July 29, 2021
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Senate paves way for vote on infrastructure bill
The Senate agreed to take up debate on a bipartisan infrastructure bill that includes $65 billion to fund broadband, which it defines as downstream speeds of 100 megabits per second with 20 Mbps upstream. President Joe Biden stated that the legislation "will deliver high speed internet to every American" and that low-cost plans will be a requirement of funding for providers.
Full Story: NBC News (7/28),  Next TV/Multichannel News (7/28),  Ars Technica (7/28) 
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Verizon took another step forward in leveraging its new C-band spectrum to support its 5G Ultra Wideband service with the completion of a live, fully virtualized 5G data session over its network in three states with Samsung. The telecom said the test relied on Samsung's virtualized RAN platform and a C-band Massive MIMO radio working with Verizon's virtualized core.
Full Story: ZDNet (7/27) 
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Apple reported the best spring quarter in the company's history as iPhone sales soared by 38% while revenues grew year-to-year by 36% and executives projected an annual $86 billion profit. The company cited strong sales of the 5G-enabled iPhone 12 as a factor for the growth, which exceeded analysts' projections, but representatives also warned that the shortage of chips could lead to slower activity in the months ahead.
Full Story: The Wall Street Journal (7/27),  Light Reading (7/28) 
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Qualcomm executives expect the chip shortage to last until the middle of 2022, but leader Cristiano Amon says the company has gained some extra capacity by working with third-party semiconductor makers. Demand for phones with 5G compatibility helped revenues and profit for Qualcomm's last fiscal quarter exceed Wall Street estimates, the chipmaker reported, and that trend is likely to continue.
Full Story: The Wall Street Journal (7/28),  ZDNet (7/28) 
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