Open Range to License Lightsquared Spectrum
Lightsquared and Open Range today announced a new partnership whereby Open Range will lease LightSquared's L-band spectrum and the two will together work to build out a Long Term Evolution 4G network. This partnership will allow Open Range to sell LightSquared's satellite capacity and will give Lightsquared and Open Range cross-roaming capabilities. Open Range provides wireless broadband services in rural American communities. The agreement is subject to government approval.
Microsoft and Amazon Let Cortana and Alexa Talk to One Another
Microsoft and Amazon today announced a new partnership that will allow Windows 10 users to access Alexa via Cortana, and Echo users to access Cortana via Alexa. The tie-up lets people use one personal assistant to open the other.
Google Wants Gov to Open Up Unlicensed Spectrum
Google is asking U.S. regulators to make huge swaths of wireless spectrum available for unlicensed use.
Sprint Adds 36 Countries to Open World Roaming Program
Sprint today added a significant number of new countries, cities, and city-states to its Open World global roaming plan. The program kicked off last year with initial support for Canada, Mexico, and a handful of Latin American countries and later added a wide range of islands throughout the Caribbean.
FCC Agrees to Open 3.5GHz for Wireless Service
The FCC today voted unanimously to approve a Report and Order that will free up 150MHz of spectrum in the 3.5GHz band. The idea had been floated by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler last month.