AT&T to launch a real mobile 5G network by the end of 2018

AT&T is planning to launch a mobile 5G network that will comply with the recently approved 5G New Radio (NR) specifications. In its press release, the US carrier states that the service will be available in 12 cities by the end of this year, but it hasn’t specified the names of those markets or which devices will get upgraded to the higher speeds first.
Melissa Arnoldi, president of AT&T Technology and Operations, has commented on the developments:

5G will change the way we live, work and enjoy entertainment. We’re moving quickly to begin deploying mobile …


T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray looks back at 4G LTE in 2017, and ahead to 5G by 2020

On a recently released video, T-Mobile’s Chief Technical Officer Neville Ray recited his thoughts on the year about to end, while looking ahead at what the future might bring for the nation’s third largest carrier. Ray discussed the 600MHz spectrum that T-Mobile won in the FCC’s auction of airwaves no longer being used by television broadcasters. The low frequency airwaves travel farther and penetrate buildings better than spectrum carrying higher frequencies. T-Mobile wasted no time employing some of its newly owned 600MHz spectrum for 4G LTE.

With the spectrum won by T-Mobile from …

Sprint to offer 5G service and devices by 2019

Earlier tonight, we told you that the the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) had announced new hardware standards for the Non-Standalone 3GPP 5G NR specs. Included in that list is Sprint’s 2.5GHz spectrum. Sprint has more than 160MHz of this spectrum available, giving it the largest block of 5G airwaves in the states with a frequency under 6GHz. The carrier’s focus when it comes to 5G is mobile, and to that end it is working with chip maker Qualcomm and telecom company SoftBank.

Sprint says that it hopes to start offering commercial 5G service and compatible devices for 5G by 2019. …

Partial specs for 5G hardware receive approval from 3GPP members


The members of the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) have decided on new hardware standards for the upcoming 5G service that should debut in 2018 at the earliest. With the Non-Standalone (NSA) 5G New Radio (NR) specifications approved, suppliers will know exactly what they will have to build in order to meet the specs required by manufacturers. These specs will be published later this week. Matt Branda, the director of technical marketing at Qualcomm, said “This is really the step that enables vendors to start building equipment.” The specs include support for low-frequency (600MHz, …

T-Mobile and Verizon battle over 5G

At the end of last month, Verizon said that it would start bringing 5G into the home with its residential 5G broadband coming to five markets in the second half of next year. Big Red will be using millimeter-wave technology, which has a number of issues. The signals require a clear line-of-sight, and do not penetrate buildings that well. Verizon VP of network support Mike Haberman says that Verizon is using beam-forming technology to workaround those limitations, and the carrier was able to achieve a gigabit link even at distance of 2,000 feet.

T-Mobile, on the other hand, has been focusing …

Samsung and KDDI demonstrate 5G technology while on a moving train

Samsung and Japanese telecom company KDDI announced this morning that last month they were able to demonstrate the use of 5G technology on a moving train. During the testing, successful handovers of downlink and uplink transmissions were achieved while the train was moving at a speed of 100 km/hour (equivalent to 62.1 mph). While this was going on, Samsung and KDDI were able to post a peak data speed of 1.7Gbps.

The equipment employed consisted of Samsung’s pre-commercial 5G end-to-end solution. This package includes a 5G router, a 5G radio, and virtualized RAN and core. And the testing …

Qualcomm, ZTE and China Mobile report successful test of first 5G New Radio system

Qualcomm, ZTE and China Mobile announced early Friday morning that it had a successful test of the world’s first end-to-end 5G New Radio system. The system allows data to run at multi–gigabit per second speeds (> 1 Gbps) with latency of under 4ms. That compares to the 20ms latency that is the standard for current LTE networks. The system is based on the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) standards. That group is made up of telecommunications companies that set the standards for 3G, 4G and now 5G networks and equipment.

Because 3GPP standards will be the ones used by the industry …

Qualcomm is the odd man out as Apple and Intel design 5G modem for future iPhone models?

If there is a sign that Apple remains upset with chip maker Qualcomm, it is found in a new report published today that says Apple is working very closely with Intel on the design of a 5G modem chip for future iPhone models. Apple and Qualcomm are tied up in a series of lawsuits related to the latter’s handling of royalties on its standard essential patents. Qualcomm sought to have iPhone sales banned in China.

From the Apple iPhone 4s through the Apple iPhone 6s, Qualcomm was the sole provider of modem chips for the iPhone. Last year, Qualcomm provided the key component for the CDMA variant …

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 …