FCC Sets New Signal Booster Standard and Rules
The Federal Communications Commission today issued a Report and Order concerning the use of wireless signal boosters in the U.S. First, the FCC adopted a technical standard (called the Network Protection Standard) to which signal booster manufacturers must adhere in order to protect the wireless networks they are amplifying. AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile USA, and Verizon Wireless, in addition to other carriers, have all consented to allow signal boosters on their networks as long as they meet the new technical standard. Moving forward, the FCC will allow two different classes of signal boosters: consumer and industrial. Consumer devices will be those available for purchase by the general public. In order to use signal boosters, consumers will need to purchase licensed equipment and register their booster with their carrier. The boosters will work on most cellular bands (AWS, PCS, 700MHz, etc.). Industrial boosters, used in spaces such as sports arenas, must be installed and operated in coordination with licensees. Organizations such as AT&T and the Telecommunications Industry Association have voiced support in the FCC's decision.
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.
Wilson Rebrands As weBoost
Wilson Electronics - long known for its cellular signal boosters - this week announced that its consumer products will now be sold under the new weBoost brand. weBoost's new Life line of boosters for home and car boost weak signals across all major U.S.
Review: WeBoost Eqo In-Home Signal Booster
WeBoost's Eqo signal booster promises to improve cellular coverage in your home or apartment. Consisting of a booster and antenna, the whole system fits most average dwellings.