Tag: 5G Network

Hands-on: OnePlus 7 Pro 5G burns 4G iPhone 11 Pro in highway speed test

Over the past two years, it’s become clear to every smartphone maker that 5G networks are about to dramatically improve the cellular speeds people see every day: roughly 10 times faster downloads than 4G at first, with the promise of upload and further download speed improvements in the very near future. When I reviewed Apple’s […]

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Huawei hits record 5G speed of 3.67Gbps on live Swiss C-Band network

While most United States-based carriers initially focused on launching 5G networks based on short-distance millimeter wave hardware, Asian and European carriers have deployed 5G using “sub-6GHz” radio frequencies — longer-range signals that might compromise on speed. But Huawei today announced that it’s achieved a 5G download speed milestone without using millimeter wave: 3.67 Gigabytes per […]

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NTT Docomo’s bullet train mmWave 5G test speeds past 1Gbps

One of the few remaining questions regarding millimeter wave-based 5G networks is whether they’ll be able to deliver cellular service to fast-moving vehicles such as cars, subway trains, and conventional trains. The answer is “yes,” suggests top Japanese carrier NTT Docomo, which today announced successful completion of an impressive stress test: a multi-base station hand-off […]

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Korea’s KT offers 5G roaming in China, Finland, Italy, and Switzerland

Coinciding with a milestone — successfully signing up 1 million of its own 5G customers — South Korean carrier KT announced (via MobileWorldLive) that it’s expanding its already impressive unlimited 5G service plan, enabling its users to access 5G networks in China, Finland, Italy, and Switzerland. The multi-carrier deal demonstrates the rapidly widening growth of […]

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NTT Docomo moves up Japan-wide 5G to June 2020, offers early access

Shortly after smaller rival Softbank said that it is accelerating its Japanese 5G network deployment by two years, targeting 60% population coverage by 2023, top carrier NTT Docomo confirmed that it’s also pushing up its 5G rollout plans. It now plans to have 5G base stations in all 47 Japanese prefectures by the end of […]

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SoftBank reportedly accelerates Japan’s 5G network plans by 2 years

While carriers in other countries quickly sped up their 5G network rollouts to take advantage of early ratification of the international 5G standard, Japan largely stood still on its plan for a 2020 initial deployment timed to coincide with next year’s Summer Olympics in Tokyo. But Japanese carriers are now beginning to move up their […]

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Qualcomm promises more affordable 5G chips and longer-range mmWave in 2020

On the running list of issues with early 5G devices, high prices and inconsistent millimeter wave performance have emerged as non-trivial concerns for both consumers and carriers — problems that chip and device makers will need to solve. Today, Qualcomm announced that it’s tackling these issues with several new 5G components, all of which will […]

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Verizon’s bizarre 5G rollout now covers some seats in 13 NFL stadiums

Rolling out a 5G network isn’t as easy as it sounds: Between the challenges of local approvals, physically climbing towers to install new radio hardware, and getting compatible handsets into consumers’ hands, the process can take longer than expected — and yield less-than-impressive results. As I’ve followed Verizon’s 5G rollout, I’ve kept these practical factors […]

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Sprint’s OnePlus 7 Pro 5G lets you experience 2020’s ‘typical’ 5G today

Blame the overaggressive marketers. Last year, they claimed that 5G cellular networks would launch with unthinkably fast speeds, putting home broadband power into your pocket even before there were use cases to properly exploit it. It didn’t actually go that way. While 5G has launched across multiple countries, most carriers aren’t using insanely fast, short-distance millimeter […]

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Sprint brings 5G to LA, NYC, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C.

Though Sprint’s 5G network has been slated to merge with T-Mobile’s since before either company actually commenced 5G service, delays in merger approval have forced each carrier to separately launch new network assets. Today, Sprint announced that it’s launching 5G in several major cities — Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. — the […]

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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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