Samsung is offering a trio of Galaxy S21 phones, all of which feature C-band support for 5G as well as camera and video improvements, with stylus support in the premium Ultra version. The prices of the basic S21 and the S21 Plus are considerably lower than those of their S20 predecessors.
Bids in the Federal Communications Commission's C-band auction rose by only a few hundred thousand dollars in the most recent round to reach a record $80.915 billion. Demand for the 280 MHz exceeded supply in only one of the 452 generic spectrum "products," signaling that the auction may be coming to an end.
The Federal Communications Commission voted to accept comments about opening the 12 GHz band for 5G use. Organizations and members of the public can provide insights about protecting incumbents while letting terrestrial providers use some of the frequencies.
Workers who are building out broadband networks should get access to COVID-19 vaccines in order to ensure continued delivery of an essential service, a group representing infrastructure contractors said. The group deserves "frontline essential" status, it was said.
Qualcomm will buy startup Nuvia for roughly $1.4 billion in cash. The purchase will let Qualcomm use Nuvia's server chip designer and central processing unit expertise to further its progress with 5G technology.
Bank of America will reportedly lead talks about loaning $14 billion to AT&T in a delayed-draw transaction. The carrier needs the money to finance C-band licenses that it plans to buy in the ongoing auction.
T-Mobile US has extended its current contracts with Nokia and Ericsson via new five-year agreements that involve several billion dollars. The partnerships will focus on 5G service expansion, including network slicing, voice over 5G and other features.
LG Electronics and TCL both announced rollable-screen smartphones at CES 2021, possibly signaling a new trend in device design. The models start out compact, but can expand to be as large as regular phones, and engineering developments could make them equally durable.
The lack of reliable broadband and Wi-Fi in rural areas has become a growing problem as farmers increasingly depend on connected devices. Paige Wireless developed a system that puts radios on cell towers to move small packets of data, which rolled out statewide in Nebraska in 2019 and is now also available in parts of Colorado and Kansas.
Samsung's latest developments include the 5-nanometer Exynos 2100 chip for premium Android phones and progress on 5G automobile connectivity using millimeter-wave frequencies. The company says the Exynos 2100 uses a processor with eight cores to boost performance by 30% from that of the previous model.
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