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AT&T 5G Plus Plan mirrors T-Mobile’s coverage trails

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AT&T announced on Tuesday the initiation of its plan to deploy the fifth generation of network with C-band spectrum, a factor that will reinforce the carrier’s total 5G coverage.

Currently, the operator is offering two categorizations of the fifth generation: 5G Plus over high-band mmWave spectrum and regular 5G – which resembles 4G LTE.

“AT&T currently offers two types of 5G: the ultra-responsive, ultra-fast 5G+ over high band mmWave spectrum, which is live in parts of 39 cities and more than 20 venues and entertainment districts, and the more widespread, 5G over the low band Sub-6Ghz,” the operator disclosed in its blog post.

“Back in February, we acquired 80 MHz of C-Band spectrum from the Federal Communications Commission, which is mid-band and sits between mmWave and Sub-6GHz at between 3.7 and 4GHz. This can help our 5G network to get closer to its full potential and deliver the faster and increased connectivity that customers need,” the post added.

In concept, the C-band spectrum will deliver AT&T with the necessary means to develop a slower but more sustainable genre of 5G network. This will heighten the service provider’s coverage while assisting in augmenting the average speed across the board.

The telco’s recently revealed layout could potentially shift the dynamic between U.S.-based carriers, specifically with T-Mobile U.S.

Until now, T-Mobile was the sole carrier to deliver all three genres of 5G, incorporating a slower-speed sub-6GHz 5G, implemented to enhance range, while mid-band and mmWave spectrums assist in supplying the necessary network speed.

The Bellevue-based telco emphasized its mid-band coverage for years. In contrast, AT&T and Verizon highlighted their course of action on creating mmWave. An approach that could have been quite troubling for both companies.

The switch in tactics, mainly driven by the race to deploy 5G network in the country, forged both companies’ focus on the C-band spectrum. AT&T directed its vision towards the spectrum while Verizon channeled its attention to a specific tier of users to access its C-band and mmWave range by paying a monthly subscription.

As for AT&T, the telecoms company disclosed that the initiation of its C-band spectrum in the upcoming months and its U.S. rollout will cover around 70 to 75 million users by the end of 2022.

It is worth mentioning the mobile operator is also aiming to cover around 200 million subscribers by the end of 2023. 

In T-Mobile’s case, the provider has already surpassed its competitors’ plans by succeeding in rolling out its C-band spectrum to almost 125 million users last June. In parallel, it disclosed that by 2023, it will have the absolute capacity to overspread its network to cover 300 million users.

AT&T’s 5G declaration explicitly elaborates how its operations will incorporate both mmWave and C-band spectrum under one umbrella, 5G Plus, without delivering any means to distinguish between both bands.

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India’s Reliance Industries seek controlling stake in UK’s BT Group

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Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) is assessing the possibility of bidding on British telecom titan, BT Group Plc., reported by the Economic Times.

According to the report published by the news hub on Monday, Reliance is currently planning to place an unsought offer to obtain shares into the British telco, or as an alternative, to have a controlling stake in the company. From the 419 institutional investors in the British firm, some have expressed their interest in cashing out if a suitable offer surfaces.

In parallel, Reliance is considering proposing a partnership with BT’s fiber-optic firm, Openreach, to finance and expand its plans.

Currently, BT Group’s market gap has reached a whopping $20.63 billion since November 26th. In the event of RIL taking control of the UK company, it will mark the biggest outbound merger and acquisition (M&A) related to any Indian establishment.

An outbound M&A is when a domestic company obtains or merges with a different firm in a different country. This demands notable guidance concerning the legality and issues of compliance to accommodate the other country’s demands, restrictions, and requirements to be included in the pre-merger interactions.

Analysts believe that Asia’s wealthiest man, Chairman and managing director at RIL, Mukesh Ambani, has directed his attention towards BT to further expand the company’s reach on a global scale.

It is worth mentioning that this does not mark the first time Reliance has tried to reach out for global expansion. In September, the Indian Group was outbid by a consortium of Apax and Warburg Pincus to obtain power over Netherland’s T-Mobile.

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Palestine to finally receive 4G rollout, agreement to be settled

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Israel has finally agreed to authorize 4G rollout to Palestine, as its latest initiative from the Israeli government to enhance Palestinian daily life.

While the country has already deployed 5G networks to its areas, Palestinian citizens have yet to indulge in the 4G rollout experience, as Palestinian telcos are still operating their services with 3G.

Following a closed meeting held between Israel and Palestinian telecoms, and repetitive complaints from Palestinian officials that Israel has not shown initiative to begin technical discussions until April.

Despite that no official agreement has been made, Palestinian telcos are waiting for clarification regarding the extent of bandwidth to be available, given that a previous Israeli agreement has been rejected by the telcos since Israel offered to provide a modest number of frequencies.

Even if Israel authorizes the agreement, local telecom operators will still need around six months to a year to purchase and import the required equipment for the 4G rollout in rural areas.

In 2018, the Israeli government agreed on the deployment of a 3G network for Palestinian citizens. However, the rollout was confined to the West Bank, given that Israel has not permitted domestic service providers to buy 3G equipment for Gaza, which is still operating on 2G.

The demand has risen from Palestinian to attain 4G networks, as it will heighten the country’s economy, as well as push residents from using Israel cellular networks and focus on local ones instead.

It is worth mentioning that Israeli networks deliver a much higher signal frequency reaching deep into Palestine’s region, in addition to their low-cost effectiveness and faster networks compared to the local ones.

This could potentially raise havoc for Palestine’s telcos as their pricing is too high, a factor led by Israel’s intense restrictions on network frequencies and limitations on towers infrastructure and location.

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Huawei to boost Malaysia digitization through new innovation center

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In an effort to boost Malaysia’s digitization, Chinese telecom giant Huawei seeks to accelerate the country’s digital economy transformation by building the country into a regional digital hub, Huawei said in a press release on Tuesday.

The company unveiled its newly refurbished and upgraded Huawei Customer Solution Innovation Center (CSIC) as part of a commemoration ceremony celebrating its 20th anniversary since entering the Malaysian market, the release noted.

Malaysia Prime Minister, Dato’ Sri Ismail Sabri Bin Yaakob said, “The CSIC is a testament to Huawei Malaysia’s commitment to the nation’s digital transformation.”

I was informed that most of Huawei Malaysia’s employees are local. Talents are a crucial part in accelerating digital transformation for the nation, he said.

The Prime Minister added that he believes that Malaysia has the capacity and capability to achieve 100 percent digital inclusivity, especially among vulnerable communities.

“I am proud to say, in embracing the concept of Keluarga Malaysia, Huawei has taken an important role in helping the Government address this matter. I hope more corporations will come forward to follow in your footsteps,” he said.

As such, Huawei’s CSIC was designed as an Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Hub and Centre of Excellence to run the industry’s open ecosystem and accelerate digital economy transformation in Malaysia.

The CSIC, which is located in Integra Tower at the heart of Kuala Lumpur, aggregates the company’s over 120 reference applications and services globally.

Huawei’s customers and partners can leverage this innovative platform to design and test technology solutions, verify new business models, and nurture innovation applications and services to both the public and private sectors.

Huawei Malaysia CEO Michael Yuan said that through the CSIC, Huawei Malaysia would continue to bring global experiences to serve the needs of the ICT industry in Malaysia and to assist local stakeholders in succeeding in their businesses.

“This center will act as a catalyst to accelerate Malaysia’s digital transformation and to capitalise on the potential of advanced technologies and assist in driving investments in the digital economy for the nation at the same time,” added Yuan.

Cloud Computing was another highlight, with Huawei working with Malaysian communication service provider Telekom Malaysia on their Alpha Edge, the only Malaysian-owned Cloud and AI infrastructure and services to enterprises and government institutions that ensures data sovereignty.

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