Wireless Telecommunications

Communication at a distance, especially the electronic transmission of signals via cell phones

FCC Partners With The Department Of Veterans Affairs To Facilitate Veterans' Access To The Affordable Connectivity And Lifeline Programs

The Federal Communications Commission has launched a database connection with the Veterans Benefits Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, to make it easier for veterans to sign up for the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) and Lifeline. The connection will enable automatic eligibility verification of Veterans receiving qualifying pension benefits.

What Are Those Mysterious New Towers Looming Over New York’s Sidewalks?

New York City (NY) has an agreement with CityBridge, the team behind LinkNYC, that involves installing 2,000 5G towers over the next several years, an effort to help eliminate the city’s “internet deserts.” Ninety percent will be in underserved areas of the city — neighborhoods in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and above 96th Street in Manhat

Using AM Radio Towers

One existing resource that is often overlooked in designing wireless networks is AM radio towers. For the most part, companies deploying fixed wireless and microwave antenna have avoided these towers. The conventional wisdom has been to avoid the AM towers as being too hot in power and frequency to use for other purposes. But the AM towers don’t have to be a wasted asset. There are two methods that can be used to install other radios on AM towers that often get overlooked by cellular companies and wireless broadband providers.

FCC to Further Strengthen Storm-Hardened Puerto Rico & USVI Networks

The Federal Communications Commission proposed a plan to extend certain Universal Service Fund support to eligible mobile and fixed carriers in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands to ensure consumers have access to advanced telecommunications services in the face of hurricanes and other natural disasters.

FCC to Examine 12.7 GHz Band for Next-Gen Wireless

The Federal Communications Commission voted to launch a proceeding to explore repurposing up to 550 megahertz in the 12.7 to 13.25 GHz band (12.7 GHz band) for next-generation wireless services.

The State of Mobile Internet Connectivity Report 2022

The GSMA, a global organization focusing on unifying mobile ecosystems, on the state of global mobile internet connectivity for 2022. Growth in mobile internet adoption continues and is nearly entirely driven by people living in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Across the world, 55% of the population was using mobile internet at the end of 2021. The report shows that 95% of the global population now lives in areas served by mobile broadband connectivity, and that enabled by that coverage footprint, 55% of the world’s population is now connected to mobile internet.

Verizon reports 3Q results

Verizon experienced a total revenue of $34.2 billion, an increase of 4.0 percent from the third quarter of 2021. Total broadband net additions of 377,000, including 342,000 fixed wireless net additions, reflecting strong demand for reliable and high-value broadband offerings. Total broadband net additions increased by 109,000 from the second quarter of 2022, and fixed wireless net additions increased by 86,000 from the second quarter of 2022.

AT&T Reports Third-Quarter Results

AT&T's core wireless business overshot its expectations during the third quarter of 2022, driving higher revenue and profits despite lingering worries about inflation. The company added 708,000 postpaid phone connections, a metric that investors use to measure the strength of a cellphone carrier’s main profit center. For the third consecutive quarter, the tally handily topped projections of Wall Street analysts, who had been expecting 552,300 connections in the third quarter.

GPS interference caused the FAA to reroute Texas air traffic. Experts stumped

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the cause of mysterious GPS interference that, over the past few days, has closed one runway at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and prompted some aircraft in the region to be rerouted to areas where signals were working properly. The interference first came to light on October 17 when the FAA issued an advisory warning  flight personnel and air traffic controllers of GPS interference over a 40-mile swath of airspace near the Dallas-Fort Worth airport.

Comcast ad campaign takes aim at T-Mobile fixed wireless access

Comcast recently launched a TV ad and erected a dedicated website that takes aim at the capabilities and features of T-Mobile's 5G-powered home broadband service, charging that they come up short when compared to what's delivered via Comcast's wired broadband services. In what's expected to be the first in a series of ads either targeting T-Mobile's service or perhaps the broader fixed wireless access (FWA) sector, Comcast's tongue-in-cheek "Vampires" ad features a family of four in a therapist's office lamenting the performance of T-Mobile's offering.