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January 17, 2019
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Spectrum auction enters 3rd stage
Bidding in the 28 GHz spectrum auction accelerated somewhat Tuesday as a waiver used by at least one bidder kept the auction open after its first quiet round. In this third stage, participants risk forfeiting their ability to act in later rounds unless they bid on all the licenses before them -- or use a waiver.
Multichannel News (1/15) 
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Advocacy Spotlight
Barr: Huawei, ZTE imports could pose danger to US
Barr: Huawei, ZTE imports could pose danger to US
Barr (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
William Barr, the White House's attorney general nominee, told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday that he agreed that allowing technology from Chinese telecoms ZTE and Huawei into the US could pose a danger. Separately, Huawei's reclusive founder, Ren Zhengfei, said his company would never spy for China.
Multichannel News (1/15),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (1/15) 
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Carrier Watch
T-Mobile's 5G network goes live in 30 markets
T-Mobile's 5G network goes live in 30 markets
(Pau Barrena/AFP/Getty Images)
T-Mobile has confirmed that its 5G network is live in 30 US cities, including Los Angeles, Dallas and New York City, but it won't be providing commercial services until the first 5G smartphones hit the market. The carrier plans to launch nationwide 5G coverage in 2020, using 600MHz spectrum.
Light Reading (1/14) 
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Sprint completes first 5G data call on 2.5 Ghz spectrum
Sprint successfully completed the world's first 5G data transmission on 2.5 Ghz spectrum, including Skype, streaming videos and instant messages in the test. The call took place on the carrier's commercial network in San Diego, using Nokia's Massive MIMO technology and Qualcomm's Snapdragon X50 5G modem.
ZDNet (1/11) 
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Technology and Trends
Apple ships smart battery cases for new iPhones
Apple has unveiled battery cases for its latest iPhones models, the XS, XR and XS Max, for $129 each. Apple pointed to such features as their support of wireless Qi charging, Lightning-out ports and compatibility with USB-PD quick charging systems.
CNET (1/15),  The Verge (1/16) 
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Report: Full 5G features at least a year away
Consumers and businesses will need to wait at least until 2020, if not later, to get the maximum benefit from 5G technology, Wells Fargo analysts wrote in a new report that points to the need to complete 5G standards and roll out compatible handsets. Analysts also predicted that carriers and others will focus heavily on auctions for millimeter wave frequencies, as well as Citizens Broadband Radio Service and C-band spectrum.
FierceWireless (1/14) 
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FirstNet seeks to extend partner reach
FirstNet seeks to extend partner reach
Parkinson (FirstNet)
The FirstNet Authority will pursue additional partners beyond AT&T in what acting CEO Ed Parkinson described as a shift in strategy to focus more on "spinoff applications" that can aid the group's public-safety mission. In a speech last week, Parkinson said FirstNet needs to find technology partners that can complement the role of network builder AT&T.
Urgent Communications (1/15) 
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CCA News
Learn about private LTE at CCA's 2019 Mobile Carriers Show
CCA is excited to partner with The Besen Group for a special seminar taking place on April 8, 2019. The seminar, "In-Depth Look at Private LTE Applications & Business Models," will present private LTE use cases and provide a deep dive into the development of private LTE over CBRS spectrum with positive return on investment. If you're interested, be sure to add this seminar to your Mobile Carriers Show registration. Remember, Early Bird discounted rates end on March 8. Find out more about Mobile Carriers Show.
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