November 2, 2018
This Week in 5G: New Devices, New Networks, Oh My .
It’s that time again. Here’s the latest in 5G news this week:
Sprint’s New LTE-Advanced Network
Sprint announced the launch of its new LTE-Advanced network in 225 cities this week. The network will provide gigabit speeds and a pathway to 5G. As part of their transition to next-gen networks, Sprint has already activated more than 21,000 2.5GHz small cells.
AT&T Announces First Mobile 5G Device
AT&T shared that they completed the first mobile 5G browsing session using millimeter wave in concert with a standards-based device this week. The test used the Netgear Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot, which will be AT&T’s first mobile 5G device.
America’s Global Wireless Leadership
On Monday, Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and FCC Commissioner Mike O’Reilly released an opinion piece in The Hill outlining the importance of America retaining our global wireless leadership. The wrote about how the government is working to make that success possible by finalizing spectrum rules, hosting auctions, and addressing government barriers to wireless infrastructure, among other actions.
5G’s Impact on Telemedicine
This week, Former Congressman Rick Boucher published an opinion article discussing the benefits of telemedicine for rural populations. He wrote that 5G’s speeds and data capabilities will allow for remote surgery and health monitoring.