AT&T, Sprint will use Cox for DAS; GSMA and 3GPP align on N-IoT standards

More wireless news from across the Web:

> Former Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior was named U.S. CEO of NextEV, a China-based electric vehicle company and possible competitor to Tesla. Re/code article

> A Brazilian judge lifted a temporary ban on WhatsApp in Brazil on Thursday, a day after a different judge ordered the messaging service be blocked for 48 hours because the company had refused to cooperate in a criminal investigation. WSJ article (sub. req.)

> Qualcomm renamed two 600 series Snapdragon processors -- the Snapdragon 620 and Snapdragon 618 will now be called the Snapdragon 652 and Snapdragon 650. Phonescoop article

> AT&T and Sprint will use a DAS network from Cox Business and InSite Wireless Group to improve wireless coverage at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Multichannel News article

> The GSMA announced the 3GPP and the mobile industry have aligned on tech standards for Narrow Band IoT (NB-IoT), Extended Coverage GPRS (EC-GPRS) and LTE Machine Type Communication (LTE-MTC). Release

Telecom News

> Minnesota-based US Internet plans to add 2.5 and 5 Gbps service options to its FTTH Internet service portfolio beginning in the first quarter of 2016. Article

> Verizon says Florida Power and Light's recent request to the FCC for a Motion for Leave to File is nothing more than a stalling tactic to deny the telco from providing reasonable rates to attach its wires to the utility company's poles. Article

Wireless Tech News

> Bell Labs conducted a study that reveals that carriers can reduce their operating costs by up to 40 percent by virtualizing complex functions currently deployed on residential gateways into the network cloud. Article

> AT&T wants to make sure everyone is aware that it signed more than 300 IoT deals in 2015 -- and it's now powering some 25 million connected devices to boot. Article

Cable News

> A Comcast call center in Colorado Springs, Colo., was evacuated Wednesday following a bomb threat. And this appears to not be an isolated incident. Article

> While the media and telecommunications industries have generally come to an agreement that cord-cutting is a significant threat to their businesses, cable industry titans are not as sure. Article

And finally…  Star Wars fans who are afraid of spoilers may want to check out this app. Article