September 14, 2018
This Week in 5G: Spotlight Shines on 5G at MWCA18 .
This week was dominated by Mobile World Congress Americas 2018 in Los Angeles which thrust 5G further into the public and media spotlight. Here are just some of the MWCA-related highlights from this week.
Kicking off the week – AT&T announced it was teaming up with Samsung, Ericsson and Nokia as its technology suppliers to deploy its nationwide 5G wireless network.
Verizon also grabbed headlines with its announcement that it would be launching the world’s first 5G super-fast home broadband service in Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles and Sacramento on October 1.
CTIA President and CEO Meredith Attwell Baker meanwhile opened the policy sessions at MWCA18 with a call to America’s wireless industry and government to finish what’s needed for the U.S. to win the global race to 5G – including FCC action on infrastructure siting at its fast-approaching September 26 meeting.
FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr said in his MWCA18 keynote that he will vote at the meeting to put such siting “reforms” in place, as he mapped out why wireless infrastructure modernization is key to ensuring U.S. global leadership in 5G.
In other industry news, Sprint unveiled a new faster “Magic Box” – a plug and play small cell for the home or small business with up to 25 percent faster speeds than the prior model. The new Magic Box will be available later this year and dramatically boosts download speeds and data coverage for consumers.
And ICYMI – The Wall Street Journal’s Stu Woo took a deep dive into why being first in 5G matters.
That’s a wrap for this week – we’ll back with the latest in 5G a week from today.