AT&T has rolled out limited 5G coverage to the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, in a move that the company's Senior Vice President of Wireless Technology, Igal Elbaz, says "is expected to alter the in-stadium experience in dramatic, exciting ways by blurring the physical and digital experience in ways that are simply not possible on today's networks." The carrier also said it was able to achieve 1.53 Gbps download speeds in field tests on its live commercial millimeter wave network.
Performance reviews should be more frequent than annually and include a short and to-the-point set of questions about goals, writes Randal Vegter, NewsCred people operations chief. "Things clicked into place when we transitioned to eight forward-facing, light-touch conversations per year," he writes.
Verizon is looking to stir public interest in 5G with a new campaign dubbed Let's 5G! that aims to increase political advocacy about the service. The campaign website offers information about 5G and a form letter that citizens can use to contact their elected officials.
The proposed merger between T-Mobile and Sprint will be put to the test during a Wednesday hearing before the House Energy committee and one on Thursday in front of Commerce and Judiciary. Debate around the merger has split Democrats into two camps, but the hearings will give the companies an opportunity to assuage lawmakers' concerns.
President Donald Trump's plan to prohibit the use of Chinese telecom equipment in US networks could take a significant toll on rural carriers, which rely heavily on gear supplied by Huawei Technologies. The Rural Wireless Association has been trying to persuade officials to scrap plans for a ban, and estimates that such a move could result in replacement costs between $800 million and $1 billion.
Apple has promoted Frank Casanova, an experienced executive, to senior director of worldwide product marketing for augmented reality. Casanova served as head of iPhone partner marketing before taking the position, which Apple has just created.
On Wednesday, February 13, Aon will present the results of its 2018 Health & Benefits Technology Industry Survey. The results provide insights into emerging benefit trends in wellbeing, perquisites, time-off programs and vendor strategies for technology companies. The data, segmented by subsectors within the technology industry, will be useful to technology employers and those in other industries interested in benchmarking against the industry. To learn more, register here.
Verizon has requested permission from the Federal Communications Commission to launch 3.5 GHz propagation modeling tests in several locations in Arizona and Massachusetts, including Phoenix and Boston. The tests, from March 4 through May 4 in Arizona and from May 1 through July 1 in Massachusetts, are part of an ongoing wave of nationwide CBRS trials from multiple carriers.
The New York Public Service Commission has endorsed the proposed merger between T-Mobile and Sprint, leaving the two companies just three approvals short of the 19 required. The New York regulator concluded that the transaction would serve the public interest and should not result in disruptions for customers on Sprint's wireline services, although it required the companies to meet a number of conditions.
Google Pixel is seeing an explosion in popularity, thanks to its wide array of top-notch features, which include the Android 9 "Pie" operating system, a high-performance camera system, Google Assistant and competitive pricing, writes Brooke Crothers. Strategy Analytics said in a recent report that the Pixel is the fastest-growing smartphone brand in the nation and a top iPhone rival.