Sprint, T-Mobile Ask FCC to Delay Verizon's AWS Buy
Sprint, T-Mobile USA, and DirecTV have asked the Federal Communications Commission to pause its review of Verizon Wireless's proposed acquisition of 122 AWS spectrum licenses from a handful of cable companies. At issue, say the signees, is the cross-selling agreement that Verizon has also struck with the cable companies to promote one another's services. Though Verizon has provided some information about the agreement, it has witheld some details and maintains that the cross-selling agreement doesn't fall under FCC purview. "As a result of the incomplete submissions by the Applicants, neither the Commission nor interested parties have an adequate basis upon which to assess the public interest implications of the proposed transactions," the companies wrote in a letter to the FCC. They are asking that the FCC halt its review of the deal until Verizon provides all the necessary information, and then reset the 180-day review clock back to zero. Verizon is paying $3.6 billion for AWS licenses from Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Bright House Networks. It also has a separate deal with Cox Communications to buy its AWS assets for $315 million.
Google Intros 'Zero-Touch' Android Enterprise Deployments
Google today made it easier for businesses to configure and deploy Android handsets to employees with a new tool called zero-touch enrollment. Google says zero-touch lets companies configure purchased devices and ship them directly to employees completely preconfigured with corporate policies and controls all in place.
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.
FCC Awards Spectrum Licenses to AWS-3 Bidders
The FCC today officially granted some winning bidders in the AWS-3 spectrum auction the licenses allowing them to take ownership of the airwaves. The AWS-3 spectrum auction concluded earlier this year, with AT&T, Dish Networks, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless the top four bidders.