Qualcomm has successfully tested aggregating sub-6 GHz and millimeter-wave frequencies in data calls using standalone 5G infrastructure, the chipmaker announced, saying the technology will enable carriers to expand capacity and reach multi-gigabit speeds. In the test, Qualcomm deployed a smart device that combined its Snapdragon X65 5G modem with an antenna module.
The Federal Communications Commission is asking major US carriers to provide information about their robocall-fighting efforts before April 30, saying their replies will help shape the agency's next Call Blocking Report. Topics include how carriers measure their strategies' effectiveness and prevent interference with emergency services.
AT&T's three-year broadband access investment, which the carrier notes is worth $2 billion, includes 20 centers for connected learning in neighborhoods where residents often lack broadband. The locations will feature high-speed AT&T Fiber internet and Wi-Fi connectivity, as well as access to tablets and laptops.
Verizon is deploying Hyper Precise Location in at least 100 top US markets, saying that the real-time kinematics technology will provide location data that's accurate to a couple centimeters. The carrier added that HPL, which safeguards privacy by not sharing or storing user data, can enhance both the internet of things and intelligent driving.
The global chip shortage will linger for "a couple of years" until manufacturing capacity can catch up to demand, warned Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger. Both he and GlobalFoundries leader Tom Caulfield want the US to at least double its share of the semiconductor market, a sector for which President Joe Biden has proposed $50 billion in subsidies.
The major wireless carriers have backed away from 2019 plans to create an app for rich communications services with logistical support from Synchronoss Technologies. Verizon offered no reason for ending the Cross Carrier Messaging Initiative, but both it and T-Mobile said they are still generally pursuing RCS.
CTIA and the Competitive Carriers Association are among eight trade groups pressing the administration to let the private sector take the lead in setting new security standards for information and communications technology. The organizations, writing to the Departments of Commerce and Homeland Security, warned against government overreach in setting standards.
Sony will introduce the camera-focused Xperia 1 III, as well as the smaller 5 III model, to the US market this summer. The phones feature 5G support, but only for Verizon and T-Mobile networks that operate under 6 GHz.
The Texas House has unanimously passed a bill, which now goes before the Senate, dedicating $2 billion to expanding broadband access in the state. J.J. McGrath of WISPA member TekWav supports the bill and sees it helping both rural and urban communities.
Rep. Antonio Delgado, D-N.Y., has introduced two bills -- the Broadband Speed Act and the Community Broadband Mapping Act -- concerning broadband measurement, funding and data. Under the first, internet service providers would report speed data to the Federal Communications Commission, while the second lets small ISPs and others use USDA Rural Utility Service funding for broadband data collection.
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