Sprint Chief Information Officer Scott Rice said recently that one of the biggest challenges of implementing artificial intelligence is the sheer volume of data available to operators. "We have to be able to have the right data scientists to make the decisions on what data to use for this decision point, and that becomes quite complex as you can imagine," Rice said.
Atlanta; Charlotte, N.C.; Minneapolis; New Orleans; Phoenix; and St. Louis are testing unlimited pricing plans for Sprint. The plans also include free Hulu subscriptions, a six-month trial of Tidal HiFi music and 15 gigabytes of hot spot data.
Google brought out the Bristlecone processor for quantum computing, boasting 72 quantum bits in a square array. The company sees the proof-of-concept processor enabling advances in machine learning and other areas through quantum computing.
A bipartisan group of 14 senators, led by Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., has called upon President Donald Trump to formalize a strategy to deter cyberattacks, as required under the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act. "The lack of decisive and clearly articulated consequences to cyberattacks against our country has served as an open invitation to foreign adversaries and malicious cyber actors to continue attacking the United States," the senators wrote in a letter.
T-Mobile will use the estimated $7 billion it expects to receive from tax legislation to buy wireless spectrum, buy back shares and make some "small" acquisitions, Chief Financial Officer Braxton Carter said at an investor meeting.
Competitive Carriers Association showed its support for a plan before the Federal Communications Commission that would reduce fees that municipalities can levy on small cell builders. The proposal would also ease environmental scrutiny on such projects.
The House has passed the Ray Baum Act, which now moves to the Senate; the bill is aimed at improving rural access to broadband service and advancing the creation of 5G networks. The measure also seeks to speed up the post-wireless auction repack by opening up funding to radio stations and add $1 billion to the repack fund.
The Senate has passed a measure aimed at improving the Federal Communications Commission's process for collecting data relating to mobile speeds and performance in underserved rural areas. Competitive Carriers Association said the bill would provide a "streamlined, reliable and accurate process" that would help bridge the digital divide.
Phone-makers have made glass a common material on the backs of high-end flagship handsets largely for aesthetics, a sense of luxury and the material's compatibility with wireless charging. Glass also strengthens signals emanating from Wi-Fi, LTE and Bluetooth networks.
AT&T is trying to ascertain which groups will receive priority access to its FirstNet emergency services network beyond the obvious cadre of public safety officials, an executive said. Also, the Commerce Department awarded a second round of grants to a new group of state entities to help plan their transitions to FirstNet.
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