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AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Join Forces to Take Messaging to the Next Level

iPhone users have long-enjoyed iMessage, an iOS-only alternative to SMS that has far more features than basic messaging. WhatsApp offers a similar approach, adding features and abilities in a cross-platform app. Today the four major wireless carriers announced the Cross-Carrier Messaging Initiative (CCMI), aimed at delivering iMessage or WhatsApp-like messaging to customers and businesses alike. …

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Colorado Pulls Out of Lawsuit Attempting to Block T-Mobile/Sprint Merger

Reuters is reporting that Colorado has become the second state to pull out of a lawsuit seeking to stop T-Mobile and Sprint’s proposed merger. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted last week to approve the merger, following the Department of Justice signing off on the deal in July. Despite the government’s approval, nearly 20 states …

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DISH Network Moving Forward With 5G Plans

DISH Network has announced another Request for Proposal (RFP) as it prepares to build the nation’s first standalone 5G network. RFPs are a standard part of the process of building out a new network and this is the third RFP DISH has requested. The Deployment Services RFP, for end-to-end deployment services vendors, is expected the …

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Huawei In Talks to License 5G Tech to U.S. Companies

Huawei may have found a way around a ban on exporting its equipment to the U.S. that went into effect in May 2019. According to Reuters, the telecommunications equipment company is in talks to license its 5G tech to U.S. firms. The company has repeatedly been accused of having backdoors in its equipment and software—backdoors …

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FCC Approves T-Mobile and Sprint Merger But Opposition Remains

CNBC is reporting that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted to approve the merger between T-Mobile and Sprint. While the deal had earlier received approval from the Department of Justice (DOJ), the FCC’s approval is one of the final steps needed before the merger is finalized. The FCC’s commissioners voted along party lines to …

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OPPO Plans to Release the First Dual-Mode 5G Phone

OPPO has announced plans to release the world’s first dual-mode 5G phone before year’s end. The phone was announced at the Qualcomm 5G Summit 2019 in Barcelona, a fitting location as it will be powered by Qualcomm’s chipset. Dual-mode phones will be compatible with both SA and NSA networks. SA stands for standalone mode, where …

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Cisco CEO Says 5G Networks Could Be Active In 2 to 3 Years

“The carriers today are building the consumer 5G networks, and they don’t require a massive backbone upgrade when you just increase bandwidth to lots of mobile phones.” Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins stopped by Fox Business’ Mornings with Maria to discuss 5G, intellectual property and reports of China bullying companies. “When they begin to build out …

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Qualcomm Chips Central to Wave of 5G Home Internet Devices

While Apple may be looking to end their dependence on Qualcomm, the future is looking bright for the semiconductor company. In a press release issued today, Qualcomm announced that Netgear, LG, Sharp and Samsung are among 30+ companies building plug-and-play home internet gear based on Qualcomm’s 5G chips. According to the FCC, some 19 million …

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Blue Shield of California to Integrate Apple Watches in Doctor Visits

According to a report by Health Data Management, Blue Shield of California (BSC) is planning on using the Apple Watch to improve doctor’s visits. “BSC, together with its health services partner Altais, have partnered with Notable Health, a company that provides technology to captures office visits through the use of artificial intelligence. “The data is …

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Apple to Use Its Own 5G Modems in 2022

According to Fast Company, Apple may have its own 5G modems ready for production as early as 2022, ending its reliance on Qualcomm. Apple has been trying to end its dependence on Qualcomm for some time now. Initially, the company switched to using Intel, while at the same time fighting a legal battle with Qualcomm …

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We Plan to Have 30 5G Cities By Year-End, Says Verizon CEO

“We have a plan to have 30 5G cities by year-end,” says Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg. “We are at 13 right now so we’re adding every week. We added New York last week. We have also updated 13 NFL stadiums with 5G and the NBA season hasn’t even started. We believe that our 5G for …

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Fears Over 5G Radiation Prompt Nationwide Backlash in Switzerland

Despite being one of the first countries to roll out 5G, AFP is reporting that Switzerland is experiencing significant backlash to the new technology. 5G, or fifth-generation wireless, is the next evolution of wireless technology, promising faster speeds, more connected devices and lower latency. Standards bodies are aiming for an average of 20Gbps, rather than …

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