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10/17/2019

T-Mobile's merger with Sprint won approval from the Federal Communications Commission on a 3-2 party line vote with Democrats voting against the deal, an agency official said. The carriers still face a hurdle in federal court, however, where attorneys general from 17 states
have sued to prevent the agreement, claiming it is anti-competitive.

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10/17/2019

Samsung Electronics will introduce a smartphone using the second generation of hole-in-active-area technology in which the display will completely cover the front-facing camera, a South Korean website reports. The phone that incorporates HIAA2, either the next Galaxy Fold model or the Galaxy S11, will come out next year.

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10/17/2019

Global carriers ramping up their networks to support 5G technology prompted Swedish equipment maker Ericsson to lift its margin and sales targets after the company posted quarterly results that topped analysts' predictions. "5G is taking off faster than earlier anticipated and we see initial 5G buildout as a capacity enhancer in metropolitan areas," noted Borje Ekholm, the company's chief executive officer.

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MarketWatch
10/17/2019

C Spire Business upgraded Wi-Fi networks at 43 public schools in Birmingham, Ala., in a redesign project aimed at improving the quality and depth of coverage in classrooms and common areas. The regional carrier said the wireless LAN upgrade, in which C Spire reconfigured more than 3,200 access points, will enable the schools to provide multi-gigabit speeds.

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10/17/2019

ESChat has rolled out an interoperable broadband push-to-talk service for enterprise and government subscribers across T-Mobile's network following an earlier soft launch. T-Mobile is charging $5 a month for the service which allows Android and iOS users on a compatible platform to communicate across carrier networks.

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10/17/2019

A vast majority of farmers report using smartphones in their fields to access data needed to run their business while 60% of those surveyed say they have little faith that their broadband internet service is reliable enough for their needs, according to a United Soybean Board survey of 2,000 farmers. Some respondents are using fixed wireless service and others are turning to satellites to get online.

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Inside Towers, RFD-TV
10/16/2019

Google released details of its two new flagship phones, the $799 5.7-inch Pixel 4 and the $899 6.3-inch Pixel XL, both of which have an Oct. 24 shipping date, with pre-orders starting now, with availability on every major network. Notable features include Google's first rear camera; the addition of Soli, a radar-based motion-sensing technology; a Snapdragon 855 processor; a 90 GHz display and 6 gigabytes of RAM.

10/16/2019

The administration's ban on Huawei products failed to prevent the Chinese hardware maker's sales from rising as the company reported a 24% year-to-year revenue increase in the period between January and September 2019. Smartphone shipments rose by 26% globally to more than 185 million, and the company has made in excess of 60 global deals for 5G commercial development.

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Yahoo
10/16/2019

The federal appeals court's Oct. 1 decision on net neutrality legalized Washington's ability to enforce its new law, making the state the only governmental entity that is applying rules that directly affect internet service providers. Other states that have passed similar legislation are either not enforcing them yet or are indirectly regulating ISPs.

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Ars Technica
10/16/2019

Qualcomm responded to client requests for cellular connectivity by partnering with Microsoft to produce mobile hardware that works with the software giant's Azure Sphere, the chipmaker announced. The new chipset will offer end-to-end support for the operating system, which manages and protects devices on the internet of things.

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