Fruit Fixed soon will open a smartphone and electronics repair store in Charlottesville, Va., marking the chain's fifth location. Meanwhile, Forever Wireless has added an eighth store, this one in Baltimore.
The Federal Communications Commission will auction off two swaths of midband and high-frequency millimeter wave spectrum for 5G coverage if Congress acts by May 13 to solve a prepayment snag, Chairman Ajit Pai said this week. Also, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration is eyeing 100 MHz of spectrum held by the military.
Most of the eligibility for $4.53 billion in federal grants earmarked for rural mobile areas is centered in Western states, per a map the Federal Communications Commission has released. The agency will parcel out the funds over 10 years under Phase II of its Mobility Fund.
U.S. Cellular hopes to introduce 4G fixed wireless services this year, a move the company said should boost revenue, CEO Kenneth Meyers told analysts. The company reported 18,000 net customer additions in the fourth quarter as revenue rose and churn declined from the same period a year ago.
New iPads may be on the way, as suggested by approvals by the Eurasian Economic Commission for two new Apple products. The clearances typically point to the introduction of new hardware within one or two weeks in the EEC region, which includes Russia.
5G ultra-fast fixed-wireless was on display this week at Mississippi-based C Spire. FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr was in attendance for the test, which featured patented technology from Santa Clara, Calif.-based Cohere Technologies.
SuperTowers, developed by startup company Altaeros and Ericsson, could help bring LTE to hard-to-reach rural communities. The SuperTowers, which look like blimps and are tethered to the ground, can provide a wider coverage area than up to 30 towers, according to the firm.
A uBreakiFix location opened in Lafayette, Ind., this month. The company also debuted a store in Conway, Ark., and now has more than 360 North American locations.