FCC to consider making text messaging an information service, denying Twilio petition

November 20, 2018

By Monica Alleven In a move that’s sure to make wireless operators happy, the FCC at its December meeting will consider a draft Declaratory Ruling on text messaging that would formally rule text messaging services are information services, not telecommunications services.

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37, 39, 47 GHz auction on FCC’s December meeting agenda

November 20, 2018

By Monica Alleven The FCC has another jam-packed meeting teed up for Dec. 12, when it’s set to make more millimeter wave spectrum available for 5G.

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Verizon angling for exclusive to sell Samsung’s 5G-capable Galaxy S10

November 20, 2018

By Matt Kapko Samsung has big plans for the 10-year refresh of its flagship smartphone next year, and the device maker is in discussions with Verizon about a possible exclusive agreement for distribution in the United States, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

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T-Mobile breaks ground on $160M headquarters renovation

November 20, 2018

By Matt Kapko T-Mobile is breaking ground on a $160 million renovation that aims to transform its headquarters into a modern workplace in Bellevue, Washington. The carrier said the three-year project will prepare the organization for future growth as it inches closer to nationwide 5G and awaits regulatory approval of its merger with Sprint.

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T-Mobile, Nokia complete 5G data transmission at 600 MHz

November 20, 2018

By Monica Alleven T-Mobile is claiming a world first with Nokia: The two companies just completed a 5G data transmission on T-Mobile’s 600 MHz commercial network in Spokane, Washington.

Via:: http://www.fiercewireless.com/wireless/t-mobile-nokia-complete-5g-data-transmission-at-600-mhz?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss

Verizon gives some hints about how 5G Home is selling and performing

November 20, 2018

By Mike Dano Verizon has been selling its 5G Home service for just over a month now, and the carrier and others have provided a few insights into how the offering is performing both from a technical standpoint and a business standpoint.

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Zayo, the largest independent fiber operator in North America, reportedly targeted for takeover

November 19, 2018

By Matt Kapko The biggest independent owner of fiber in North America, Zayo Group, is attracting suitors and takeover interest from private equity funds and investment firms, according to a Bloomberg report. News of the deal, which would take Zayo private, sent stock prices soaring as much as 20% in early trading.

Via:: http://www.fiercewireless.com/wireless/zayo-largest-independent-fiber-operator-north-america-reportedly-targeted-for-takeover?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss

28 GHz spectrum auction action slows, but bids pass $85M mark

November 19, 2018

By Mike Dano Bidding in the FCC’s 28 GHz spectrum auction continues to cool, with the total amount of bids placed rising to $85.4 million at the end of round eight.

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U.S. mobile broadband is among the most expensive in the world, new report finds

November 19, 2018

By Matt Kapko The price U.S. residents pay for mobile broadband on their smartphones is among the highest in the world, according to a new report from Rewheel, a Finland-based research firm. Even with four major operators competing for wireless customers, the U.S. market has the fifth-highest price per gigabyte on smartphone data plans.

Via:: http://www.fiercewireless.com/wireless/u-s-mobile-broadband-among-most-expensive-world-new-report-finds?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss

Report: Verizon to launch RCS messaging in early 2019

November 19, 2018

By Matt Kapko Verizon is finally catching up with other major U.S. carriers in supporting RCS messaging early next year. The media-rich messaging format, which looks and operates like Apple’s iMessage and Facebook’s WhatsApp and Messenger apps, has been aiming to replace SMS for more than a decade.

Via:: http://www.fiercewireless.com/wireless/verizon-to-launch-rcs-messaging-early-2019?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=rss

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