News of Note—Samsung’s RCS, AT&T’s LPWAN SIMs, Affirmed Networks’ vEPC and more

news of note

Here are the stories we’re chasing today:

> According to new figures, more than half of rural Americans said it’s hard to access high-speed internet services. Cnet article

> Samsung said it will use Google’s RCS services in its phones. PhoneScoop article

Mobile World Congress 2019

Attend the 2-Day Executive 5G Panel Series

FierceWireless is returning to Barcelona, Spain, during Mobile World Congress 2019 with a two-day Executive 5G Panel Series at the Fira Congress Hotel, conveniently located across the street from the MWC Convention Center. The panel events will take place on Feb. 25-26 and will cover 5G and The Fixed Wireless Access Opportunity, Taking 5G Indoors, and Making 5G Ubiquitous. Attendees will have the opportunity to network and hear from 5G leaders including Verizon, Vodafone, Orange, Sprint, NTT Docomo, Boingo Wireless, Qualcomm, and more over the course of two days.

Secure your spot at the event today! Now is your chance to join fellow industry professionals for networking and education. Registration information and the schedule can be found on the website here.

> AT&T said its company-owned retail and authorized retail stores are now more accessible to customers with vision problems. Release

> AT&T said it is working with Giesecke+Devrient Mobile Security and Altair Semiconductor to “integrate a SIM into the modem chipset for deployment across licensed Low-Power Wide-Area cellular networks.” Release

> Affirmed Networks said its new virtualized Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) is now available to mobile operators on Amazon Web Services. Release