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AT&T seeks experimental license for 5G tests in Austin

AT&T is asking the FCC for a three-year experimental license to conduct fixed and mobile tests in the 3400-3600 MHz, 3700-4200 MHz, 14500-15350 MHz and 27500-28500 MHz bands with "various types of experimental wireless equipment" in Austin, Texas. The operator isn't revealing who is supplying the equipment.

Qualcomm gives preview of its MWC demos, talks new concepts for 5G

Amid new demos that Qualcomm will use to lure attendees at Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona later this month, its engineers are discussing a concept in 5G that represents a transition never to have been done before.

Intel, Qualcomm collaborate on 802.11ad WiGig interoperability

The 802.11ad WiGig community looks to be getting even stronger thanks to an agreement between Intel and Qualcomm where the two companies are laying the ground work for interoperability in the 802.11ad ecosystem.

Ericsson pushes Gigabit-LTE for faster video downloads, mission-critical apps

Ericsson is touting a new version of LTE that will make 1-Gigabit speeds possible for LTE networks. Called Gigabit-LTE, this version of LTE will allow operators to deliver extremely fast speeds for tasks such as downloading video or for enterprises looking for fast network access for mission-critical applications.

U.S. latency report: How did AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile perform in Q4?

While the industry awaits 5G standards that will address latency like never before, it's worth noting how network operators fare today in terms of their latency records. FierceWireless teamed up with OpenSignal to shed some light onto the issue.

Qualcomm, Deutsche Telekom complete test of LAA in Germany

Qualcomm Technologies and Deutsche Telekom (DT) announced the successful testing of LTE Licensed-Assisted Access (LAA) in Germany, but don't expect that to narrow the gap between the arrival of LAA and LTE-U in the U.S.

Wireless ISP Infiniti Broadband is building a network from scratch with Huawei's help

Infiniti Broadband is getting ready to launch its fixed wireless broadband service and it has signed on Huawei to help get its network off the ground.

AT&T in process of upgrading Wi-Fi in NYC parks with Passpoint

Not only does AT&T have New York City's parks covered with Wi-Fi, but it's in the process of rolling out AT&T Wi-Fi Passpoint that incorporates Hotspot 2.0 technology.

Verizon engineers will be counting gigabits during Super Bowl 50

The preparations that AT&T and Verizon made for Super Bowl 50 have been well documented, but a peek inside Verizon's Super Bowl command room shows just how much the high-profile game will test cellular networks like no other NFL game.

Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile pick apart FCC's millimeter wave proposals

The nation's largest carriers still argue for more spectrum for licensed use -- no surprise there – but they're also fully behind the commission's efforts to identify new spectrum above 24 GHz.

Ericsson's 5G phone is too big to fit in a car

Ericsson has made some tweaks to its 5G phone since last summer, but it's still too big to fit into a car. The phone is extra large because it's full of new, experimental components that haven't been miniaturized yet and it requires a large battery, Erik Dahlman, a senior expert in radio access technologies at Ericsson, told PC World.

Google argues for 'lightly licensed' and unlicensed approaches for shared spectrum

Google wants the FCC to allow expanded use of millimeter wave spectrum on a lightly licensed or unlicensed basis and use sharing technologies to manage different types of users.

Qualcomm gets permission to test LTE-U at two Verizon sites

The FCC granted a special temporary authority (STA) to Qualcomm Technologies to conduct "very small scale performance evaluation" tests of LTE-U equipment at two Verizon sites in Oklahoma City, Okla., and Raleigh, N.C.

Facebook says it has 'no plans' to provide connectivity solutions in the U.S., supports high-band spectrum plan

While weighing in on the FCC's proposal to allocate more higher-band spectrum for mobile services, Facebook said it has "no plans" to provide connectivity solutions in the United States, but given its mission to make the world a more connected place, it's throwing its support behind the commission's plans to make more spectrum available.

AT&T, Verizon, other cellular carriers don't need to worry about Starry's disruptive debut

With this week's launch of Starry, the new technology company founded by former Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia, comes a good reminder of just how difficult it is for newbies to break into the U.S. cellular biz. And by difficult, let's just say impossible.

Big Switch Networks seeks to 'redefine' data center networking

Inspired by Google and Facebook, Big Switch Networks is committed to "redefining" data center networking, announcing significant updates to its Big Monitoring Fabric and Big Cloud Fabric. The company is also giving away software worth $25,000 for lab and development environments.

Nokia leverages recently acquired Alcatel-Lucent cable, Wi-Fi expertise

Two weeks after Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent celebrated the official combination of their operations, Nokia is already leveraging the expertise Alcatel-Lucent brings in the area of cable and Wi-Fi.

Verizon, AT&T beef up stadium DAS, small cells for Super Bowl 50

Verizon and AT&T invested heavily in distributed antenna systems (DAS), small cells and cell on wheels (COWs) to make sure their networks can handle what comes on Feb. 7 when an estimated 75,000 football fans convene in the San Francisco metro area for Super Bowl 50.

Comcast, DirecTV and more bet on virtual reality

While the hype about virtual reality (VR) over-indexed at CES 2016, there's good reason for network operators to be interested in the technology, not the least of which is all that traffic it could generate.

AT&T, Verizon join Facebook in Open Compute Project

Facebook welcomed several big telco operators to the Open Compute Project (OCP), including AT&T, Verizon, Deutsche Telekom, EE and SK Telecom, all of whom want to further collaborate on adapting data center technologies for the telecom industry. They join previous members such as Intel, Microsoft and Rackspace Hosting.