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Big Telecom Sold Highly Sensitive Customer GPS Data Typically Used for 911 Calls - Motherboard Feb 2019
"Around 250 bounty hunters and related businesses had access to AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint customer location data, according to documents obtained by Motherboard. The documents also show that telecom companies sold data intended to be used by 911 operators and first responders to data aggregators, who sold it to bounty hunters. The data was in some cases so accurate that a user could be tracked to specific spots inside a building."

"Some of the data available to CerCareOne customers included a phone’s “assisted GPS” or A-GPS data, ... A-GPS is a technology that is used by first responders to locate 911 callers in emergency situations."
Motherboard  GPS  cellular  location  surveillance  AT&T  T-Mobile  Sprint 
february 2019 by pierredv
T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T Are Selling Customers' Real-Time Location Data, And It's Falling Into the Wrong Hands, Motherboard Jan 2019
"T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T are selling access to their customers’ location data, and that data is ending up in the hands of bounty hunters and others not authorized to possess it, letting them track most phones in the country."

"The bounty hunter did this all without deploying a hacking tool or having any previous knowledge of the phone’s whereabouts. Instead, the tracking tool relies on real-time location data sold to bounty hunters that ultimately originated from the telcos themselves, including T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint, a Motherboard investigation has found. These surveillance capabilities are sometimes sold through word-of-mouth networks."

"at least one company, called Microbilt, is selling phone geolocation services with little oversight to a spread of different private industries, ranging from car salesmen and property managers to bail bondsmen and bounty hunters"
surveillance  security  privacy  T-Mobile  Sprint  AT&T  cellular 
january 2019 by pierredv
Sprint tests flying Magic Box | FierceWireless, Sep 2017
"Magic Box, which is given free to Sprint customers who qualify, has proven to be a very useful product to get coverage where it’s needed, according to Günther Ottendorfer, COO of technology at Sprint. Then Sprint came up with another idea: use it for certain applications to provide coverage from the air."

"The aerial small cell is designed to be a rapidly deployable solution capable of extending Sprint’s 2.5 GHz data service initially up to 10 square miles. It can be used after natural disasters or for special events, like sports or concerts."
Sprint  drones  cellular  small-cells 
october 2017 by pierredv
Editor’s Corner—Sprint isn’t the only one with 2.5 GHz aspirations | FierceWireless
"Kuoppamaki added some additional color, which can be summed up as: The devil is in the details. There are challenges associated with the 2.5 GHz, not the least of which is the kinda goofy way (my words) it was originally allocated.

Yes, there’s a lot of spectrum at 2.5 GHz, something Sprint and Clearwire have talked about for years. But the 2.5 GHz also involves two different blocks of spectrum, the EBS portion and the BRS portion, leased versus owned. The owned spectrum is easy to deal with and control, Kuoppamaki noted."
2.5GHz  Sprint  T-Mobile  editorial  FierceWireless  BRS  EBS  MMDS 
june 2017 by pierredv
No Merger? How About Helping Us With Spectrum Read more: http://www.btigresearch.com/2014/08/14/no-merger-how-about-helping-us-with-spectrum/ - BTIG Research › Nov 2014
" Important Disclosure and Analyst’s Certification Email This Post Print No Merger? How About Helping Us With Spectrum Posted on Thu, Aug 14th, 2014 at 1:30 pm by Walter Piecyk — POSTS | DISCLAIMER RSSEmail Phone: 646-450-9258Chat with wpiecykbtig Categories: Wireless, Equity Research Tags: S, VZ , T , DISH , TMUS Sprint and T-Mobile are making another push for help from the FCC to obtain low-band spectrum. If successful, it could drive up prices for what little spectrum is still available in the secondary market, a positive for Dish which owns the largest chunk. If not successful, Sprint and T-Mobile will be further disadvantaged to cost-effectively build network coverage, a clear positive for their dominant competitors, AT&T and Verizon."
BTIG  T-Mobile  Sprint  auctions  FCC  spectrum-screen  incentive-auction 
november 2014 by pierredv
Sprint sells 900 MHz spectrum to firm led by Nextel co-founders - FierceWireless Sep 2014
"Pacific DataVision, led by former Nextel Communications co-founders Morgan O'Brien and Brian McAuley, acquired all of Sprint's (NYSE: S) 900 MHz licenses, giving it some 6 MHz of bandwidth nationwide for use in a push-to-talk radio network. The mobile workforce communications provider is also seeking FCC permission to launch a wireless broadband offering using its newly acquired spectrum."
FierceWireless  Sprint  Nextel  900MHz  PacificDataVision 
september 2014 by pierredv
Sprint may need up to 40,000 new cell sites for 2.5 GHz, tower exec says - FierceWirelessTech May 2014
"Sprint (NYSE: S) will need to roll out an additional 30,000-40,000 transmission sites if the carrier wants its 2.5 GHz TD-LTE network to reach coverage parity with its 1.9 GHz networks, according to the head of American Tower."
Sprint  FierceWireless  propagation  2.5GHz  1.9GHz  LTE  TD-LTE 
may 2014 by pierredv
THere is what $T and $VZ have invested in wireless networks... Walter Piecyk
"Here is what $T and $VZ have invested in their wireless networks since 2005 compared to $TMUS and $S. "
Walter  Piecyk  cellular  Verizon  AT&T  T-Mobile  Sprint  investing 
november 2013 by pierredv
Fon brings its shared Wi-Fi model to the U.S. - FierceWirelessTech
Madrid-based Fon, which encourages users to share their Wi-Fi router signal with others in exchange for free access to other Fon hotspots around the world, jumped into the U.S. market with a new router that accepts Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) credentials in lieu of a password. Fon's upgraded $59 Fonera router combines its usual Wi-Fi sharing features with new functionality that uses Facebook Connect in place of Wi-Fi passwords, which can be challenging both to remember and enter Fon also upgraded the Fonera router to act as a signal booster. That is because many people in the United States already have their own Wi-Fi routers, but they could use help extending signals to dead spots in their houses. Last month, AT&T and Fon signed a global Wi-Fi roaming agreement ... In addition, Fon has a partnership with T-Mobile US parent Deutsche Telekom in Germany as well as Sprint parent Softbank
hotspots  Fon  Sprint  Wi-Fi  T-Mobile  AT&T  FierceWireless 
october 2013 by pierredv
FCC to auction H-Block spectrum Jan. 14; lining up potential players | Mobile Technology | Wireless Broadband | Wireless Carriers | RCR U.S. Wireless NewsMobile Technology | Wireless Broadband | Wireless Carriers | RCR U.S. Wireless News Sep 2013
"he Federal Communications Commission has set Jan. 14 as the day it plans to begin auctioning off 10 megahertz of spectrum in the upper 1.9 GHz band, also known as the H-Block. Licenses involved in Auction 96 will be offered up on an “Economic Areas” basis, which means there will be 176 licenses up for bid. A similar break out of licenses was used for the A- and E-Block licenses during the 700 MHz auction in 2008. H-Block license winners will also be required to meet build out requirements of 40% population coverage within four years and 70% coverage within 10 years."
auction  RCRWireless  spectrum  PCS  H-block  FCC  Sprint  DISH 
september 2013 by pierredv
Its the ecosystem, stupid… TMF Associates MSS blog July 2013
LightSquared wants to extend exclusivity to give it more time to secure approvals from the FCC, because Jefferies is currently trying to get commitments for a $3B exit financing loan (which should be confirmed one way or the other this week). That loan...would pay off all of LightSquared debts and give Harbinger another year or more to find a buyer for LightSquared’s spectrum, while allowing the company to meet all of its obligations (including a resumption of lease payments to Inmarsat in April 2014). However, LightSquared would not be permitted to draw down the loan unless and until the FCC has granted LightSquared rights to use the 1675-80MHz spectrum band. LightSquared has assured potential investors that it expects approval from the FCC this fall, shortly after Tom Wheeler takes over the chairmanship of the FCC, and that there will be no auction of the 1675-80MHz band
Tim  Farrar  1670-80MHz  Phil  Falcone  interference  GPS  TMF  Associates  Harbinger  Sprint  DISH  LightSquared  Charlie  Ergen  blogs 
july 2013 by pierredv
FCC approves 30 megahertz for AWS-4; to auction 10 megahertz in H-BlockMobile Technology | Wireless Broadband | Wireless Carriers | RCR U.S. Wireless News
"The Federal Communications Commission made a small step in bringing additional wireless spectrum assets to market by freeing up 40 megahertz of spectrum in the 2 GHz band for terrestrial mobile services. That spectrum was originally set aside for satellite-based telecommunications services and is currently core to Dish Network’s long-announced plans to enter the mobile space."
RCRWireless  Sprint  Nextel  FCC  AWS-4  DISH 
june 2013 by pierredv

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