The FCC has designated two "innovation zones" in Salt Lake City and New York City to enable companies to conduct multiple experiments related to next-gen wireless formats and 5G. The zone in Salt Lake City will be led by the University of Utah and Rice University, and New York's zone will be led by NYU, Rutgers University and Columbia University.
Verizon's Adam Koeppe gave a recent interview to Telecompetitor, detailing the company's plans to bolster the capacity and bandwith of its LTE service using Citizens Broadband Radio Service spectrum, following the FCC's approval of initial commercial deployments. He stated that Verizon will employ Google and Federated Wireless as its spectrum access system administrators to help implement small-cell installations both inside and outside of buildings, noting that work still needs to be done before 5G can be part of CBRS band initiatives.
An Ericsson executive outlined five critical areas where 5G technology can provide a boost to rural residents and economies. Peter Linder, the Swedish gear maker's marketing vice president, explained how 5G can help improve rural agriculture, education, green energy production, outdoor recreation and manufacturing.
Global fiber supplier Corning has downgraded its revenue expectations, stating that sales of fiber cabling to both carriers and enterprises will "decline year-over-year in the second half of 2019" in comparison to last year's 13% organic growth. Analysts from Wall Street shared their views on what this means for 5G, with MKM Partners stating that "Corning told investors the weakness in 3Q19 was largely due to Telco customers in emerging markets, and not due to Tier 1 Telcos in the US."
Randall Stephenson, head of AT&T, called criticisms from an activist investor a "mixed bag" while praising John Stankey, his recently appointed chief operating officer. Stephenson also asserted that the US is winning the global race to 5G, pointing to AT&T's plan to erect a national footprint by mid-2020 as well as aggressive 5G pursuits from other carriers.
The T-Mobile-Sprint tie-up will help get rural areas connected to wireless networks, assistant US Attorney General Makan Delrahim told a Senate panel, adding that the deal would provide "real competition to AT&T and Verizon for the first time to consumers." T-Mobile President Mike Sievert also told an investors conference that the carrier welcomes the competition from DISH Network that the merger would create.
Boingo Wireless will eventually introduce Citizens Band Radio Service technology for its networks at airports and other public places in the wake of the Federal Communications Commission's approval of initial commercial deployments of the 3.5 GHz service, company leader Mike Finley said. "I've been a believer in small cells for a long time, so I think this is just another way that it will be enhanced," he added.
C Spire boasted that its 5G buildout plans improved its current broadband speeds between 15% and 20% because of the regional carrier's need to install more base stations and new software in its LTE network, Senior Vice President Alan Jones said. He added that C Spire's use of carrier aggregation technology and other upgrades will also allow it to introduce voice-over-LTE service.
The Federal Communications Commission took a major step toward putting the Citizens Band Radio Service into play by approving five spectrum access system supervisors to oversee carriers' use of the 3.5 GHz frequencies. Verizon and AT&T are among the telecoms working with the SAS managers on initial commercial deployments, which the FCC approved after discussions with the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the Department of Defense.
The four leading US telecom companies have joined the GSM Association's global push to fight climate change by disclosing how their activities are affecting greenhouse gas emissions and other issues as the first stage of a project aimed at developing methods to eliminate carbon's toxic effect on the environment, the GSMA said. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon join 46 other carriers in offering full transparency to help improve sustainability efforts, the trade group added.
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