Qualcomm has developed its first 802.11ay 60GHz Wi-Fi chipsets for WiGig devices, allowing for speeds of up to 10 Gbps and latency under a millisecond. The standard, which requires line-of-sight between transmitter and receiver, can reach top speed at up to 100 meters away, per Qualcomm's Dino Bekis.
T-Mobile is offering a 36-month installment plan for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 after previously using 24-month plans for devices. The Note 9 is the first device to have a 36-month option available from T-Mobile and the plan does not require a down payment from the customer.
Nokia has added new application-specific integrated circuits to its portfolio of G.fast and VDSL2 offerings. The second-generation ASIC chips are said to provide greater vectoring processing power to eliminate cross-talk interference and to improve data transmission speeds.
Windstream Enterprise has upgraded its Mitel 4.1-powered XCaaS -- "any communications as a service" -- offering, which gives midsize and large companies greater customer contact abilities across voice, digital and open-media channels. The company is seeking to differentiate its service from those of other Mitel providers.
Officials in Austin, Texas, concede the city has fallen behind others in the state in approving licenses to carriers to provide 5G service, acknowledging they have lagged federal and state guidelines. Telecoms say the bureaucratic slowdown has affected small-cell installations.
School districts are experimenting with various ways to provide broadband access for students who lack service at home, a problem that particularly affects rural and minority children, the Department of Education says. One solution to the "homework gap" problem: mapping out areas where students can gain access to free Wi-Fi.
As the investigation intensifies and pressure grows for Saudi Arabia to reveal the fate of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, many Silicon Valley beneficiaries of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's Public Investment Fund, such as Uber, Wag and Slack, have yet to comment on the Saudi kingdom. The scheduled "Davos in the Desert" Future Investment Initiative event in Riyadh at the end of the month will likely be seen as a test for American companies.
The National Association of Broadcasters is asking a federal court to reject challenges to the radio incubator program from the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters and the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council. "Granting the relief requested by petitioners would harm NAB's smallest members," NAB wrote in a filing.
"The Alec Baldwin Show" premiered to low ratings Sunday on ABC, with 2.2 million viewers, but did tie with "Cronicas" on Univision among adults ages 18 to 49, a key prime-time demographic for advertisers. NBC won the night's ratings, with 15.6 million viewers tuning in to watch the New England Patriots game.