Millimeter-wave 5G isn’t for widespread coverage, Verizon admits

A giant Verizon 5G logo in an expo hall.

Enlarge / A Verizon booth at Mobile World Congress Americas in Los Angeles in September 2018. (credit: Verizon)

T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray wrote that millimeter-wave spectrum “will never materially scale beyond small pockets of 5G hotspots in dense urban environments,” wireless industry analyst Craig Moffett asked Vestberg about Ray’s statement during a Verizon earnings call.

Vestberg responded that millimeter-wave spectrum “has lived up to our expectation on performance” and will get better as Verizon improves the software for managing the spectrum. But he added a significant caveat.

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AT&T and Verizon want to manage your identity across websites and apps

A smartphone app showing an option to confirm or deny a login attempt.

Enlarge / Project Verify would let you confirm or deny logins for other apps and websites. (credit: Project Verify)

Project Verify” from a consortium of AT&T, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile US, and Sprint, was unveiled in a demo yesterday. It works similarly to other multi-factor authentication systems by letting users approve or deny login requests from other websites and apps, reducing the number of times users must enter passwords. The carriers’ consortium is putting the call out to developers of third-party apps and websites, who can contact the consortium for information on linking to the new authentication system.

“The Project Verify app can be preloaded or downloaded to the user’s mobile device,” a video describing the technology says. “And then when they face a login screen on their favorite sites and apps, they select the verify option. That’s it—Project Verify does the rest.”

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T-Mobile/Sprint merger will bring higher prices, small carriers tell FCC

A T-Mobile logo on the window of a retail store.

Enlarge / A T-Mobile logo on the window of a retail store in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. (credit: Getty Images | Bloomberg)

Rural Wireless Association (RWA), NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association, and other groups filed petitions urging the Federal Communications Commission to block the T-Mobile/Sprint merger this week.

“Removing Sprint from the equation through further industry consolidation will result in less competition which will drive prices higher for consumers, and would be decidedly contrary to the public interest,” the RWA said. The FCC is required to evaluate whether mergers benefit the public.

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