The significance and potential impact of the latest pause is largely unknown, but the companies have faced a barrage of criticism during the last month.
The plan calls for the government to take wireless spectrum from the Defense Department and use a third-party operator to make 5G services available on a wholesale basis.
The carrier touted the first four markets to see its 5G beams, but it could be under new ownership by mid-year.
The COMAC initiative is focused on delivering services over both mobile and broadband networks while supporting subscriber management and maintaining a consistent service experience without regard to the access technology.
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The provider is looking to bring in additional SD-WAN vendors and build universal CPE in 2019.
Sprint takes the next step on its path toward the launch of 5G services in the first half of 2019, seemingly with or without T-Mobile.
Sprint is touting a new Samsung device while T-Mobile completed a 5G data session with Ericsson and Intel.
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The $26 billion deal sits about halfway through the FCC's informal timeline for its review process.
Industry trade group 5G Americas predicts that there will be 336,000 5G connections in North Americas by the end of 2019. That will account for 47 percent of global 5G connections.
According to reports, the deal was cleared after Deutsche Telekom and SoftBank offered to stop using Huawei equipment.
T-Mobile plans to launch its 5G network in lower band spectrum so it can blanket the country with 5G service.
It's no surprise that groups representing wireless workers claim the merger will cost American jobs. But connecting T-Mobile and Sprint to possible security risks related to China is a new angle that could have an impact on the deal.
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