Ontario Town Intends to Be Early Smart City, 5G Hub

April 22, 2019 – Becoming a 5G innovation hub is part of Innisfil, Ontario’s plans to embrace cultural change. The town’s libraries have been supplemented with an IdeaLab to teach residents about digital technologies, while residents can pay their property taxes using cryptocurrency. Going forward, Chief Administrative Officer Jason Reynar would like to develop more wireless infrastructure to connect urban and rural areas, improve Internet access, foster 5G businesses, and become one of Canada's first smart cities.

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Looking Ahead to Canada's "Big" 3500 MHz Auction

April 12, 2019 – Canadian telecoms spent over $3.4 billion on 600 MHz spectrum in 2019, but the mid-band frequencies that ISED plans to auction next year may draw even more interest. Although it performs less efficiently in remote areas, analysts believe that 3500 MHz band will be vital to 5G, as it has already become an international standard. Telus and Rogers acquired 64 licenses in 600 MHz this year, while Bell plans to spend more actively in the 3500 MHz auction slated for 2020.

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Mobile 5G Could Be Priced like Home Internet: AT&T

April 24, 2019 – AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson says he will be surprised if mobile 5G prices and speeds "don't look something like the pricing regime you see in fixed line.” Although wireline Internet is mainly priced according to speed, some AT&T mobile plans already include price differentials such as paying extra to stream video above 1.5 Mbps. Paying more for 5G access would not necessarily eliminate data overages, and it is unclear how throttling or congested areas might affect premium 5G speeds.

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Intel Exits Smartphone Market After Apple Settlement

April 16, 2019 – Following the end of a licensing dispute between Apple and Qualcomm, Intel has announced that it will exit the smartphone market. CEO Bob Swan confirmed the company sees "no clear path to profitability” in smartphone modems. Although Intel shares rose after the announcement, Swan says the company will keep working on modems for smart homes, PCs, and other data-centric 5G platforms.

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Two Initiatives Added to the FCC's "5G Fast Plan"

April 14, 2019 – To better address America’s 'digital divide', the Trump administration and FCC have announced two new 5G Fast Plan initiatives:
  • The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund will invest $20 billion over 10 years to lay fibre broadband in underserved areas, offering 25 Mbps access to 4 million rural homes.
  • A December mmWave auction will allocate 37, 39 and 47 GHz licenses in the largest-ever U.S. sale, with further 5G auctions set to follow.
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Perspectives on What's Needed to Manage a Network

April 12, 2019 – At Hannover Messe 2019, Deutsche Telekom representatives shared their perspectives on 5G network management. While some companies may be tempted to build and manage their own networks, program executive Antje Williams cautioned that operators like DT can empower factories that require multiple bands to manage their processes. VP of 5G corporate customers Herbert Schüttler added that "one piece of high frequency won't cover it", touting DT’s management approach of combining private and public network layers.

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