FCC's forward auction will take place in mid-July; Mexico's mobile phone market gained 9 million users in 4 years

More wireless news from across the web:

> The FCC announced it will soon reveal the final list of bidders eligible to take place in the forward portion of its broadcast incentive option. That timeframe would put the forward auction in mid-July. Multichannel News article

> Mexico's mobile phone market continues to grow, gaining 9 million users between 2012 and Q1 2016, GSMA research found. GSMA predicted that Mexico will have 114 million mobile phone users by 2020. eMarketer article

Mobile Developer News

> With its new partnership with online course provider Udacity, Google said it aims to bring Android app development to the masses. Its new Android Basics Nanodegree program offers free courses and is appropriate for students of practically any skill level. Article

> Google reportedly intends to design and manufacture its own branded Android phone this year, moving the tech giant to more directly compete with Apple's iPhone. The tech giant also hopes the move could make its Android platform more attractive to developers. Article

Telecom News

> Lightower Fiber Networks has acquired Columbus, Ohio-based Datacenter 101, providing the company an essential connectivity point. Datacenter 101 offers data center and colocation services. Article

Wireless Tech News

> Straight Path laid out a challenge to Lockheed Martin, asserting in a recent filing that the company is "simply wrong" in its characterization of the FCC's proceeding on the use of spectrum bands above 24 GHz. Article

European Wireless News

> Deutsche Telekom could reportedly be the latest European operator to sell off its mobile masts. Citing unnamed sources, Reuters reported that the German operator is preparing an auction to sell its masts for up to $5.5 billion. Article

Cable News

> Despite a substantial number of subscribers in North America and Europe dropping services, the pay-TV industry's worldwide number of subscribers grew 1.68 percent thanks to huge gains in the Asia-Pacific region. Article

And finally… New York's Lottery has created a new instant game allowing players to use mobile phones in conjunction with a traditional scratch game. Article

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