Tag: 5G Network

Verizon and Boingo will bring millimeter wave 5G inside buildings

Up until now, the two biggest knocks against Verizon’s millimeter wave-based 5G have been its tiny coverage areas and inability to reach inside buildings. Today, the carrier announced that it’s working to solve both issues in partnership with Boingo Wireless, which already offers wireless coverage inside buildings and will help Verizon bring 5G to a […]

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Ookla: Early U.S. 5G is up to 7.5 times faster than 4G with Qualcomm’s X50

If you’ve been wondering how much additional speed 5G devices are already delivering for early U.S. adopters, Speedtest developer Ookla is ready to quantify the numbers, and they’re impressive: Devices using Qualcomm’s first-generation Snapdragon X50 modem achieved up to 750% faster 5G speeds than 4G/LTE in July 2019, and new technologies in its next-generation X55 […]

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Russian carriers and Qualcomm build Europe’s first 5G mmWave network

Until now, European and Asian mobile carriers have focused most of their 5G network development resources on so-called sub-6GHz radio frequencies — ones similar to what’s been used by 4G networks. But that’s about to change thanks to Russian carriers and Qualcomm, which today announced a collaboration on Europe’s first millimeter wave 5G network, planned […]

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AT&T adds New York City to 5G list, promises expanded coverage

AT&T’s millimeter wave-focused 5G network has continued to be somewhat mysterious since it launched in late December 2018, but the top U.S. carrier has continued to expand its coverage since then. Today, AT&T is adding New York City to its list of 5G cities, albeit with the typical caveats: The network’s footprint is limited for […]

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Verizon’s dumb new ‘unlimited’ plans could hobble it in the 5G era

One year ago, Verizon seemed poised to define 5G cellular technology for the entire world. By January 2018’s CES, the company was already working on becoming the first major carrier to deploy a commercial 5G network, which it followed up by identifying its first 5G home broadband cities, later revealing its first mobile 5G device — Motorola’s […]

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Verizon CEO expects 5G in 50% of U.S. land by 2020, 50% of phones by 2024

While AT&T and T-Mobile have both committed to nationwide rollouts of 5G cellular technology next year, an interview with Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg this morning suggests that 5G may actually take considerably longer than that to spread to customers. However, the prickly nature of the interview with CNBC’s David Faber this morning may have done […]

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Verizon brings 5G to Atlanta, Detroit, Indianapolis, and Washington D.C.

Verizon may have been the first to launch 5G home broadband in the United States, and one of the world’s first carriers to offer commercial mobile 5G to paying customers, but its early 5G networks have been limited in both cities and coverage. That’s improving somewhat today with the addition of four new mobile 5G […]

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U.S. DOJ approves T-Mobile-Sprint merger, states maintain antitrust suit

After a long and winding process that ultimately required signoffs from two U.S. federal agencies and the divestment of key assets, T-Mobile’s $26 billion merger with rival Sprint has officially won approval from the Department of Justice, which had opposed the deal until now. The decision was announced this morning by the agency’s antitrust head Makan […]

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T-Mobile’s $5 billion asset sale will make Dish a weak 4th place carrier

It’s no secret that T-Mobile and Sprint have spent more than a year trying to win regulatory approval for their merger, or that they were willing to do practically anything officials asked in order to make it happen. FCC commissioners wanted guaranteed nationwide 5G coverage, including rural and underserved communities — they got it. Then […]

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Verizon releases Inseego’s 5G MiFi hotspot as a nationwide exclusive

Inseego’s MiFi portable hotspots have been popular with users for years, enabling laptops, tablets, and prior-generation phones to access the latest cellular networks using Wi-Fi connections. Today, Verizon announced an exclusive deal to sell Inseego’s 5G model, the MiFi M1000, to customers nationwide, enabling users in five cities today — and a promised 30 by […]

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Poland plans tighter 5G security standards, may curtail Huawei

(Reuters) — Poland has proposed tightening its cyber security standards and could ban certain products or suppliers from key parts of a future 5G network, the country’s digital ministry said in a document published on Wednesday. The proposals, sent to the European Commission on July 15, come after assessments conducted by European states amid an […]

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U.K. clears Huawei to supply some 5G gear as U.S. prepares to ease ban

Huawei’s reputation may have been irrevocably damaged by accusations of espionage, but the Chinese manufacturer appears poised to regain some of its business in both the United Kingdom and United States — albeit under continued clouds of suspicion. A key U.K. parliamentary committee is now recommending that Huawei’s gear be allowed at the edges of […]

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T-Mobile tees up 600MHz 5G launch with first commercial modem data session

While competitors focused their earliest 5G efforts on short-range millimeter wave hardware, T-Mobile steadfastly maintained that its strategy — blanket the U.S. with long-range 600MHz 5G coverage and then boost speeds with 2.5GHz and millimeter wave as needed — was a better approach to achieving truly nationwide 5G coverage. Today, the carrier took a major […]

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Monaco debuts Europe’s first nationwide 5G network, using Huawei gear

While several European countries have launched early 5G networks in parts of multiple cities, none has achieved full nationwide coverage — until now. The small but wealthy principality of Monaco today has a comprehensive 5G network courtesy of local carrier Monaco Telecom, which notably relied on Huawei’s controversial 5G hardware to achieve the feat. Initially, […]

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Telecom Italia unveils 5G data plans, expects 120-city coverage by 2021

(Reuters) — Italy’s biggest phone company, Telecom Italia (TIM), plans to extend 5G services to six more Italian cities as well as dozens of tourist spots and business hubs by the end of the year. The former monopoly unveiled its 5G mobile services plan on Friday. It is also negotiating with rival Vodafone to share […]

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Deutsche Telekom debuts 5G in Germany as Vodafone UK offers unlimited plans

Europe may have lagged behind the United States and South Korea in early 5G network launches due to regulatory hurdles, but top carriers are now making up for lost time with aggressive moves across the continent. In Germany, Deutsche Telekom unexpectedly commenced commercial 5G service in two cities today, while rival Vodafone announced unlimited 4G/5G service […]

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The U.S. now has 4 live 5G networks, but good luck actually using them

As the first half of 2019 came to a close, every major cellular carrier in the United States was officially offering 5G service to customers: just days after blasting rivals AT&T and Verizon for lying about their limited 5G offerings, T-Mobile commenced initial service on June 28, becoming the last U.S. national carrier to launch 5G. The good […]

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SK Telecom signs 5G and 6G R&D deals with Ericsson, Nokia, and Samsung

While 5G networks are just beginning to go live across the world, South Korean carrier SK Telecom is already working to guarantee its role in the next-generation cellular technology expected in 2030: 6G. Today, the carrier announced that it has signed memorandums of understanding with network hardware providers Ericsson, Nokia, and Samsung to conduct joint […]

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Ericsson updates 5G cell tower software to improve speed and coverage

Only a few companies are making the 5G cell tower hardware that will connect billions of devices to next-generation cellular networks, so when one of them issues a major software update, it can impact a huge number of people. That’s why Ericsson’s announcement today of “cutting-edge Standalone New Radio (NR) software” is actually a big […]

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AT&T declares itself ‘world leader’ in 5G despite 0 consumer devices

AT&T said that it launched a 12-city commercial 5G network at the end of last year, but after six months, the silence from actual AT&T 5G customers has been deafening: The company said it upped the tally to 19 cities and even hit 2Gbps peak speeds in April but, unlike rivals Verizon and Sprint, has zero […]

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