Federal Communications Commission Chair Ajit Pai said the midterm election results have not changed his plans to remain at the helm of the FCC. "I fully plan and expect to serve as the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission for the next two years," Pai said.
The Federal Communications Commission's 28 GHz spectrum auction attracted $7,033,380 in additional bids during its fourth round on Thursday. Currently, buyers have met the minimum bids for 2,093 licenses, and bids have totaled $47,759,960.
T-Mobile's acquisition of Sprint could be finalized by 2019's first quarter, reported Chief Financial Officer J. Braxton Carter. Department of Justice depositions must still be completed, but those will be finished "in a few weeks," Carter said.
US smartphone users could see better location services now that the Federal Communications Commission has allowed phones to contact foreign satellites. The decision clears the way for device makers to enable a connection between their smartphones and Galileo, a satellite constellation created by the EU.
Great leaders know they can't do it alone, so they recruit people who help them create order out of chaos, develop productive relationships and inspire employees to care about the organization's vision, write Deborah Ancona and Henrik Bresman. "[E]ffective leaders should know their strengths and weaknesses, so they can find people who complement them, not compliment them," they write.
Telecoms placed more than $41 million in bids for the initial two rounds of the 28 gigahertz millimeter-wave auction, with $5 million and more added in the latest round. T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and a number of smaller wireless carriers are among those scheduled to take part in the government's first high-band auction, although the Federal Communications Commission said bidders' names will not be released until the auction is over.
Samsung Electronics will make a $22 billion investment in artificial intelligence and 5G networking by 2020 in an effort to garner at least a 20% share of the network equipment market by then, says Youngky Kim, president and head of Samsung's network business. AI's data requirements can only be met by 5G, Kim added.
Verizon is pleased with the performance of its fixed wireless network, 5G Home, which has offered better speeds than promised in "a lot of cases," said Chief Financial Officer Matthew Ellis. Although the service was introduced in four initial markets using non-standard equipment, Verizon plans "to transition to the global standard as soon as equipment is available," Ellis said.
The Federal Communications Commission said it will restart the clock on its six-month review process for T-Mobile's proposed merger with Sprint on Dec. 4, a move that sparked the two telecoms' CEOs to meet. Regional carrier C Spire last week asked the FCC for "alternative relief" as a condition for approving the deal and the agency, in turn, has asked for public opinion of the transaction.
Proponents of freeing up wireless spectrum in the 3.5 gigahertz Citizens Broadband Radio Service space have expressed concerns privately that the Commerce Department is taking too long to test the technology, an assessment the government denied. Also, Ruckus Wireless partnered with American Tower to build a CBRS network for Phoenix's ISM Raceway opening weekend of car racing.
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