Wireless Industry News

Charter Communications, which operates an MVNO based on Verizon’s network, appears poised to test 5G systems based on a recent filing with the Federal Communications Commission.

While Charter didn’t respond to a request for details, FCC documentation indicates the company will be working with Ericsson to trial experimental radio technology at dozens of sites in Florida.

Last month Charter put in an application to test “experimental radio services,” which the FCC approved on May 11. According to the filing, Charter will use frequencies ranging from 27.5 GHz to 28.35 GHz, so called millimeter wave spectrum, which can deliver bigly throughput, but comes with challenging propagation characteristics. Read More

Verizon Wireless activated its Category M1 LTE network, making it the first U.S. carrier to launch a nationwide LTE network dedicated to the internet of things. The carrier said it will offer IoT data plans for as little as $2 per month per device, with customized options available for bulk activations and volume purchases.

Category M1 LTE is very different from the higher categories of LTE that smartphones use. Uplink and downlink speeds are both capped at one megabit per second, and bandwidth is capped at 1.4 megahertz per device. This is said to enable low-cost connectivity chipsets for devices that do not need constant communication with the network. Category M1 modems are roughly 75% less complex than Category 1 modems, which are currently used to connect IoT devices to LTE networks