DC, Atlanta, Denver Getting C Band 5G This Year
Verizon has reached a deal to deploy 5G in prime C Band radio frequencies in three key markets — Washington, DC / Baltimore, Atlanta, and Denver — this year, at least a year ahead of the original schedule set by the FCC. That schedule was designed to allow satellite companies to vacate the band without disrupting service for their customers. This would take longer in cities with ground stations that use the C Band to command existing satellites in orbit. That's why those three markets were completely excluded from the initial launch of C Band, instead pushed to the final clearing date of December 2023. But Verizon has now reached an agreement with the satellite companies on how to deploy 5G in those markets this year without interfering with satellite operations. As a result, Verizon will be able to offer faster mid-band 5G service in all major US cities by the end of the year.
Sep 7, 2022
Apple has revealed the iPhone 14 series, with new features, improved specs, and new size options. In place of a Mini option, the iPhone 14 will come in the same 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch screen size options as the Pro models.
Mar 18, 2020
Virginia startup Lynk Global has successfully demonstrated new technology that allows satellites in low-earth orbit to communicate directly with standard, unmodified mobile phones on the ground. In multiple verified tests starting February 24th, Lynk was able to broadcast an emergency alert containing a text message from one of its test platforms orbiting in space, using standard GSM technology, which was successfully received by an off-the-shelf Android phone in the Falkland Islands.
Jan 2, 2022
Verizon and AT&T this morning refused a request by federal transportation officials to delay this week's planned launch of 5G service in the critical new C Band. [Update: By evening, the two companies agreed to a two-week delay.] The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) insists that the service could potentially interfere with radio altimeters that planes use to measure distance to the ground in poor weather.
Dec 16, 2020
AST SpaceMobile and Vodafone today unveiled plans for the world's first commercial mobile network for standard 4G/5G phones that operates from satellites in orbit instead of ground-based towers. The network is planned to launch in 2023, covering 1.6 billion people in the 49 largest countries in the equatorial regions.
Aug 25, 2022
T-Mobile and SpaceX today announced a partnership to provide 100% coverage across the US and "vast" parts of oceans using SpaceX's next generation of Starlink satellites, which will be able to connect directly to existing cell phones. The service will use a dedicated "small slice" of the PCS band (the G block of band 25, which is 1910–1915 MHz for uplink and 1990–1995 MHz for downlink).