FirstNet Build Out Reduces AT&T 5G Costs

". . . AT&T expects to finish its efforts to build out fiber to roughly 14 million locations within the next 12 months." This fiber will support FirstNet and 5G installations. AT&T plans to install 5G equipment on towers as it installs the FirstNet 700 MHz equipment. This will reduce AT&T's 5G infrastructure costs.  We … Continue reading FirstNet Build Out Reduces AT&T 5G Costs

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Small Cell Pole Dilemma

Russ Steele As I am reading about 5G small cell implementation there is a nagging thought, how will cities, towns, and villages deal with multiple providers who want to install small cells on community light poles. What happens when AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint/TMobile all want to use the same light pole? Not a problem in … Continue reading Small Cell Pole Dilemma

FCC: Small Cells Exempt from Environmental and Historical Review

A rule exempting small wireless facilities from environmental impact review. A "small cell" is a radio access point used to enhance cellular coverage by complementing large "macro cell" towers. The National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) requires historic preservation review for “undertakings," and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires environmental review for “major Federal actions.” … Continue reading FCC: Small Cells Exempt from Environmental and Historical Review

FCC Moves Toward Auction of Airwaves Useful for Fast 5G Service

Todd Shields writing at Bloomberg U.S. regulators set rules for gear operating in a swathe of airwaves that may be useful for fast 5G networks, helping to set the stage for an auction of the frequencies to mobile carriers. The Federal Communications Commission with a 4-0 vote Thursday said equipment used in the 24 GHz … Continue reading FCC Moves Toward Auction of Airwaves Useful for Fast 5G Service

Does It Matter If China Beats The Us To Build A 5G Network?

Wired takes a look at the stakes in the global competition to deploy the next-generation wireless service. TECHNICAL STANDARDS FOR the next generation of wireless services aren’t even finalized, yet the US and China are already locked in a crucial race to be the first country to deploy a so-called 5G network. Or at least … Continue reading Does It Matter If China Beats The Us To Build A 5G Network?