News of Note—Trump prepping spectrum policy, Sprint to offer 55+ plan, KT’s 5G test results and more

news of note

Here are some of the other stories we’re following today:

> Sprint launched its new Secure Wi-Fi iOS and Android app that “seamlessly protects mobile users using unprotected public Wi-Fi by encrypting all data traffic as it goes between the device and the internet.” Release

> South Korea’s KT said that, based on its 5G tests during the Winter Olympics, it will need around four times as many cell sites for outdoor 5G coverage compared with LTE. Mobile World Live article

> According to data from the FCC’s BDAC committee, the mean rental fee for wireless pole attachments is $505.56 per year, and the median is $56.60 annually. Light Reading article

> Sony plans to reduce its smartphone shipments while pursuing profits. Mobile World Live article

> Sprint is reportedly preparing to release a plan targeting users 55 years old or older, in response to a similar offering from T-Mobile. Android Police article

> AT&T spent $1.1 billion last year on debt interest and fees tied to its proposed merger with Time Warner. The Wall Street Journal article

> AT&T’s Cricket Wireless prepaid brand counts 9 million subscribers, double the 4.5 million subscribers it counted when AT&T acquired the brand from Leap Wireless in 2014. Release

> The Trump administration is reportedly working on a spectrum policy framework that it will release “soon.” Broadcasting & Cable article