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Verizon expands its 5G network and home internet offering

Verizon's 5G millimeter wave network is now available in 82 cities, and its 5G Home Internet coverage now reaches 57 cities Last week, Verizon announced the expansion of its 5G millimeter wave (mmWave) — branded as Ultra Wideband (UWB)— to a total of 82 cities,...

Verizon and Samsung racing to build C Band vRAN 5G network (Analyst Angle)

While the media is abuzz with the news of Samsung Foldable smartphones, being a network engineer at heart, I am more excited about Verizon and Samsung’s recent announcement about the successful completion of 5G virtual RAN (vRAN) trials using the C Band spectrum. Verizon’s...

How will C Band fit into the future of Verizon 5G Home service?

Verizon recently hit 4.3 Gbps in C Band, millimeter wave aggregation lab trial As the carrier preps to deploy its massive haul of C Band spectrum, Verizon Consumer Group CEO Ronan Dunne recently discussed what that means for the future of the company’s 5G Home...

Qualcomm X65 poised to push 5G to 10 Gbps

Qualcomm 4th generation 5G modem-RF system sampling now; device launches potentially coming this year For several days Qualcomm reps have been teasing new product announcements, asking "What's next in 5G?" The question was answered this morning with the announcement of the X65 5G Modem-RF System,...

Are mmWave bands cost-effective? ‘Absolutely,’ says GSMA Intelligence (Analyst Angle)

Defying all the naysayers, when ultimately mmWave bands were proven to be well suited for 5G networks, the biggest question on everybody’s mind was, whether they are cost-effective for building large scale networks. GSMA Intelligence (GSMA-I), the market analysis wing of the operator industry...

The vital role of microwave and millimeter wave for backhauling 5G traffic (Analyst Angle)

5G is set to have a significant impact on backhaul networks in the coming years. From ABI Research’s own research on the top 30 markets, 5G mobile subscriptions are expected to grow by a 41.2% Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) between 2021 and 2027,...

What does TIP’s mmWave testing tell us about indoor 5G?

The Telecom Infra Project performed testing last year specifically looking at penetration losses in indoor environments at 28 GHz and 60 GHz. TIP's testing gives some insights into the challenge of achieving outdoor-in coverage for 5G at millimeter-wave frequencies, but also paints an intriguing...

T-Mo’s Neville Ray says Verizon’s mmWave-first 5G strategy ‘will come back to haunt them’

Analysts pressed Verizon on millimeter wave 5G network coverage during sell-side analyst meeting T-Mobile US Vice President of Technology Neville Ray is confident in the carrier’s 5G “coverage leadership.” Speaking recently at the virtual BCG/New Street Research 5G Conference, Ray touted the reach of T-Mo’s...

Qualcomm CEO calls 2020 an ‘extraordinary year’ as company reports huge Q4

RF front-end business sees significant year-over-year gains with global mmWave investments creating growth tailwinds Reporting its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2020 results on Wednesday, Qualcomm Incorporated CEO Steve Mollenkopf reflected on an “extraordinary year” both in terms of transitioning the company’s 40,000-plus workforce to...

Kagan: Industry analyst on Qualcomm 5G Summit 2020

Last week I virtually attended the Qualcomm 5G Summit 2020, which is their annual conference where they talk about what they have accomplished in the past year, where they are today and what their plans are going forward. Let me share a few key...

Qualcomm’s new RAN chipsets to accelerate migration toward Open RANs (Analyst Angle)

Earlier this week, Qualcomm announced new chipsets for Virtualized Radio Access Network (vRAN) and open networks, adding to its existing small cell chipset product line (Qualcomm 5G Radio Access Network (RAN) for small cells). Specifically, the announcement focused on the following domains: The Qualcomm...

Verizon sees 5G mobility revenue in 2021, MEC revenue in 2022

Verizon CEO says with 5G in place, mission is to sell Last week with the launch of the iPhone 12 line up, Verizon turned on nationwide 5G and is continuing to deploy its millimeter wave spectrum in urban cores, stadiums and other high-traffic areas. The operator...

Getting the 5G band together (Reader Forum)

The success of 5G for both mobile and fixed wireless access will be built on deployment in wide contiguous blocks of spectrum. 5G extends the catalogue of applicable frequency bands compared to previous cellular network generations, bringing together new spectrum and the re-use of...

IAB with self-interference cancellation–no hassle way to expand 5G coverage (Analyst Angle)

Many 5G operators are quickly realizing that Integrated Access Backhauls (IABs) are an ideal solution to expand 5G coverage. This is even more important for operators such as Verizon and AT&T, who are primarily utilizing millimeter Wave (mmWave) bands for 5G. As I explained...

T-Mobile expands mid-band 5G; Verizon adds 5G FWA markets

Twin Cities latest to get Verizon's mmWave 5G Home service As U.S. carriers invest in both 5G network expansions and new services built on the network, both T-Mobile US and Verizon made announcements today with the former lighting up its 2.5 GHz spectrum in 121...

As FirstNet gets 5G-ready, first responder network approaches 1.5 million connections

AT&T SVP John Stephens updates on DSS, mmWave and 5G Speaking this week at the virtual Oppenheimer Technology, Internet and Communication Conference, AT&T SVP and CFO John Stephens provided a wide-ranging update on the company's efforts to land subscribers to its dedicated public safety network,...

Qualcomm stock jumps on multi-year licensing deal with Huawei

660 5G designs announced or in development Following the Wednesday announcement of its third quarter earnings and detailing a multi-year agreement with Huawei, Qualcomm stock jumped more than 12% at its height. The San Diego-based company turned in revenue above the midpoint of prior guidance...

IAB–the cost-effective solution to quickly expand 5G mmWave coverage (Analyst Angle)

One of the exciting features the recently finalized 3GPP Rel. 16 brings to 5G is the support for Integrated Access Backhaul (IAB). IABs have the potential to be a game-changer, especially for millimeter Wave (mmWave) deployments by solving the key challenge of backhaul. However,...

Opensignal analyzes US carriers’ 5G networks, decides winners

Opensignal analyzed user experience across three 5G measures In order to assess the current state of 5G services in the U.S., Opensignal presented its first-ever 5G awards after analyzing users' experiences across three 5G measures: the average speed of the 5G connection when users have...

5G operator dilemma: Focus on coverage or capacity? (Analyst Angle)

5G has seen unprecedented traction; many flagship devices are already in the market, and many more are on the way, including the much-rumored and anticipated iPhone 5G. After the excitement of limited initial launches, when operators are starting the large-scale deployments, the basic question...

The Sunday Brief: Deloitte talks wireless adoption rates

Greetings from Lake Norman, North Carolina, where temperatures are not waiting for the official start of summer (June 20) – school is out, commute times are more often measured in feet for many of us than miles, and many boats and swimmers (as pictured)...

Does COVID-19 change millimeter wave 5G deployment strategies?

Verizon CFO talks millimeter wave 5G, DSS and mid-band With COVID-19-related restrictions emptying out central business districts, shopping centers and large public venues, there has been discussion in the telecom industry around whether millimeter wave 5G investments, designed to support user-dense areas, will continue at...

What’s the global outlook for mmWave 5G in 2020?

Beyond the U.S., mmWave 5G auctions coming up in key mobile markets While U.S. operators AT&T and Verizon went to market with millimeter wave-based mobile and fixed 5G services, most other operators used mid-band spectrum in the 3.4 GHz to 3.6 GHz range, providing an...

Huawei P40 powered by Kirin 990 lacks key 5G features (Analyst Angle)

The Chinese telecom giant Huawei unveiled its latest flagship smartphone lineup, the P40 today. Its usual pompous, glitter-filled launch event was sadly replaced by a somber online event because of the COVID19 situation. As one would expect, the P40 lineup, powered by Kirin 990...

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