5G Stories February 27

AT&T last week named the first cities to get access to its 5G rollout, and now Sprint has done the same for its network.

Interestingly, of the three cities named by AT&T and the six by Sprint, two of them are set to see 5G service from both carriers …

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If Apple’s history is anything to go by, access to high-speed 5G services is likely to come to Android phones ahead of iPhones – but there could be a handy workaround. It’s looking like the first 5G devices to go on sale won’t be phones at all, but rather mobile hotspots …

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5G Stories February 21

AT&T promised it would start rolling out what it claims will be the first true mobile 5G service before the end of the year, and it has just announced the first three cities in line to receive it.

We plan to offer mobile 5G to customers in a dozen cities, including parts of Dallas, Atlanta and Waco, Texas, by the end of this year. We’ll announce additional cities in the coming months.

The company says that the commercial rollout follows multi-city trials …

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5G Stories January 29

Update: FCC chairman Ajit Pai has issued a statement strongly opposing the idea.

I oppose any proposal for the federal government to build and operate a nationwide 5G network. The main lesson to draw from the wireless sector’s development over the past three decades—including American leadership in 4G—is that the market, not government, is best positioned to drive innovation and investment. What government can and should do is to push spectrum into the commercial marketplace and set rules that encourage the private sector to develop and deploy next-generation infrastructure. Any federal effort to construct a nationalized 5G network would be a costly and counterproductive distraction from the policies we need to help the United States win the 5G future.

The Trump administration is considering nationalising the 5G network in what has been described as ‘an unprecedented federal takeover of a portion of the nation’s mobile network.’

The proposal is said to be in response to perceived cyber security threats from China …

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5G Stories January 25

A fourth Apple patent application for 5G technology has today been published by the US Patent & Trademark Office. 5G will be the next step up in mobile data, and could offer speeds more than ten times faster than today’s LTE/4G networks.

The patent application was published shortly after AT&T announced plans to be the first U.S. carrier to launch mobile 5G …

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5G Stories July 27, 2017

Apple has recently received official approval from the FCC to test 5G wireless broadband. The company was granted permission in the form of an experimental license to test millimeter wave technology at two locations near its offices in Milpitas, California (via DSL Reports).

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