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10/18/2018

DISH Network says it hopes to quiet analyst skepticism that it will be able to start offering NB-IoT wireless service by March 2020, which would allow it to hold on to spectrum licenses, by spending up to $1 billion to complete the initial phase of its network. At least one analyst believes DISH should sell its spectrum to a cable company.

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10/17/2018

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai criticized carriers for not restoring communications services quickly enough in the regions hit by Hurricane Michael. Verizon Wireless assured the FCC that it will provide three-month service credits in Florida's Gulf and Bay counties.

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10/17/2018

Ericsson, Nokia and Telrad are among the vendors that have continued to emphasize LTE network growth via private wireless and/or fixed wireless access. Companies such as Southern Linc and Elektro have opted for private LTE networks, and AT&T is attempting to add 2.3 GHz-spectrum FWA services for as many as 1.1 million customers in 18 states.

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10/17/2018

NCTA-The Internet & Television Association has asked regulators to make airwaves previously reserved for wireless vehicle communication available for Wi-Fi signals. NCTA has asked the Federal Communications Commission to begin allocating a large portion of the 5.9 GHz spectrum to unlicensed Wi-Fi use, noting that development of "talking cars" has stalled.

10/16/2018

Qualcomm has developed its first 802.11ay 60GHz Wi-Fi chipsets for WiGig devices, allowing for speeds of up to 10 Gbps and latency under a millisecond. The standard, which requires line-of-sight between transmitter and receiver, can reach top speed at up to 100 meters away, per Qualcomm's Dino Bekis.

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10/16/2018

T-Mobile is offering a 36-month installment plan for the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 after previously using 24-month plans for devices. The Note 9 is the first device to have a 36-month option available from T-Mobile and the plan does not require a down payment from the customer.

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10/15/2018

Employers who gamify the workplace pit employees against each other by scoring their performance publicly, practicing "micromanagement with unprecedented granularity," writes Vincent Gabrielle. The end result is an unhealthy work environment, says Tae Wan Kim, business ethicist at Carnegie Mellon University: "Gamified workers have difficulty seeing what contributions they really make."

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10/15/2018

The Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai argued that it has no legal authority to impose net neutrality rules in the defense summary filed with the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, saying broadband should be classified as an information service, not a telecommunications service, which would make it outside its legal authority. The Department of Justice sided with the commission, saying it has "no substantial reason to second-guess the commission's decision to eliminate rules that the agency has determined are both unlawful and unwise."

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10/15/2018

T-Mobile executives shared some of their 5G network plans with the Federal Communications Commission during a recent presentation, including that the proposed T-Mobile and Sprint combination would expect to handle 21 exabytes of 5G traffic each month by 2024. The combined company would offer an average throughput of 451 Mbps, and a peak of 4.2 Gbps, by 2024, according to T-Mobile.

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10/15/2018

Samsung's foldable phone would fill a consumer desire by serving as a tablet that can be folded into a portable smartphone for easy carry, Samsung's mobile CEO DJ Koh said. A foldable phone may interest a "niche market" at first but would eventually attract an expanded audience, Koh said.

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