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2/24/2020

The White House will host a conference about forming a national 5G strategy and President Donald Trump is likely to attend part of it, Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council, told journalists. Telecom and tech company executives attending the meeting in about a month are expected to discuss how the US can prevent China -- especially Huawei Technologies -- from dominating the 5G marketplace.

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2/24/2020

U.S. Cellular is prepared for the upcoming T-Mobile-Sprint merger, company leader Kenneth Meyers told analysts, pointing to the regional carrier's plan to woo Sprint customers as well as changes and upgrades it has implemented in the past year. The carrier also said it might increase its capital spending budget by more than 30% this year to complete its 5G network and has tapped Samsung Electronics as an additional vendor for its 5G and 4G builds.

2/24/2020

New York might be the next large state to consider a data privacy law, even after a State Senate committee tabled legislation last year, as lawmakers have recently held hearings on the issue. One potential new wrinkle is the introduction of a "data fiduciary" clause, which mandates that data-collecting firms act in consumers' best interests, rather than for the benefit of corporations.

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2/24/2020

Recent announcements from the three major global tech vendors about winning 5G deals with carriers should be taken with a grain of salt, columnist Iain Morris asserts. He writes that it is unlikely that many carriers will switch from their 4G vendor partners when they build their 5G networks.

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2/24/2020

Companies that develop autonomous vehicles say California's focus on disengagements, which occur when a human places an autonomous vehicle in manual mode, does not provide an accurate measure of technical progress. The state requires companies to provide annual reports that describe "in plain language" what led to disengagements of their self-driving vehicles.

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2/21/2020

Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile's owner, will own a greater share of the new T-Mobile after reaching an agreement with Sprint that cleared the way for the carriers to merge, the companies said. DT, which sought the new terms to reflect Sprint's weakening performance, will own roughly 43% of the company -- an increase from slightly under 42% -- while the share Sprint owner SoftBank holds will decline to about 24%, with the public holding 33%.

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2/21/2020

Having a great employee make plans to leave can be painful, but the departure is not necessarily inevitable. Schedule an exit interview to explore the reasons for the employee's decision, and determine whether anything can be done to fix the situation.

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2/21/2020

The two satellite partners in the C-Band Alliance have split after Intelsat asked the Federal Communications Commission for a greater share of the $9.7 million the agency had allotted to it as compensation for surrendering the 3.5 GHz spectrum. Intelsat argued it produces more revenue and uses more resources, but SES denounced the move and threatened to pursue a deal without Intelsat while hinting at potential legal action.

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2/21/2020

The FCC started the second, assignment, phase of its millimeter-wave auction after carriers bid more than $7.5 billion to acquire 3,400 MHz in three upper-wave bands, which took the form of 14,144 mobile and fixed broadband licenses for partial economic areas. Licenses for each PEA will be distributed in the next phase, beginning with the 20 largest.

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2/21/2020

Corning and Qualcomm are partnering on technology that would allow carriers to leverage high-band millimeter-wave 5G spectrum to deliver wireless signals into enterprise buildings by way of 5G New Radio non-standalone service. Qualcomm would provide its 5G RAN platform as well as its small-cell software and chipsets, while Corning would manage the millimeter-wave small cells with its virtualized radio access network architecture.

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