T-Mobile has switched on 121 2.5 GHz 5G networks, bringing its total to 210. Research firm Tutela reports that T-Mobile also doubled its reliance on using 600 MHz frequencies for data traffic over LTE infrastructure in the past year.
The Federal Communications Commission has approved a new set of rules governing the STIR/SHAKEN scheme that helps block illegal robocalls. Service providers must upgrade to networks based on internet protocol or provide non-IP caller ID authentication solutions before June 2021.
Joe Pat Covington, Judge-Executive of Kentucky's Scott County, has praised GEO Partners for providing data and possible broadband access solutions through recent speed tests. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Ky., wants local governments to spend Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act funds on the project.
South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has signed a bill authorizing electric cooperatives to work with broadband entities. "The electric co-ops serve the more rural people in the most rural areas of SC," explained State Rep. Robert Williams, who co-sponsored the bill.
Rural schools in places like Idaho are dealing with connectivity dead zones as students attempt distance learning during the pandemic. Local leaders see opportunities to establish broadband networks.
Microsoft says its recently introduced Azure for Operators will help carriers reduce the distance between customers and edge computing facilities, thus cutting latency. The new platform also supports 5G by letting providers customize network slices, and includes services from a wide range of network management partners.
Verizon introduced a 5G Internet Gateway device that is designed to expand the range of its millimeter wave-based home internet service for small business and residential users as well as allow many customers to install the combined modem-router themselves using augmented reality technology. The all-in-one box is the first to feature Qualcomm's QTM527 antenna.
AT&T now lets all members of unlimited-data family plans choose different options, a feature that Verizon has offered for a while. The flexibility covers the high-end Elite Unlimited plan, the basic Starter plan and the mid-range Extra.
Verizon is now the National Hockey League's official wireless services and 5G partner, and Yahoo Sports, the carrier's subsidiary, will become its partner for the season's fantasy sports and sports betting. The company will use its mobile edge computing technology to pilot in-venue apps that bring real-time video to fans via 5G.
The Federal Communications Commission will begin the process this week of opening up 100 MHz of wireless spectrum in the 3.45 GHz band for commercial use, including 5G, as well as freeing up 4.9 MHz frequencies now set aside for public safety agencies. The FCC will vote to begin a rulemaking process to transfer non-federal users at 3.45 GHz to other bands.
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