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August 24, 2018

This Week in 5G: Houston Ready for Next Gen Liftoff & a 5G Wireless Champion .

    This Week in 5G: Houston Ready for Next Gen Liftoff & a 5G Wireless Champion

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    Anderson Sullivan

    It’s Friday, so you know what that means, we’re here with another roundup of this week’s top 5G news.

    Houston, We Have 5G

    AT&T has invested $1.5 billion in Houston networks and wireless infrastructure in the last three years. AT&T announced this week that these upgrades are now helping to pave the way for 5G deployments across the city.

    A Race We Want to Win

    In an interview with Inverse, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr reinforced the need for the U.S. to win the global race to 5G. Carr highlighted 5G’s potential to drive major economic growth, power connected cars and spark a new era of innovation.

    Spectrum, Spectrum and More Spectrum

    A new report says 5G will eventually use 10x more spectrum than LTE, as service providers will be able to harness new frequencies to bring next-generation networks to fruition.

    Smartphone Ready

    Qualcomm is ready to bring 5G to smartphones by next year, announcing a new system-on-a-chip built on the 7-nanometer mode process, which when paired with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X50 will enable the first 5G-capable platform for mobile devices.

    Testing Testing One Two One Two 

    Verizon plans to test prototype equipment in the 28 GHz band—a key 5G high-band frequency —in the Dallas suburb of Euless, Texas. Over the 18 month test, Verizon will use equipment manufactured by Ericsson, Intel, Qualcomm, Samsung, Nokia and Phazr.

    5G Hometown Hero

    Gilbert, Arizona mayor Jenn Daniels received CTIA’s 5G Wireless Champion Award for her focus on infrastructure modernization which will bring new investment and jobs to the community. Gilbert is the first town in Arizona to streamline the ability of wireless companies to deploy small cells.

    Thanks for reading and see you back next week!

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