FCC Hits All Carriers with Paperwork Over AT&T/T-Mobile
The Federal Communications Commission has sent formal requests to most major U.S. wireless network operators, including Sprint, Verizon Wireless, U.S. Cellular, MetroPCS, Leap Wireless and Cellular South, asking them to fill out a questionnaire regarding AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA. The FCC explained, "In order for the Commission to complete its review of the [merger] and make the necessary public interest findings ... we require written responses, supporting documentation, and data, as applicable from other commercial wireless carriers against which the applicants compete." There are nine questions in the survey and they ask for information such as coverage maps, future network expansion plans, cell site ownership details, existing agreements with AT&T, spectrum outlook for the next five years, competitive reports on how they respond to other carriers, and all current billing data. The carriers have until June 20 to file their responses.
Sprint Targeting a Fall Launch for VoLTE
Sprint expects to deploy voice over LTE across its network starting this fall. Sprint competitors AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless already offer VoLTE across the bulk of their footprints, making Spring the last major carrier to deploy the upgraded voice technology.
AT&T Follows T-Mo and Verizon, to Offer Free Olympic Roaming
AT&T today said that like its competitors T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless, it will offer customers the opportunity to use their mobile devices during the 2018 Winter Olympic Games at no extra cost. Specifically, AT&T will waive the $10 fee normally charged for the AT&T International Day Pass.
Republican Senators Want It to Be Illegal for US Gov to Use Huawei or ZTE Equipment
Republican Senators today introduced a new bill that would prevent the U.S. government from using telecommunications equipment from either Huawei or ZTE.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon X50 5G Modem to Connect First 5G Networks and Devices
Qualcomm today said various network operators plan to use its Snapdragon X50 5G modem in trials this year, while a number of device makers have selected the X50 for mobile gear due next year. According to Qualcomm, the carriers committed to the X50 include AT&T, British Telecom, China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, KDDI, NTT DoCoMo, Orange, Singtel, SK Telecom, Sprint, Telstra, Verizon, and others.
ZTE Says Intel Chiefs' Fears Unfounded, Its Phones No Threat
ZTE says American consumers have no reason to fear its cell phones. The company issued a statement after the heads of the FBI, CIA, NSA and other intelligence groups suggested that Americans should not purchase phones made by ZTE and Huawei.
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