Apple receives permission to start testing 5G wireless broadband

The number of companies to start planning for the upcoming transitioning to 5G wireless standards and conducting tests on the new technology is growing by the day. A recent report has announced that Apple is the latest of companies to receive a license from the FCC to test 5G services in the 28 GHz to 39 GHz spectrums. The frequency band was approved by the FCC last year and supports millimeter waves that are characterized by short wavelength and high frequency of transmission.

Apple’s approved application for an experimental license gives Cupertino permission to test the technology …


Qualcomm CEO Mollenkopf now sees a 2019 launch for 5G service in the U.S.

Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf says that mobile internet speeds will hit incredible new records in 2019 as 5G service becomes real in that year. While the executive said that most in the industry pick 2020 as the the launch year for the next generation of mobile wireless service, “people are pulling us faster.” According to Mollenkopf, that means “You’ll see 5G in 2019 for sure.”

Some of the demand for 5G is being driven by mobile device users seeking an improved video experience. 5G service is expected to deliver data speeds as much as 100 times the current rate. With 5G, video files that …

San Marino set to launch Europe’s first 5G mobile network by the end of 2018

Earlier this year, the 5G New Radio (5G NG) conglomerate of twenty-something companies announced that the global switch to 5G would happen sooner than initially projected, as the super-fast mobile networks could become available as early as 2019, instead of 2020.

However, the government of the tiny country of San Marino has allegedly signed an agreement with Telecom Italia that aims to facilitate a nation-wide switch to 5G from 4G, by the end of 2018. This means that San Marino could become the first country in Europe to offer 5G connectivity, allowing for up to 10 times …

Verizon and Ericsson test 5G on the historic Indy Speedway (VIDEO)

What can be more fitting than for Verizon and Ericsson to test its zippy 5G network right on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the location for this weekend’s Indianapolis 500 race. This mobility test was able to achieve data speeds as high as 6.4Gb/sec in a car traveling faster than 60mph. The test employed Ericsson’s advanced radio technology. Some of this technology is designed to send signals to a specific user, even if that user is a moving target traveling at a rapid speed. This so-called beam forming and beam tracking replaces the current scattershot approach where signals are sent …

Sprint to launch 5G by 2019 using its stash of 2.5GHz spectrum

A week after T-Mobile announced its plan to build a coast-to-coast 5G network, Sprint threw its 2 cents into the 5G hat with an announcement of its own. The nation’s fourth largest carrier announced that it will be launching its 5G network by late 2019.  While Sprint didn’t say whether its entire network would be running by then, T-Mobile says that it will have regional service that same year, with nationwide coverage in 2020.

Back in March, Sprint tested its gigabit LTE service during an NBA game in New Orleans. The test used 60MHz of Sprint’s high frequency  2.5GHz spectrum, …

Check out T-Mobile's vision of a 5G world (VIDEO)

Based on T-Mobile’s video called “The Future of Wireless,” 5G means that we will be closer to living like The Jetsons. Earlier during this week, the nation’s third largest carrier became the first one to announce its plans to build a nationwide 5G network. Today, T-Mobile has posted a video showing what life could be like with such a network deployed. Apparently, AR is one of the things that we will be using every day and in many ways. From checking our parking garage reservations through an AR enabled windshield in our car, to using AR to purchase a dress that we see in a store window, …

Straight Path receives a $2.3 billion offer from mystery bidder, company owns spectrum related to 5G

On the evening of April 7th, Straight Path was valued at $455 million dollars. On Monday morning, April 10th, AT&T announced that it would buy Straight Path Communications for $1.6 billion. The attraction? The company is one of the largest owners of 28 GHz and 39 GHz millimeter wave spectrum. These airwaves will be used by carriers building out their next-generation 5G network.

The day of AT&T’s announcement, the stock soared from $36.48 to $89.75, still below AT&T’s $95.63 per share offer. Two weeks later, a mystery bidder (rumored to be Verizon) topped AT&T with a bid …

T-Mobile's 5G vision is largely powered by Nokia

Earlier this week, T-Mobile announced that it is planning on building a nationwide 5G network using some of the 600MHz spectrum it won at the FCC auction. Playing a large role in the build out of the next-gen pipeline will be Nokia. In a press release, the latter let it be known that it will be supporting the network migration that will move T-Mobile’s ever growing number of 4G subscribers onto the new frontier when the time is ready.

Using T-Mobile’s low-frequency airwaves and Nokia’s radios and antennas, the pair will give consumers the opportunity to access this enhanced mobile broadband …

T-Mobile CEO Legere announces the carrier's plan to build a nationwide 5G network

The Pied Piper of the mobile industry is at it again, as T-Mobile CEO John Legere made one of the biggest announcements of his career to date. Today, T-Mobile became the first U.S. carrier to announce plans for a nationwide 5G network. The nation’s third largest carrier will use some of the 600MHz spectrum it won during the FCC auction, to carry 5G traffic from one U.S. coast to the other. It also plans on using some of the low-frequency spectrum to enhance, improve and expand its 4G LTE network.

T–Mobile spent $7.9 billion on the auction, outspending the competition, and ending …

AT&T 5G Evolution launches today with the help of Samsung's Galaxy S8

Remember that faster mobile network that AT&T promised back in February? This is now a reality, at least in select parts of Austin, Texas, where AT&T just switched on what it’s calling “5G Evolution.”

According to AT&T, 5G Evolution “offers twice the speeds of [its] 4G LTE network.” Mind you, this is not true 5G. Actual 5G standards have yet to be finalized, so we won’t be seeing any real 5G networks before 2019 the earliest. Nevertheless, 5G Evolution is now here to “pave the way to the next generation of faster speeds,” as AT&T puts it.

For …