The Dell'Oro Group maintained its upbeat prediction for the future deployment of Citizens Broadband Radio Services despite delays caused by uncertainties over the viability of the economic model for the CBRS Radio Access Network market. The research firm stuck with its original five-year outlook that CBRS will draw investments of more than $1 billion by 2023.
President Donald Trump's decision to delay imposing additional tariffs on some tech products imported from China will provide a reprieve for Apple's iPhone, but the company still faces a threat next year when it is expected to launch 5G-based handsets. Tariffs imposed in May have already put a squeeze on other gear such as antennas, routers and semiconductors, said Federal Communications Commission member Jessica Rosenworcel.
DISH Network is "casting a wide net" in searching for vendors to supply equipment for its proposed 5G network and has put an emphasis on using macro cell towers rather than small cells because coverage concerns outweigh those of capacity, said Executive Vice President Tom Cullen. "There are a lot of good ideas out there from players that are not traditional wireless companies," he added.
Apple's introduction of a credit card will help the tech giant more by tying users to their iPhones than it will through direct revenue, a CNBC columnist writes, pointing to the ways that the card and the handset are closely linked. The card will make it more difficult for users to switch away from Apple devices, and could lead to higher sales of the company's other products.
Nokia's delays in supplying radio access gear have pushed back Sprint's timetable for launching commercial 5G services in several markets, including Washington, D.C., Phoenix, Los Angeles and New York, the carrier has acknowledged. New York appears to be the closest to launching 5G services.
AT&T announced its FirstNet emergency services network has exceeded 750,000 connections and has grown by roughly 150,000 in the last 90 days, the carrier disclosed, adding that FirstNet has aided first responders in 75 emergencies this year. The telecom also announced that it has joined with Assured Wireless to extend FirstNet's reach through the development of high-power user equipment.
Verizon has taken the city of Rochester, N.Y., to court alleging that its Telecommunications Code has effectively denied the carrier's ability to compete with rivals and violates Federal Communications Commission rules. The lawsuit, which comes in the wake of Verizon's attempt to upgrade its network to support 5G services, claims fees charged by the city are "discriminatory."
Oregon has become the 15th state plus the District of Columbia to join a consortium of attorneys general who have filed suit in federal court to stop T-Mobile from merging with Sprint even as regulators have signed off on the deal. "The current plan will result in reduced access to affordable wireless service in Oregon -- and higher prices," Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum says.
More carriers are moving toward adopting "standalone" versions of 5G networks, Light Reading reports, pointing to recent tests that use technology from Nokia, Ericsson and Cisco Systems. T-Mobile is the latest carrier to confirm it will launch a standalone 5G core in 2020.
A federal appeals court has knocked down some of the Federal Communication Commission's move to strip municipalities' oversight of building small cell sites. The court vacated part of the rules aimed at streamlining the race to 5G deployment, saying the agency failed to properly justify deregulating historic and environmental reviews.