T-Mobile, Sprint eye measures to satisfy regulators | Pai slots FCC June vote on anti-robocall weapon | Washington takes aim at Chinese tech companies
May 16, 2019
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T-Mobile, Sprint eye measures to satisfy regulators
T-Mobile and Sprint are considering several options, including spinning off their prepaid mobile divisions, in order to save their merger in the face of predicted regulatory opposition. Other, less attractive options include shedding spectrum licenses or using network leasing to establish a fourth competitor in the market.
BNN Bloomberg (Canada) (5/13) 
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Pai slots FCC June vote on anti-robocall weapon
Pai slots FCC June vote on anti-robocall weapon
Pai (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)
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.
The Verge (5/15),  Broadcasting & Cable (5/15),  Broadcasting & Cable (5/15) 
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Washington takes aim at Chinese tech companies
President Donald Trump will likely move this week to block US telecoms from using equipment made by foreign companies that are declared security threats, such as China's Huawei Technologies, an administration official reports. Senators from both parties took aim at Chinese telecoms during a committee hearing, but they also wondered if bans would set back 5G rollouts in the US.
Bloomberg (tiered subscription model) (5/15),  Multichannel News (5/14),  CNN (5/14) 
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Sprint sees virtualized VoLTE service in 2019
Sprint expressed plans to become the first carrier to offer a fully virtualized voice-over-LTE service in a national commercial launch this year. The move, which Sprint said is being tested in a majority of its markets, will allow customers to use voice and data services simultaneously.
FierceWireless (5/13) 
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Carolina West preps 5G, VoLTE with Ericsson
Ericsson and Carolina West Wireless have partnered in a build-out that will provide the Southeast regional carrier with advanced services via LTE, Wi-Fi and 5G networks including voice-over-LTE and HD voice, Carolina West said. The vendor will install its Fast VoLTE Launch platform on top of a IP Multimedia Subsystem framework.
Telecompetitor (5/10) 
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Technology and Trends
Federated claims first to qualify for CBRS approval
Federated Wireless has cleared the final obstacle to regulatory clearance for operating Citizens Band Radio Service spectrum in the 3.55-3.7 GHz range and is the first company to do so, leader Iyad Tarazi said. Federated deployed a sensor network for the environmental sensor capability required to operate in the unlicensed, shared portion of the spectrum.
Telecompetitor (5/13) 
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Analysts: Tariffs could drive up iPhone prices
Analysts: Tariffs could drive up iPhone prices
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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.
CNBC (5/14),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (5/11) 
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