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New Jersey telecom company Hammer Fiber announced Tuesday that it wrapped up the initial development of its advanced LTE fixed wireless system.

Hammer officials said expanding its wireless capabilities to support LTE frequencies would allow it to add ultra-high capacity cellular broadband applications and position the company as a leader in 5G systems. The company plans to pilot-test the fixed LTE system early next year.

"We believe this system fits perfectly into our overall ecosystem and pairing this platform with our existing DOCSIS platform is going to expand our reach and extend our next generation fixed LTE initiative to include wholesale services to both the mainstream LTE operators and Competitive Carriers across the U.S.A.," Executive Chairman Michael Cothill said in a statement.

Telecom giants Vodafone and SoftBank announced a strategic alliance to develop mobile services for enterprise customers.

The companies said the partnership will bolster support for U.K.-based Vodafone's multinational customers in SoftBank's native Japan.

Redzone Wireless this week announced plans to offer gigabit broadband speeds to customers in areas of Portland, Maine, beginning in the first quarter of 2018.

The Maine-based company will bolster its network by incorporating millimeter wave spectrum capabilities.

"Redzone’s 5GX with millimeter wave significantly increases fixed wireless broadband speed, while substantially reducing network development time and deployment costs associated with fiber based alternatives," said Redzone President Jim McKenna.

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