If its merger with Sprint goes through, T-Mobile will get a boatload of 2.5 GHz spectrum. If it doesn’t happen, the operator still needs mid-band spectrum for 5G, so it’s no shocker that it’s seeking permission to continue tests in the 2.5 GHz band—but of the EBS variety.
All eyes were on AT&T this week after the activist Wall Street investment firm Elliott Management trashed the company for a litany of things—including its track record in wireless—but the Communications Workers of America (CWA) called out the billionaire founder and CEO Paul Singer for targeting American jobs.
Notably, operators in countries other than the U.S. with maximum 5G speeds above 1 Gbps are using mid-band spectrum rather than mmWave for 5G.
Elliott spent a lot of time decrying the long-lost opportunities with the delayed rollout of 4G, but did not talk about AT&T’s 5G leadership, where the company clearly learned from what happened in past.
Simply speaking, mobile networks can be divided into the core network and the radio access network. While there is innovation happening to virtualize the radio access network, the work being done with a CUPS-compliant EPC relates to the core network.
T-Mobile employees who are worried about the loss of jobs and cuts in wages sent a letter to the CEO of T-Mobile’s parent company Deutsche Telekom (DT) earlier this week seeking assurances and specific commitments should the proposed merger with Sprint get approved.
As if the company didn’t already have enough on its plate, it also designed its own smartphone: the Rakuten Mini. The tiny phone is geared toward women who don’t want to lug a huge cell phone.
The Norwegian company Forkbeard Technologies may attract attention due to its unique name, but its founders hope its technology leaves a lasting impression.
Qualcomm Technologies plans to extend its portfolio of 5G platforms across the Snapdragon 6, 7 and 8 Series in 2020, meaning 5G will be coming to more affordable smartphones. The company made the announcement at IFA 2019 in Berlin.
The operator is offering unlimited plans at a locked-in price of $20 per month to current Optimum and Suddenlink customers.
Lawyers representing T-Mobile and Sprint earlier this week responded to allegations from states in the lawsuit trying to block the merger, with T-Mobile arguing the merger will increase competition, and that Sprint is not likely to “play a meaningful competitive role as a standalone company in the years to come.”
When successful, the attack installed monitoring implants on iPhones that provided access to nearly all personal information available on the device after users simply visited a hacked website.
The three Chinese operators co-own a tower company, China Tower Corp, so that would make it easier for them to collaborate on building out all the thousands of base stations necessary for a new 5G network in China.
Verizon is the latest carrier to start automatically enrolling customers for its free spam and robocall detection app service.
The expansion comes after T-Mobile started offering the feature to prepaid customers last year.
Global Data principal analyst Ed Gubbins thinks more real-world activity like this could help Nokia get skeptical operators on board with vRAN.
While the wireless industry is firmly entrenched in deploying 5G networks—and in many cases, busy debunking myths surrounding it—plenty of academics and others are exploring what’s going to happen after 5G.
A new investigative study by the Chicago Tribune found some models of smartphones tested above the legal limit for RF radiation exposure. Device makers, including Apple and Samsung have disputed the findings.
After a streak of acquisitions—including the closure earlier this month of Aerohive Networks’ Wi-Fi assets—Extreme Networks remains confident that it can move from the No.3 position in enterprise networking to the No. 2 position. Currently, the No. 1 position is held by Cisco and HPE/Aruba is No. 2.
AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon are among major telecom companies that signed a pledge with AGs from every state, promising to fight robocalls.
Dish Network may be paying attention to Rakuten’s woes, as it has used the Japanese operator’s greenfield 4G mobile network build as an analogy for its own 5G network ambitions.
Verizon’s mobile 5G service, while still limited to small pockets of urban areas, is delivering impressive speed improvements from LTE, according to July Speedtest data from Ookla.
Common Networks is collaborating with Facebook on the deployment of Terragraph mmWave hardware and technology to enable faster speeds in the home.
Public interest and labor groups have joined a growing band of critics urging the FCC to open a public comment period on what they call fundamental changes to the proposed T-Mobile and Sprint merger.
Samsung and Xiaomi experienced a surge in smartphone shipments in Europe during Q2 2019 at the expense of Huawei and Apple, although Huawei still shines in China.