The FCC announced on Monday that it will publicly auction off a valuable telecommunications asset, in a move that investors viewed as a strike to U.S. satellite communications provider Intelsat.
Intelsat shares of dropped 40% in hefty trading after Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai said in a tweet that his agency “must free up significant spectrum” for 5G telecommunications. The FCC told CNBC that it expects an auction to happen “before the end of 2020.”
C-band spectrum is a key telecommunications wavelength for the FCC regulators. Four satellite operators, including Intelsat, provide C-band services in the U.S. to about 120 million households. The FCC wants to repurpose the C-band spectrum for 5G and an auction is expected to raise tens of billions of dollars. But a public auction would see the proceeds go to the government.
It takes billions of dollars to install fiber cabling in the ground, Fiber originally was the only way to deliver ultra-fast internet speeds to residential homes. The prohibitive cost has stopped some of the largest companies in the world from making a national dent in constructing high-speed broadband networks, including Verizon and Google. But Verizon and AT&T already plan to roll out 5G fixed broadband services in cities across the U.S., using wireless technology to compete with cable companies to provide ultra-fast home internet.
The CEO of Common Networks Zach Brock. The company he founded with three other ex-Square employees. For about $50 a month, Common Networks is offering 300Mb/sec to 1Gb/sec download speeds for households around Silicon Valley and Alameda (Oakland is coming soon). That’s about $20 or $30 less per month than what Comcast charges for about the same speed without promotional pricing
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On Friday the 18th Verizon announced it has activated the 5G network in three sports venues, has a 4th venue “coming soon,” and will launch at six additional facilities by the end of the this year and the beginning of next year for the NBA and NHL seasons.
The 5G is now live at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona, which hosts the NBA’s Phoenix Suns. The Chase Center in San Francisco where the Golden State Warriors play, and Denver’s Pepsi Center, which serves as a home for the NBA’s Nuggets and the NHL’s Avalanche. Verizon is working to activate 5G in Madison Square Garden in New York City, where the Knicks and Rangers play.
This is the latest in Verizon’s investment in 5G for sports venues. In September Verizon said it would bring 5G Ultra Wideband service to 13 NFL stadiums to correspond with the league’s 100th season. The stadiums include Bank of America Stadium in North Carolina, Broncos Stadium at Mile High in Colorado, CenturyLink Field in Washington, Ford Field in Michigan, Gillette Stadium in Massachusetts, Hard Rock Stadium in Florida, and MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. In some cities, the stadium will be the only place with Verizon 5G.
Germany will not ban Chinese telecoms giant Huawei from establishing the build of its national 5G networks, ignoring calls from the U.S. prohibits the company over national security concerns.
A spokesperson for Germany’s Interior Ministry confirmed in a phone call Wednesday that the decision had been made on Tuesday.
The move is a blow to the U.S., which has been pressuring its allies to exclude Huawei from 5G infrastructure, claiming its presence in the networks would enable Chinese espionage. Countries including Australia and New Zealand have already banned the company from their domestic networks.
Under Chinese law, organizations can be forced to hand over data to the state if requested to do so, but Huawei has repeatedly denied claims that its presence in 5G networks would act as a back door for China.
If you ask the average person what they know about 5G technology, the first thing that will pop into their head will likely be something to do with cellphone technology. And if you consider the 2019 rollout of 5G this far, perhaps that wouldn’t be too far off the mark. The average consumer would also likely recall that 5G is a faster-based technology to 4G LTE, and that wouldn’t be all that inaccurate either.
However, what 5G offers today, how it’s deployed and what the 5G system is going to look like in years to come, will be greatly different. In fact, at the risk of using a stereotype, indeed 5G NR (New Radio) technology is poised to be “disruptive.” That said, this next generation of wireless network technology will also be an enabler across a great number of industries and applications, and in all probability spur all-new use cases as well.