Broadcom reportedly ditches Open Interconnect Consortium; AT&T lowers cost of international plans

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> In a new filing with the FCC, T-Mobile US argued that none of the current options for improving wireless carriers' in-building location technology--including NextNav's indoor location technology, TruePosition's U-TDOA offering, Polaris Wireless' RF Pattern Matching, and OTDOA--will be able to meet the commission's ambitious goals of more accurately locating wireless 911 callers inside buildings. Article

> Chinese smartphone vendor Xiaomi hired a Google executive to lead its products team in India. Article

> Broadcom has reportedly left the Open Interconnect Consortium due to concerns over how to handle intellectual property. Article

> According to new research, patent trolling companies have made three times as much money in court battles as companies producing products. Article

> The head of Sprint's digital marketing, Scott Zalaznik, has left the company for a job with xAd. Article

> T-Mobile US said it will sell Sony's Xperia Z3 for $26.25 a month for 24 months starting Oct. 29. Release

> Microchip Technology warned of a downturn in the semiconductor market. Article

> AT&T Mobility dramatically lowered prices for its international services with its new Passport plans. The plans start at $30 for unlimited Wi-Fi and messaging, 120 MB of data and calls at $1 a minute. Post

Wireless Tech News

> Jab Broadband, the country's largest fixed wireless broadband service provider, continues to look for acquisition targets as it addresses one of the problems that has vexed the communications industry for years: serving rural areas and making a profit. Article

> AT&T, Accuris Networks and BSG Wireless are bringing the new AT&T Wi-Fi Hub to market, making it possible for wireless operators to deliver turnkey Wi-Fi roaming services to their customers. Article

Telecom News

> Google has taken another step to becoming a player in the burgeoning Latin American submarine cable market, announcing it will participate in a consortium that will build a cable linking the United States by the end of 2016. Article

> tw telecom, which is in the process of being purchased by Level 3, has added Minneapolis-St. Paul and Phoenix as the two latest stops on its ongoing network expansion effort. Article

Cable News

> The battle for TV ratings supremacy between long-dominant Nielsen and insurgent Rentrak has heated to a boil, with the incumbent taking shots at its fast-emerging rival as Nielsen handled an embarrassing, poorly timed PR crisis brought on by a software glitch. Article

> Verizon has filed a brief with the FCC, urging the commission to end a seven-year ban on MVPD set-tops with integrated security features. Article

European Wireless News

> UAE operator du sealed a deal to supply telecoms infrastructure and services for a 150,000-square-metre smart city project in Dubai. Article

> According to Steve Hilton, managing director of MachNation, Internet of Things players will need to invest in operations support systems (OSS). Industry Voices

> According to the GSMA, mobile in Arab states is growing faster than the global average. Article

And finally… A keyboard from Microsoft will let Android Wear users draw letters on their smart watch. Article

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