The internet of things could make heavy use of 5G's ability to handle large amounts of data, although Paul Bevan of Bloor, a consulting and advisory firm, says many IoT devices can still function well without it. "It is in areas requiring low latency, such as autonomous vehicles or, further down the track, remote robotic surgery that 5G really comes into its own," Bevan adds.
Hargray Communications is to increase its Pell City-area footprint by purchasing USA Communications' Alabama assets. The company will provide a full lineup of internet, TV and phone services to both residential and business customers.
Cox Communications is giving customers affected by the government shutdown payment extensions without penalties. Customers can schedule their payments for a future date by visiting the Payment Arrangement Options segment of the account site or contacting a customer service representative.
FuboTV's subscriber engagement last month was nearly three times greater than at the same time the previous year, and the company says connected TVs get the credit. The company's nearly 250,000 subscribers watched an average of almost 90 hours of programming, with entertainment being the most popular category.
A possible criminal investigation into trade secret theft and proposed bipartisan bills banning US component sales are the latest measures the federal government is taking against Huawei Technologies and other Chinese telecommunications firms, such as ZTE. Huawei faces accusations regarding T-Mobile and other US business partners, and the US believes that both it and ZTE have disregarded US sanctions on countries including Iran.
Lenovo is working with Verizon to launch an updated version of the iconic Motorola Razr flip phone in February, although the device is still in testing, sources say. The revived Razr will reportedly sport a foldable screen and a $1,500 price tag, and Lenovo intends to start by making 200,000 units.
Heart-monitoring capabilities developed with Stanford Medical School and a recovery tracking app for joint surgery patients are leading Apple's charge toward the front of the digital health space. Apple's objective is to offer enhanced medical assistance to patients, as well as valuable data to providers and insurers.
Apple has unveiled battery cases for its latest iPhones models, the XS, XR and XS Max, for $129 each. Apple pointed to such features as their support of wireless Qi charging, Lightning-out ports and compatibility with USB-PD quick charging systems.
Consumers and businesses will need to wait at least until 2020, if not later, to get the maximum benefit from 5G technology, Wells Fargo analysts wrote in a new report that points to the need to complete 5G standards and roll out compatible handsets. Analysts also predicted that carriers and others will focus heavily on auctions for millimeter wave frequencies, as well as Citizens Broadband Radio Service and C-band spectrum.
US News & World Report rated 50 states for the quality of their internet access using two metrics: the percentage of homes with a broadband subscription and the ability to download at "fast" speeds. Leading the list is Iowa -- where nearly 70% of homes have access to fast speeds -- followed by North Dakota, Hawaii, Utah and South Dakota.