The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has breathed new life into a stalled initiative aimed at extending 5G network coverage to America’s rural areas. The rejuvenated program, named the 5G Fund for Rural America, seeks to allocate $9 billion over the next decade to bring 5G connectivity to 14 million homes and businesses in regions currently overlooked by operators due to financial impracticalities.

IS-Wireless has marked a significant milestone in Poland’s telecommunications sector, unveiling the country’s first 5G campus network. Designed on the Open RAN model and utilizing local frequencies, this implementation at Bialystok University of Technology is primed to cultivate future 5G and 6G experts. The Open RAN, a rapidly expanding telecommunications model, allows for the integration of versatile components, offering a cost-effective and efficient solution.

A Malaysian government-backed task force convenes today, in light of the impending launch of a second 5G network. With the first network boasting over 80% connectivity coverage, anticipation thrives. In an unexpected twist, the government took control after declining a traditional 5G spectrum auction. Initial resistance from local mobile operators eventually sheared, replacing defiance with a collaborative investment. The ensuing 5G network, however, aims to break this monopoly, fostering competition.

In a groundbreaking move, T-Mobile, known as the Un-carrier, has achieved a significant milestone by completing the world’s first six-carrier aggregation call using sub-6 GHz spectrum on its operational 5G network. Collaborating with industry leaders Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., T-Mobile reported astonishing speeds exceeding 3.6 Gbps during the test, showcasing its commitment to pushing the boundaries of wireless technology.

In a strategic collaboration, Boldyn Networks, a leading neutral host provider, has joined forces with Rome’s municipal government, Roma Capitale, to launch #Roma5G, a groundbreaking initiative aimed at revolutionizing the city’s digital infrastructure. The 25-year concession encompasses the development and management of a comprehensive 5G and Wi-Fi network throughout Rome, catering to both residents and the anticipated influx of visitors during major events.

Launched in September, Nokia’s Network as a Code aims to help operators optimize their 5G resources. By granting developers extensive network access, this platform unlocks opportunities for new application creation. With the advantage of 5G’s inherent software-based architecture, such innovative companies like BT Group are exploring unsuspected capabilities for enhanced network quality.

In an ambitious collaboration, Ericsson is partnering with Concordia University, the University of Manitoba, and the University of Waterloo to bolster cybersecurity for 5G networks, utilizing AI and automation solutions. Their objective: foreseeing and mitigating network breaches for both current 5G and upcoming 6G networks while navigating increasing network stress and complex security requirements.

During Super Bowl LVII in Glendale, Arizona, Verizon customers broke the company’s data use record. On game day, 60% of the 67,827 spectators used Verizon’s cellular network, consuming 47.8TB of data in and around State Farm Stadium. This statistic reflects a 36% increase in data use over Super Bowl LVI in 2022.    The highest data use surges happened during the halftime performance and during kickoff. The network’s peak download rates reached 4,200Mbps, while the median download speeds were 2,300Mbps. A team of 100 Verizon engineers operated the Network Command Center 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide a dependable network experience for spectators, first responders and public safety teams.   In preparation for the game, Verizon committed more than $100 million in network improvements and enhancements in and around State Farm Stadium and the surrounding Phoenix region. The company installed 5G Ultra-Wideband in various zones within…