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December 21, 2018

This Week in 5G: 5G is Coming to Town .

    This Week in 5G: 5G is Coming to Town

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    By: Heidi Obermeyer

    You better watch out; you better not cry; you better not pout and I’m telling you why—because there are some festive developments this week in the world of 5G. We hope this is enough to ho-ho-hold you over, because we’ll be out next week and back on the 5G beat in the new year (January 4th). Happy Holidays from CTIA!

    AT&T is launching their 5G mobile service today via mobile hotspots. Equipment and data will be free for 90 days for select businesses and customers. The 12 cities going live today are Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Louisville, Oklahoma City, New Orleans, Raleigh, San Antonio and Waco.

    Now that AT&T and Verizon have launched 5G, consumers have lots of questions. Check out CNN’s primer on how you can get 5G service.

    3GPP announced a shift in the delivery schedule for the next wave of 5G specifications by three months. The specifications will set additional guidance for how to transition from 4G to 5G, and the change in dates is not expected to impact early 5G deployments.

    T-Mobile has confirmed that the company is working on a 5G phone with Samsung. The new phone is rumored to eventually be available on all nationwide networks and will work on millimeter-wave spectrum, in addition to other bands.

    The FCC’s 28 GHz auction appears to be winding down. Providers are looking to boost their spectrum holdings as they prepare to roll out 5G service. There are 40 qualified bidders competing for the 28 GHz spectrum, including AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and U.S. Cellular.

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