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T-Mobile/Sprint merger reportedly hinges on Dish assets

T-Mobile’s merger with Sprint may have the FCC backing it needs to become a reality, but prolonged negotiations with the U.S. Department of Justice are dragging the process out, the Wall Street Journal reports today, as the parties work to set terms for the transfer of certain assets to a future competitor, Dish Network. While all […]

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Ookla: As 5G dawns, U.S. mobile download speeds jump, uploads stay slow

As all four major U.S. cellular carriers begin their transition from 4G to 5G technologies, there’s good and bad news for users of mobile devices: Download speeds are beginning to climb sharply, but upload speeds remain terrible, leaving the country even further behind global rivals. That’s the marquee finding of a new Speedtest report today […]

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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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In push to replace Huawei, rural U.S. carriers are talking with Nokia and Ericsson

(Reuters) — About a dozen rural U.S. telecom carriers that depend on Huawei for network gear are in discussions with its biggest rivals, Ericsson and Nokia, to replace their Chinese equipment, sources familiar with the matter said. The carriers, which include Pine Belt in Alabama, and Union Wireless in Wyoming, are seeking discounted pricing and […]

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T-Mobile blasts AT&T and Verizon for ‘outright lies about 5G’

AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint have all launched early 5G networks and devices in the United States, leaving T-Mobile as the only major U.S. carrier without a presence in the growing market — but T-Mobile CEO John Legere doesn’t see it that way. His two bigger rivals have launched millimeter wave 5G networks that are limited […]

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Opensignal: Early 5G delivers 112Mbps average and 988Mbps peak speeds

Though several of the world’s earliest next-generation cellular carriers have revealed their peak 5G network speeds, others have relied on vague promises of “blazing fast” performance to set customer expectations. Today, crowdsourced network coverage service Opensignal is actually quantifying early 5G service performance in the first country with “widespread 5G adoption” — South Korea — […]

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SaT5G shows satellite-based 5G services for planes and rural areas

If you’ve been following the launches of next-generation 5G cellular networks, you probably know that their most heavily marketed advantages involve radically improving speeds  — a historic weakness of satellite-based communications solutions. But the European Commission-backed SaT5G Consortium has spent the last two years working on ways to keep satellites relevant in the 5G era, […]

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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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AT&T kills Samsung Galaxy Fold orders, offers Galaxy S10 5G only to businesses

AT&T has some bad news for serious Samsung fans: the carrier’s pre-orders for the troubled Galaxy Fold have been cancelled, and though Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S10 5G will be available next week, AT&T will sell it only to businesses. In other words, average people will need to find another carrier — such as Verizon — […]

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Alexa users in the U.K. can now call Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. for free

Good news for Vodafone U.K. customers who have Alexa-enabled devices on hand: Soon, they’ll be able to tap their mobile plans to make and receive calls from smart speakers, smart displays, and more with Amazon’s voice assistant. Amazon today announced that starting this week, eligible subscribers can link their mobile accounts to dial numbers hands-free. […]

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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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Apple raises iPhone cellular download bar to a still-miserly 200MB

Back when downloads from Apple’s own servers were iPhone users’ biggest hits on cellular networks, the company set cellular download limits to ease the strain on carrier partners: 10MB, then 20MB, then 50MB early in the 4G era, jumping to 100MB in 2013 and 150MB in 2017. This week, the company has again modestly raised […]

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Sprint begins 5G service in Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, and Kansas City

Sprint announced today that it has turned on its 5G network in parts of four U.S. cities: Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and Kansas City. The carrier beat its previously announced May 31 deadline by a day, while maintaining that it will commence service in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. “in […]

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