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March 23, 2018

This Week in 5G: Small Cells & Spectrum Trials .

    This Week in 5G: Small Cells & Spectrum Trials


    Anderson Sullivan

    Welcome back to another edition of ‘This Week in 5G,’ your weekly destination for the latest news on the next generation of wireless.

    The first week of spring proved to be a busy one in the 5G world, with developments across the country. Here are a few highlights:

    Steps toward testing in a critical band for 5G continue this week. In Las Vegas, Nevada, T-Mobile is looking to continue trialing new 3.5GHz capabilities and equipment from Nokia and Ericsson. And down in the Sunshine State, Verizon is developing plans to run CBRS trials at 3.5 GHz spectrum in Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The trials are planned for both indoor and outdoor locations and will use gear from multiple mobile manufacturers.

    Traveling west, Utah became the latest state to adopt small cell siting legislation. Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed the Small Wireless Facilities Deployment Act into law on Tuesday after it unanimously passed Utah’s House and Senate earlier in March.

    And back in Vegas, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam spoke at IBM’s Think 2018 conference and predicted a future where consumers will only have to charge cellphones once a month, thanks to 5G. He highlighted that the lower latency that comes with 5G will bring a much longer battery life.

    Looking overseas to Bristol, England, the city hosted a first public, end-to-end 5G demonstration. The University of Bristol’s Layered Realities Weekend 5G Showcase was a two-day program that included a 5G test-bed, allowing the public to interact with 5G for the first time in an urban setting.

    And ending the week back in the United States, the Federal Communications Commission held its Monthly Open Meeting on Thursday. At the meeting, the FCC voted to exempt some small cell deployments from federal environmental and historical preservation reviews. A recent Accenture report predicts small cell deployments will jump from about 13,000 in 2017 to over 800,000 total deployments by 2026.

    That’s all for this week, visit next week to see where 5G takes us in the last days of March!

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