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Wireless Watch 647 July 18: Softbank buys ARM for $32bn


Key Issues:

  • Softbank buys ARM for $32bn, threatening seismic mobile and IoT shift 2
  • Neutral host models must evolve more quickly to realize small cell potential 11


US 5G breakthroughs: real leadership, or dangerously premature? 18

  • Verizon risks being out of step with the world with its pre-5G specs 18
  • FCC claims US leadership in 5G with rules for millimeter wave spectrum 21

Auto industry drives standards throughout the driverless car stack 23

  • LTE-V and emergency services: LTE splits into specialized streams 23
  • HERE restructures as it looks to extend its platform beyond the car 26

Qualcomm races Snapdragon 821 SoC to market for high end devices 29

Bidding war may break out for Level 3’s fiber and LMDS spectrum 30

Google taking steps to be a European MVNO? 32

M&A Watch:

Infineon’s Wolfspeed acquisition positions it for millimeter wave 5G 34

4G Watch:

MTS latest to aggregate TDD and FDD spectrum, a first for Russia 35

IoT Watch:

SK Telecom proposes global roaming framework for LoRa 36

IPR Watch:

Nokia and Samsung extend patents agreement 38

WiFi Watch:

US operators brace themselves as cable phony war comes to an end 39

Operator Watch:

Tower sale surge continues with €80m Bouygues Telecom deal

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