ABI sees 43% growth in outdoor small cells; Orange to deploy LoRa for IoT

More wireless news from across the Web:

> A top BlackBerry sales executive, Eric Johnson, has left the company. Phone Scoop article

> The number of deaths from traffic accidents in the United States rose 8.1 percent in the first half of this year, which some officials attributed partly to distractions from smartphones. Reuters article

> AT&T, Verizon and other wireless carriers are moving to prevent text messaging from falling under the FCC's common carrier regulations. Ars Technica article

> Apple purchased the company, Faceshift, that provided some of the virtual reality technology for the upcoming Star Wars movie. TechCrunch article

> ABI predicted that the market for outdoor small cells will show a 43 percent Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR). Release

> Samsung is teaming with KDDI on 5G technologies. Post

> Google said its AMP effort, geared toward speeding up the loading time for mobile web pages, will launch early next year. Engadget article

> Orange in France said it will deploy the LoRa network technology for Internet of Things applications in 17 French urban areas in the first quarter of next year. The company said it would eventually roll it out across the country. Release

> JetBlue is offering free streaming video service to Amazon Prime customers on its airplanes. Bloomberg article

> The FCC is planning to introduce an overhauled website next month. TVNewsCheck article

> Tango, which offers a mobile messaging service, is laying off 9 percent of its staff following a failed effort to move into e-commerce. TechCrunch article

Telecom News

> Connected Nation Exchange (CNX) won a Master Services contract to provide broadband expertise to the State of Kentucky and its Kentucky Wired middle mile network program. Article

Online Video News

> Motor Trend, a brand targeted at auto enthusiasts, introduced an SVOD service called OnDemand. Vendors Kaltura and 3 Screen Solutions are powering the offering, created by Motor Trend owner TEN: The Enthusiast Network. Article

Installer News

> Now that the largest telcos like AT&T and Frontier have accepted funds from the second phase of the FCC's Connect America Fund (CAF-II), Dycom said it is poised to win a number of construction services contracts once projects get underway in 2016. Article

European Wireless News

> France concluded the final part of its recent 700 MHz spectrum auction after telecoms regulator Arcep revealed the positions that have been allocated to the country's four mobile operators within the frequency band. Article

> According to research firm GfK, the world's smartphone market recorded a record third quarter -- the industry's second-highest period of sales ever -- reaching 324 million unit sales on strength in China, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa. Article

Cable News

> TiVo said it added 418,000 subscriptions through cable operators in the third quarter, its best third-quarter performance in that area ever. Article

> A steep drop in subscribers over the last two years has resulted in a $900 million annual hit to ESPN's bottom line. Article

And finally… CNN is looking forward to a future of virtual reality and bendable screens. Article