Pennsylvania regulators approved T-Mobile's merger with Sprint after the companies agreed to build out a 5G network across the state but declined to provide more specifics about the network's extent. The move came amid a report that the US Justice Department's antitrust head, Makan Delrahim, might support the merger even after his staff recommended it be blocked.
AT&T and BitPay have partnered to allow subscribers to pay the carrier's bills with cryptocurrency, accepting bitcoin and bitcoin cash either via AT&T's app or online, AT&T announced. BitPay will process the payments by converting the bitcoin funds into currency.
T-Mobile will encourage other carriers' wireless subscribers to switch by agreeing to match their discounts -- but not the actual plans -- for up to $15 on a single line and $30 on two or more lines on corporate, senior, affiliate and military plans, the company announced. The carrier will also change the names of its T-Mobile One and One Plus plans, which will now be Magenta and Magenta Plus, and boost their LTE data while charging some fees for Netflix access beyond the most limited tier.
AT&T came out on top in Vertical Systems Group's inaugural leaderboard for the managed software-defined WAN market with Verizon, Windstream and CenturyLink also ranking in the top five for 2018. VSG said telcoms with heavy backgrounds in MPLS, Ethernet and IP technologies are likely to led the sector in the transition to SDN.
CenturyLink is upgrading its virtualization software to Version 4.0 pointing to its improved automation and orchestration along with other updates. The telecom is moving to the new network functions virtualization platform as it maintains the current version to ensure a smoother transition, CenturyLink's Bill Walker said.
The ease of signing up for -- and leaving -- subscription-based video streaming services means that audiences frequently leave services once they've consumed the content that attracted them in the first place. Some streaming platforms are adding benefits like free music service or cable memberships in response, while others are using creative marketing strategies to keep audiences engaged.
French company Vivendi SA is reportedly in talks with a number of companies -- China's Tencent Holdings among them -- as it tries to arrange a partial sale of Universal Music, which it has valued between $28 billion and $33 billion. Vivendi said last year that it would try to unload up to 50% of Universal, but investors have been put off by the deal's pricing and pace.
The National Association of Broadcasters, in partnership with the Radio Advertising Bureau, has announced changes to the 2019 Radio Show that include bigger sessions and more focus on socialization. The Pillsbury Session, which concentrates on economic and financial topics, has moved from morning to evening, and Commanding Voices, formerly the Advertising Breakfast, will concentrate on revenue growth.
The Federal Communications Commission has announced that it will begin accepting applications from stations wishing to broadcast using the next-gen TV standard as of May 28. The process, which the FCC has simplified, involves only one step.