Sprint Sues AT&T Over Misleading Consumers With 5Ge Icon

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Sprint has filed a suit in federal court against AT&T, claiming their 5Ge icon that is showing up on iPhones and Android devices is misleading. In the suit, Sprint used survey data to suggest that consumers believe that AT&T’s 5Ge icon makes their network the same as or better than true 5G. Further survey data … Read moreSprint Sues AT&T Over Misleading Consumers With 5Ge Icon

AT&T to Turn on 5G Service in Twelve Cities on December 21

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AT&T has announced that starting this Friday, December 21, they will enable 5G network support in twelve cities.  The rollout, which has been essentially all of 2018 in the making, does have its caveats but that isn’t stopping Ma Bell.  The US carrier becomes the first in the country to roll out 5G support using … Read moreAT&T to Turn on 5G Service in Twelve Cities on December 21

Qualcomm States Every Android Flagship Phone will be 5G in 2019

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At the Qualcomm Snapdragon Technology Summit being hosted in Hawaii, the chip maker’s President Cristiano Amon stated that all Android manufactures will have a 5G phone in 2019.  He stated that every Android manufacture is currently working on 5G at the moment with launches happening next year.

“When we get to exactly this time of year one year from now … we will see every [handset maker] on the Android ecosystem, their flagship across all US carriers will be a 5G device,” he told CNET in an interview Tuesday at Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Technology Summit in Hawaii. “Every Android vendor is working on 5G right now.”

The news is in sharp contrast to with Apple’s plans for 5G, with most not expecting to see a compatible iPhone until at least 2020.

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The FCC Has Started The First High-Band 5G Auction

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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has opened up its first auction of high-band 5G spectrum to bidders.  The spectrum in question is 28GHz and would allow winners, most likely carriers, the ability to potentially deliver gigabit speeds on downloads.  It will be divided into two 425MHz blocks in any given county.

This auction of 28GHz spectrum is just the beginning.  There will be a second auction of 24GHz with seven 100MHz blocks after the close of bidding for the 28GHz spectrum.

The Federal Communications Commission will commence its first-ever high-band 5G spectrum auction today. This morning, bidding will begin on spectrum in the 28 GHz band (Auction 101), which will be followed by bidding for spectrum in the 24 GHz band (Auction 102). The FCC is making 1.55 gigahertz of spectrum available through these two auctions. These auctions will be followed by a 2019 auction of three more millimeter-wave spectrum bands—37 GHz, 39 GHz, and 47 GHz.

Bidding for this high-band spectrum is open now.

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Intel Announces an Accelerated Time Table for Their 5G Modem

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Intel has made a surprising announcement that their upcoming 5G modem, the XMM 8160, will be launched a full six months early.  The modem, which will support 2G, 3G, 4G, and 5G, is capable of speeds up to six gigabits per second when it is deployed in a model device on a fully capable network.   It also supports multi-mode, meaning it can connect using millimeter wave support, stand-alone and non-stand-alone modes.  It can also connect to 4G and 5G network at the same time.

Most pundits are expecting that the XMM 8160 will be the first modem that will appear in a smartphone in 2019.  Don’t expect that smart phone to be an iPhone however.  It will almost certainly be in an Android-based phone first.

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Further Rumors Suggest a 5G iPhone Coming in 2020

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Another report has surfaced, this time at Fast Company that suggests that Apple’s plans for a 5G compatible iPhone will be aimed at 2020.  The report cites that Apple is intent on using the Intel 8161 5G modem when it does roll out to the iPhone.

The 5G standard was finalized earlier this year and carriers here in the United States are not working hard to get support out for it on their networks.  AT&T and Verizon both aim to have limited next generation network coverage this year.

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President Trump Memorandum Calls for Sustainable Spectrum Strategy

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In a presidential memorandum issued yesterday, President Donald Trump as called for a national spectrum strategy to help create sustainable access and efficiency.

It is the policy of the United States to use radiofrequency spectrum (spectrum) as efficiently and effectively as possible to help meet our economic, national security, science, safety, and other Federal mission goals now and in the future.  To best achieve this policy, the Nation requires a balanced, forward-looking, flexible, and sustainable approach to spectrum management.

Within the memorandum, the President called for government agencies to notify the Secretary of Commerce within 180 days of the memorandum of their future spectrum requirements.  Additionally, the Office of Science and Technology Policy is to submit a report on emerging technologies and how they will impact spectrum needs in America.

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AT&T Set to Launch First 5G Network in “Next Few Weeks”

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In their Q3 earnings call with analysts and investors, AT&T stated that the first rollout of their first real 5G network will be happening in “next few weeks”.  It is exciting news and means that at least in some parts of selected cities, you will be able to get 5G throughput.  The kicker, of course, is there aren’t any 5G phones on the market – yet.

AT&T has indicated previously that they wanted to get their 5G network rolling this year and it looks like that is going to be a reality.  As for which cities, that isn’t clear yet but it will likely be some if not all of the first round of cities the Dallas-based carrier has already named. Those include Atlanta, Georgia; Charlotte and Raleigh in North Carolina; Dallas and Waco in Texas; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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AT&T Adds Five More Cities to its 2018 5G Plans

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AT&T has announced that it will be expanding its launch plans for its 5G network to five additional cities this year.  Houston, Jacksonville, Louisville, New Orleans and San Antonio will join Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Indianapolis, Oklahoma City, Raleigh and Waco as the cities which can expect the carrier’s 5G solution.

Over the weekend, in Waco, Texas, working with our key technology collaborators, we made the world’s first wireless 5G data transfer over millimeter wave using standards-based, production equipment with a mobile form factor device. Not a lab. Not preproduction hardware. Not emulators. And fully compliant with global standards.

The news is good as the Dallas, Texas based company has been making a lot of announcements around 5G for most of this year.  Other carriers like Sprint and T-Mobile are also heavily ramping up their 5G efforts too.

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