AT&T’s 5G coverage expands to six new cities, including New York, Philadelphia, and Las Vegas

AT&T has a Total of 19 cities with 5G service, Recently adding New York City, Washington, DC, Baltimore, Las Vegas, Detroit, and Philadelphia. These cites are built on AT&T low band 850 MHz spectrum technology. Not to be confused with its rebranded LTE network — which AT&T calls 5G E.

Access to AT&T’s 5G network is included at no extra charge with AT&T’s Unlimited Extra or Unlimited Elite plans ($75 or $85 per month for a single line) — although using 5G data will count toward the unlimited plans’ throttling caps (50GB and 100GB of total data usage).

Verizon launching 5G service in Columbus

Verizon has activated the 5G ultra wideband service in Columbus Ohio today December 23, 2019, Services can be found downtown Ohio state at Ohio State University, Italian Village, Easton, Polaris, Lewis Center and around several other landmarks. Verizon claims the new service allows for mobile speeds up to 1 Gbps on enabled 5G devices.

Dish aims to deploy 10K 5G sites by end of 2022

Charlie Ergen said Dish plans to deploy 10,000 sites for its 5G network by the end of 2022, which analysts at New Street Research called “modestly negative” for towers, as the firm had previously assumed Dish would build 30,000 sites by 2023. Information was released at T-Mobile/Sprint merger.

Dish Network is seen as key to Sprint and T-Mobile’s merger fate since the “fix” reached by the U.S. Department of Justice includes Dish entering the wireless scene as a viable fourth competitor.

Verizon 5G goes live in parts of Los Angeles

Verizon is still rushing to meet its 2019 5G release goals. Today Verizon was able to cross off another big city. The cellular carrier has launched the 5G ultra wideband access in Los Angeles, areas included would be downtown, Chinatown, Del Rey, and Venice. You will have to stick to certain major locations to have a hope of getting those promised speeds.

The initial rollout focuses on landmarks like the Los Angeles Convention Center, Staples Center, Grant Park, and the Venice Beach boardwalk. You may notice the speeds if you’re attending a Lakers game or E3, then, but you won’t have much luck keeping a 5G signal as you walk to get your morning coffee.

Qualcomm stock rise as Apple will be going 5G

On Wednesday the 11th after the BofA Global research said it was optimistic over the technology companies as Qualcomm is prospects to be selling 5G chipsets to Apple.

Qualcomm stock was up 2.6%, to $86.30, near midday Wednesday. The Nasdaq Composite Index was up 0.2%.

The analyst said that starting next year, if all iPhone models include 5G capabilities, Apple could contribute nearly $4 billion in cumulative sales to Qualcomm by the fiscal year 2022. His model assumes $20 per Qualcomm 5G modem sold to Apple.

5G in 2019 underwhelmed. Here’s how 2020 should be different

In 2018 Qualcomm met with hundreds of reporters and analysts on the sunny beaches of Maui to talk about how 5G would change the world in 2019-2020. The hype level was high. Then, reality hit. Network rollouts were met with delays, you needed a map to find coverage and consumers ended up more confused than excited.

5G promises to significantly increase cellular the speeds, coverage and responsiveness of wireless networks. It can run 10 to 100 times faster than a typical cellular connection that is offered today, and it’ll also boost how fast a device will connect to the network with speeds as quick as a millisecond to start your download or upload. It’s the most significant advance in mobile network technology since the introduction of 4G a decade ago, and it could have major implications for how we live.

But for now, a lot of those promises remain unfulfilled. That hasn’t deterred Amon’s enthusiasm for the technology.
“You could argue that 200 million could be conservative, especially looking at China,” Amon said in an interview with CNET on Tuesday.
That’s an ambitious declaration for a technology that’s really just getting started. Even in Hawaii, at the Snapdragon Tech Summit, there are some doubts. “I don’t think it’s going to be mainstream,” said Creative Strategies analyst Carolina Milanesi. “But by the end of 2020, we will have a better feel for what living in a 5G world would look like.”

AT&T and Verizon agree to change their eSIM practices

Two years ago, the Department of Justice launched an investigation into whether Verizon, AT&T, and the GSM Association worked together to limit eSIM technology (electronic, or embedded SIM ). The New York Times reports that the Department of Justice is closing the investigation as they have found no evidence of wrongdoing.

The DOJ was initially concerned that AT&T and Verizon attempted to lock devices on their networks even if the device had an eSIM. But the parties have agreed to change how they determine standards for eSIM, which will allow consumers to use eSIM to switch carriers, rather than having to insert a new SIM card. And as a result, the Department of Justice is dropping the investigation.

T-Mobile launches 600MHz 5G across the USA, but no one can use it until December 6th

T-Mobile has flipped the switch on its 5G network, setting it live over areas of the USA that it says covers 200 million people. While the network is supposedly online today, no one is going to be using it until the 6th of December as the first two phones to support it go on sale this Friday.

The “nationwide” 5G deployment relies on a slower form of 5G, using T-Mobile’s 600MHz spectrum. This “low-band” 5G essentially takes airwaves like the ones used for LTE and bundles them together with some new technology to deliver faster throughput speeds.

Pai Announces Public Auction for C-band in development of 5G

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.

Common Networks bets 5G wireless technology will replace cable internet in your home

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