Verizon Says Scores Of Companies Want Its Spectrum
Verizon Wireless said that a total of 64 companies — including AT&T and U.S. Cellular — have expressed interest in purchasing its Lower A and B Block 700MHz spectrum assets, according to filings with the Federal Communications Commission. Verizon floated the idea of selling some of its spectrum assets earlier this year should the FCC greenlight Verizon's proposed acquisition of 122 AWS spectrum licenses from a consortium of cable companies. The Department of Justice has given permission for Verizon to proceed with the AWS purchase, and the FCC chairman has recommended to his fellow commissioners that the deal be approved. Verizon must divest an unspecified amount of spectrum to make the FCC happy, some of which will go to T-Mobile USA. Verizon wants the AWS licenses to help bolster its LTE 4G network. It hasn't set a date yet to sell its A and B Block 700MHz holdings, but plans to do so soon.
Google Intros 'Zero-Touch' Android Enterprise Deployments
Google today made it easier for businesses to configure and deploy Android handsets to employees with a new tool called zero-touch enrollment. Google says zero-touch lets companies configure purchased devices and ship them directly to employees completely preconfigured with corporate policies and controls all in place.
Apple Watch Series 3 Supports Carriers' One Number Calling and Messaging
Apple this week announced the Apple Watch Series 3 with an optional cellular radio. The LTE radio makes it possible for the smartwatch to connect to cellular networks on its own, without a nearby iPhone.
U.S. Carriers Create Mobile Authentication Taskforce
Mobile operators in the U.S. today said they will work together to help customers more easily manage app and account authentication while also protecting consumers' privacy and identity.
Apple Refreshes the Apple Watch with LTE
Apple today updated its smartwatch with several new features. Notably, the Apple Watch Series 3 gains an optional LTE radio for connections when phones aren't around or available.
T-Mobile and Verizon Agree to Another Spectrum Swap
T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless have petitioned the FCC for permission to swap AWS and PCS spectrum licenses in 92 counties and/or 41 Cellular Market Areas around the country. The companies propose to switch spectrum licenses, but not cellular assets or customers.
My spectrum brings competitors to the yard,
Dang right, it's better than yours. I could share with you, but I'd have to charge!