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.
Sprint, T-Mobile Agree to Halt Sharing Location with Some Apps
Following moves made earlier in the day by Verizon and AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have now said they also will cease sharing customer location data with certain third-party apps and services. Sprint said it is "beginning the process of terminating its current contracts with data aggregators to whom we provide location data." T-Mobile CEO John Legere tweeted, "I've personally evaluated this issue & have pledged that @tmobile will not sell customer location data to shady middlemen." The matter rose to attention after some third-party location brokers left the real-time data of millions of customers unprotected.
Verizon to Cease Sharing Phone Location with Other Companies
Verizon Communications today said it will stop making customer location data available to third-party apps and services. The decision follows last month's revelation that third-party companies didn't always properly protect this data.
LG G7 ThinQ Goes On Sale Today for $749
Sales of the LG G7 ThinQ phone kicked off in the U.S. today.
3GPP Approves Spec for Standalone 5G New Radio
The 3GPP today ratified another piece of the 5G specification, termed the Standalone 5G New Radio, or SA 5G NR. This spec is for 5G networks that are developed on their own, apart from legacy or pre-existing networks.