At the start of this year, Huawei has reason to be unhappy. It was hoping to partner with major US wireless carrier AT&T in pushing its flagship devices to American mobile users this year, but the second biggest mobile operator in the country has since backed out of the deal.
At this year’s annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) being held in the city of Las Vegas in Nevada, Huawei took the opportunity to announce US pricing and release details for the Honor 7X, its newest midrange phablet offering, as well as confirm that the Honor View 10 (also known as the Honor V10) will also be launching in America within this year.
According to a report recently published by The Information, Huawei is said to be planning to formally launch its flagship phablet offering, the Mate 10, in the United States mobile market less than a couple of months from now through AT&T.
While it is true that most of the early 5G tests conducted by mobile operators have so far revolved around fixed wireless, AT&T (just like Verizon Wireless) is planning to further hold 5G mobility tests using millimeter wave spectrum in 2018. As revealed by Dave Wolter, the AVP of Radio Technology and Strategy at AT&T Labs, the second biggest wireless carrier in the United States has already begun conducting mobility testing and even setting up more test bed capability in the city of Austin in Texas.
Huawei and Xiaomi are two of the largest phone makers in China (and among the top five across the globe), but for all their success in their native homeland, penetrating the United States mobile market remains a challenge. But as recently reported by Bloomberg, both companies apparently have big plans for next year.
AT&T has recently announced that it has began its 5G trials in the city of Waco in Texas, in collaboration with Magnolia. This latest round of 5G tests represents the biggest ever with a home and lifestyle company for the major US wireless carrier. The trials mainly involve rolling out a 5G millimeter wave system at the Magnolia Market at the Silos in Waco, which should also serve Magnolia Seed and Supply, a food truck park, and Silos Baking Co.
Most broadband service providers transmit data through fiber optic cables, but installing those cables often mean digging trenches, which could take some time. AT&T, however, has different ideas -- instead of using fiber optics, it is thinking of taking full advantage of radio signals in sending data.
Of course, this is what the major US wireless carrier’s Project AirGig is all about. First announced a year ago, the core concept of AirGig is to transmit data by way of antennas set up along power lines, not only in urban markets, but also in suburban and even rural regions across America.
This should come as welcome news for subscribers of AT&T (check out our 2017 review of the carrier) who are planning to go abroad during the upcoming holidays -- the second biggest wireless carrier in the United States has decided to update its Passport international data roaming packages. Travel happy customers can now avail of unlimited text messaging plus a gigabyte of data by making a one time $60 payment. For those who want more data, they can choose to get the 3 gigabyte option, which fetches for twice the price ($120).
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.
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