C Spire doubles spectrum used for LTE; ExteNet gets $1B for recapitalization

More wireless news from across the Web:

> C Spire Wireless said that in the last six months, the company has doubled the wireless spectrum on 604 of its 681 LTE cell sites in Mississippi. Release

> ExteNet Systems said that Digital Bridge Holdings and Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners have committed or arranged for over $1 billion in a recapitalization of the company. Release

> The Wireless Broadband Alliance launched a Connected City Board to help develop smart city ideas and deployments. Release

> Sequans Communications said its Calliope LTE chipset platform has been certified compliant by Verizon Wireless. Calliope is an LTE Category 1 chipset platform optimized for the design of devices for the Internet of Things. Release

> Xiaomi is partnering with Uber to help deliver phones in Singapore and Malaysia. Re/code article

> Microsoft released a new email application called Send that lets people send quick messages to one another while still getting the capabilities of corporate email. PhoneScoop article

> Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said a desire to have better control over data security was one of the reasons Mercedes was bidding for Nokia's HERE business with other German automakers. Reuters article

Wireless Tech News

> FirstNet, which has been tasked with building a nationwide LTE network for emergency workers, is working to create portable cellular base stations that can ride inside police cars and other vehicles, thereby allowing emergency workers to quickly and easily deploy wireless networks in remote areas. However, FirstNet said the technology likely won't be deployed for several more years. Article

> On the same day lawmakers introduced legislation intended to secure connected cars from hacking and protect drivers' privacy, Wired published a report on how hackers were able to take advantage of an existing car's in-car technology system that relies on Sprint's cellular network. Article

Cable News

> Driven partly by a 35 percent uptick in the deployment rate of its next-generation X1 video platform, Comcast's video subscription losses slowed to 69,000 in the second quarter, the MSO's best second-quarter performance in nine years. Article

> French media technology conglomerate Technicolor has agreed to purchase Cisco's customer premises equipment (CPE) division for $602 million, a move that delivers a second burst of consolidation to the fast-declining pay-TV set-top industry. Article

Telecom News

> TDS continues to make progress with its 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) rollout, adding Bagley, Wis., and surrounding areas to its growing rural service footprint. Article

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