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10/28/2020

T-Mobile's new TVision streaming video service features three tiers of cable packages, starting at $10 a month. Apple TV, Google TV and Amazon Fire TV will carry the service, as will iOS and Android mobile devices, and the TVision Hub adapter will provide it over high-definition televisions.

10/28/2020

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is proposing to allocate most of the 5.9 GHz band to unlicensed Wi-Fi use. The proposal would reserve 35 MHz for cellular vehicle-to-everything technology and vehicle-to-vehicle communications.

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10/28/2020

GTCR, a Chicago-based private equity firm, has reportedly agreed to pay roughly $2.3 billion for a majority stake in mobile virtual network operator Consumer Cellular. The MVNO has nearly 4 million subscribers and about 2,000 employees, each of whom will get 18 months' extra salary as a result of the purchase.

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10/28/2020

The Federal Communications Commission agreed to provide $9 billion for broadband service expansion in its 5G Fund for Rural America, though the first reverse auction won't occur until the agency establishes accurate maps. Precision agriculture will be the focus of the second auction, which will provide a minimum of $1 billion from the fund.

10/28/2020

The Federal Communications Commission has expanded access to television white spaces for broadband connectivity. Internet devices using white spaces will be able to operate at higher power levels in rural areas.

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10/28/2020

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is studying broadband service availability in 10 Iowa counties in order to qualify for state funding. Nextlink is working with the partnership's Regional Broadband Initiative to roll out fixed wireless service in the state.

10/27/2020

Verizon and AT&T plan to build private wireless networks for businesses and other groups, and are partnering with vendors such as Ericsson, Microsoft and Nokia on the effort. Harbor Research predicts that the total addressable market for such networks globally will reach $208 billion before 2025.

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10/27/2020

Analysts say that more small wireless companies are likely to follow in the footsteps of Bluegrass Cellular, which Verizon recently acquired. They explain that the heads of these carriers are approaching retirement and prefer to sell their systems rather than upgrade to 5G themselves, especially as the market is strong.

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10/27/2020

Ericsson will release products that run radio access networks in the cloud during the last quarter of 2021. The new software is likely to work with multiple types of pre-approved hardware available commercially, making the release a move toward open RAN.

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10/27/2020

OnePlus will bring two models in its Nord line of mid-range phones to the US at an undisclosed date, the vendor's Ricky Wang said. He made the statement as the manufacturer announced the phones in question, the N100 and N10 5G, in Europe.

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