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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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