Ookla: AT&T beats Verizon in 4G speeds, T-Mobile is the 5G leader

The latest report from Ookla finds AT&T beating Verizon in average 4G speeds and T-Mobile blazing ahead in 5G.

Ookla’s 4G “speed score” for AT&T is 41.23 with T-Mobile quite far behind in second place with a score of 33.69. The other two major operators, Sprint and Verizon, are clumped close to T-Mobile with scores of 31.53 and 30.77 respectively.

All the providers now have high 4G availability scores. Sprint and Verizon lead with a joint 99% 4G...

Vodafone builds first UK ‘standalone’ 5G network for Coventry University

Vodafone has claimed an industry first with the launch of the UK's inaugural 'standalone' 5G network built for Coventry University.

Coventry, which maintained its top 15 ranking in the Guardian's most recent university league tables, was recognised by the operator for its 'innovation and excellence in digital teaching'. The network will be used to trial virtual reality (VR) learning technologies for student nurses and allied health professionals.

The announcement was...

Samsung achieves 8.5Gbps speeds in new 5G mmWave test

Samsung Electronics has said that it has achieved speeds of 8.5Gbps across multiple devices with 5G mmWave technology, a claimed industry fastest.

The lab demonstration combined 800 MHz of mmWave spectrum with MU-MIMO (multi-user, multiple input, multiple output) technology, running on Samsung's 5G mmWave access unit.

Through two test mobile devices, the demonstration saw approximately 4.3Gbps speeds on each, meaning a combined peak speed of 8.5Gbps across both...

Open Networking Foundation launches Aether platform for 5G edge cloud as a service

The Open Networking Foundation (ONF) has announced the introduction of Aether, the first open source platform to deliver Enterprise 5G/LTE edge cloud as a service.

The platform offers mobile connectivity and edge cloud services for distributed enterprise networks, all provisioned and managed from a centralised cloud. According to ONF, Aether is easy to deploy, highly scalable and is designed for rapid...

US Cellular announces LTE-M network to optimise IoT connectivity

US Cellular has announced the launch of its LTE-M network on more than 90% of its cell sites across the country – with the intention to have them 100% covered by the end of the second quarter.

The LTE-M network, which is the international cellular standard designed and optimised for IoT connectivity, is a steadfast, secure and an economical solution that helps them connect large amounts of IoT...

Nokia’s partnership ecosystem prepares for local 5G and private wireless LTE in Japan

Nokia has announced that its partnership ecosystem is preparing to introduce local 5G/private wireless LTE to industrial as well as government customers in Japan.

By the end of December, the spectrum designated for local 5G will be released for enterprise use. The firm will help to boost IoT for industries in Japan by uniquely offering an end-to-end industrial-grade private wireless portfolio. By the end...

AT&T collaborates with Bell Canada, Rogers Communications, and Telus over LTE-M network

AT&T has signed roaming agreements with Canadian operators, including Bell Canada, Rogers Communications, and Telus, to support them in their endeavour towards the Internet of Things (IoT).

The American telco would provide Bell, Rogers, and Telus access to its LTE-M network across the US. As part of the mutual agreement, AT&T customers would be able to roam on these Canadian carriers’...

T-Mobile opens performance testing facility for 5G, NB-IoT, and more

T-Mobile has cut the ribbon on a 20,000 square foot testing lab where it will test the performance of devices using 5G, NB-IoT, and more.

The facility is based in Bellevue, Washington and it features more than a dozen testing areas.

In a press release, T-Mobile wrote:

“The space is made up of more than a dozen testing areas where T-Mobile engineers analyze and fine-tune everything from network signal quality, voice call and sound quality,...

Orange launches LTE-M network in France following launch in Belgium

Orange has announced the commercial launch of its Long Term Evolution for Machines (LTE-M) network in France, which follows the opening of Orange’s first LTE-M network in Belgium in May 2018.

The launches mark Orange’s progress in serving the connected object market and underline its commitment to deploy LTE-M and LoRa as its leading IoT technologies across its European footprint. The company...

Ofcom: 5G spectrum auction is complete – and here are the results

Telecoms regulator Ofcom has confirmed the completion of its milestone auction for 5G spectrum and is now ready to announce the results.

Ofcom ran a spectrum auction for two frequency bands – 2.3 GHz, and 3.4 GHz.

2.3 GHz is geared towards 4G use and will help to improve capacity as more devices and users congest networks. 3.4 GHz is the frequency most eyes are on, as it’s the primary band earmarked for 5G.

Philip Marnick, Spectrum Group Director at...