One of the hottest topics at Mobile World Congress this week is 5G networks. The benefits are being widely touted by network providers: faster download speeds on cellular networks, and support for new technologies such as self-driving cars. The size and number of the “small cells” which power 5G also means that they will be placed anywhere in streets and buildings. It is going to be the biggest shift in telecommunications since the invention of the cellphone.
Most of the major U.S. networks have already announced plans for 5G networks, including Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint. Service and infrastructure providers like American Tower (which announced its Q4 2018 earnings today) are rolling out new 5G infrastructure to support this. American Tower’s new “Smart Pole,” an attractive street-level smart pole, will extend its service footprint from 57,000 telecom towers, to hundreds of thousands of Smart Poles that will support tomorrow’s 5G networks.
NEW YORK, Feb. 22, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Wireless telecommunication carriers are expected to show their might, thanks to emerging new technologies. According to a report by Business Research Company, the Wireless telecommunication carriers market will reach a value of about USD 1 Trillion in 2020, while also registering a CAGR of over 2.5% in the Americas region. The Americas are the largest market in wireless telecom services, which is a result of high Internet penetration, access to smartphone devices, and advancements in wireless technology. Changes in consumer preferences also influence value, as a high number of consumers prefer video streaming services over cable subscriptions. As a response to market demands, traditional cable companies are looking to augment their pay-TV business with communications services, changing their programming distribution beyond fixed lines, and more towards wireless streaming. TPT Global Tech (OTC: TPTW), Sprint Corporation (NYSE: S), Telefónica, S.A. (NYSE: TEF), Vodafone Group Plc (NASDAQ: VOD), Ceragon Network Ltd (NASDAQ: CRNT)
A federal appeals court upheld AT&T’s $85 billion merger with Time Warner on Tuesday, handing the telecom giant a major victory in its months-long legal battle against Justice Department regulators who had alleged the deal was anti-competitive.
The outcome is a significant defeat for the Justice Department’s top antitrust chief, Makan Delrahim, who legal analysts say took a big risk in suing AT&T and who has now lost twice at court. The Justice Department said Tuesday afternoon that it does not intend to keep fighting the case.
“We are grateful that the Court of Appeals considered our objections to the District Court opinion,” said agency spokesman Jeremy Edwards. “The Department has no plans to seek further review.”
In its decision, a three-judge panel said the government failed to prove its claims that the lower court had misapplied “fundamental principles of economics” when assessing the deal’s potential impact on consumers and AT&T’s rivals.
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