T-Mobile plans to boost LTE coverage | House bill will seek repeal of broadband privacy rules | Sprint demos Gigabit Class LTE
March 16, 2017
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T-Mobile plans to boost LTE coverage
T-Mobile warns cable against competing as MVNOs
Carter (T-Mobile)
T-Mobile has announced plans to increase its LTE coverage to include the remaining 700,000 square miles that its closest competition, Verizon, is covering. Chief Financial Officer Braxton Carter said T-Mobile will use its spectrum resources, noting, "[W]e really truly want to build out the full footprint in the United States."
BroadbandReports.com (3/13) 
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House bill will seek repeal of broadband privacy rules
Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., leader of a House subcommittee on technology, will sponsor a bill to block implementation of the Federal Communications Commission's broadband privacy rules. A similar resolution has already been introduced in the Senate.
The Hill (3/8) 
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Sprint demos Gigabit Class LTE
Thanks to a partnership with Qualcomm and Motorola, Sprint debuted a Moto phone prototype at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans that achieved up to 612.5 megabits per second download speeds. The phone utilizes eight antenna elements, combined with 3-channel carrier aggregation, while Sprint Chief Technical Officer John Saw said the company already has its eye on 4CA and 5CA.
Light Reading (3/15) 
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DISH may be preparing for entry into wireless
DISH Network unveiled plans Friday to sell an additional $1 billion in convertible notes, with plans to use the proceeds for strategic transactions. The funds could be used to help the company break into the wireless market with wireless and spectrum purchases.
Android Headlines (3/11) 
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T-Mobile CFO talks benefits of cable merger
T-Mobile Chief Financial Officer Braxton Carter at a recent conference discussed the benefits of combining with a big cable company, including lower operating costs and increased advertising opportunities. Carter also stated that there are no Sprint merger talks in the works.
Fortune (3/8) 
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Technology and Trends
Samsung S8 to be launched March 29 in US, UK
Samsung store
(Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images)
Samsung's S8 got an ad three weeks before it launched, in what appears to be an effort to compete with the recently released LG G6. The company is planning to release the S8 in the US and UK on March 29.
The Korea Herald (Seoul) (3/14) 
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FirstNet waits on decision from court
FirstNet is awaiting a decision from the US Court of Federal Claims, an appeals court, so it can move forward with a contract to provide a broadband network for public safety. The $6.5 billion contract was put on hold in November after a competing bidder, Rivada Mercury, protested the lack of competition for the contract.
FierceWireless (3/14),  Federal Computer Week (3/14) 
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