Telecom Sector

FCC moves to revamp E-Rate program

Paving a way for providing schools and libraries with faster Internet, the U. S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Friday voted for proposed various changes to how schools apply for and spend funds from the government-run E-Rate program.

For instance, the FCC ruled that the E-Rate program would give priority to investments in faster broadband over older technologies available under the program.

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Sprint launches new HTC 8XT and Samsung ATIV S Neo

The third largest telecom service provider in the US, Sprint has announced the launch two new smartphone devices powered by Windows Phone 8 platform called the HTC 8XT and Samsung ATIV S Neo.

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Verizon announces release date for Casio G’zOne Commando 4G LTE

Verizon Wireless on Tuesday announced the release date for its first 4G LTE rugged smartphone called the Casio G'zOne Commando 4G LTE.

The Casio G'zOne Commando 4G LTE is basically an update to the 2011's Casio G'zOne Commando. It features largely the same design as its predecessor. It has a black body with a few red accents and rubber-sidings.

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Sprint testing LTE cell sites in San Francisco

Sprint is testing LTE cell sites in San Francisco, one of which, cell site SF33XC664, is located high above Van Ness Avenue.

The company recently allowed a visit to cell site SF33XC664, and the visit revealed that this site provides LTE data, CDMA data as well as voice connectivity, but it lacks support for WiMAX.

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AT&T introduces PTT service for iPhone

Network provider AT&T on Monday introduced a new application for the iPhone that turns the popular iOS-based device into a walkie-talkie.

Called Enhanced PTT (Enhanced Push-to-Talk), the new iOS app equips the iPhone 5 and 4S with two-radio features.

Users of Enhanced PTT will be able to use their iPhone to talk to one person through a private call and a large number of people via a group call. Like a walkie-talkie, Enhanced PTT-equipped will allow users to switch between talk and listen mode with just the touch of a button.

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