Cricket Scoops Up Remaining Interest in LCW
Leap Wireless has acquired the remaining portion of LCW that it didn't already own for $3.2 million. LCW is a small regional carrier in the Pacific Northwest that was a partnership between Leap and CSM Wireless. It covers about 3 million POPs in the Portland, Salem and Eugene, Ore., markets. Earlier this year, Leap has boosted its ownership stake in LCW with a $21 million investment.
T-Mobile Targets Rural Areas for 600 MHz Service, Starting with Cheyenne
T-Mobile today said it has activated its first 600 MHz cell site in Cheyenne, Wyo. T-Mobile is using Nokia equipment to provide LTE coverage across Cheyenne in the 600 MHz band.
Apple Awards Face ID Laser Company Finisar with $390 Million
Apple today said it plans to invest $390 million in Finisar, the Texas-based supplier of its VCSEL (vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers) wafers. Apple uses the VCSEL technology in the iPhone X to power Face ID, Animoji, and portrait photography in the TrueDepth camera.
T-Mobile Accelerates 600 MHz LTE Deployments
T-Mobile has significantly expanded the availability of LTE service on its 600 MHz (Band 71) spectrum around the country. The Un-carrier debuted its 600 MHz service in Cheyenne, Wyo., last August.
Apple Scoops Up Mapsense
Apple has purchased a small mapping company called Mapsense, reports Re/Code. Apple paid between $25 million and $30 million for the San Francisco-based firm, which "builds tools for analyzing and visualizing location data." The company's 12-person team will be folded into Apple's Cupertino headquarters.