California-based fixed wireless companies Winters Broadband and Cal.net are merging to operate as Cal.net across an 8,000-square-mile territory. Cal.net CEO John Lane said that the union would give Winters customers access to higher speed tiers, LTE networks and more capacity.
Industry experts at an online Broadband Breakfast session discussed the implications of President Joe Biden's plan to "future-proof" infrastructure for broadband. Affordability was a major concern, as was the importance of remaining technology-neutral and considering innovations such as open radio access networks.
AT&T has taken the city of Pittsburgh to federal court for charging $850 a year per small cell built. The carrier wants the court to limit fees to $270 per cell per year, the price it says Federal Communications Commission rules establish.
T-Mobile introduced its Home Internet fixed wireless platform on April 7, giving 30 million households access to in-home 5G service with average speeds of 100 megabits per second. The carrier also announced plans to serve rural communities with new stores and, in areas without them, specialized "Hometown Experts."
Augmented reality will play a major role in Apple's future, CEO Tim Cook said during a recent podcast interview, citing the technology's potential for augmenting a variety of fields. Cook said he couldn't confirm "anything that may or may not be in the pipeline," such as the AR headset and glasses analysts predict will come out soon.
A report from StatCounter finds an increase in Microsoft Edge activity on desktops, while Mozilla Firefox is losing users. Google's Chrome and Apple's Safari still lead the browser rankings.
T-Mobile plans to integrate its 5G network with fiber and edge computing from Lumen Technologies to help enterprise developers create, manage and scale their applications. Lumen Edge Experience Center and T-Mobile's Tech Experience Center and other labs will add to the companies' resources for enterprise innovation.
Intel says that its new 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors improve 5G performance and workloads by an average of 62%, and make user plane function as much as 42% better for communications providers. The chips will go into 5G networks as well as datacenters and functions such as confidential computing and cryptography.
The Iowa Senate in a 47-0 vote approved legislation to increase broadband access in underserved areas of the state by funding infrastructure installations, including fixed wireless. Gov. Kim Reynolds is expected to sign the legislation that will give communications companies Empower Rural Iowa money.
Fixed wireless access nearly tied for the leading rural customer satisfaction score in a report from Innovative Systems and Pivot Group, coming in at 7.9 out of 10 to fiber's 8.1. The study also found that FWA had 10% rural penetration and fiber had 23%, that almost a third of customers in surveyed regions want faster broadband, and that more than a third have some interest in managed Wi-Fi.