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AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile throw support behind new LTE-U, LAA coalition

Some wireless rivals that often don't see eye to eye on wireless policy issues are banding together behind Evolve, a new coalition launched in Washington, D.C., today to promote the benefits of unlicensed spectrum and new technologies like LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U) and License Assisted Access (LAA). AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile US are among the participants in a group, which also includes CTIA, the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA), Alcatel-Lucent and Qualcomm.

Amazon, Netflix land more exclusive streaming deals

The rights just keep on comin': Amazon Prime announced that it has landed exclusive streaming rights to hit series Mr. Robot, while Netflix-- despite increased focus on original content-- nabbed global streaming rights to three more hit series, locking in Colony, Zoo, and Jane the Virgin.

Malin Frenning leaves TeliaSonera, as operator announces further restructuring

TeliaSonera said SVP Malin Frenning will leave the company as it moves to combine its Commercial and Technology groups, and announced that Emil Nilsson will head up its newly formed Region Eurasia division.

Belgian operators join campaign to boost mobile Internet take-up

Proximus, Mobistar and Base Belgium are among 14 Belgian operators that have signed up to a campaign launched by the country's government and regulator to boost Belgium's mobile broadband penetration rate from its current level of 57.5 per cent.

Analysts say a Vodafone-Liberty deal is still possible after asset-swap talks end

Vodafone said discussions with Liberty Global on a possible asset swap have ended, but analysts say a deal between the two companies still remains a "distinct possibility.

Study: Poor management of Wi-Fi assets could cost operators $18B in lost revenue

Startup XCellAir is trying to drive home the point to carriers that they might want to take a closer look at how they're managing Wi-Fi. According to research released last week, operators collectively could be leaving up to $18 billion on the table by failing to properly manage unregulated spectrum.

Netflix's potential $6B original content drive could have ripple effect on licensing costs

As Netflix moves forward with its focus on more original series, a new study by Ampere Analysis predicts that the SVOD provider will up its spending to $6 billion before 2018 as it tracks toward a library offering 50 percent original content.

Frontier: CAF-II should not place ETC obligations on ILECs outside of service areas

Frontier says that the FCC should clarify that service providers that have accepted Connect America Fund phase II (CAF-II) funding do not have to provide voice service in extremely high-cost census blocks outside of their service area.

Sprint's Claure: We'd benefit from a merger with a cable MSO-- but no M&A is in the works

Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said the carrier could be stronger if merged with a cable company, but added the company is not engaged in any merger discussions.

Apple's iPhone 6s, 6s Plus go on sale as Verizon looks to match Sprint, T-Mobile offers

Sales of Apple's new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus kicked off today around the world as U.S. carriers sought to one-up each other with new offers and promotions designed to get customers to upgrade to the latest smartphones or switch carriers.