News of Note—Essential reaches $1B, industry to reach 1.4B 5G connections by 2020 and more

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Here are some other stories we're following today:

> Andy Rubin’s Essential smartphone startup is now valued at over $1 billion. Verge article

> AT&T is now hiding small cells in fake cacti. RCR article

> Sprint's Boost Mobile introduced a new unlimited data offer that matches what T-Mobile's MetroPCS recently released. Phone Scoop article

> HTC reported a "robust quarter" following the release of its new U11 phone. Mobile World Live article

> A German company is proposing to build a cell phone tower on the moon. IFLScience article

> All 50 U.S. states have submitted formal or informal comments about their initial state plans to FirstNet, according to a FirstNet official. Urgent Communications article

> Las Vegas received more than 230 requests to install small cells onto the strip last year, up from just 84 such requests during the past 10 years. Las Vegas Review-Journal article

> A new report from Juniper Research predicted the industry will generate 1.4 billion 5G connections by 2025, an increase from just 1 million in 2019. Release