Verizon took more steps on its road to 5G, introducing service to St. Paul, Minnesota, and bringing out its first mobile hotspot for 5G, the $650 MiFi M1000 which also supports 4G networks. The telecom said it is on schedule to meet its goal of bringing 5G to 30 cities this year.
The quality of wireless networks in the US rose for all major carriers in the first six months of the year, J.D. Power reports. Complaints about voice and data issues fell among the 32,000 subscribers surveyed compared to the same period a year ago, although results varied among different regions.
The Justice Department threatened to file suit against T-Mobile's merger with Sprint if the carriers don't reach a deal with DISH Network next week, various reports say. T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom is said to be resisting a DISH demand for permission to potentially resell Sprint assets to a cable provider down the road.
The march to build 5G networks across the US is proving a major boon to cell tower companies whose shares have reached record highs this year with analysts predicting even higher valuations for the three largest outfits in 2020. The tower companies are expected to reap even higher profits if the US government clears T-Mobile's merger with Sprint.
Ericsson and Verizon are planning to conduct a live trial of container-based evolved packet core wireless technology. The method allows Verizon to make upgrades to a network without shutting down large portions of it, as well as enabling faster recovery during outages.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously voted to advance the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act to the House floor. The bill would order telephone carriers to confirm caller identity and provide more time for the Federal Communications Commission to look into operations that use illegal robocalls.
The narrowband internet of things has launched across the US for commercial purposes on three major US telephone carriers this year -- T-Mobile two weeks ago, AT&T in April and Verizon in May. All three networks deploy in the unused "guard bands" between LTE radio channels.
The beta releases of Apple's iPadOS and iOS 13 have begun phasing out the company's 3D Touch technology and replacing it with Context Menus, with the latest rollout having the most sophisticated version of the menus yet. The beta is now available to developers, with a public release expected soon.
C Spire is at the forefront of a six-month-old group that has introduced a website to further its efforts to bring broadband service to rural areas. The website is aimed at educating the public about the consortium's efforts to develop a model to close the digital divide, starting with C Spire's Mississippi base.
T-Mobile has partnered with Taco Bell to launch three co-branded pop-ups named "T-MoBell" in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York, building on the carrier's "Taco Tuesday" Super Bowl campaign to boost downloads of its rewards app. The pop-ups will offer visitors limited-edition T-MoBell Freeze drinks, free tacos, themed merchandise and drop-ins from undisclosed celebrities.
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