Telecoms placed more than $41 million in bids for the initial two rounds of the 28 gigahertz millimeter-wave auction, with $5 million and more added in the latest round. T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and a number of smaller wireless carriers are among those scheduled to take part in the government's first high-band auction, although the Federal Communications Commission said bidders' names will not be released until the auction is over.
Samsung Electronics will make a $22 billion investment in artificial intelligence and 5G networking by 2020 in an effort to garner at least a 20% share of the network equipment market by then, says Youngky Kim, president and head of Samsung's network business. AI's data requirements can only be met by 5G, Kim added.
Verizon is pleased with the performance of its fixed wireless network, 5G Home, which has offered better speeds than promised in "a lot of cases," said Chief Financial Officer Matthew Ellis. Although the service was introduced in four initial markets using non-standard equipment, Verizon plans "to transition to the global standard as soon as equipment is available," Ellis said.
The Federal Communications Commission said it will restart the clock on its six-month review process for T-Mobile's proposed merger with Sprint on Dec. 4, a move that sparked the two telecoms' CEOs to meet. Regional carrier C Spire last week asked the FCC for "alternative relief" as a condition for approving the deal and the agency, in turn, has asked for public opinion of the transaction.
Proponents of freeing up wireless spectrum in the 3.5 gigahertz Citizens Broadband Radio Service space have expressed concerns privately that the Commerce Department is taking too long to test the technology, an assessment the government denied. Also, Ruckus Wireless partnered with American Tower to build a CBRS network for Phoenix's ISM Raceway opening weekend of car racing.
Microsoft will use its white space technology to deliver broadband service to members of the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana, a move that was met with skepticism from the Montana Telecommunications Association. The company said it will serve about 50,000 people with the next step in its Airband Initiative, but an MTA official said the build could prove costly and redundant.
The iPhone X has a glitch that can cause its display screen to become unresponsive, a problem the company will fix at no charge. Apple says it will replace screens that have the problem within three years after purchase.
Google has enhanced its Project Fi mobile virtual network operator service with improved security and connectivity. The updated network will allow the use of a virtual private network for all connections, including to Wi-Fi networks outside Project Fi.
Verizon successfully surfed the internet and made a video call during a trial of the company's 5G network in Providence, R.I. Verizon used its own 28GHz millimeter-wave spectrum as well as 5G New Radio (NR) solutions from Samsung; the phone it selected for the trial was the Motorola Moto Z3, equipped with the 5G Moto Mod and Qualcomm's QTM 052 mmWave antenna modules and Snapdragon X50 5G modem.
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