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AT&T promises low-band 5G for 5 cities in weeks, 15 by early 2020

Normally, major 5G network expansion news has been exciting enough for carriers to announce first thing in the morning, but AT&T just continued its already confusing 5G story by revealing a big change in the dead of night: It’s launching a low-band 5G network across five cities in “the coming weeks,” with promises to cover […]

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Germany opens door to private 5G networks with 3.7-3.8GHz licenses

If you’ve worked in an office or factory, you’re probably accustomed to using either Wi-Fi or Ethernet to connect to your corporate network, but that’s about to change: Pioneering companies are preparing to use private 5G networks to replace or augment their existing infrastructures, a movement Germany is kicking off by offering corporate licenses to […]

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T-Mobile CEO Legere will be replaced by COO Sievert in May 2020

T-Mobile’s iconic CEO John Legere will leave the company when his contract expires on April 30, 2020, the cellular carrier announced today, and be replaced by COO Mike Sievert on May 1. The carrier says that the transition has been planned, and that Sievert will continue Legere’s “Un-carrier” strategy, which has been highly successful in […]

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SoftBank proposes $30 billion merger between Yahoo Japan and Line

(Reuters) — Japan’s SoftBank plans to merge internet unit Yahoo Japan with messaging app operator Line to create a $30 billion tech giant, as it bags struggling internet companies to bulk up against rivals like Rakuten. The telco in a statement said Yahoo Japan, which last month changed its name to Z Holdings, will merge […]

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China launches national 5G, promises 50 cities by end of 2019

Confirming data plan price leaks by China Mobile and its rivals earlier this week, China’s top three cellular carriers have officially commenced commercial 5G data services today, with aggressively priced data plans. Each of the carriers has launched in a strong initial collection of cities, with a promise to cover as many as 50 locations by year’s […]

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China Mobile leaks cheap 5G plans with data caps and 3 speed tiers

China’s launch of commercial 5G services has been one of the year’s more unusual stories: A national multi-carrier rollout that was planned for October 1 shifted to November 1, and the top three carriers reportedly pre-registered 10 million 5G customers before revealing service prices. Now one of the carriers appears to have leaked pricing plans, and […]

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T-Mobile’s 600MHz 5G rollout may disappoint on speed and compatibility

If you’ve followed my prior coverage of early 5G networks and devices, you know that I’ve worked hard to provide a fair perspective on the transformative new wireless technology: Beyond reporting the news, my opinion pieces have praised companies for taking real steps forward with 5G, while offering measured concern or criticism whenever it’s been warranted. I’ve […]

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Verizon’s new 5G home router has Wi-Fi 6, Alexa, and self-setup option

If you live in one of a handful of U.S. cities, Verizon has some exciting news today: It’s now offering customers a true second-generation 5G home broadband router with substantial new features, including integrated Wi-Fi 6 support, Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant, and the ability to be self-installed without waiting for a Verizon appointment. As a successor to […]

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Today’s 4G LTE puts you on the pathway to tomorrow’s 5G

This article is part of the Technology Insight series, made possible with funding from Intel. Terms like 3G, 4G, and 5G draw definitive lines in the sand between one generation and the next. In reality, the transition is far more gradual. And because what we call 5G comprises many capabilities, it’s becoming clearer that the […]

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RootMetrics: Early U.S. 5G speeds crush 4G, but lag behind South Korea

Measuring the performance of early 5G networks in the United States isn’t simple — high-speed towers can be tricky to find even in carriers’ first “5G cities” — but once the data’s been gathered, it’s pretty easy to understand. After canvassing three such cities, mobile industry testing firm RootMetrics reports today that initial U.S. 5G […]

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5G home broadband moves forward as 34 OEMs commit to Snapdragon modems

Most of 2019’s biggest 5G news has focused on mobile devices — read: smartphones — while 5G’s potential as a home broadband replacement temporarily faded into the background. Today, Qualcomm is setting the stage for 2020 with the announcement that 34 companies have committed to using the Snapdragon X55 5G modem and RF system in […]

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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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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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Telstra extends mobile plan to Google Nest devices

If you’ve been itching to place calls with your Google Nest (formerly Google Home) devices using a mobile plan, now’s your chance. Australian operator Telstra this morning announced that it’s the first carrier to offer outbound calling on Google Nest speakers and smart displays. Subscribers can ask Google Assistant to make calls from a Mini, […]

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Gigstreem raises $10 million for high-speed permanent and event broadband

Gigstreem (formerly Rainbow Broadband), a Tysons, Virginia-based internet service provider targeting residential and commercial customers, today announced that it has raised $10 million in a series A round led by RET Ventures, with participation from LNC Partners. CEO Joel McIntyre said the capital infusion will fuel the company’s R&D efforts and lay the groundwork for […]

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5G uses less power than 4G at peak bitrates, but more for basic tasks

If you’ve been holding off on buying a 5G device because you’re concerned about cellular power drain, don’t fret: 5G devices are actually capable of delivering greater energy efficiency than 4G LTE models, according to a new study by the Signals Research Group (SRG), though either 5G or 4G may consume less power depending on the […]

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5G is the future, but what about Wi-Fi?

Presented by Ericsson North America The telecommunications industry is approaching an inflection point. Deployment of 4G technology has brought cellular performance to unparalleled levels of data speed, coverage, mobility, and security. With the advent of 5G, the next evolution in mobile wireless technology, this will accelerate even further. Ericsson’s recent ConsumerLab study revealed that a third […]

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OneWeb’s first commercial satellite service will bring broadband to the Arctic

OneWeb, a heavily-funded space startup that recently launched its first “constellation” of micro-satellites to deliver broadband globally, has announced its first official commercial service. The London-based company, which closed a $1.25 billion funding round earlier this year, will be bringing “fiber-like” internet to the Arctic region from 2020, with plans to be the first company […]

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Verizon’s 5G in Providence: Unreliable, but fast when it works

If you’ve been following the rat race that is U.S. carriers’ 5G rollouts, you’re probably aware that Verizon recently announced it would light up mobile 5G in portions of Providence, Rhode Island this summer, coinciding with a rollout in Denver, Colorado. The company claimed in a press release that customers could expect speeds up to […]

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You can find Wi-Fi 6 routers on shelves today, but do you need one?

Wi-Fi 6, also known as 802.11ax, is promising to make Wi-Fi better, with faster speeds, better connections, and more. Sounds great, right? No wonder we’re starting to see shiny new Wi-Fi 6 routers on shelves in time for back-to-school, Labor Day, and holiday shopping. And we should expect to see the new routers promoted heavily […]

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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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