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Indian government approves extension for 5G trials

Indian operators Reliance Jio Infocomm, Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Idea have received a six-month extension from the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to conduct 5G trials, according to local press reports. With this extension, the carriers will be able to carry out 5G trials until May...

FCC takes another look at spectrum for drones

The Federal Communications Commission is taking a fresh look at a proceeding that asks the agency to set aside a spectrum allocation for the operation of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or drones, in the 5 GHz range. The agency is revisiting a 2018 petition...

LG demos terahertz data transmission

Korean tech company LG Electronics said it has successfully demonstrated the transmission and reception of wireless "6G" terahertz (THz) data over 100 meters in an outdoor setting. 6G systems do not technically exist because they have not yet been standardized, but terahertz frequencies -- beyond...

Verizon and Samsung complete fully virtualized 5G data session on C Band spectrum

Verizon added an average of 161 MHz of C Band spectrum nationwide to its portfolio, more than doubling its existing mid-band spectrum Using its recently acquired C Band spectrum, Verizon teamed up with Samsung Electronics on an end-to-end fully virtualized 5G data session in a...

#TBT: Racing to standardize IoT; FCC dips its toes into rural broadband; Dish eyes spectrum auctions … this week in 2014

Editor’s Note: RCR Wireless News goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate the top headlines from the past. Fire up the time machine, put on the sepia-tinted shades, set the date for #TBT and enjoy the memories! IoT consortia jockey...

Well, technically… wireless spectrum is like land: Aurora Insight’s Jennifer Alvarez (Ep. 40)

https://soundcloud.com/rcrwirelessnews/well-technically-wireless-spectrum-is-like-land-in-that-you-cant-make-more-of-it-ep-40/s-E6vccX3PTml Jennifer Alvarez, the co-founder and CEO at Aurora Insight shares details of the company's most recent satellite-based RF sensor launch and delves deeper into the importance of measuring and analyzing the global radio frequency environment.

Covid-19 pandemic could delay 5G launch in India: Bharti Airtel

The Covid-19 pandemic would potentially delay the launch of 5G technology in India, Gopal Vittal, CEO of Indian telecommunications company Bharti Airtel said during a press conference. India has been struggling for several months with a national wave of COVID-19 infections that has overwhelmed hospitals...

GSMA says 6 GHz is ‘perfect’ for 5G, urges governments to take more balanced approach

The GSMA believes that if governments fail to open larger amounts of spectrum in the 6 GHz range (5925-7125 MHz), the global future of 5G is at risk. In a recent statement issued with Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia and ZTE, the association asserted that “5G...

O2’s 5G network reaches 180 towns and cities in the UK

UK mobile operator O2, owned by Spanish telecommunications giant Telefonica, announced that its 5G network already reaches part of 180 towns and cities across the country. “O2 continued to invest in strengthening the network experience for its customers. The company secured a significant share of...

Verizon trials 5G mmWave, C-band aggregation, achieves 4.3 Gbps speeds

Verizon plans to cover 46 markets with 5G C-Band spectrum in the first quarter of 2022 Verizon, Ericsson and MediaTek conducted a recent lab trial, in which the group aggregated C-band spectrum with mmWave spectrum, achieving speeds of 4.3 Gbps. The trial follows Verizon’s deals...

French telcos had 13,322 operational 5G sites at end-April

France had a total of 24,219 5G authorized sites as of May 1, of which 13,332 were declared technically operational by the local mobile operators, according to the latest information provided by France’s spectrum agency ANFR. The agency said that almost all of the 5G...

Data demand is causing spectrum deficit; what can operators do?

Adding more spectrum and more cell sites can help operators overcome the deficit Consumer data demand is skyrocketing and is only expected to keep increasing in a 5G world. Spectrum to meet this demand, however, is not growing exponentially, giving rise to a significant...

Rakuten Mobile receives approval to expand 5G via 1.7GHz band

Japanese mobile operator Rakuten Mobile, a unit of e-commerce giant Rakuten, said it has received approval from the Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications for its special radio station deployment plan to expand 5G services in the 1.7 GHz frequency band. Following this approval, Rakuten...

Samsung carrier business settles in Australia with 5G mmWave solution in tow

The initial offerings will include the Samsung Compact Macro 5G mmWave radio solution Samsung Electronics Australia is opening its telecommunications networks operations, Samsung Networks Business, in Australia, with initial offerings including the company’s Compact Macro 5G millimeter-wave (mmWave) radio solution, which is functional in both 26GHz...

Bharti Airtel to sell ‘unutilized’ 800 MHz spectrum to Reliance Jio

Bharti Airtel signed a trading deal to sell 800 MHz spectrum in Andhra Pradesh (3.75 MHz), Delhi (1.25 MHz) and Mumbai (2.50 MHz) to rival Reliance Jio Infocomm. Bharti Airtel’s CEO Gopal Vittal explained that the sale will allow the company to “unlock value from...

Grain Management rounds up $3.75 billion for spectrum, telecom investments

Telecom-focused private equity company Grain Management says it has closed on $3.75 billion in funding in the past year, exceeding its targets for purchases of spectrum and other investments. Grain, founded in 2007, specializes in telecom infrastructure investments including fiber networks, wireless spectrum and...

Editorial Report: What’s the status of 5G globally? Spectrum, deployments and customer trends

Many expected 2020 to be the year of 5G. Then the pandemic hit. And now there’s talk of 2021 being the year of 5G. Where does 5G really stand globally? This report explores how different regulations, spectrum availability and customer demands impact the deployment and...

Editorial Webinar: What’s the status of 5G globally? Spectrum, deployments and customer trends

Many expected 2020 to be the year of 5G. Then the pandemic hit. And now there’s talk of 2021 being the year of 5G. Where does 5G really stand globally? This webinar explores how different regulations, spectrum availability and customer demands impact the deployment and...

Well, technically… it’s the amount of spectrum that is transformative: NCTA’s Danielle Piñeres (Ep. 35)

Danielle Piñeres is vice president & associate general counsel at NCTA where she focuses on wireless spectrum policy issues. On the latest episode of Well, technically... she discusses how the recently opened 5.9 and 6 GHz bands will impact the Wi-Fi landscape in the...

Qatar gives first steps to assign spectrum for Wi-Fi 6

Qatar’s Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) published a public consultation on its website related to the Wireless Local Area Network (Wi-Fi 6) and CRA's proposed policy for assigning the full frequency band (5925 - 7125 MHz) to this network. The regulator said it expects to receive...

FCC moves to put more midband spectrum in play

The Federal Communications Commission plans to hold an auction of spectrum at 3.45-3.55 GHz by the end of this year, putting additional midband spectrum in play for 5G services. Auction 110, set to begin in early October, will offer up to 100 megahertz of...

The Sunday Brief: I like big blocks and I cannot lie

End of February greetings from Charlotte/ Davidson/ Lake Norman, where spring is in the air.  Featured is our dog Abby, sporting her brand new T-Mobile pet bandana (free through their T-Mobile Tuesdays app).  Our household is an easy target for free stuff, and T-Mobile’s...

Verizon continues ‘aggressive’ 5G expansion, adds mmWave coverage in three more cities

Verizon has expanded access to its high-band 5G network in parts of Sacramento, Seattle and Pensacola, with customers in parts of Sacramento also receiving access to the carrier’s 5G Home Internet offering that was first launched in 2018. Kyle Malady, Verizon’s CTO, characterized the carrier’s...

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...

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