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 …

Smart bandages will use 5G data and nano-sensors to help doctors track a wound


Imagine a bandage that will report to a Doctor via 5G wireless on how well a wound being covered is healing. Swansea University in the U.K. will begin trials inside of the next year on this so-called smart bandage. Besides using next-gen wireless service to send reports on the wound to health care professionals, the bandages employ nano-sensors to track any improvements in the injury..

With the information from the bandages, Doctors will be able to monitor a wound and recommend a treatment plan based on how well it is healing. Doctors will also be able to track how active the injured …

AT&T buys spectrum for 5G service with its $1.25 billion deal to buy Straight Path Communications

Seeking additional spectrum for the upcoming move to 5G, AT&T will purchase Straight Path Communications. The nation’s second largest carrier today made a $1.25 billion bid for the company. That works out to a price of $95.63 a share; Straight Path’s shares are responding with a massive gain of $53.27 or 146% to $89.75 in afternoon trading. The firm is one of the largest owners of 28 GHz and 39 GHz millimeter wave spectrum.

Both AT&T and industry leader Verizon have been purchasing companies with millimeter wave spectrum, which will be used when 5G networks are built. AT&T previously …

5G standards body expects to launch service a year earlier than expected

2020 is year that many people are looking forward to for various reasons. One reason is that 2020 is supposedly the year when 5G service will launch around the world. Or is it? According to 5G New Radio (5G NR), whose 5G platform is expected to become the global standard, the next-gen wireless service might actually be ready to go by 2019. That is one year earlier than expected. This was repeated by some of the two-dozen or so companies that belong to the 5G NR such as Qualcomm, AT&T, Sprint, Intel and Deutsche Telekom. The nation’s largest carrier, Verizon, has its own standards for 5G.

5G …