Google will stop providing some products and services -- including Android updates -- to Huawei Technologies' phones, and a number of chipmakers have reportedly decided to cut off supplies to the Chinese manufacturer. Huawei, which can still access open-source versions of Android, assured clients that they will continue to receive security and after-sales support.
T-Mobile and Sprint will promise to shed assets and extend service to rural areas in order to get the US government to approve their proposed merger, sources told Bloomberg. The companies would agree to sell a prepaid brand, complete their 5G network within three years and keep prices steady while they build the network.
AT&T wants to create a higher-powered Category C for devices that use the 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service band. A Federal Communications Commission filing explains that the carrier met with agency officials to discuss getting approval for CBRS small cells that would provide more use cases involving 5G in the mid-band spectrum.
Wireless service providers are commissioning fiber optics companies, such as OFS Optics, to install cable for their backhaul networks that contains double the number of fiber pairs that exist in current infrastructure. The twin strands will carry uplink and downlink feeds, and be unspooled by massive "payoff machines."
Verizon rolled out Samsung's 5G phone, the Galaxy S10 5G, with prices starting at $1,300 and service available in Minneapolis and Chicago, and expects to launch four 5G phones this year. The company has reportedly begun to advertise its "Ultra Wideband" 5G offering, which users can access through its Above and Beyond plans, in some stores, and says the network will come to 20 more cities this year.
Sprint will roll out its first 5G smartphone at the end of May, along with the HTC 5G Hub hotspot, and will open pre-orders for Atlanta and three other markets on May 17, with service expanding to an additional five cities in a few weeks. The telecom priced the LG V50 ThinQ at $1,152, but is offering steep installment-plan discounts on both devices with contracts.
Mobile video startup Quibi is attempting to find backers to invest another billion dollars to help it take on Netflix, Disney and other streaming video providers, a media report says. The company, led by CEO Meg Whitman and investor Jeffrey Katzenberg, plans to offer short-form content designed to be seen on mobile devices.
Federal Communications Commission officials conferred for hours on potential conditions for approving T-Mobile's merger with Sprint, a media report says. Antitrust concerns have seemed to threaten the deal, but New Street Research's Jonathan Chaplin said the FCC's discussions are a sign that the agency may clear the merger.
The Federal Communications Commission will vote June 6 on a measure designed to give carriers a legal foundation to block robocalls and make it easier for them to provide call-blocking technology to subscribers, Chairman Ajit Pai said. Commissioner Michael O'Rielly called for a "careful and nuanced" approach, saying many robocalls have legitimate uses.
President Donald Trump's next round of tariffs on China could force Apple to raise iPhone prices by 14% to absorb a 25% tariff on products it imports from China, according to estimates by J.P. Morgan. Apple shares were down 7% last week amid concerns about the possible changes in trade terms.
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