AT&T Sounds Alarm on 5G Security

Enterprises aren’t doing enough to prepare for 5G security risks, will need to put a greater emphasis on efforts to virtualize and automate security, according to a report commissioned by AT&T Cybersecurity, that is a division of AT&T Business.

While the standards for 5G include built-in security features throughout local cellular infrastructure, this alone is not enough to handle all of most business security needs, according to analysts that conducted the research for AT&T. Almost 73% of the 704 security professionals that participated in the survey rated their level of concern as high or medium-high as it relates to the potential impact of 5G on security. However, 76% of users said they expect entirely new security threats to appear with 5G.

T-Mobile to launch 5G in 5,000 markets on December 6

After announcing last week that they’d be making 5G available nationwide by the end of the year, T-Mobile has now given a launch date: December 6.

CEO John Legere and COO Mike Seivert announced in a webcast that the new 5G network will launch in over 5,000 markets next month. Unlike Verizon and AT&T’s 5G networks, the new network T-Mobile will be launching will operate low-band spectrum, which is not as fast as the frequencies used by other carriers but offers much better coverage – and is still much faster than 4G LTE.

Users will need either the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G or the OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren edition to utilize T-Mobile’s 5G network. However, they will not need to change their service plan – existing plans will include 5G with no changes or extra fees.

Huawei sets world record for 5G speed

Huawei has submitted a little something of its technical expertise by breaking the world record 5G speed on a single user smartphone.

The Chinese cellular network equipment manufacturer built a 3GPP compliant test network at a Turk Telecom facility in Istanbul to achieve speeds in excess of 2.92Gbps.

Although it’s unlikely that commercial users will be able to access speeds any time soon, it does demonstrate the theoretical potential of 5G using commercial equipment. A Huawei Mate X smartphone was used, alongside a Turk Telecom 5G SIM card.

Federal Communications Commission announces Salt Lake City will be 5G wireless test site

The FCC has announced that Salt Lake City and New York City will be test sites for new 5G wireless technology.

The Projects will test the new lighting fast 5G service and prototype networks like those that can support 5G technologies. Will also establishing a process to ensure new innovators can have access to this test resource while protecting current licensed users.

The FCC’s Innovation Zone will support POWDER (Platform for Open Wireless Data-driven Experimental Research) in several connected corridors of Salt Lake City. The University of Utah will oversee some of it. 5G typically refers to “fifth generation” mobile networks, offering faster speeds and more reliable connections.

The Utah State Legislature in 2018 passed a bill that allowed for 5G wireless in the state. It allowed infrastructure for it to “piggyback” on what’s currently in place, similar to how Google Fiber was able to set up in the city.

US Cellular is on track to launch 5G in 2020

US Cellular reported their third quarter financial results this week, with their operating income up 3% over the same period last year. Service revenues were up 2% and they lost fewer subscribers than last year.

President and CEO Kenneth Meyers is happy with the progress, saying that the company “generated improved financial results and although subscriber activity was slow early in the quarter, we gained momentum and finished strong, achieving sequential improvement in postpaid handset net additions by delivering on our customer satisfaction strategy and implementing many of our strategic initiatives.”

Meyers also addressed the company’s 5G plans, saying that they are “on track to launch 5G service in Iowa and Wisconsin during the first quarter of 2020.” The modernization efforts they are making to their network in preparation for 5G are also benefiting current 4G subscribers, bringing better quality and improved speeds.

Verizon 5G coverage comes to parts of Dallas and Omaha, Nebraska

Verizon 5G coverage is now live in Dallas and Omaha, Nebraska, says the carrier. That brings the network’s 5G service to a total of 15 US cities.
As for specifics, the carrier says Verizon 5G coverage should be found in the following parts of Dallas,Knox/Henderson, Downtown Dallas, Uptown, Medical Center Area, Deep Ellum and around such landmarks as Parkland Memorial Hospital, Children’s Medical Center, Jade Waters Pool, Dallas Comedy House, The Curtain Club, Dallas Theological Seminary and Turtle Creek Park.
You will have access to the 5G network at the following locations in Omaha, Around landmarks such as Old Market, Omaha Children’s Museum, The Orpheum Theatre, The Durham Museum, Heartland of America Park, Central High School, and Creighton University. The reason for this limited coverage is that the frequencies used by 5G are very limited in range, making a 5G base station more like a Wi-Fi router than an LTE antenna.

T-Mobile plans to launch nationwide 5G this year

Despite previously saying that they would launch nationwide 5G in 2020, T-Mobile announced today that they play to deploy 5G service on 600 MHz and millimeter wave spectrum nationwide this year.

AT&T and Verizon have each launched 5G using millimeter wave in around 12 markets, and Sprint has deployed 5G on the 2.5GHz spectrum in a few locations, but T-Mobile currently only offers 5G in 6 markets. If they do launch nationwide this year, they will have the most 5G coverage of any US carrier.

T-Mobile’s 5G service likely won’t be as fast as Verizon’s or AT&T’s due to the frequencies they’ll be using, but it will be faster than LTE and will have much better latency.

T-Mobile plans to offer a 5G phone to go along with their service soon and will have two by the end of the year. One that has already been announced is the OnePlus 7T Pro 5G McLaren, which will be exclusive to T-Mobile.

Sprint and T-Mobile merger approved by FCC

The US Federal Communications Commission has voted to approve the $26.5 billion merger between T-Mobile and Sprint.

“We appreciate the diligent evaluation, time and attention the FCC commissioners took to assess our transaction,” T-Mobile CEO John Legere Legere said, adding that the approval brings the company “one step closer” to the New T-Mobile.

There is still opposition and some obstacles to overcome, however. New York and 15 other states oppose the merger, but T-Mobile is working closely with the attorneys general of each state to resolve the concerns. Mississippi has dropped their suit against the company after T-Mobile committed to deploy a 5G network that provides 100Mbps speeds to 62% of the state’s urban and rural population and cover 92% of the population and 88% of its rural population within six years of merging with Sprint. T-Mobile has said before that it will not close the deal until all issues with the opposing states have been resolved, so similar agreements will likely follow.

Cradlepoint selects Qualcomm Technologies to power it 5G

At the Mobile World Congress in Los Angeles Cradlepoint the leader in cloud-delivered LTE and soon to be 5G supported. Cradlepoint has announced that it has selected the Qualcomm Snapdragon x55 modem-RF system to power the 5G solutions. Cradlepoint is working with major cellular carriers around the world to develop “5G for Business” offerings that address the unique and demanding requirements of enterprise and public sector customers.

Verizon 5G Home Internet coming to Chicago October 24

Starting this week, residents in Chicago can sign up for Verizon’s 5G Home service. “Now, in addition to Verizon’s speedy 5G Ultra Wideband mobility service, Chicago customers can access 5G Home Internet, the next generation of lightning fast home broadband internet service,” said Brian Higgins, vice president, device and consumer product marketing, Verizon. “With flexibility, freedom and choice that enables a whole new world of experiences, 5G Home Internet is truly the future of home connectivity.”

Verizon’s 5G Home service costs $50 per month for Verizon customers and $70 per month for non-Verizon customers and includes a 5G router with built-in Alexa as well as a free month of YouTube TV. Verizon’s 5G Home speeds average around 300 Mbps and peak up to 1 Gbps, and super low latency makes it ideal for gaming and streaming.

Customers in Chicago can sign up for the 5G service with Verizon beginning October 24.

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