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5/16/2019

President Donald Trump's next round of tariffs on China could force Apple to raise iPhone prices by 14% to absorb a 25% tariff on products it imports from China, according to estimates by J.P. Morgan. Apple shares were down 7% last week amid concerns about the possible changes in trade terms.

5/16/2019

President Donald Trump and his administration have fired double-barreled shots at Huawei Technologies and ZTE. Trump's newest executive order lets the government block technology trade if it thinks the equipment poses a security risk, while the Commerce Department barred firms from supplying US-based technology to Huawei without special licenses.

5/16/2019

Verizon will allow users of its fixed wireless service, 5G Home, to install the equipment themselves, the telecom's Adam Koeppe told an investor conference at which he also defended Verizon's initial 5G build from analyst criticism. Koeppe said the millimeter wave technology will eventually improve, meeting industry standards and using more of its allotted spectrum in the 28 GHz band.

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5/16/2019

Billionaire Elon Musk's SpaceX will try again today to launch 60 low-cost satellites as part of a plan to provide universal internet access after Wednesday's scheduled launch was scrubbed due to high winds. Musk said he hopes revenues from the Starlink broadband service will eventually support his ultimate goal of colonizing Mars.

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5/16/2019

Sprint expressed plans to become the first carrier to offer a fully virtualized voice-over-LTE service in a national commercial launch this year. The move, which Sprint said is being tested in a majority of its markets, will allow customers to use voice and data services simultaneously.

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5/16/2019

Ericsson and Carolina West Wireless have partnered in a build-out that will provide the Southeast regional carrier with advanced services via LTE, Wi-Fi and 5G networks including voice-over-LTE and HD voice, Carolina West said. The vendor will install its Fast VoLTE Launch platform on top of a IP Multimedia Subsystem framework.

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5/15/2019

President Donald Trump will likely move this week to block US telecoms from using equipment made by foreign companies that are declared security threats, such as China's Huawei Technologies, media reports say. Senators from both parties took aim at Chinese telecoms during a committee hearing, but also wondered if bans would set back 5G rollouts in the US.

5/15/2019

AT&T will provide a "true, high-speed internet network" across the US within five years using a mix of 5G and fiber, CEO Randall Stephenson told an investor conference. He also said that the company has almost finished building out an LTE network in Mexico and that it's closing in on having network functions three-quarters virtualized by next year.

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5/15/2019

Regulators will begin to decide how to best allocate 5.9 GHz frequencies between Wi-Fi spectrum and carmakers who want to use the spectrum for vehicle-to-vehicle data transmission, said Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. The cable industry has called for sharing the 75 MHz set aside for V2V, while some transportation groups want to reserve the spectrum to improve auto safety technology.

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5/15/2019

Verizon has brought its narrowband internet of things network to market with 92% US coverage, the carrier announced. The telecom touted narrowband's ability to support IoT devices that have greater battery life and range, at lower costs, than other technologies.

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