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The National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureau has told T-Mobile to stop claiming they are the “most reliable” 5G network.  The claims are based on a report from German research firm umlaut which analyzed multiple carriers’ 5G coverage, subscribers’ ability to connect to 5G networks, and download speed. AT&T challenged this language with the BBB, and Read more…

With the All Wireless Expo in Las Vegas next week, I was really hoping to see (and use!) a demo of Dish’s new, built-from-scratch 5G network. Dish already announced their first live city would be Las Vegas, and I thought it would be a perfect time for industry insiders to see (and hear) the network first. Well, Read more…

Mike Dano write in LightReading (link below) that Verizon has once again, moved it’s 3G shutdown date. Verizon spokesperson Kevin King said “our 3G network is operational and we don’t have a plan to shut it down at this time. We’ll work with customers to move them to newer technology.” King clarified that Verizon is working to shutter Read more…

When you’re 30+ years behind your competition in building out your network, you’re going to need help. So, in a deal that comes as no surprise, Dish has signed a tower deal with Crown Castle, providing them access to 20,000 cell site towers. As part of the agreement, DISH will receive certain fiber transport services and also Read more…

Dish Network had promised it would have its 5G network up by the end of 2020, but now? “We are not commenting on that,” Marc Rouanne, executive VP and chief network officer at DISH. “We are on our way to meet our requirements” imposed by the Federal Communications Commission and the company will share more details “when Read more…

Ronan Dunne, EVP and Group CEO at Verizon recently spoke at an investor conference and mentioned the carriers plans for pricing access to it’s 5G network. Dunne said it will charge consumers a premium for the faster speeds offered by its mmWave network, but won’t charge for the low-band service. He added Verizon is looking at opportunities Read more…

Verizon and Dish Network won the lion’s share of the new 3.5GHz licenses in the latest federal auction and is expected to be used to grow their 5G coverage. The FCC revealed Verizon spent $1.9 billion on 557 licenses, while Dish Network (participating as Wetterhorn Wireless) shelled out $912.9 million for 5,492. Three cable companies rounded out Read more…

If you have T-Mobile (or the former Sprint) service, you’ll need a VoLTE phone by January, or your service will stop. According to T-Mobile memo (see below), the carrier will fast track plans to shut down its legacy voice networks. Affected customers will be forced to upgrade handsets or leave the network by January, 2021. Most carriers Read more…

AT&T has announced the End-of-Life of its 3G network, and has started to tell customers (see below) that their device will not be compatible with the new network and will need to be replaced. The EoL date could be February 2022. —   NWIDA members, contact us today if you need our assistance and if you’re not yet Read more…

Now that T-Mobile has completed its merger with Sprint, T-Mobile has started the process of combining their networks. To that, T-Mobile has now shut down Sprint’s 2.5GHz 5G service. T-Mobile has already re-deployed their new 2.5GHz spectrum in New York City, parts of Chicago, Houston, and Los Angeles. Sprint’s 5G service is no longer accessible to customers Read more…

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