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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...

Editorial Report: The benefits of bringing 5G NR into unlicensed spectrum

LAA proved a major boom for operators looking to max out the capabilities of LTE networks. Similarly, MulteFire sparked significant interest in using cellular in unlicensed for private networking purposes. Now, as 5G is evolving and scaling, bringing the latest generation of cellular into unlicensed...

Editorial Webinar: The benefits of bringing 5G NR into unlicensed spectrum

LAA proved a major boom for operators looking to max out the capabilities of LTE networks. Similarly, MulteFire sparked significant interest in using cellular in unlicensed for private networking purposes. Now, as 5G is evolving and scaling, bringing the latest generation of cellular into unlicensed...

Dish-backed firms lose $3.3 billion in bidding credits, FCC confirms

The ruling "will no doubt complicate our efforts, but it will not affect our resolve," says Ergen The Federal Communications Commission has affirmed an earlier decision which found that two companies essentially posed as independent small businesses in order to receive discounted spectrum prices on...

Brazil’s Claro to launch 5G in 12 new cities before end-2020

  Brazilian mobile operator Claro, owned by Mexican telecommunications group America Movil, announced plans to expand its 5G service in 12 additional cities before the end of the year. Claro’s 5G service will reach Brasília, Porto Alegre, Goiânia, São Luís, Manaus, Belém, Guarulhos, Santos, Santo André,...

Anritsu Webinar: 5G Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS) Technology and Device Testing

Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (DSS) is a key feature existing 4G LTE cellular operators can utilize to augment their migration to 5G NR. Learn about the key concepts of DSS including the benefits and trade offs it brings. Learn about the critical need for testing...

Only 18% of US consumers aware of different types of 5G spectrum: study

  Only 18% of U.S. consumers have heard of and understand the difference between the 5G network band types such as mid-band or high-band (Millimeter Wave) currently available in the U.S., according to the latest Mobile Connectivity Report from NPD’s Connected Intelligence. The report also showed...

IWCE Virtual: PSSA calls for 4.9 GHz to be added to FirstNet’s spectrum

A new advocacy group is calling for additional spectrum to be assigned to the FirstNet Authority for exclusive use public safety, saying that the spectrum could eventually help support public safety use of 5G. In a discussion as part of this week's IWCE Virtual event,...

NTIA looks at more midband spectrum for potential sharing

NTIA: 3450-3550 MHz "is a good candidate for potential spectrum sharing" In its hunt for additional midband spectrum that could be cleared or shared to make more room for mobile networks, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration says has identified a "good candidate": Spectrum from...

MTN launches commercial 5G network in South Africa

MTN using DSS to deliver 4G and 5G in the same band South African operator MTN announced the launch of its 5G network in the country, with the initial deployment of 100 5G sites. The network currently covers areas of Johannesburg and Cape Town, as well...

Cable providers, MNOs and others qualified to bid in CBRS auction

PAL auction to start July 23 Mobile network operators, cable companies and network providers large and small are set to compete for spectrum in the upcoming Citizens Broadband Radio Service spectrum auction, and they're being joined by universities, oil and gas companies and other unconventional...

FCC set to grant Ligado its long-awaited permission for a 5G network, over Pentagon pushback

  The Federal Communications Commission is set to vote on granting Ligado Networks permission to use its midband spectrum holdings to deploy a combined satellite-and-terrestrial network for private 5G and industrial internet of things services. The FCC said it was circulating a draft order to approve...

FCC grants NYFD expanded T-Band access

  The Federal Communications Commission has granted the Fire Department of New York expanded access to low-band spectrum in the New York metro area for public safety communications. The T-Band use will allow FDNY to expand capacity and coverage of its existing T-Band network to...

Editorial Report: Dynamic Spectrum Sharing – Driving 5G to Scale

    The vision of 5G is cloud-native networks automatically delivering capacity on-demand. The reality, however, is that most operators are taking an incremental approach to cloudification and trying to understand where to direct capex given the need for holistic modernization in addition to...

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

According to GSMA, North America is winning the worldwide 5G race. However, China last year, debuted what was considered by some to be the largest 5G network rollout in the world. Different regulations, spectrum availability and customer demands mean that no two 5G rollouts are...

Supercharging venue broadband with millimeter wave 5G

  Mix of 5G spectrum assets leading to operator-specific approach to venue eMBB investments Large venues like transportation hubs, arenas and stadiums have long been a focus of carrier investment not just to meet ever-increasing mobile data demands but also to showcase technological advances. The recent...

T-Mo granted access to more 600 MHz as part of FCC’s coronavirus response

  The Federal Communications Commission has temporarily granted T-Mobile US special access to more of the 600 MHz band, to help meet increased demand for mobile broadband by consumers and first responders during the ongoing outbreak of the novel coronavirus. T-Mobile US said that it wanted...

Rohde & Schwarz Application Card: Automated spectrum clearance in LTE and 5G mobile networks

Interference that can degrade capacity and quality of service is becoming ever more troublesome as operators roll out 5G NR using new bands that previously contained other services. This is particularly important for the rollout of 5G NR because of its demanding use cases...

Editorial Webinar: Dynamic spectrum sharing: Driving 5G to scale

Previous generational upgrade cycles required operators to undertake the expensive, time-consuming process of spectrum refarming. But, for 5G, dynamic spectrum sharing allows carriers to side-step that process by transmitting LTE and 5G NR in the same band at the same time. DSS, coupled with the...

AT&T reducing 4G spectrum use ahead of low-band 5G launches, OpenSignal finds

Where might AT&T launch low-band 5G next? OpenSignal has some guesses If a U.S. carrier wants to launch sub-6 GHz 5G service to establish a significant coverage layer, right now they have to do so by working from their existing spectrum portfolio and in some...

Kagan: How new T-Mobile, Sprint combo will impact wireless industry

The T-Mobile, Sprint merger dragged on for far too long. Congratulations to both for finally getting it done. So, what’s next? What can we expect? What does the merger mean for these two companies and for the wireless industry as a whole? You may...

mmWave auction’s assignment phase concludes

The third U.S. millimeter wave auction is complete The Federal Communications Commission's third millimeter wave spectrum auction has concluded, and the agency is expected to release the names of winning bidders in the coming days. The first, clock-bidding-based phase of the auction raised a little more...

FCC gives CBRS the nod for full commercial deployment

PAL auction scheduled to begin in June The Federal Communications Commission officially gave the nod yesterday for full commercial deployment in the Citizens Broadband Radio Service shared spectrum, certifying CommScope, Federated Wireless, Google and Sony as Spectrum Access System administrators for a five-year period. The FCC...

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