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Deutsche Telekom starts using 700 MHz frequencies for 5G

Deutsche Telekom said that over 67,000 antennas are already transmitting 5G across the country German telco Deutsche Telekom said it is using spectrum in the 700 MHz range for the provision of 5G for the first time. The European operator said that the use of the...

Cellcom launches 5G network in northeastern Wisconsin

Cellcom, the wireless subsidiary of telecommunications provider Nsight, has officially launched a 5G network in northeastern Wisconsin, covering customers in parts of the Brown, Shawano and Langlade counties. Cellcom CEO Brighid Riordan has been vocal about the need to provide better connectivity to rural communities...

Ericsson, Nex-Tech are ‘removing barriers’ in rural Kansas with 5G partnership

Headquartered in Hays, Kansas, Nex-Tech Wireless is considered to be an early adopter of 5G in rural America Ericsson is extending its relationship with Nex-Tech Wireless to bring commercial 5G services to rural Kansas. Nex-Tech’s 5G Non-Standalone (NSA) network uses Ericsson’s 5G Evolved Packet Core,...

MultiTech’s CBRS Wi-Fi AP empowers rural schools, communities to provide high-speed connectivity

In 2016, data showed that more than 34 million people, as a result of where they live, do not have access to decent broadband service Multi-Tech Systems released a Wi-Fi Access Point (AP) that will enable one-to-many connectivity to families with more than one child...

T-Mobile users saw improved 5G availability, latency on SA network: Study

T-Mobile users in rural areas were impacted the most from transition to SA 5G In August of 2020, T-Mobile US claimed a world’s first with the launch of a nationwide standalone (SA) 5G network that uses its 600 MHz spectrum. Launched its 2019, T-Mo’s 600...

Will midband spectrum fend off 5G challenges from LEO satellites?

The first phase of the C Band auction, which involved spectrum between 3.3–4.2 GHz, wrapped up in mid-January, raking in an astounding $80.92 billion in bids, making it the most profitable spectrum auction in history. According to Stealth Communications’ President & CEO Shrihari Pandit, there...

Well, technically… 96% of the US is rural: Heather ‘Mo’ Williams, CommScope (Ep. 3)

On this episode of Well, technically... the tech podcast where women do the explaining, Heather 'Mo' Williams, network solutions analyst at CommScope, discusses Wi-Fi 6E, the challenge of bringing connectivity to rural America and her love of honey badgers.

Things to know about the Rural 5G Fund (Part 2)

In April, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai put forward a proposal for a $9 billion Rural 5G Fund that aims to “help ensure that rural Americans enjoy the same benefits from our increasingly digital economy as their urban counterparts—more than 200 million of...

Using 5G to ‘unleash’ the power of farming

CISCO: '5G can really unleash a farm’s power' As John Deere’s Director of Intelligent Solutions Nancy Post has explained to Enterprise IoT Insights, connected farming is becoming a more popular endeavor for the modern farmer, and as smart farming gains attention, technologies like artificial intelligence,...

T-Mobile US turns up nationwide 5G on 600 MHz

T-Mobile US has revved up 5G New Radio on its 600 MHz spectrum and will officially begin offering customers access on Friday, with two 5G devices available for pre-sale this week and coverage that spreads deep into suburban and rural areas of America. T-Mobile US...

OpenSignal examines speed, latency and the rural/urban mobile digital divide

Alaska rural users had the highest latency among the 50 states, followed by Montana rural users Hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars are being allocated toward improving rural connectivity, with the Federal Communications Commission last week announcing a sixth wave of funded projects from the...

DOJ touts T-Mobile/Sprint merger as big win for rural America

Seventeen state attorneys general have sued to block the T-Mobile/Sprint merger The T-Mobile/Sprint merger, the subject of a great deal of push back before finally receiving the green light in July, is now being touted as a big “win” for rural America according to a...

Carriers will spend $20B on rural cell sites globally this year, ABI says

Network operators will spend more than $20 billion this year on rural cell sites on a global basis, up 1.2% from 2018, according to a recent report from ABI Research. "Mobile operators are responding to local community and state regulatory pressure to ensure mobile cellular...

Alphabet’s Loon brings on former telecom execs to advise

Alphabet's Loon, which focuses on bringing balloon-based connectivity to remote areas, is adding former telecom executives from some of the largest mobile operators to a new advisory board focused on commercialization and network operator partnerships. The three founding members of Loon's new advisory board include...

FCC extends Mobility Fund II challenge period

Mobility Fund II challenge period extended through Nov. 26 The Federal Communications Commission has officially given rural wireless operators additional time to file challenges to the FCC's current mobile network coverage maps. Challengers can now submit data through November 26. Those maps will determine where up...

California’s research network connects science and community

An interview with CENIC CEO Louis Fox reveals the interconnectedness and importance of broadband and wireless to researchers and community at large. CENIC — the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California — wants to connect the state of California into one giant wireless mesh network. With...

FCC approves 220 bidders for CAF II auction

CAF II auction will begin July 24 and award nearly $2 billion over 10 years The Federal Communications Commission has approved 220 bidders to participate in the upcoming Connect American Fund II auction, aimed at expanding rural connectivity by awarding up to $1.98 billion over...

Telstra starts deployments of satellite-based small cells in Australia

Telstra said its new offering will allow customers in remote areas to have access to mobile coverage Australian telco Telstra has launched a new small cell offering targeting remote areas in the country. The new solution, dubbed the Telstra 4GX-lite mobile satellite small cell, will allow...

David vs. Goliath: Rural ISPs fight CBRS rule changes

If FCC changes rules, rural fixed wireless service providers say they would be priced out of CBRS spectrum Only on the job for a month, and already Claude Aiken is playing David to mobile carriers' Goliath.  Aiken, who became the president and CEO of the...

T-Mobile US will pay $40 million for rural call failures, false rings

T-Mobile US will pay a $40 million fine and admit fault in a settlement involving failure to complete rural calls while inserting illegal false rings so that it appeared to consumers that the calls were going through. The settlement is the result of a Federal...

T-Mobile US asks FCC for OK to buy 700 MHz licenses for rural coverage

New licenses would support T-Mobile LTE coverage in parts of Wyoming and Idaho In it's continuing effort to boost rural coverage, T-Mobile US is asking for the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to give its consent to a proposed purchased of 700 MHz licenses from Silver...

T-Mobile US expands in Iowa with iWireless purchase

T-Mobile US picks up remaining interest in regional carrier Iowa Wireless T-Mobile US is expanding its footprint in the Midwest by buying out the remaining interest in regional carrier Iowa Wireless. iWireless, as it's called, was founded in 1997 and is a partnership between T-Mobile...

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