FCC Announces Results of Wireless Spectrum Incentive Auction

175 TV stations, 50 wireless bidders free up 70MHz for mobile broadband

On April 13, the Federal Communications Commission announced the closing of the broadcast incentive auction, which created a first-of-its kind market for repurposing valuable broadcast airwaves for nationwide wireless mobile use. At $19.8 billion in gross revenue for 70MHz of spectrum, the incentive auction is among the highest grossing auctions ever conducted by the FCC. The Commission now commences a 39-month transition period to move broadcast stations to new channel assignments.

NI, AT&T Collaborate on Fast mmWave Channel Sounder for 5G

Utilizing spectrum earmarked by the FCC, 3GPP and other standardization bodies for 5G

NI and AT&T announced their collaboration on one of the world’s fastest and most accurate tools for 5G millimeter wave (mmWave) channel characterization. mmWave frequencies will play a big role in the future of 5G. They have already been earmarked by the FCC, 3GPP and other standardization bodies for 5G mobile networks. Channel measurements capture how wireless signals are affected in a given environment. For instance, channel measurements can show how signals reflect off of, or are blocked by, objects such as trees, buildings, cars and people.

Wireless Broadband Alliance Fosters Industry Standards for Carrier Wi-Fi QoS

WBA calls for ecosystem collaboration and inputs to standardize Quality of Service on Carrier Wi-Fi

The Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) has today published a new white paper outlining the need for standardization and industry collaboration to enable Quality of Service (QoS) on Carrier Wi-Fi. While Carrier Wi-Fi deployments are on the rise, current industry standards disseminate QoS on variety of different standards what do not facilitate the implementation.

Leti Announces Europe-South Korean Project for World's First 5G-system Prototype

5G CHAMPION to deliver fully integrated and operational prototype in conjunction with 2018 Olympics

Leti announced a European and South Korean project, 5G CHAMPION, to deliver the world’s first fully integrated and operational 5G prototype in conjunction with the 2018 Winter Olympics.

AT&T to Acquire Straight Path Communications in All Stock Deal

The companies anticipate a closing within 12 months, subject to FCC review

Today, Straight Path Communications Inc.  and AT&T announced the signing of a definitive merger agreement under which AT&T is to acquire Straight Path for $95.63 per share in an all-stock merger intended to qualify as a tax-free reorganization. Straight Path is one of the largest holders of 28 GHz and 39 GHz millimeter wave spectrum. The transaction, which was approved by the Board of Directors of both companies, brings Straight Path’s previously announced strategic alternatives process to a conclusion and maximizes Straight Path shareholder value.

Is Europe Aligned with Global 5G Spectrum Policy?

New spectrum bands have historically been a catalyst and rationale for a new cellular generation

New spectrum bands have historically been a catalyst and rationale for a new cellular generation 

Three spectrum bands have been identified by European regulators for the introduction of Fifth Generation Mobile Network (5G) licensing, but they are not globally harmonised and not available throughout Europe. This note looks at the linkages between bands and generations and asks whether there are benefits or issues in coupling 5G so strongly in Europe to the availability of new frequencies.

New Report on 5G-LTE Roadmap Navigates Borders of Policy, Technology, and Opportunity

European broadband and spectrum policy primer to be followed by Americas and APAC analyses

Horizon Research and Market Analysis is pleased to announce the availability of the first in a series of reports, ‘2017 Global 5G-LTE Policy Brief’. Authored by UK-based Dr. William Webb, this critical and incisive report poses some challenging questions, and offers guidance for technology solutions providers, and policy makers.

Comcast introduces Xfinity Mobile

Claims 'America's largest, most reliable 4G LTE network and the largest Wi-Fi network'

Comcast today introduced Xfinity Mobile, a new wireless service designed for the way people use their phones today, with the internet and data at the center of the experience. Up to eighty percent of smartphone data traffic in the U.S. travels over Wi-Fi,1 not cellular networks, making Wi-Fi a key solution to today's mobile data consumption. Xfinity Mobile uses America's largest, most reliable 4G LTE network along with Comcast's 16 million Wi-Fi hotspots to provide consumers with a better wireless experience, for less money, on today's most popular devices.

TIA Applauds House E&C Committee’s Focus on Connectivity Issues

Subcommittee Hearing Today Affirmed Importance of MOBILE NOW for Advancing 5G and IoT

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech communications networks, applauded the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology for today’s hearing on mobile connectivity.

SIMalliance Reports 5% Growth in 2016 Global SIM Shipments

Highest ever SIM shipment volume; strong growth in Asia behind positive global outlook


The SIMalliance membership, which represents approximately 90% of the global SIM market, has reported a 5% year-on-year growth in its 2016 shipment volumes, with a total 4.9 billion units shipped during that period. This is the highest annual volume of shipment units reported yet by the organisation. SIMalliance members estimate that the total available global market for SIM cards also grew in 2016 by 2.8% to 5.45 billion units.

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