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5/23/2019

A group of Senate Democrats joined Republicans in introducing a measure that would allocate as much as $700 million to wireless carriers with existing gear from Chinese vendors, such as Huawei Technologies, to help them replace the equipment. The moves comes as chipmaker ARM Holdings reportedly joined its rivals in putting its relationship with Huawei on pause while carriers in the UK and Japan issued a moratorium on launching the manufacturer's phones.

5/23/2019

Staff members at the Justice Department have recommended that Makan Delrahim, head of the department's antitrust division, block T-Mobile's merger with Sprint, sources tell Reuters. The DOJ, which usually but not always follows recommendations from its staff, is expected to issue a final decision in June.

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5/23/2019

Verizon gave first responders a first-hand look at how 5G networks will help them as firefighters and police saw demonstrations of technology at a New York event this week. Augmented reality could give firefighters greater visibility and smart lighting on streets could help police more quickly track gunshots, among other potential advances.

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5/23/2019

Inland Cellular will prepare for the 5G future by adopting Parallel Wireless' 4G platform that the regional carrier can upgrade to 5G as well as implement voice-over LTE. The deal marks the first Parallel has completed as part of an arrangement with Competitive Carriers Association under which CCA members can get access to the vendor's cloud-based Open RAN platform.

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Telecompetitor
5/22/2019

Huawei Technologies is preparing to develop an operation system of its own or implement an Android rival following Google's decision to withhold access to key aspects of its platform from the Chinese company. Huawei, which said it is talking to Google about the situation, has also reportedly been building its own app store as a precautionary measure.

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Huawei Technologies, Google
5/22/2019

Qualcomm must renegotiate its agreements and pricing models and accept seven years of oversight, a federal judge ordered, ruling that the company violated antitrust rules by using its market power to charge excessive fees on patent royalties. Judge Lucy Koh wrote that Qualcomm "strangled competition" and criticized its policy of demanding a share of smartphone prices.

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5/22/2019

The C-Band Alliance proposed an oversight process for sharing 200 MHz of spectrum in the 3.7-4.2 MHz band that would involve the Federal Communications Commission selling blocks in two tranches. A first tranche could take place in a year and a half, the group said, and the entire band could be clear in 36 months.

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FierceWireless
5/22/2019

CableLabs is advancing a Dual Channel Wi-Fi technology that the group says would speed up, secure and improve Wi-Fi's performance in a way that would complement rather than compete with 5G. The second channel would provide more speed for video and other time-critical data, as well as large downstream packets.

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5/21/2019

T-Mobile has won the backing of Ajit Pai, chair of the Federal Communications Commission, and fellow Republican Brendan Carr for its merger with Sprint after the carriers agreed to several conditions, but the Justice Department reportedly wants more concessions. The carriers agreed to wire rural areas, bring 5G wireless service to most of the US within a few years and sell off Sprint's Boost prepaid service.

5/21/2019

Huawei Technologies won a three-month reprieve from a Commerce Department order that would require US companies to obtain a special license to do business with the Chinese vendor and its affiliates. Google followed suit with an extension after initially saying it would stop providing some hardware and services -- including Android updates -- to Huawei.

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Huawei Technologies, Google