• Verizon CEO: 5G coming end of 2018; expect competition on capability, not price

    17 days ago - By Venture Beat

    After raising eyebrows with a dismissive “we frankly don't care” response to the merger of rivals T-Mobile and Sprint, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam used a second interview to detail the carrier's 5G deployment plans for the year, including an interesting clarification on timing: Verizon now expects to launch its fixed 5G service...
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  • Commentary: The T-Mobile-Sprint Merger Isn't Really About 5G

    Commentary: The T-Mobile-Sprint Merger Isn't Really About 5G

    17 days ago - By Fortune

    Sprint and T-Mobile are trying to justify their recently announced merger by claiming that the combined company would be able to invest in 5G service. Yet no matter how much T-Mobile CEO John Legere and Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure push this justification for their merger, it doesn't make any sense.
    To start, a fully developed 5G network is at least four years away. At present, 99% of the 5G electromagnetic spectrum is in the hands of the U.S. government, which has not determined any procedure for allocating it to telecom companies. AT&T and Verizon hold the miniscule remaining amount. So...
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