Apple surprised analysts with 11% growth in overall revenues for its latest quarter, largely from services and devices that enable remote work as well as the relatively inexpensive iPhone SE. The company has pushed the next iPhone release date back to October due to pandemic-related issues.
The Federal Communications Commission has finalized estimates of how much it would repay C-band users for clearing the band's lower spectrum. Operators that currently use the frequencies for earth stations can choose between direct cost reimbursement or lump sums.
T-Mobile is proceeding at a slower place than expected in integrating Sprint's network after their merger, American Tower executives told analysts. Tom Bartlett, American Tower's CEO, said he sees no change in the carrier's long-term network expansion plans, describing the situation as a matter of "timing."
Verizon introduced in-home 4G-based fixed wireless broadband service to rural areas in five states, with plans to expand to more places outside its current service areas for 5G Home and Fios, as a response to the growth in remote learning and work. The LTE Home Internet service starts at $40 a month, provides 25 to 50 megabits per second for downloads and allows subscribers to install the equipment themselves.
Rural telehealth can help improve communication, promote continuation of care and reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure for patients and clinicians, but barriers still must be addressed to make it more effective, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. Access to high-speed internet is a major barrier to rural telehealth, researchers said, and continued third-party reimbursement for telehealth also is needed to ensure it remains a viable care option.
The Federal Communications Commission's auction of priority access licenses for the Citizens Band Radio Service band completed 13 rounds to raise almost $832 million, and three more rounds are scheduled for today. A snapshot of bidding shows the most desirable areas are Arlington, Va., and Los Angeles.
Approximately 20,000 of Cambium Networks' Citizens Band Radio Service management devices are now in use, the company says, and its customer base of internet service providers now exceeds 150. Cambium adds that most of its customers use CBRS frequencies for fixed wireless to enhance suburban and rural broadband service, but that the band is also useful for mobile operators and private LTE access.
Huawei Technologies and Qualcomm ended a dispute regarding patent licenses in a deal that Qualcomm said should produce about $1.8 billion in revenues. The chipmaker beat earnings and sales estimates in its latest quarter even though sales dropped by nearly half year-to-year, but it warned of a 15% decline in global phone shipments due to the pandemic.
AT&T is close to completing a deal with SpaceMobile that would eliminate the carrier's dead zones by connecting cellphones to satellites in low Earth orbit, SpaceMobile said. The satellite company added that subscribers could keep their current handsets under the agreement because SpaceMobile would transmit signals over AT&T's three spectrum bands.
Wave7 Research reports that carriers are getting more prepaid subscribers after suffering losses earlier in the year, and suggests a possible "mini-renaissance" in the sector. America Movil led the list, gaining 214,000 subscribers for its multiple prepaid brands.