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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Verizon continues investment in 5G for sport venues

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.

SureCall Announces Industry’s First 5G mmWave Signal Booster Platform to Be Featured at MWC19 Los Angeles

New 5G mmWave signal booster platform will enable 5G amplification for in-building solutions

Los Angeles, California – October 17, 2019 – SureCall, the performance leader in cell signal booster solutions, today announced its 5G Everywhere booster platform for scalable 5G millimeter wave (mmWave) signal boosters and antenna kitting options. SureCall’s comprehensive design platform offers the flexibility that carriers need to provide tailored 5G mmWave services across North America while maintaining the same award-winning quality, reliability, and compliance with FCC regulations.

The 5G Everywhere booster platform allows carriers and partners to build customizable signal boosting solutions to overcome the natural 5G signal propagation challenges and bring the technology into the homes and lives of consumers. The 5G Everywhere booster platform includes industry-leading features such as the exclusively patented Extended Range Technology™ (ERT) as well as amplification for all carriers operating 5G on the 28 GHz mmWave band. In addition, the platform is fully FCC compliant with current and upcoming 5G regulations, including network protection standards, for seamless integration into cell tower networks.

“Signal boosters have always proven effective at resolving cell signal penetration impediments and as we enter the era of 5G they will become more important,” said SureCall founder and CEO Hongtao Zhan. “Our 5G Everywhere booster platform allows carriers and other partners to meet their customer’s needs and enable 5G consumption at scale with the flexibility to handle a variety of applications and the benefit of nearly 20 years of innovation, quality, and reliability in the industry.”

A unique obstacle to making 5G mmWave available for the wider public would be the stark contrast in the way current cell signals, including 4G LTE, and 5G mmWave signals, propagate. Today’s cell towers are capable of delivering functional cell signals up to 30-45 miles away while the 5G mmWave cell towers are expected to only cover areas up to a few blocks away.

Even more challenging, the penetration power of 5G mmWave signals is much weaker compared to the current bands being used today. Not only do the 5G mmWave frequencies have shorter range, but they are also much more sensitive to obstacles such as walls, windows, and doors, and are even impeded by leaves on trees or falling rain water, making 5G mmWave signal boosters a necessity.

SureCall will debut the 5G Everywhere booster platform in booth 2506 at Mobile World Congress Americas (MWCA 2019) in Los Angeles, October 22-24. For more information or to schedule a meeting with SureCall, e-mail MWCA@surecall.com.

About SureCall

SureCall is the multi-patent, award-winning performance leader for cell phone signal boosters. Since its inception in 2001, SureCall has quickly grown to innovate at the cutting edge of the industry, winning back-to-back Inc. 5000 awards every year since 2016 as well as the 2017 CES Innovation Award, among many other accolades. SureCall combines its patented engineering with top-quality materials and comprehensive lifetime support to provide best-in-class solutions for mobile device users to access dependable cell service in their homes, offices, and vehicles. As a result, industry leaders such as Chrysler, Marriott, NASA, and HP all trust SureCall’s FCC-approved signal boosters for their quality, reliability, and performance.

Germany set to allow Huawei into 5G networks, defying pressure from the US

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.

Verizon looking at fiber alternative for 5G deployment in 2020

Verizon has been focused on building up their fiber network to serve as the backbone of their 5G service, but they are now looking at an alternative that may make 5G rollout easier in areas where deploying new fiber infrastructure is impractical or too expensive. The alternative technology they’re looking into is called Integrated Access Backhaul (IAB) technology, and it would allow Verizon to link a tower that has fiber running to it with another tower that doesn’t via a wireless connection, routing traffic from the nonconnected tower to the fiber-connected tower.

The 3GPP, the governing body behind the 5G standard, is adopting IAB into its next set of specifications, and equipment manufacturers will likely start implementing IAB into hardware soon. Glenn Wellbrock, director of architecture, design, and planning for Verizon’s optical transport network, says that Verizon plans to start using the technology by late 2020.

Utilizing IAB will allow Verizon to expand their 5G network much faster. AT&T is also looking into IAB, and others may as well.

What is 5G today and what the future holds

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.

The 5G Revolution

According to Hans Vestberg the CEO of Verizon, The Telephone service giants have three main business rollouts for 5G. There’s the main consumer use case, which includes 5G smartphones, there’s in-home 5G, which the company began rolling out in 2018, and there is the edge-computing 5G, which is the kind of 5G connectivity that businesses will take advantage of. “I think we are going to see an extraordinary impact of 5G in the next couple of years here,” Hans Vestberg said.

5G is the next generation of cellular wireless technology. It’s designed to provide high-bandwidth, low latency connectivity that, in some cases, is 100 times faster than the current 4G LTE connections people rely on today. Verizon has committed to launching its 5G network in 30 cities by the end of 2019.

Hans Vestberg said of the rollout. I think that the progress is really good, We outlined at the beginning of 2019 that we want 30 markets this year, we have so far launched 13 markets, and they are coming at the later part of the year.