After having conducted tests on base stations and antennas in the 28 GigaHertz band in a number of markets in the country, the second biggest wireless carrier in America is now ready to expand the trials to the 37 and 39 GigaHertz bands. Indeed, AT&T is looking to hold the expanded testing in cities such as Waco in Texas, Kalamazoo in Michigan, and South Bend in Indiana.
Verizon Wireless has recently revealed that it is planning to officially launch its first ever 5G residential broadband offering within the second half of next year. The plan is to debut its 5G service in Sacramento, the capital city of the state of California, before launching in up to four other markets in the United States.
According to a recent report published by FierceWireless, Verizon Wireless should be on track to debut its 5G broadband offering in several markets within the United States by next year. As pointed out by Nicola Palmer, the chief network officer of the mobile operator, the Big Red has been busy conducting field tests with customers (albeit of the non-paying kind) in 11 markets. Verizon is taking full advantage of 28 GigaHertz spectrum and 120+ nodes.
As indicated in the newest mobility report released recently by Ericsson, the level of mobile data consumption among smartphones in North America will increase at a rate of 37 percent half a dozen years from now. In other words, by the year 2023, the monthly data traffic from mobile handsets will reach a staggering 48 gigabytes. To put that usage into context, note that the monthly consumption last year was at 5.2 gigabytes, while this year is at 7.1 gigabytes every month.
According to AT&T, it has proceeded to deploying commercial its LTE Licensed Assisted Access (LAA) offering in a number of locations within downtown Indianapolis. Before the end of this year, the second biggest wireless carrier in the United States is looking to continue rolling out LAA in other downtown areas in the same metropolis. For AT&T subscribers based in downtown Indianapolis who happen to own Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8, they might be delighted to know that they will now be able to take full advantage of LTE LAA on their phablet devices.
AT&T has recently revealed that it is planning to roll out its 5G Evolution in certain locations within the city of Minneapolis in the next few months. The second biggest mobile operator in the United States is specifically looking to deploy 256 QAM, 4 X 4 MIMO (multiple input, multiple output), and 3 way carrier aggregation, especially in areas near the US Bank Stadium, the venue for the 52nd Super Bowl, which will be happening less than three months from now.
AT&T is officially unveiling the Netgear Nighthawk, a mobile hotspot router that is capable of connecting to the major US wireless carrier’s 5G Evolution network, which delivers connection speeds of up to two times that of regular 4G LTE networks. According to the company’s press release, the Netgear Nighthawk mobile hotspot router will be made exclusively available from AT&T for a limited time only.
AT&T has recently announced this week that it has plans of expanding its fixed wireless 5G testing to three additional cities in the United States by the end of 2017. Some may remember that back in May earlier this year, the second biggest wireless carrier in the country had outlined its business and residential 5G trials for this year, including efforts in fixed and wireless versions.
Not bad for one of the smallest countries in the world. The Republic of San Marino now holds the distinction of being the first state in the European continent to have a full fledged 5G wireless network. This will be made possible through Telecom Italia Mobile (TIM). The Italian telecoms giant has recently inked a Memorandum of Understanding with the San Marino government to start transitioning the microstate’s wireless infrastructure into a 5G compatible one.
The biggest wireless carrier in the United States is teaming up with a couple of tech giants in order to conduct 5G trials during the upcoming Indianapolis 500, which happens this weekend. Indeed, Verizon Wireless, as well as Ericsson and Intel, are looking to demo pre-standardized 5G by way of a 5G powered connected home set up near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
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