Las Vegas could use the fixed wireless network it built in December 2020 to become a smart city once the pandemic eases. Continued educational applications are part of the city's plans, which potentially also include sensors and telemedicine.
The Wireless Infrastructure Association is asking Congress to consider all available broadband technologies, including fixed wireless access, to ensure quick connectivity expansion. A study the organization conducted found that bringing fiber connectivity to 90% of homes would require a decade and $70 billion beyond the amount that the US has already spent, whereas wireless access takes between a few days and 18 months.
Colt Technology Services collaborated with Versa Networks to provide greater protection for people working remotely through Colt's software-defined wide-area network offerings. Versa offers secure access service edge technology.
Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon, participating in a recent Protocol discussion, stated that fixed wireless access with 5G is a crucial element in narrowing the digital divide. Maria Martinez of Cisco also credited 5G and Wi-Fi with enabling access in rural areas.
Apple's entire line of new phones will reportedly support 5G when the company releases them starting this fall. Supply chain sources say that the iPhone SE, the line's budget model that's scheduled for an early 2022 update, is no exception and will also include the A15 processor.
AT&T credited 5G demand for a net gain of 789,000 postpaid phone customers in the quarter that ended June 30, beating analyst estimates and enabling the carrier to raise its revenue and profit outlook for the year. Total revenues grew by 7.6% year-to-year and executives estimated that they will increase between 2% and 3% in 2021.
Verizon Communications added 528,000 postpaid wireless customers, of which 275,000 had phone accounts, between the beginning of April and the end of June. Executives increased their 2021 earnings outlook as profits topped Wall Street estimates, and said that 5G-related promotions were a large factor in the growth.
The Wireless Internet Service Providers Association urged Congress to consider asymmetrical network data speeds, rather than the proposed 100 Mbps targets in both directions, in the potential infrastructure bill. "[A]rtifically constraining the technology our industry can deploy means fewer consumers served and longer timelines for deployment," WISPA wrote as part of a letter representing at least 400 wireless internet service providers.
The Beaufort County Board of Commissioners in North Carolina has designated $4 million in American Rescue Plan funding, half of which it must wait for until May 2022, to expand high-speed internet access in underserved regions. RiverStreet Networks is working with the county on fixed wireless solutions.
Masergy Communications has introduced Performance Edge, which uses routing algorithms and network architecture to enhance public broadband connections, as a complement to its secure access service edge and software-defined wide area network solutions. Company leader Chris MacFarland says that Performance Edge is designed to help companies overcome "last mile" obstacles.
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