Competitive Carriers Association and CTIA have jointly proposed an agreement to federal regulators over licensing in the 3.5 gigahertz Citizens Broadband Radio Services band. In a Federal Communications Commission filing, they proposed using Metropolitan Statistical Areas for licensing in the 306 largest cellular markets and county-based geographic areas for the remaining ones.
T-Mobile's internet of things plans progressed with Twilio's rollout of its "Programmable Wireless" service, which is aimed at making it easier for developers to develop IoT-based apps. The wireless carrier is powering Twilio's platform in the US, which will create SIM cards and application program interfaces for developers, as well as offer use-based pricing.
The market is showing signs that Apple has reportedly struggled to sell its flagship iPhone X. AMS, the handset's optical sensor supplier, issued a warning about its operating margins, and analyst Consumer Intelligence Research Partners reported that the iPhone X has accounted for just 16% of Apple's smartphone sales this year.
AT&T and Verizon Communications recently tried to clarify how their networks would interoperate with FirstNet, as well as link with entities that are not FirstNet subscribers. AT&T cited its advantage as the emergency service's nationwide contractor but declined to say if it has signed up any rural carriers.
A nonprofit launched in 2006 provides nursing home residents with personalized music playlists on recycled iPods and other mp3 players. Music & Memory has distributed more than 16,000 devices to nursing homes and hospitals across the country, and the program helps keep patients engaged and happy.
Sangamo Therapeutics has informed the Securities and Exchange Commission that the email account of one of its executives was hacked and that sensitive and secret information regarding the company and its partners was accessed for about 11 weeks. The breach could cause Sangamo's collaborators and strategic partners to sue for damages or even terminate contracts.
Researchers at the University of British Columbia have developed a method of separating fiberglass and resin as part of the smartphone recycling process, which should enable recycling companies to reduce the amount of waste discarded. Separated fiberglass can be used as a construction or insulation material, said Ph.D. student Amit Kumar, who co-developed the process.
Google wants to conduct more Texas trials of 4G-based Citizens Band Radio Service in the 3.5 gigahertz band, per a Federal Communications Commission filing. Also, Ericsson and CommScope said they successfully completed interoperability tests in the CBRS band.
The Federal Communications Commission moved on Tuesday toward auctioning wireless licenses for the 28 gigahertz and 24 GHz wireless bands starting in November. Competitive Carriers Association President and CEO Steven Berry said the agency should have expanded the auctions to more frequencies that support millimeter-wave spectrum.
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