CCA sees need for uniform spectrum licensing procedure | FCC to give $1B for repack as Congress pushes for strict timeline | Rosenworcel urges public to help FCC create new broadband map
October 19, 2017
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CCA sees need for uniform spectrum licensing procedure
Competitive Carriers Association has called for the Federal Communications Commission to adopt a flexible but standard regime for licensing wireless airwaves in the run-up to distributing additional 700 MHz spectrum. In a filing, CCA wrote that a straightforward process would ensure that competitive carriers could gain access to adequate spectrum.
Wireless Week (10/13) 
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FCC to give $1B for repack as Congress pushes for strict timeline
FCC to give $1B for repack as Congress pushes for strict timeline
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The Federal Communications Commission on Monday issued a public notice stating that $1 billion in funding will be allocated to the post-auction repack. Meanwhile, American Tower Corp. predicts that tower work will peak next year, and members of Congress are pushing for FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to maintain the current repack timeline.
Inside Towers (10/16),  Multichannel News (10/16),  Broadcasting & Cable (10/16) 
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Rosenworcel urges public to help FCC create new broadband map
Rosenworcel urges public to help FCC create new broadband map
Rosenworcel (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
The government's broadband map was last updated three years ago, Federal Communications Commission member Jessica Rosenworcel said in asking the public for input to help construct a more accurate map. Rosenworcel wants people to provide her office with information about service availability in their areas.
Wireless Week (10/16) 
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Carrier Watch
Sprint parent SoftBank partners on new cell site venture
Sprint owner SoftBank is making moves in the wireless gear market through a partnership with Australia's Lendlease Group to put up or operate about 8,000 cell sites, including rooftop transmitters. The wireless carrier intends to move its tower leases to the joint venture, and the new company will seek to provide services to other carriers.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (10/17) 
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Technology and Trends
Qualcomm makes a 5G connection on Snapdragon X50
Qualcomm completed a 5G wireless communications connection on its Snapdragon X50 5G New Radio mobile modem chipset, achieving gigabit speeds on the 28-gigahertz millimeter-wave frequency band. The chipmaker, which hopes to bring the chip to market in late 2019, conducted the test at its lab with multiple carriers.
ZDNet (10/17),  VentureBeat (10/16) 
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Microsoft's mobile future will go through iOS, Android
Microsoft is shifting its mobile strategy away from hardware to incorporating key desktop features -- such as the Cortana assistant and Edge browser -- into wireless platforms, TechCrunch says, noting that the company is releasing iOS and Android versions of Edge.
TechCrunch (10/18) 
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China's ZTE rolls out foldable smartphone with 2 screens
Smartphone fans now have the option of two screens rather than one in a foldable phone from Chinese manufacturer ZTE. The premium Axon M phone has two 5.2-inch screens that offer three display options, including the possibility of combining the screens into one for a tabletlike display.
Xinhua News Agency (China) (10/18) 
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CCA News
CCA's Annual Convention is next week!
There's still time to register to attend CCA's 25th Annual Convention, October 25 to 27 in Fort Worth, Texas. With a stellar keynote lineup including Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida, Martin O'Malley, former governor of Maryland, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr and T-Mobile's EVP of Customer Care, Callie Field, set to speak, this is certainly a show you don't want to miss. Come network with more carrier companies than any other industry event and register today!
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