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Another 911 outage. Does any accountability exist?

911 call processing ground to a halt nationwide for AT&T Wireless customers last week. What failed? Where is the accountability?

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5G plans just hit the accelerator

The international body crafting the 5G standard has approved an accelerated roadmap that could see large-scale trials and deployments in 2019 instead of 2020.

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Before 5G, some mobile users may get almost-5G

On Sunday, many of the world’s biggest equipment vendors and mobile operators joined hands to accelerate the 5G NR (New Radio) specification that will define many elements of 5G.

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5G reality check: Where is 3GPP on standardization?

Good progress is being made in the key standardization efforts around 5G, but there is still a long way to go with Phase 1 standardization.

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NTT DoCoMo demos VR control of robots over 5G

At this week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Japan's NTT DoCoMo is demonstrating remote control of robots via a wireless virtual reality system over a next-generation 5G wireless link.

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NTT DoCoMo demos VR control of robots over 5G

While next-generation 5G cellular will bring faster downloads for consumers, the new networking technology is poised to bring big benefits to business users enabling new users for cellular networks.

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UN steps in to end marketing war over what 5G means

With mobile operators' marketing departments already throwing around claims about their 5G services, the United Nations is weighing in with its definition of what qualifies a network as next-generation.

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Kite-surfing could put rural Brits online

Network operator EE will deliver 4G internet access from a kite-like balloon first developed as an observation and communications platform for the military.

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5G starts with chips like IBM and Ericsson's silicon antenna

IBM Research and Ericsson have developed a compact antenna array that can aim high-frequency radio signals at mobile devices and shoot them farther than they otherwise could reach, the companies said. Silicon integration makes it thin...

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AT&T's next 5G wireless trial will shoot DirecTV Now to users' homes

5G conjures up visions of super-fast smartphone service, but it could give consumers and enterprises a lot more. In the next few months, residents of Austin, Texas, will get to watch DirecTV Now at home through an AT&T 5G trial.

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AT&T means business with a 5G trial at Intel

5G and its multi-gigabit cellular speeds probably won’t exist until 2020, but one corporate customer of AT&T -- Intel -- is about to taste what it may be like.

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Raspberry Pi 3 gets low-bandwith LTE with add-on chip

Raspberry Pi 3 today has only Wi-Fi connectivity, but you'll be able to add low-throughput cellular connectivity in the future.

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Why the IETF will be key for standardizing 5G

The 3GPP always seems to get the headlines, but the truth is the IETF will specify much of what is likely to be considered 5G.

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$13 million: That’s an early termination fee

Let’s call it a tiny little consolation prize for anyone who’s ever had to pay a carrier early-termination fee: U.S. Cellular had to pony up $13 million last quarter to buy its way out of a stadium naming rights agreement with the...

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Robocall Strike Force set to take wraps off battle plan

Two months after accepting its marching orders, the federal Robocall Strike Force will tomorrow make public its plan for dramatically reducing the torrent of automated phone calls.

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Wi-Fi, LTE ambient signals to replace, augment GPS

Signals of Opportunity, such as Wi-Fi, TV and LTE cellular radio signals, could provide stronger and more secure location services than satellite GPS.

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5G will need small cells, so Nokia is sending in the drones

If you want 5G, there’s a good chance you’ll need a small cell nearby to deliver it. Putting up that cell may be hard because of a host of problems, but Nokia Bell Labs thinks it can solve some of them with drones and tiny solar...

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Free IoT data plans offered by T-Mobile

As AT&T shuts down its older 2G network, T-Mobile is offering free 2G IoT data plans, plus the needed SIM cards.

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