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CEO: AT&T Time Warner Plans Include Better Content Monetization, More Mobile Integration

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AT&T sees significant opportunities for monetizing the content assets it will own when its planned acquisition of Time Warner is completed, noted AT&T CEO, Chairman and President Randall Stephenson today in a question-and-answer session at an investor conference, where he discussed AT&T Time Warner plans....Learn More

Carolina West Wireless Touts 600 MHz Spectrum Win

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Carolina West Wireless issued a press release earlier this week detailing its winnings in the recent auction of broadcast spectrum in the 600 MHz band. The company bid a total of $10.2 million to win spectrum in 32 counties in western North Carolina and northeastern...Learn More

Verizon Pulls the Rug from Under AT&T, Buys Straight Path, Gaining Huge High-Band Spectrum Holdings

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Verizon, not AT&T, will buy Straight Path Communications, holder of a huge amount of high-band spectrum in the 28 GHz and 39 GHz frequency bands that could be well suited to supporting high-bandwidth 5G services. Just a few weeks ago, AT&T announced it would acquire...Learn More

CTIA: U.S. Wireless Penetration Nears 121%, Driving 13.72 Trillion MBs of Wireless Data Traffic

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A record high 13.72 trillion megabytes (MBs) of mobile data coursed over wireless networks to mobile device users in the U.S. in 2016, 4 trillion MBs more than in 2015 and 35 times that in 2010, according to CTIA’s latest, “Annual Wireless Industry Survey.” By...Learn More

CEO: Verizon Wireless Network Densification Will Drive Deployment of Largest Fiber Network Nationwide

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Stakeholders know that because small cells will have shorter range, operators will need a dense fiber network to support them. Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam yesterday offered a sense of just how dense that network will need to be. Verizon small cells and densification efforts are...Learn More

Common Comcast-Charter Wi-Fi First Mobile Offering a Likely Result of New Deal

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Charter and Comcast said today that they will “work only together with respect to national mobile network operators, through potential commercial arrangements, including MVNOs and other material transactions in the wireless industry for a period of one year.” The news opens the door to a...Learn More

Sprint All-Wireless Small Cell Improves Indoor/Outdoor Coverage, Will Aid with 5G

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The Sprint Magic Box, announced today, is an indoor all-wireless small cell that uses the company’s cellular network for both the final link to the end user and for backhaul from the small cell to a traditional cell tower, a.k.a. microcell, where traffic is handed...Learn More

T-Mobile 5G Plans Dissent From Rivals: Understanding Mobile 5G at 600 MHz

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T-Mobile said today that it plans to use some of the 600 MHz spectrum that it won in the recent broadcast incentive auction to support a nationwide mobile 5G rollout in 2020. “The best way to introduce a new technology is to use clean spectrum,”...Learn More

1Q Smartphone Shipments Rose a Surprising 4.3 Percent to 347.4 Million

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First quarter 2017 smartphone shipments rose a surprising 4.3% globally over the same period last year, according to new research from IDC.  Global smartphone unit shipments totaled 347.4 million in 1Q. Market data from previous quarters revealed smartphone growth was slowing on a global basis....Learn More

App Economy Job Creation Report: 110,00 New Jobs in Two Years

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Some 110,000 new software application development jobs were created across the App Economy ecosystem in the U.S. from May 2014 through May 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and reported in a new app economy job creation study from ACT – The App...Learn More

Behind the AT&T 5G Evolution 20-City Launch

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AT&T today said it will launch AT&T 5G Evolution wireless service in 20 markets before year-end, beginning with a launch in Austin, Texas today. The news is the latest example of how major national carriers AT&T and Verizon are hoping to differentiate their offerings based...Learn More

FreedomPop Lifeline Database Makes Lemonade Out of Lemons

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Just a few months after having its credentials for participation in the FCC’s low-income Lifeline program revoked, FreedomPop has found a new Lifeline-related revenue stream: The company is licensing a database system originally developed for its own use to service providers approved to offer Lifeline...Learn More

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