Media reports from China offered mixed reactions to Apple's efforts to reverse the recent sales slide of iPhones in the country as the company put its three new models on sale Friday, offering a lower price and new camera technology as bait. Reuters said fewer than a hundred Apple fans showed up to buy the new models, but noted that analysts reported stronger than expected sales of the $699 iPhone 11 in online pre-orders.
A spectrum-sharing provision that's part of a Senate budget bill involving the Department of Defense could set back US efforts to attain global leadership in mobile networking, Federal Communications Commission member Michael O'Rielly warned. The draft measure, which the Appropriations Committee has approved, would allow the DoD to make its own decisions on sharing spectrum under 6 GHz, a move O'Rielly said would "undermine decades of sound policy."
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson reportedly held talks last week with the representative of an activist major shareholder that has urged the carrier to shed some assets and return to its telecom roots. Stephenson and Elliot Management's Jesse Cohn were said to have discussed the hedge fund manager's suggestions amid media reports that AT&T was considering selling its DIRECTV operation.
North Carolina's 911 Board hailed the launch of a monitoring center for dispatchers and first responders that one official termed the only such resource for emergency personnel in the US. The state is in the midst of upgrading to a digital network for 911 calls and the Raleigh-based operation will collect data on the 117 existing call centers in the state, address technology issues and reroute calls during high-volume periods.
Verizon will bring its 5G service to parts of New York City on September 26, the company said, making it the fourth major carrier to introduce 5G in the city. Hans Vestberg, the telecom's chief executive, said it remains committed to using high-band millimeter-wave technology, saying the carrier "can launch nationwide with millimeter wave."
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AT&T and three Canadian carriers agreed on reciprocal roaming deals for internet of things connectivity, providing the US carrier's enterprise customers access to the LTE-M networks of Bell Canada, Rogers Communications and Telus. The Canadian carriers, which will gain the ability to roam across AT&T's low-power LTE network, serve most of the country's 37 million residents.
The US Department of Defense has allocated $52 million this year to study how it can capitalize on deploying 5G technology, a figure that would balloon to more than $400 million in the department's 2020 fiscal year under a Senate Appropriations Committee recommendation. The DoD outlined three areas where it could use 5G, including assisting with operations in what it calls "untrusted environments."
Verizon will continue to install fiber at a rate of 1,400 miles per month in support of its 5G network builds for between two and three years and begin to provide multi-access edge computing during the upcoming quarter, company leader Hans Vestberg told investors at a conference. "You have one unique network with a lot of redundancy and, in between, a lot of fiber to the access point," he said of edge computing, which has become a priority for carriers.
The FCC has designated two "innovation zones" in Salt Lake City and New York City to enable companies to conduct multiple experiments related to next-gen wireless formats and 5G. The zone in Salt Lake City will be led by the University of Utah and Rice University, and New York's zone will be led by NYU, Rutgers University and Columbia University.
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