The judge overseeing a lawsuit from representatives of Washington, D.C., and 13 states trying to prevent T-Mobile's merger with Sprint heard final arguments and said he would render a verdict as quickly as he could, but offered no specific timeframe for doing so. The carriers contend cost reductions resulting from the merger would lower prices, while attorneys general who brought the suit argued the deal would harm consumers.
The US government would establish a $750 million fund for research and development from companies that could compete against China's Huawei Technologies and set aside another $500 million for the global deployment of "trusted and secure" 5G equipment under bipartisan legislation sponsored by a pair of senators. The administration is also reportedly preparing guidelines that would greatly increase the government's ability to keep foreign-made gear with US components from reaching Huawei.
Analysts are bullish on the prospects for the Federal Communications Commission's planned June auction of licenses in the 3.5 GHz band, also known as the Citizens Band Radio Service. They predict that the bids could total as much as $4.4 billion, in a proceeding that would attract a broad swath of potential bidders, including Competitive Carriers Association members.
The foreign satellite companies that make up the C-Band Alliance is backing a new group, 5G Action Now, aimed at pressing US officials to move quickly to auction off wireless spectrum that the companies hold, saying the US needs to remain ahead of China. The group, headed by former Rep. Mike Rogers, stands to benefit from the sale of the C-Band frequencies.
Early bird discounted pricing is in effect for MCS 2020! CCA's 2020 Mobile Carriers Show is headed to Dallas, TX, March 30-April 1, and you should be there. MCS will feature a great community service event, FREE networking opportunities, extended exhibit hall hours, and of course, expert-led educational and keynote sessions. Prices increase on February 21, so register soon.
The Federal Communications Commission has approved T-Mobile's request to broaden its testing of 5G New Radio technology across parts of the 600 MHz band for which it does not have a long-term license. T-Mobile received a two-year permit for tests in Las Vegas, Dallas, Los Angeles and Seattle in order to work with several vendors and test the technology in areas with large populations.
The advent of 5G phones may spur phone makers to eliminate physical buttons on many of their models, said Sentons' Remi Lacombe whose company has produced two handsets that use sensors and a strain gauge to create touch-sensitive areas that replace regular buttons. Lacombe said the new designs will create more room for bulky 5G antennas, increase screen size and offer a "seamless unibody" that will phase out side buttons.
Companies displayed smartphone design innovations at last week's CES 2020, although some of the new technologies may never reach devices. These inventions, which involve tiny components, included voice assistants that don't need cloud connections, virtual buttons to reduce the amount of metal in phones, haptic displays and improved biometrics.
CCA members love giving back to our host city. That's why we've planned a great community service event on the first day of MCS 2020 on March 30 in Dallas, Texas. This year, we're teaming up with the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas at their STEM Center of Excellence. Volunteers will assist with various projects so the STEM Center can continue to serve the community. Learn more and register here.