Broadband investment heads south, 5G Michigan trials soar successfully

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Samsung, Cisco deliver multivendor end-to-end 5G trial with Verizon

SamsungWireless-Estimator-News Electronics America, Inc. and Cisco, in partnership with Verizon, today announced the successful deployment of the first multi-vendor end-to-end 5G trial network in the field, which took place in Ann Arbor, a suburb of metropolitan Detroit, Mich. Earlier this year, Verizon announced plans for customer trials of 5G technology for home broadband service (Fixed Wireless Access). Five U.S. cities are scheduled to begin trials in the second quarter of 2017, with pilot trials in a total of 11 markets expected by the middle of the year.

Broadband investment heads in the wrong direction

Broadband trade group USTelecom’s seventh annual report on broadband investment numbers will be finalized soon, but in the associations initial analysis, the report strongly suggests that investment in 2016 continued to trend downward following the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) adoption of the 2015 Open Internet Order.

FCC’s broadband advisory working groups’ members announced

FCC Chairman Ajit pai has appointed members to serve on two Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee working groups, On the Model Code for Municipalities, amongst others, are Chis Bondurant; AT&T Mobile; Marc Ganzi, ExteNet Systems; David Mayo, T-Mobile; and Steve Vondran, American Tower Corporation. The Chairman is Douglas Dimitroff of Phillips Lytle LLP.

CTIA dials up Ogilvy’s Nick Ludlum for top comms job

Nick Ludlum has joined industry body CTIA as chief communications officer, the organization said Monday. Based in Washington, DC, he replaced Stephanie O’Keefe, who left CTIA last February.