Ericsson to acquire Cradlepoint; plans to accelerate 5G networking solutions

Cradlepoint, a Boise-based leader in wireless networking for LTE, will be acquired by Swedish telecom manufacturer Ericsson, the companies announced today. The deal should be mutually beneficial and both companies plan to accelerate 5G development. Ericsson is a worldwide leader in 4G cellular infrastructure and has become a leader in 5G as well, while Cradlepoint is a global leader in LTE solutions for branch, mobile, and IoT and has been focusing on advancing to 5G solutions over the past couple of years.

“We think this will give our customers a chance to generate new income sources within the enterprise segment,” Ericsson finance chief Carl Mellander told Reuters.

George Mulhern, CEO and Chairman of Cradlepoint said: “We have led the way in bringing the power of cellular networks and technologies to enterprise and public sector customers – helping them connect beyond the limits of traditional wired WANs. Ericsson with its global 5G leadership is a great match for us and I am very excited to continue to scale and expand our business together.”

5G iPhone 12 leaks indicate prices will start at $649

Apple insiders have begun to leak specs and pricing details for the upcoming iPhone launch. The latest iPhone series, which will offer 5G, is expected to be called the iPhone 12, and the announcement will likely come in October. Some models may be available later that month, but others won’t be available to buy until November.

All models are expected to include 5G access, and other features include 5.4″ – 6.7″ OLED displays, the Apple A14 Bionic processor, and advanced AR features for the Pro versions of the phones.

According to sources, the base model iPhone 12 will cost just $649, with the premium model, the Pro Max, going for $1099.

Motorola One 5G for Verizon and AT&T to retail for under $500

Motorola has announced that the 5G-capable Motorola One, which will be available “soon” for both AT&T and Verizon, will sell for just $500. This puts it in direct competition with the iPhone SE, which is expected to go for $399.

The Verizon Motorola One 5G will work on the carrier’s mmWave 5G, and the AT&T version will have sub-6 5G connectivity. The One has a 6.7-inch full HD display and is powered by a Snapdragon 765 processor, which is the same one found in the Motorola Edge, LG Velvet and Galaxy A71. It also features a 5,000-mAh battery with support for TurboPower charging, a headphone jack, a 90Hz refresh rate display and six cameras. Unlike Motorola’s higher-end phones, though, the screen is LCD instead of OLED, and it has only 4GB of RAM.

T-Mobile told to revise 5G reliability claims in ads

Earlier this summer, Verizon was advised by the National Advertising Division (NAD) to be more realistic about their 5G coverage in their advertising, and now T-Mobile has received recommendations about their 5G ads too. After hearing complaints from Verizon, The NAD, which runs the ad industry’s self-regulatory system and is part of BBB National Programs, has asked T-Mobile to stop putting forth claims that its 5G network is more reliable than competitors’ 4G or 5G networks.

The NAD told T-Mobile that they can continue telling consumers that its 5G service is faster than 4G and offers more coverage than rivals’ 5G, as there is data confirming those claims. While they agreed with T-Mobile’s argument about their coverage, they disagreed with their assertion that their coverage also indicated superior reliability, so that part of their advertising strategy will need to be altered.

Sierra Wireless announces 5G mmWave module

Sierra Wireless, a leader in IoT solutions for cellular connectivity, has announced the commercial availability of its first 5G module. The EM919x 5G NR Sub-6 GHz and mmWave embedded modules, which will be utilized in routers, gateways, and other networking and IoT devices, are based on the industry-standard M.2 form factor and will enable 5G connectivity compatible with a variety of networks.

Larry Zibrik, Vice President of 5G & Embedded Broadband at Sierra Wireless, said: “5G is the most technically challenging evolution in the history of wireless, particularly because of the introduction of mmWave. Sierra Wireless has delivered industry-leading embedded modules, beginning with the first generation of cellular data technologies, and we’re the only partner with the experience to help our customers navigate the complexities of 5G. Industry leaders trust Sierra Wireless to help them get to market on time with secure 5G connectivity, and to invest in the expertise required to enable future key features, such as dynamic spectrum sharing (DSS) and 5G NR standalone mode for even higher performance.”

Sierra’s EM9190 5G NR Sub-6 GHz and mmWave embedded module is capable of delivering the fastest possible 5G speeds and also features automatic 4G and 3G fallback and an integrated GNSS receiver. The module has FCC certification for CBRS networks and is ready for hardware manufacturers to integrate into a myriad of devices for which 5G capability could be revolutionary.

T-Mobile announces plans to utilize 2.5GHz spectrum for 5G around the country

Thanks to their merger with Sprint, T-Mobile now owns 2.5 GHz spectrum, and they are planning to put it to use as soon as possible by utilizing it for 5G in underserved areas.

At the Oppenheimer Technology Conference today, T-Mobile’s President of Technology Neville Ray said that in addition to deploying low-band 5G on its 600MHz spectrum network, T-Mobile plans to aggressively use the 2.45Hz “mid-band” frequency to upgrade up to 800 sites a week to 5G.

T-Mobile’s goal for the 2.5GHz rollout is to be able to offer home broadband service in rural areas of the country where options are limited. Matt Staneff, T-Mobile’s CMO, noted that with many people now working and studying from home due to the COVID pandemic, the home internet market is critical.

Verizon and AWS to bring 5G Edge to Boston and Bay Area

Verizon has announced that developers in Boston and the Bay Area can now access their 5G mobile edge compute service. The program utilizes Amazon’s AWS Wavelength and Verizon’s 5G Edge to enable applications with ultra-low latencies, and support developers working projects for which 5G may be a gamechanger like autonomous industrial equipment, connected cars, smart cities and smart factories, and more.

In addition to the initial launch in Boston and the Bay Area, Verizon has committed to launching 5G Edge in more cities by the end of the year.

Read Verizon’s announcement

U.S. Cellular brings 5G to 11 additional states

U.S. Cellular started their 5G service in just two markets in Iowa and Wisconsin, but they are now ready to launch in 11 more states. They will soon be activating 5G in select areas in 11 states including California, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.

According to executive vice president and CTO Michael Irizarry, the selected areas were targeted because there are large numbers of existing U.S Cellular customers in the area that are likely to use the upgraded technology.

“We look at traffic patterns and where customers frequent on our system,” said Irizarry. “There’s a concentration in urban areas, but we also look at small and medium towns. That’s very important to us to look at.”

U.S. Cellular is utilizing the 600 MHz spectrum for 5G, which is faster but provides less coverage than 5G networks operating on higher frequencies.

Smartphones that work on U.S. Cellular’s 5G network include the Samsung Galaxy S20, the Samsung Galaxy A71 5G and the LG V60 ThinQ 5G.

AT&T 5G network available nationwide, rolls out to consumer and business customers August 7th

AT&T announced this week that its 5G network is now available to more than 205 million consumers in 395 coverage areas nationwide. Starting August 7, customers on AT&T’s Unlimited Starter wireless plan and Unlimited Web-Only and Starter business plans will be able to access 5G at no extra cost, as long as they have a 5G-enabled device. AT&T’s Extra and Elite consumer plans and Performance and Elite business plans already included 5G access, and prepaid plan customers can buy a 5G-enabled device on its Unlimited Plus plan.

“Our strategy of deploying 5G in both sub-6 (5G) and mmWave (5G+) spectrum bands will provide the best mix of speeds, latency and coverage that are needed to enable revolutionary new capabilities to fuel 5G experiences for consumers and businesses,” AT&T vice president of technology operations Chris Sambar said in a statement.

Verizon told to be more realistic about 5G coverage claims

The National Advertising Division, which runs the ad industry’s self-regulatory system and is part of BBB National Programs, has asked Verizon to stop making misleading claims about their 5G coverage and speeds. The ads specifically referenced by the NAD imply that Verizon’s 5G serviec is available across the country and that customers will experience speeds up to 2Gbps, which is unrealistic and inaccurate.

Verizon’s mmWave 5G network does offer very fast speeds, but the coverage is extremely limited and doesn’t typically penetrate building. Per the NAD, Verizon’s claim that “people from midtown Manhattan to downtown Denver can experience what your 5G can deliver” is misleading and the carrier should be more clear about the limitations of the network and coverage.