Sprint will contribute its Magic Box small cells and other connectivity technology to BOSS Controls' energy-as-a-service project, which is part of Pittsburgh's smart city effort. The Sprint cells will work with Wi-Fi service and LTE modems to link about 100 buildings in an effort to save power and cut energy costs in the city.
Aon recently announced the development of their Intellectual Property Solution group, which can provide meaningful IP liability insurance capacity. "Building and protecting a valuable IP portfolio while minimizing IP risks will help a company strategically stay ahead of its competitors," said Lewis Lee, CEO of IP Solutions at Aon. Earlier this year, Aon announced the creation of its Intellectual Property Solutions group, which provides industry knowledge for clients working to holistically protect and maximize one of their most valuable assets -- their intellectual property -- in today's business world. Read more.
Charter Communications has become the second cable company to launch cell service based on the wholesale model, and it announced a pricing plan similar to Comcast's Xfinity Mobile. Both offer a $45-a-month plan for each line with 20 gigabytes of data, as well as a pay-per-gig rate.
A pair of senators introduced a bipartisan measure last week aimed at speeding installation of small cell sites, in part by mandating that jurisdictions make decisions on applications within 60 to 90 days. Competitive Carriers Association President Steven Berry said the measure would put "reasonable processes and timelines in place for small cell applications."
T-Mobile has joined Sprint as the only carriers to support a new standard, the RCS Universal profile, that is designed to make text messaging resemble chatting apps. Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are the only phones that support RCS, but more Android devices are expected to follow suit this year.
A number of recent cryptocurrency market security breaches shows the need for applicable regulations regarding blockchain technology, similar to what Gibraltar put in place at the start of this year, notes this commentary. The UK and other jurisdictions should take note that since Gibraltar's laws went into force, "there have been no reported attacks against those DLT providers operating under Gibraltar's jurisdiction," the authors write.
The heads of Sprint and T-Mobile defended their proposed merger before a Senate committee Wednesday, vowing not to raise rates and saying it would spur greater investment in 5G networks and create jobs. The merger is also coming under the eye of the New York attorney general and attorneys general from other states, who are investigating how it would affect the market for prepaid wireless services.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is expected to be revealed Aug. 9, with new features that include a central rear fingerprint scanner. Other highly anticipated smartphones on the horizon include Google's Pixel 3 and 3 XL phones.