Charter testing 5G in six markets2018-01-25 14:06 by Daniela
Tags: Charter, 5G
Charter Communications has announced fixed 5G wireless tests in six cities, with plans to expand broadband service in rural communities. The company's 5G tests are ongoing in: Orlando, Fla.; Reno, Nev.; Clarksville, Tenn.; Columbus, Ohio; Bakersfield, Calif.; Grand Rapids, Mich.
The company also announced that it will seek "regulatory parity" to prevent wireless competitors from gaining advantages over the wired cable industry.
"To deliver ubiquitous connectivity to our customers, we will rely increasingly on next-generation wireless technologies like 5G, and significantly improve and expand the reach of our wired broadband networks," yesterday's Charter blog post said. "[I]t is important that the policies and regulations adopted don't favor one technology over another," the company added.
Charter is the second-largest cable operator in the U.S. with 25 million customers in 41 states. The company focuses on wired internet, phone, and TV services offered over "existing wireline infrastructure" and is testing 5G wireless specifically to provide "wireline-like broadband connectivity and speeds" to customers in rural communities.
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