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T-Mobile offers free service to first responders, but rivals shouldn't fret just yet

T-Mobile's 'Connecting Heroes' offers free service to all US public and nonprofit state and local fire, police and EMS departments. But there are plenty of caveats.

Ligado promises to move forward on 5G despite Pentagon opposition

Ligado promises to 'create a new kind of network,' but the company still faces political and vocal opposition from the likes of Defense Secretary Mark Esper and 'Miracle on the Hudson' pilot 'Sully' Sullenberger.

UPS hints at drone ambitions

UPS has been testing drone operations, but the company's appearance at the Wireless Infrastructure Association's Connect (X) trade show could indicate the company's interest in 4G and 5G connections.

Michigan university wants $15M to scrap new Huawei LTE network

Demand for Northern Michigan University's LTE network, which currently serves 15,000 families and students, has skyrocketed during the pandemic. Is the network, built with Huawei equipment, a real security threat?

Microsoft gets serious about telecom with Metaswitch purchase

Although Metaswitch reported revenues of just $180 million in 2019, the company is viewed as a knowledgeable vendor of deep networking services, which signals Microsoft's ambitions in the space.

Gogo guards 5G plan despite downturn

COVID-19 sent Gogo's business into a tailspin, but the company still plans to build its planned 5G network – for the moment at least.

FirstNet, AT&T begin edging toward 5G

FirstNet, with partner AT&T, is looking at 5G technologies like Device to Device (D2D) and enhanced Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Services (MBMS). But it has no 5G launch date yet.

Wall Street traders fight over milliseconds in mmWave transmission battle

A new cell tower transmitting in millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum has sparked a disagreement among Wall Street traders looking to shave a few extra milliseconds off their transactions.

Telcos are making a mess of enterprise 5G, says new research

A new report from Omdia and BearingPoint/Beyond says operators have taken the lead on just a fifth of 5G projects so far.

The operator opportunity for private mobile networks

Are mobile operators central to the private mobile network opportunity? Or, with new enterprise spectrum allocations, are they destined to be usurped by vendors, systems integrators and enterprises themselves?

Microsoft's 5G, edge computing and private wireless ambitions come into focus

Microsoft spent a reported $1.35 billion to buy Affirmed Networks. Now, its plans for the company, Azure, edge computing, 5G and private wireless networks are becoming clearer.

Vendors tout CBRS network for COVID-19 treatments

RF Connect, CommScope, Accu-Tech and Druid Software are gaining valuable CBRS experience while helping frontline workers save lives.

Microsoft cloud has a COVID-19 silver lining

Software giant posts strong quarter on back of soaring cloud revenue.

Nokia takes €200M hit from COVID-19 but manages wafer-thin profit

Finnish equipment maker reckons sales would have grown in the absence of the virus and makes good progress on cost-cutting activities.

With 6GHz boost, expect Wi-Fi 6 to encroach on 5G's aspirations

The Wi-Fi industry is targeting areas like fixed wireless, telehealth, VR, precision manufacturing, private networks and smart cities for expansion. That could worry 5G folks.

NextWave's Allen Salmasi returns with edge computing startup Veea

One of the pioneers of the wireless industry has turned his attention to the network edge, with the goal of combining connectivity and compute capability in a single box.

Dish's mystery partners probably won't bring the big bucks

Facebook is investing $5.7 billion into one of India's leading mobile network operators. Could Dish Network score the same kind of agreement with an Internet company for its 5G ambitions?

FCC action signals Comcast's and Midco's intent to join CBRS auction

The cable ops seek a waiver that would enable both entities to file separate applications to participate in an auction for CBRS spectrum that's set to start on July 23.

Eurobites: Broadcom makes peace offering to EU to head off monster fine

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Germany changes tack on coronavirus app technology; Telxius towers deal in the offing; Parallel Wireless takes OpenRan to Ghana.

Podcast: Economics of 5G and NYC's connectivity masterplan

The Light Reading crew debates which industries could experience the biggest economic benefits from 5G deployments, if 5G can be considered a 'green' technology, the connectivity challenges New York City faces in reducing the digital divide, and more.

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