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To: hooligan who wrote (1081)9/16/2017 11:45:22 AM
From: FUBHO
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Smart Hub will flop at current monthly pricing of $60/month for 10GB. Hopefully, that flop takes another 12 months to actualize so IoT can ramp, and emerging markets recover/expand in broadband.

$60/month for 10GB is laughable. They can always adjust pricing to spur demand too. Less than half that price and it starts to sound reasonable for a middle income family. Guess tech support says this back up internet, not to be used as primary... Sounds silly.

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From: FUBHO9/18/2017 10:35:31 PM
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Google’s Preston Marshall on company’s 3.5 GHz CBRS SAS system: ‘We’re probably the furthest along’ | FierceWireless

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SAN FRANCISCO—Although it’s been relatively quiet on the topic lately, Google has been actively developing its SAS business for the CBRS 3.5 GHz band and expects to grow into a major player in the space. The company would then stand as a challenger to Federated Wireless, CTIA and other companies angling for a portion of the sector’s SAS business.

"I think everyone knows we're doing it,” said Google’s Preston Marshall, principal architect at Alphabet’s Access and a longtime proponent of spectrum sharing in the 3.5 GHz band. “We don't have to be quite as loud as others."

The FCC is poised to enact final rules on the 3.5 GHz band, dubbed the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band, which would free 150 MHz for mobile broadband and other commercial uses. Current rules for the band would create three tiers of spectrum usage: one for incumbents, a Priority Access tier for licensed uses and a General Authorized Access tier for unlicensed uses. The three tiers are to be coordinated through dynamic Spectrum Access System (SAS) administrators. Google is one of a handful of companies hoping to sell SAS services to companies looking to use 3.5 GHz spectrum.

"We're actively pursuing clients” for SAS services, Marshall said in an interview with FierceWireless here on the sidelines of the Mobile World Congress Americas trade show. “I think we'll have some major announcements of contractual arraignments with major players in the ecosystem. We've done a large number of demonstrations. I believe we're probably the furthest along [of all the SAS vendors]. Although I haven't seen the others, I can probably make some guesses.”

Preston explained that Alphabet/Google, an early proponent of sharing in the 3.5 GHz CBRS band, decided early on to act as an SAS provider in order to ensure competition in the space.

“From the very beginning, we felt it was important to have a competitor. So, we were the first company to announce that we were going to build a SAS. When Federated [Wireless] came along, we joined with them to form the WinnForum [Wireless Innovation Forum], to build the standards to make them interoperable. If this is going to be an effective ecosystem, the people who adopt CBRS have to be comfortable that there is going to be a competitive supply chain, in the SAS just as much as in the hardware. So, we've always felt it was important to compete. We'll perform better if we compete.”

In March, the WinnForum pointed to seven of its member organizations for filing SAS Administrator applications with the FCC, including Google, Federated, Amdocs, Comsearch, CTIA, Keybridge and Sony. Comsearch, CTIA, Federated, Google and Keybridge also filed as candidate Environmental Sensing Capability (ESC) Operators.

For its part, Federated Wireless has been vocal about its plans and goals for the SAS space and 3.5 GHz opportunity in general; just this week Federated announced the availability of its Spectrum Controller and the closing of a whopping $42 million Series B round of funding, including strategic investments from Charter Communications, American Tower, Arris International and GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund.

The 3.5 GHz space has received a noteworthy amount of interest in the past few months, including from all the nation's top wireless carriers and cable operators.

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From: FUBHO9/19/2017 4:45:35 PM
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AT&T rolls out IoT asset management tool for LTE, LTE-M networks
SEP 19, 2017
AT&T Asset Management, Operations Center allows users to track, monitor the health and condition of, and manage activity of...

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To: FUBHO who wrote (1104)9/19/2017 4:48:06 PM
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Report: T-Mobile US and Sprint in active merger discussions

- RCR Wireless News

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The merger that the wireless industry has been waiting for is finally moving forward, according to a report out this morning from CNBC. But Sprint and T-Mobile US aren’t commenting, and the two carriers are said to still be weeks away from an actual deal. Talks around an all-equity merger are said to be ongoing, and since none of the various cable operators thought to be interested in buying a carrier has come forward, Sprint and T-Mobile US may finally be motivated to seal a deal.

Of course the final outcome will depend on SoftBank, Sprint’s parent company, and Deutsche Telekom, which owns T-Mobile US. When SoftBank chairman Masayoshi Son first bought a majority interest in Sprint, he was expected to try to follow that acquisition with a purchase of T-Mobile US. But the U.S. Justice Department made it clear that it would not approve that deal. Now, T-Mobile has more subscribers and higher profit margins than Sprint, and most analysts expect the “uncarrier” to be the controlling company if and when a merger happens.

“The fact that TMUS/DT would be the majority holder should not be seen as a surprise at this point,” said analyst Jennifer Fritzsche of Wells Fargo. Fritzsche doesn’t expect a deal to close anytime soon, but she is looking for an announcement within the next few months. “In our view, such a deal would take at least a year to get approval and there is much logic on announcing a transaction before the November 2018 election cycle,” she said.

The two companies are reportedly discussing a deal that would make SoftBank a significant minority shareholder in the new company. Masayoshi Son is said to want to maintain an active role.

T-Mobile’s John Legere is expected to lead the combined company if the merger happens. Legere has been the public face of T-Mobile’s anti-establishment marketing campaign, which has focused on undercutting competitors’ prices.

Ironically, a merger of Sprint and T-Mobile could mean the end of the price wars and data discounts consumers have enjoyed, or at least a leveling off. Analysts say a three carrier ecosystem will be more likely to produce pricing equilibrium, meaning that the carriers could potentially generate more cash to invest in their networks. This could be impactful as the industry moves towards 5G, which will require significant capital outlays.

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To: FUBHO who wrote (1104)9/20/2017 9:49:52 AM
From: hooligan
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This asset tracking market is really starting to take hold. I love the AT&T comment that customers keep asking for different types of devices. Sequans in a great spot here!!

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From: FUBHO9/20/2017 7:33:28 PM
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From: hooligan9/22/2017 1:57:06 PM
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This is interesting

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To: hooligan who wrote (1108)9/22/2017 1:58:42 PM
From: FUBHO
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Apple watch is a software/OS issue completely unrelated to the baseband, so that guy is wrong.

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To: FUBHO who wrote (1109)9/22/2017 2:29:15 PM
From: hooligan
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I don't think his comments were specific to just Apple products. I think his point was for companies to use products specifically designed to do this type of stuff. Besides connection issues do you think battery life issues are just software based as well?

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To: hooligan who wrote (1110)9/22/2017 2:33:12 PM
From: FUBHO
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Cat-M would certainly be helpful for battery life on any device. There was no reason to mention Apple connectivity issues in the same sentence as they are an unrelated issue.

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