Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., said he wants to know what's holding up wireless deployment in rural areas and has scheduled a hearing Friday in Sioux Falls, S.D., to hear from witnesses. Thune has pushed aggressively for use of unlicensed spectrum to provide more bandwidth and spur development of 5G services.
Samsung has announced its Galaxy A9 smartphone, which features a four-lens rear camera system aimed at bolstering the company's mid-range smartphone lineup, which Samsung hopes will appeal to the younger audience. The four camera lenses include a 24-megapixel camera and a 5-megapixel camera that allows depth-of-field effects, while the smartphone includes a Snapdragon 660 processor, 3,800 mAh battery and 6.3-inch Full HD+ panel.
Apple reportedly is planning to create a digital video service that combines Apple-owned content with subscription services from other media companies. The TV application's Apple-owned content would be free to Apple device owners when it debuts early next year, sources say.
T-Mobile has asked the Federal Communications Commission to grant approval for 5G tests in Las Vegas and Spokane, Wash. If approved, the 3GPP-standardized 5G New Radio trials would use 1755-1760 MHz for mobile transmissions and 2155-2160 MHz for base transmissions.
Aluminum flagship phones, already a dying breed, may have breathed their last breath with Google's release this week of the all-glass Pixel 3 and XL handsets, Vlad Savov writes. Apple, which launched its first aluminum phone with the iPhone 6S, moved away from the metal in 2017 even as some critics have complained about the fragility of glass phones.
While some regions of the US have enhanced 911 systems that allow texting and other emergency features, some areas are still using antiquated systems that can make certain emergencies dangerous for callers, experts say.
Inland Cellular, a southeastern Washington and north central Idaho-based carrier, will test fixed wireless Citizens Broadband Radio Service spectrum at the new 3.5 gigahertz frequencies the government will vote this month to release; the company has its eye on starting commercial service early next year. A number of vendors have recently won US regulatory approval for their CBRS gear.
Executives from Bluegrass Cellular, C-Spire and others discussed what they see as major challenges in competing against Tier 1 carriers, even as they touted customer service as their primary selling point. Speaking at the CCA Annual Convention last week, the carriers pointed to spectrum scarcity and national roaming agreements as two of their greatest challenges.
Microsoft has announced Project xCloud, a new streaming service that will allow users to stream Xbox One games to phones, tablets and computers. At the onset, users will be able to pair an Xbox Wireless Controller to their device using Bluetooth or opt for the "game-specific touch input overlay," with Microsoft's Kareem Choudhry noting, "Developers ... will be able to deploy and dramatically scale access to their games across all devices on Project xCloud with no additional work."
AT&T has applied to hold a 5G test at a Wailea, Hawaii, resort using the 39 GHz and 28 GHz spectrum for 5G New Radio systems. The carrier has also applied to conduct a 5G demonstration using the 28 GHz spectrum in Atlanta during a tailgate Nov. 18 before the Atlanta Falcons' game against the Dallas Cowboys.