Sprint inks OSS deal with NetCracker for Spark; AT&T names Alcatel-Lucent, Fujitsu as User-Defined Network Cloud vendors

Quick news from around the Web.

> AT&T named Alcatel-Lucent and Fujitsu Network Communications as the newest vendors to join its User-Defined Network Cloud program. Release

> Xiaomi isn't trying to copy Apple or the iPhone, according to one top executive from the Chinese manufacturer. Article

> Grain Management scored a waiver for the FCC's upcoming spectrum auctions. Article

> Apple won a patent for "iTime," which tracks arm gestures. Article

> Apple is facing a class-action lawsuit over some of its labor practices. Article

> Google has acquired drawElements, which makes 3G graphics technology for mobile phones. Article

> Facebook improved its mobile ad-targeting technology. Article

> Motorola introduced a digital tattoo that can unlock a Moto X. Article

> Verizon Wireless is selling the HTC One Mini 2 as the One Remix for $99 with a two-year contract. Article

> Apple is reportedly considering a mid-September launch of the iPhone 6. Article

> Sprint is using NetCracker's OSS technology to support its Spark rollout. Release

> BlackBerry added new apps for Secure Work Space for iOS and Android, the containerization and secure connectivity option for iOS and Android devices managed through the BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10. Post

Online Video News

> Netflix's overall revenues surged around 25 percent year over year to $1.34 billion in the second quarter, and the company's profits more than doubled during that period, from $29 million to $71 million. Article

> Equipment vendor Arris appears to be moving in the same direction as TiVo, partnering with startup Wurl to create a "standards-based" platform for its Whole Home Solution set-top boxes that includes access to a broad selection of online streaming services. Article

> Mobile video apps continue to come to the forefront, with a new report by The Diffusion Group (TDG) finding that 49 percent of U.S. adults who have broadband view video through a mobile app at least once a month. Article

Telecom News

> The Canadian government is moving to bridge the broadband divide with a pledge to bring up to 5 Mbps download speeds to an additional 280,000 households that either have no access or can only get dial-up service. Article

> Level 3 Communications has put together the pieces of what will be the new management team once it closes its pending $5.7 billion acquisition of tw telecom later this year. The new team will include a collection of executives from both Level 3 and tw telecom. Article

Cable News

> Comcast is looking to more aggressively accelerate deployment of its next-generation X1 video platform amid an early performance that has seen marked decreases in churn and significant upticks in VOD transactions and DVR usage compared to legacy platforms. Article

> Comcast's COO said a recent recording of a Comcast retention representative was "painful to listen to." Article

European Wireless News

> Vodafone on Wednesday completed the 100 per cent acquisition of Spanish cable operator Ono for €7.2 billion ($9.7 billion) in a move that bolsters the operator's strategy to offer bundles of fixed and mobile services within national markets. Article

> Cisco detailed plans to invest $30 million (€22 million) in a global innovation center for the "Internet of Everything" (IoE) that is scheduled to be opened in Barcelona in mid-2016. Article

And finally… Actor William Shatner is now reviewing Facebook's apps. Post

Suggested Articles

Ligado Networks is still getting push-back, including from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

Telefonica will source 5G gear from multiple vendors, but has selected Huawei as one supplier for its 5G core network.

One of the tools in 3GPP Release 15 related to the 5G standard is something called Integrated Access and Backhaul (IAB).