to pay more for 5G services if it means better playing

60% of gamers would pay 50% more a month for a better gaming experience With gaming being hailed as a killer use case for 5G, Ribbon Communications commissioned an independent study to explore just how “killer” we’re talking. RCR Wireless News caught up with Ribbon’s...

NFL’s UWB contact tracing sensors will operate in the C-Band this season

As many organization turn to tech to help in adjusting to operating during a global pandemic, the Federal Communications Commission has granted the National Football League permission to temporarily use C-Band spectrum during the 2020-2021 football season for low-power, body-worn wireless sensors for players...

Well, technically… 70% of data breaches happen from endpoints: Janet Giesen, Metallic (Ep. 9)

RCR Wireless News · Well, technically... 70% of data breaches happen from endpoints Janet Giesen, VP of operations at Metallic, discusses how the SaaS company adjusted its approach to marketing security products once COVID-19 hit, as well as what enterprises need to keep in mind as their...

5G was going to be huge before COVID-19 swept the globe: What’s next for 5G-enabled devices

The building of 5G networks across the globe was moving full-steam ahead until COVID-19 began wreaking havoc, triggering a worldwide economic slowdown. The immediate effects have been felt in virtually every industry, causing widespread layoffs and record unemployment, and severely curtailing consumer spending. As...

Global smartphone market forecast to decline 9.5%, 5G remains priority

IDC predicts that the global smartphone market will fully recover by 2022 According to International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, the global smartphone market is forecast to decline 9.5% year over year in 2020 with shipments totaling 1.2 billion units, following a...

COVID-19 kicks 5G market opportunities into high gear (Analyst Angle)

Society has become vastly more dependent on internet connectivity over the past few months in the wake of a global pandemic with serious public health consequences. Advised to shelter in place at home and practice social distancing as much as possible, we spend our...

Now is the time for 5G-powered proximity tracking (Reader Forum)

Before the world was interrupted by COVID-19 and swathes of the global population went into lockdown, 5G was at the top of mobile operators’ agendas. Some businesses reported 5G delays while others maintained that their deployments were on schedule. That’s hardly surprising. The coronavirus...

Verizon web series shows that creating social change isn’t a ‘one-and-done’

Verizon introduced a new series to amplify the voices of the future In early June, a visibly impassioned Hans Vestberg made a commitment of $10 million to organizations which work for equality and social justice in response to the protests against police brutality that swept across...

US Cellular reports two-fold income growth in Q2 despite flat revenue trajectory

US Cellular reports net income of $68 million for Q2 While US Cellular CEO Laurent C. Therivel, who took over the post in early July, acknowledged that many aspects of the company’s performance this past quarter were impacted by the pandemic, he also reported “very...

Internet network outages are up, but not necessarily impacting users, report finds

The number of network disruptions across various elements of the internet rose sharply beginning in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic -- but they often indicated traffic engineering work on the part of various service providers to adjust to changing demand and didn't necessarily...

The Sunday Brief: Uneven recovery = uneven results

Greetings from North Carolina, where it is seasonally hot and humid. Fortunately, our COVID-19 “stay at home” garden is yielding fantastic results.  Zucchini, anyone? The earnings season started this week with AT&T, Verizon, and Microsoft reporting earnings.  As we predicted, there’re a lot of positives...

T-Mobile US launches free robocall blocking

T-Mobile US has launched a new, free robocall blocking service for its users. "Scam Shield" makes use of the STIR/SHAKEN framework for call authentication to help users weigh whether or not to answer a given call. T-Mobile US will start the service on July...

Ericsson to support Omantel 5G network expansion

Omantel has added 77 new 5G sites since February Ericsson will be working with Omantel, Oman’s primary internet service provider, to support the Sultanate’s ongoing 5G radio access network (RAN) deployment plans at key locations across Oman, including Salalah, Nizwa and Sur. The deployment on Omantel’s...

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