Verizon announced that it has gotten good test results from a network centered on 5G standalone technology and will begin shifting activity onto that infrastructure before the year ends, with the goal of full commercialization during 2021. The carrier added that 5G SA uses machine learning and artificial intelligence, which will help it provide automatic configuration changes and network slicing.
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is working with Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, on a pilot program to provide $160 million for devices that help people in rural areas access the internet. The Hotspots and Online Technology and Services Procurement for our Tribes and States Act would give a minimum of $1.6 million to each state, which would in turn fund devices for libraries.
Public resistance in places such as North Carolina and Utah has kept apps for contact-tracing from successfully controlling the coronavirus pandemic, experts told the House Financial Services Committee. Other countries have found the apps helpful in controlling the virus' spread, but many US residents fear that the government will use such technology to track them.
Apple has debuted a public beta version of iOS 14, which will ship with phones in the fall. While the beta version is likely to contain bugs, it provides a peek at new features such as a redesigned home screen and a new App Library panel.
The Federal Communications Commission is reluctantly preparing to sell T-Band spectrum, which major cities' public safety organizations use, following a 2012 congressional mandate. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has called the auction a "bad idea" and said it "will likely fail," but unless Congress acts, the auction will happen by February.
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration has concluded that spectrum in the midband range between 3.45 and 3.55 GHz is ripe for sharing at "the commercial power levels sought by the wireless industry." The Department of Defense and other government organizations currently control those frequencies for airborne, land-based and shipborne use.
Qualcomm has designed the upcoming Snapdragon 865 Plus especially for artificial intelligence and gaming use, boosting the original 865's clock speed by 10% and enabling peak speeds of 3.6 Gbps. The upgraded chip will also support Wi-Fi 6E technology on smartphones and will render graphics in less time than the previous version did, but will not have an integrated modem.
Verizon will offer the Galaxy A71 5G UW phone for $649, making it the least expensive 5G model the carrier offers. The launch is scheduled for July 16, and the 6.7-inch Samsung handset includes a number of camera features as well as the Snapdragon 765G from Qualcomm.
Phillips 66 will use integration services from Accenture and AT&T spectrum in the 4G private network it's testing at an oil refinery. None of the companies provided details about vendors, use cases or cost, but Phillips said the technology will help cover holes in public networks and provide a gateway to 5G and internet of things applications.
T-Mobile has started offering its Home Internet service in three Michigan counties, following last year's trial run near Grand Rapids. The 4G fixed wireless platform provides 50 megabits of data per second on average, without caps or long-term contracts, but customers do have to schedule automatic payments.
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