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AT&T's 5G trials could deliver speeds around 5 Gbps this year

AT&T will start a 5G trial with "friendly" customers by the end of this year, delivering a multi-gigabit, fixed type of service, according to a keynote at the Big Communications Event (BCE) 2016 in Austin, Texas.

German researchers claim record with 6 Gbit/s data rate at 71-76 GHz

Researchers from the University of Stuttgart and the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics IAF are boasting a big achievement: Transmitting the contents of a conventional DVD in under 10 seconds by radio transmission, setting a new world record in wireless data transmission. The team used transmitters and receivers at 71-76 GHz E band.

Vasona Networks expands RAN deal with Telefonica UK in London

A pilot that Vasona Networks started with Telefonica UK just over a year ago has led to a full commercial deployment.

Microsoft gets OK from FCC to conduct tests related to Globalstar's TLPS

Perhaps to settle questions once and for all – if that's possible – Microsoft can proceed with plans to test terrestrial use of the 2483.5-2500 MHz Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) band currently assigned for use by Globalstar.

Hologram wants to build cellular platform just for Internet of Things

Chicago-based Hologram last week launched its cellular platform for the Internet of Things (IoT), a platform that it says, unlike legacy cellular solutions, is built specifically for developing and deploying IoT products.

CTIA, AT&T propose different frameworks for 28 GHz sharing

Both CTIA and AT&T are proposing frameworks for sharing spectrum with satellite operators, but they're not the same framework.

NYU Wireless sees trouble ahead for 5G unless 3GPP adopts new channel modeling methods

Researchers at NYU Wireless are warning the cellular industry that it needs to change the "alpha-beta-gamma" (ABG) model used in the past and start using simpler, more accurate models for predicting signal coverage for frequencies above 6 GHz.

Cambridge Broadband gets early start on 28, 39 GHz

Given all the tests and trials that Tier 1 U.S. operators are embarking upon with their big-name vendor partners, it might be easy to forget that some lesser-known vendors and service providers have been dallying in the 28 GHz space for quite a while.

Verizon says ViaSat analysis for 28 GHz assumes 'unrealistic' scenario on several fronts

As Verizon politely put it in its May 19 ex parte, it "has been engaging" with the satellite industry to mutually explore a "workable satellite-terrestrial coexistence regime" in the 28 GHz band. But so far, it's finding ViaSat's analysis to be unworkable.

Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint: How did they stack up in Q1?

Now that the first-quarter earnings season is coming to a close, it's time to take stock and see how each of the major carriers performed. FierceWireless has compiled several reports from leading analysts to present an in-depth look at just how Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile US and Sprint each performed in the first quarter of 2016.

Sprint confirms 5G demos at Copa soccer games in Santa Clara, Philadelphia in June

It's official: Sprint will conduct 5G demonstrations on June 3 and June 6 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, and on June 9, 11 and 14 at Lincoln Field in Philadelphia.

Google, Federated Wireless, others apply to fill role of SAS, ESC for 3.5 GHz

As expected, Google and Federated Wireless threw their hats into the FCC's Spectrum Access System (SAS) ring, joining several other entities in the aim to provide spectrum sharing capabilities for the 3.5 GHz band.

Report: Apple acquiring wireless charging expertise

Those in the wireless charging business are probably not surprised to hear that Apple has been hiring people with expertise in wireless charging, including two former uBeam staffers. The Verge counts more than a dozen staffers with wireless charging expertise hired in the last two years.

Verizon seeks to drive enterprise side of LTE-B

Much of the talk around LTE-B has been around its mobile video applications. Both Verizon and AT&T demonstrated as much during sporting events. But Verizon, which recently recruited a team of like-minded operators to rally for support of LTE-B in mid- and top-tier devices, sees a lot more applications for the technology.

South Africa's Vodacom goes live with LTE-U - a tiny bit

Vodacom in South Africa has launched a commercial LTE-Unlicensed, or LTE-U, site using unlicensed spectrum in the 5.8 GHz band in a section of Sandton City, a large shopping center  in Johannesburg, according to Tech Central. But even though it's said to be commercially available, the handsets and routers still need to catch up, so it will be some time before users can try it out.

Wells Fargo analysts: Don't forget the wildcard that is FirstNet

Analysts at Well Fargo Securities are reminding investors that the winner of the FirstNet contract will get access to 20 MHz of nationwide 700 MHz spectrum in the upper D block – representing one of the last ways for carriers to get access to new spectrum outside the secondary market.

CableLabs on LTE-U test process: 'This is not something you want to rush'

BOSTON -- A top executive from CableLabs said that the Wi-Fi Alliance's efforts to create a testing process for LTE-U technology is not moving too slowly, as executives from T-Mobile US and Qualcomm have argued.

Vodafone, AT&T, others look to new LTE-based technology to drive Internet of Things

Vodafone's promise to roll out NB-IoT technology across multiple markets in 2017 gives a boost to the low power wide area (LPWA) technology that cellular operators around the world plan to use to compete against proprietary solutions touted by the likes of Ingenu, Sigfox and LoRa.

Carrier SDN Market to grow to $8.7B in 2020

Research firm IHS Technology predicts the service provider SDN market, including hardware, software and services, will grow from $289 million in 2015 to $8.7 billion in 2020, with a 2015–2020 compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 98 percent.

Massey University researchers delve into potential health impacts of 5G

Massey University in New Zealand says it has received funding to investigate whether there will be any adverse effects of electromagnetic radiation to human health caused by 5G networks.