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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
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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
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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
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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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From: FUBHO9/22/2017 2:56:07 PM
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Telstra enables VoLTE across Cat-M1 IoT network

Telstra, Ericsson, and Qualcomm have enabled voice calls across the Cat-M1 network, with Telstra's IoT footprint now extending further than its 4G network.


By Corinne Reichert | September 20, 2017

zdnet.com

Telstra has enabled voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) calls across its live Cat-M1 Internet of Things (IoT) network in partnership with Ericsson and Qualcomm, the telecommunications provider announced during the annual Telstra Vantage conference in Melbourne.

"Not only have we enabled [Cat-M1] in our network, if you imagine how we've got this device that's low cost and long battery life, as of around about today I'm announcing we've run our first voice call over one of these chips," Telstra director of Networks Mike Wright said on Wednesday afternoon.

"So with the first voice call with our partners Qualcomm, we now have a device that you could essentially enable anything anywhere and speak to it.

"If you think about the explosion we're seeing in voice-controlled homes ... the number of appliances and devices and things you could enable by putting voice into one of these low-cost chips blows the mind."

According to a blog post published on Wednesday afternoon by Wright, VoLTE across Cat-M1 IoT devices complements its embedded-SIM (eSIM) Telstra One Number offering announced last week.

"When standard voice calls are made on a VoLTE-enabled handset, VoLTE works by integrating the call into the 4G data stream; when it comes to IoT, adding VoLTE to Cat-M1 devices means those devices will have the ability to make voice calls to other devices, applications, and use cases which could benefit from voice," Wright wrote.

"With VoLTE over Cat-M1, this could provide opportunities to further leverage the battery-saving features of Cat-M1 for use in wearables where voice services are required."

The technology could be used in such instances as emergency calling panels in elevators, as well as day-to-day interactions with parking meters, information kiosks, whitegoods, and vehicles, Wright said.

Telstra's Cat-M1 network was switched on last month, with Wright on Wednesday announcing that it now covers more of Australia than its 4G network.

"As of just a few weeks ago, we completed the rollout of our Cat-M1 IoT network in all of our 4G base stations," he said.

"Our 4G network covers 1.4m square kilometres; with a feature called range extension, the system is able to actually send the bits repeated three times if they need to. We pushed the [Cat-M1] coverage range out from 1.4 to 3 million square kilometres.

"So we now have the coverage connectivity, the chipsets maturing, and, as we go up the stack, the capability of managing and activating the devices, the concept of an embedded SIM card ... combined with the enablement of management platforms and ultimately the data analytics platform that's going to unleash this new technology into the world."

In addition to Cat-M1, Wright added that Telstra also sees narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) as another "very important category".

The telco is thus aiming to establish an NB-IoT network within the next six months, according to a roadmap shown during Vantage, with Wright saying this will be enabled via network slicing.

"We've already built and got a network slice up and running for narrowband IoT, which we're just about to bring into the market," Wright said.

"There are two [IoT standards] due to different parts of the world's views on what's important. We don't care; we're going to support both."

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