Verizon Selling More 700MHz Airwaves to AT&T
Verizon Wireless today announced that it has struck new agreements to sell off portions of its 700MHz spectrum holdings to various companies. First, Verizon will sell 39 lower 700MHz B Block licenses to AT&T for $1.9 billion. As part of the agreement, AT&T will also give Verizon 10MHz blocks of AWS spectrum in Los Angeles and Fresno, Calif., Phoenix, Ariz., and Portland, Ore. Second, Verizon will sell lower 700MHz B Block licenses covering Charlotte, Greensboro, and Raleigh-Durham, N.C., to Grain Management for $189 million. Grain Management is a private equity firm based in Sarasota, Fla. Verizon will lease a single AWS license from Grain Management that covers Dallas, Texas. The transactions require regulatory approval before they can be completed. Verizon agreed last year to sell some of its 700MHz spectrum after the Federal Communications Commission gave it permission to purchase AWS spectrum licences from a consortium of cable companies.
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.
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.
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.
Google Refocuses Daydream View Headset
Alongside the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones, Google today introduced a new version of its Daydream View VR headset. Both new Pixel phones are Daydream-ready and function perfectly with the revised viewing hardware.
The Cartel Continues........
...that Verizon never should have been allowed to purchase A and B block in the first place. They never intended to use it. They were simply hoarding it.
Finally, someone with sense and integrity in...