An Examination of Apparent Disappointing 600 MHz Auction Results

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With the 600 MHz auction results expected soon, it’s becoming increasingly clear that those results are likely to be disappointing. More and more industry observers are predicting that prices will be considerably lower than many initially expected — and lower they were in the 2015...Learn More

Accenture: 5G Wireless Job Creation Could be 3 Million

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Deployment of next-generation 5G wireless networks could add approximately $500 billion to the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) through direct and indirect benefits, according to a new report from Accenture. 5G wireless job creation could be as high as 3 million, Accenture said. 5G Wireless...Learn More

NCAA College Football Championship Fuels Dramatic AT&T Data Traffic Growth

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Clemson won the 2017 NCAA College Football Playoff Championship in dramatic fashion Monday evening (Jan. 9) in a nail biting rematch that saw underdog Clemson drive down the field against number 1 ranked Alabama’s staunch defense for the winning score in the game’s waning minutes....Learn More

T-Mobile KickBack Offers up to a $10 Monthly Bill Credit on Unused Data

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The T-Mobile marketing machine spewed out its latest new offers yesterday – including T-Mobile KickBack, which offers customers a credit on their phone bill of up to $10 a month per line if they used 2 gigabytes (GB) of data or less in the previous...Learn More

Ford Enlists AT&T for Connected Car Wi-Fi Hotspots

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A partnership between Ford and AT&T has yielded connected car Wi-Fi hotspots. Beginning this fall, Ford will be offering LTE Wi-Fi hotspots on select 2018 models equipped with Ford SYNC Connect touch and voice-activated communications control technology. Connecting to AT&T’s 4G LTE network, SYNC Connect...Learn More

Accenture: Artificial Intelligence Will Drive Smartphone Sales Increase

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Accenture is expecting a smartphone sales increase in 2017, marking a rebound after reaching a three-year low in 2016. Lower prices, improved security, new features and overall performance improvements, along with product refresh cycles will boost 2017 smartphone sales, Accenture found after surveying 26,000 consumers in...Learn More

Canada Broadband Universal Service: 50 Mbps Speed Target, Up to $750 Million New Funding

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Canadian regulators have declared broadband a universal service and have set an ambitious target speed of 50 Mbps downstream and 10 Mbps upstream. The Canada broadband universal service plans call for transitioning an existing $100 million annual voice-focused fund to broadband and making additional funding...Learn More

Sprint HPUE Technology Claims Indoor Coverage Breakthrough

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Sprint HPUE technology, announced today, aims to overcome certain limitations of the company’s 2.5 GHz spectrum, which according to the company, carries more traffic than any other spectrum band the company uses. Sprint said the high-performance user interface (HPUE) technology extends coverage range 30%, while...Learn More

Cellular Network Traffic Forecast: Avg Smartphone Data Usage will Reach 5GB/month

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Telecom and Internet service providers should be preparing for another sharp rise in mobile network traffic. More specifically, the annual volume of cell phone data traffic will reach 129,000 petabytes by 2018, according to a cellular network traffic report from Juniper Research released Dec. 6....Learn More

CEO on AT&T DIRECTV NOW Sales: December Sales Target Reached Already

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AT&T already has hit the December target the company had set for its DIRECTV NOW sales figures, which launched just last week, said AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson today. Stephenson made his comments at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference, which was also webcast. DIRECTV...Learn More

Worldwide High 360 Million North American LTE Connections

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Global 4G LTE connections soared 81% year-over-year (YoY) in 3Q 2016, according to data from 5G Americas released last week. North American LTE connections reached 360 million, researchers said. 4G LTE penetration and mobile wireless market share were highest in North America (U.S. and Canada)...Learn More

Flurry: Communitainment Fuels 38.5 Percent Rise in Mobile App Usage

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The average amount of time U.S. mobile device users spend engaged with mobile app content rose another 38.5 percent between 2015 and 2016, according to Yahoo’s Flurry market research unit. That follows a 108 percent increase between 2014 and 2015. Researchers attribute this rise, in...Learn More