DISH Network will not begin building its 5G network this year, Charlie Ergen, the company's chairman, told analysts, saying that most of the company's capital budget allocated for wireless will go toward permitting and planning for radio frequencies. Ergen also said DISH will deploy open radio access network infrastructure to allow the company to "use some providers that maybe aren't household names that have done great things in the lab or great things in other parts of the world."
Common Networks, which provides wireless broadband to several markets on the West Coast, is planning an innovative arrangement of rooftop hardware to increase speeds. The system will use the recently introduced 802.11ay standard and Qualcomm's 60 GHz Wi-Fi chipset, as well as the gigabit wireless Terragraph from Facebook Connectivity and Common's own Wireless Graph Network.
The Federal Communications Commission has set a deadline of April 29 for comments in response to a US appeals court order requiring the agency to review aspects of its net neutrality decision. The FCC is focusing on three basic questions concerning the rules regarding public safety, utility poles and Lifeline, its subsidy program.
Verizon is calling on the Federal Communications Commission to allow unlimited purchases at the upcoming C-band auction, saying T-Mobile will obtain a large amount of spectrum from its Sprint merger. T-Mobile and five trade groups, including the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association, urged the FCC to prohibit any single carrier from buying more than a third of the frequencies in a given region.
The coronavirus' spread has forced 3GPP to postpone meetings planned this month and next to discuss setting further 5G standards, although the group says the delays will not affect its Release 16 specification. 3GPP Chairman Balazs Bertenyi said the organization will decide in March whether it will need to delay work on Release 17.
Qualcomm introduced the Snapdragon X60 5G modem, saying it will release the third-generation gear in late 2020 or in 2021, as well as a QTM535 module for antennas that is designed to improve millimeter-wave spectrum performance and support sleeker handset designs. The X60 will boost smartphones' average speeds and reduce power consumption but will do little to raise peak speeds.
Apple's loss might be Samsung's gain where production issues caused by the coronavirus outbreak are concerned, Reuters reports, saying the South Korean company will benefit from having built some of its smartphone factories in Vietnam rather than in China. Samsung had also largely abandoned the Chinese smartphone market in the last few years, so the country's lower demand hasn't affected it.
The wireless industry's CTIA is joining other trade groups in challenging the legality of a Maine law scheduled to take effect in July that requires consent from consumers before tracking their activities to enable advertisement targeting. The groups representing internet service providers argued in federal court that the state failed to demonstrate any harm to consumers resulting from the ISPs' existing policies.
Federated Wireless is offering businesses a managed option for connecting to networks running on Citizens Band Radio Service frequencies to help them deploy private 5G and 4G networks under a partnership with Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services. The new connectivity-as-a-service system is aimed at making it easier for enterprises to use internet of things tools without interfering with their Wi-Fi networks.
Sources say that the Pentagon no longer has reservations about a measure that would drop the maximum amount of US content to 10% in products Huawei Technologies purchases. The White House is reportedly also considering a ban on chip shipments to Huawei if the manufacturers use equipment from the US.
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