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November 16, 2017

5G battle heats up as Intel lays out plans

The development of 5G is presenting business opportunities not only for those building next-generation network technologies, such as Huawei and ZTE, but also for those designing components for future consumer and business products. Processor and modem packages for 5G products are just as important, and the big names in silicon design, including Qualcomm and Intel, are already laying out their plans.

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4G LTE is already providing millions of customers with super fast data, but with more and more carriers looking to flip the switch on even nippier 1 Gbps networks and phones boasting faster modems, it’s [...]

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May 11, 2017

Verizon reportedly outbids AT&T in 5G wireless spectrum bidding war

According to people familiar with the matter, Verizon has outbid AT&T by $1.5 million to buy Straight Path, a company that owns high-frequency radio waves.

See also: 5G specification sets 100Mbps minimum download speed February 24, 2017

With US carriers announcing “5G technology” left and right, it looks like the war for 5G wireless spectrum has officially begun. Although what companies like AT&T offer at the moment isn’t true 5G, much like marketing WiMax or HSPA+ as 4G, 5th generation mobile networks are closer than we think to becoming reality.

Many experts predict that high-frequency radio waves will play a crucial role in providing stable [...]

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February 24, 2017

5G specification sets 100Mbps minimum download speed

It’s been a long time coming, but the finishing touches are being put to the upcoming 5G networking specification. The ITU has just published a draft report for IMT-2020 radio interfaces, also known as 5G, which will be finalized sometime in November 2017. Once the specification is complete, there’s still a period of hardware consultation, followed by countries dividing up spectrum before carrier can actually turn on their networks. There’s still a long road ahead, but this draft gives us quite a good idea about what to expect from 5G.

Leaping right on in into speeds, the specification states that 5G base stations will have to offer at least 20Gbps download and 10Gbps [...]

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February 22, 2017

Verizon to test 5G in 11 US cities in 2017, Samsung to help

After AT&T announced its 5G Evolution network, we knew it was only a matter of time before its wireless rivals chimed in with their own plans. It seems that Verizon is now up to the plate.

In partnership with Samsung, Big Red is nearly ready to pilot test its new gigabit-class wireless service in 11 cities. According to Samsung, the first markets to offer fixed 5G wireless will be New Jersey, Massachusetts, Texas and Washington, D.C., with a fifth location in Michigan starting trials later in Q2 2017. The remaining cities will probably be rolled out sometime shortly after that. Verizon says that the entire network should be up and running by the middle of the [...]

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