West Virginia is auditing a pilot program it launched in May that allowed certain voters to cast their election votes using blockchain technology. The technology uses facial recognition to confirm voters' identities before they can vote on their mobile devices using a blockchain-based app.
T-Mobile prepped for its proposed merger with Sprint by netting 686,000 postpaid subscribers and 1.6 million new customers overall in the second quarter while raising its 2018 estimate for new customers. The carrier also provided more details on its plays to start offering a wireless-based video service this year, saying that it would also use its 5G network to deliver Layer3 TV via in-home broadband in 2019.
Competitive Carriers Association has asserted, in a congressionally mandated report on the state of the market, that the wireless market remains far from competitive. In a filing with the Federal Communications Commission, CCA wrote that competition and competitive expansion are hampered by regulatory barriers and the dominance of the two major carriers.
Competitive Carriers Association supports Federal Communications Commission action to streamline infrastructure siting barriers, including rate-based barriers and those that prohibit deployment at the state and local levels, through swift action such as the FCC's vote on a Declaratory Ruling to prohibit moratoria at the August Open Meeting.
Competitive Carriers Association joined several other entities in supporting Ligado Networks' petition to leverage 40 MHz of midband frequencies to build a terrestrial network largely devoted to the industrial internet of things. CCA noted that Ligado has worked closely with stakeholders and the government to prevent interference within the band.
US Cellular has signed a multiyear sponsorship deal to become the Green Bay Packers' Official Wireless Partner, a move that includes supporting the NFL team's new app, as well as providing charging stations throughout the Packers' Lambeau Field. And as a centerpiece of upgrades to the stadium's concourse, the regional carrier will also sponsor a space where fans will meet.
T-Mobile unveiled its narrowband internet of things network last week, saying it was the first wireless carrier to do so; the carrier conducted trials in Las Vegas in 2017. The company also said it had launched the world's first NB-IoT service in "guard" bands, a move designed to prevent interference with other data traffic.
Qualcomm Technologies has produced a new antenna for 5G service designed to be small enough to work well with mobile devices. The 5G NR millimeter wave and sub-6 gigahertz RF modules will enable smartphones and other wireless devices to support gigabit 5G networks.
Repair business iDoctor Cell Phone Repair in Washington state is rebranding its two stores as uBreakiFix stores. Meanwhile, uBreakiFix has opened a location in Long Island, N.Y.