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Verizon sets Galaxy S10 5G date and names 20 cities, kills cheap 5G plan

Verizon today officially set the first U.S. release date for Samsung’s Galaxy S10 5G phone — May 16, 2019 — and named 20 additional 5G cities, while also announcing changes to its 5G data plans. The standout change: there are now only two 5G plans, down from three before, and the least expensive option is […]

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AT&T expects 5G plans to use broadband-like speed tiers by 2022

Unlike competitors Verizon and T-Mobile, AT&T hasn’t been shy about pushing the pricing envelope for 5G services, and the company is already anticipating a new pricing model over the next few years. During a Q1 2019 earnings call today, AT&T executives offered precious little insight into their 5G plans, except to predict that 5G services […]

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FCC will start final 24GHz 5G bidding May 3, aims to top $2 billion

The FCC’s seemingly interminable 5G spectrum auctioning process has dragged on for months, as carriers have bid for region-specific licenses to transmit on 28GHz or 24GHz millimeter wave frequencies. Having already locked in $1.988 billion in 24GHz spectrum bids, the agency announced that it will begin the auction’s “assignment phase” on May 3, upping the […]

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China joins 5G race with 8K 3D livestream of 30,000-person marathon

While U.S. and South Korean wireless carriers have already launched early commercial 5G cellular networks, Chinese carriers are still running tests and setting up infrastructure ahead of launches. In an atypically wide public demonstration of what 5G will make possible for virtual reality livestreams, carrier China Unicom used a 45-kilometer 5G network to broadcast a […]

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FCC plans December 37-47GHz 5G auction, $20 billion rural internet fund

Two long-anticipated 5G announcements are set to become official today, as FCC Chairman Ajit Pai plans to announce three new millimeter wave spectrum auctions for later this year, and the creation of a government fund to improve broadband service in rural areas. The announcements, previewed by Pai in a statement to media, will be formalized […]

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T-Mobile promises 5G will cover 99% of California homes after Sprint merger

While T-Mobile’s merger with Sprint continues to await final federal regulatory approvals — notably focusing on whether the $26 billion deal will decrease cellular competition — California has negotiated written guarantees that the carriers will dramatically improve their coverage in the state, including 5G coverage for 99% of California households. The only obstacle: California’s Public […]

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Rogers bets $1.7 billion on 600MHz for Canadian 5G, mirroring T-Mobile

Stop us if you’ve heard this before: rather than peppering a handful of cities with short-distance, super-fast millimeter wave 5G hardware, a major cellular carrier will blanket a large country with long-distance, slower 600MHz towers to establish nationwide coverage. Third-place U.S. carrier T-Mobile pioneered that approach last year, and now top Canadian wireless carrier Rogers says […]

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AT&T expands 5G+ network to California, Austin, Nashville, and Orlando

AT&T has just expanded the footprint of its bona-fide 5G network, known as 5G+, to seven additional cities. The new 5G spots include some of California’s most populous areas — Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and San Jose — plus the tourist destination Orlando, Florida, the city of Nashville, Tennessee, and Austin, Texas. This […]

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From U.S. to South Korea, early mobile 5G is only inconsistently fast

It may be only a day — or three, or 105 — into the mobile 5G experience, but there’s already a consensus between early U.S. and South Korean 5G smartphone adopters: When 5G works, it’s mighty fast, but users shouldn’t actually expect it to work consistently quite yet. On a positive note, testers in both […]

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Amazon plans network of satellites for high-speed broadband

(Reuters) — Amazon on Thursday confirmed its plan to build a network of over 3,000 satellites through “Project Kuiper” to provide high speed internet. The project will launch a constellation of low-Earth orbit satellites that will provide low-latency, high-speed broadband connectivity to people globally who lack basic access to broadband internet, the company said. Details […]

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South Korea rushes 5G launch to beat Verizon, claims first subscribers

Although Verizon appeared yesterday to have beaten three South Korean cellular carriers in the race to commercialize mobile 5G, last-minute maneuvering in two time zones means it could come down to a photo finish. In a late night press release, SK Telecom says it activated 5G service for six Korean celebrities at 11 p.m. Wednesday […]

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Verizon launches mobile 5G network early, stripping South Korea of bragging rights

Though South Korea’s government expected its three cellular carriers to be the world’s first to offer commercial 5G services with smartphones based on the 3GPP’s official 5G standard, Verizon today launched its mobile 5G network ahead of schedule — a win for the U.S. company as it sought to establish further global 5G bragging rights. […]

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Korea Telecom: Unlimited 5G is essential, plans start at $70 per month

Calling unlimited data “essential for 5G services,” South Korean carrier Korea Telecom today unveiled three separate unlimited 5G plans, bucking the limited 5G data pricing trend established by its rivals. Moreover, the carrier’s entry-level unlimited 5G plan will actually be less expensive than its unlimited 4G plan, in an effort to attract consumers. Korea Telecom will […]

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C Spire attacks T-Mobile’s rural 5G plan as nebulous and implausible

As the sixth-largest U.S. cellular carrier, C Spire has only 1.2 million mostly rural customers compared with the 127 million that a “New T-Mobile” would have after merging with Sprint, but that isn’t stopping the smaller company from opposing the merger. In a new filing with the FCC, C Spire says the larger carrier doesn’t […]

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South Korean carrier KT promises 1Gbps real-world mobile 5G speeds

Two U.S. carriers launched commercial 5G networks last year, but their promised speeds fell somewhat short of the 5G standard’s gigabit- or gigabits-per-second potential. Now that commercial 5G service is about to launch in South Korea with actual phones, Korean carrier KT and Samsung have set a higher bar for their customers: 1Gbps real-world speeds […]

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U.S. Cellular’s rural 5G service will use 600MHz and old 4G spectrum

U.S. Cellular, the fifth-largest wireless carrier in the United States, plans to launch 5G services in key markets this year and says it will leverage underappreciated 5G technologies in an effort to improve service for rural customers. The carrier will focus on relatively low-frequency radio spectra that larger rivals Verizon and AT&T have downplayed in […]

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Opensignal: AT&T’s 5G E falls short of T-Mobile and Verizon 4G speeds

AT&T’s “5G Evolution” cellular service isn’t just controversial and arguably misleading, it’s also slower than the 4G speeds offered by rivals T-Mobile and Verizon, according to a new report today from OpenSignal. Over a one-month period spanning January 28 through February 26, OpenSignal compared the average performance of “5G E capable” phones and “all others” […]

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Verizon’s mobile 5G arrives April 11 with $85-$105 ‘unlimited’ service

After months of teases and relatively few details, Verizon today confirmed both a date and pricing for the launch of its mobile 5G service. The U.S. carrier will offer “unlimited” service in Chicago, Illinois and Minneapolis, Minnesota for between $85 and $105 per month, a premium of $10 over prior 4G/LTE prices, starting on April […]

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Verizon’s stalled 5G rollout reportedly covers less than 10% of Sacramento

Verizon might have been the first company to offer a commercial 5G network to paying customers, but as Sacramento residents are discovering, that network isn’t anywhere near as big as expected — and according to a new report, might not achieve city-wide coverage for years. Last year, Verizon named Sacramento as one of four initial […]

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