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Monday, October 22...

T-Mobile: Twilio Creates Developer Platform for Narrowband IoT Network
T-Mobile US revealed that its partner Twilio has created a developer platform for the carrier's Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) network. The Twilio Narrowband platform is designed to "substantially" reduce cost and expand battery life for intermittent and low-bandwidth connections that employ cellular, low-power WAN (wide area network) technology. This release - which was accompanied by a "Breakout" SDK (software development kit) for optimizing such networks - will be available for beta access in "early 2019." NB-IoT is designed for IoT devices that do not require extensive bandwidth; systems supporting it consume a fraction of the battery power used by cellular M2M (machine-to-machine) devices. The Narrowband Developer Platform will be available with the following price plans: Developer, for $2/month; single-year Production, for $10/year or $5/year "at scale"; and five-year Production, for $8/year or $4/year "at scale."

The Verge: Uber App Adds VoIP Calling Feature
Ride-share service Uber has introduced a new VoIP feature for its app. As reported by The Verge, this function is designed to allow "riders and drivers to communicate." The new VoIP option - which will compliment SMS texts, in-app chats, and public-switched telephone connections - uses the Internet rather than one's cellular connection to complete calls. The addition of VoIP calling to Uber is expected, The Verge noted, to particularly impact ride-share users who are traveling abroad, thus allowing them to avoid traditionally costly roaming charges on calls. Uber's new VoIP element is now globally available following a round of trials since June.

Rogers Discloses 17 Percent Gains on Profits for 2018 Third Quarter
Rogers Communications disclosed 17 percent gains on profits for the 2018 third quarter ended September 30, 2018. The service provider's earnings totaled CAD594 million (US$453 million), or CAD1.15 (US$0.88) per share, which compares to a 2017 Q3 income of CAD508 million (US$387 million), or CAD0.98 (US$0.75) per share. Revenues, meanwhile, were CAD3.8 billion (US$2.9 billion), an amount that is up by 3 percent from 2017 third quarter sales of CAD3.6 billion (US$2.8 billion). Gains on revenues were driven primarily by year-to-year Wireless service segment growth of 6 percent as a result of increasing demand for data and a "disciplined" approach to subscriber base management. Wireless equipment revenue also grew 11 percent. By segment, Wireless revenue was CAD2.3 billion (US$1.8 billion); Cable sales improved 1 percent to CAD983 million (US$750 million); and Media revenue fell 5 percent to CAD488 million (US$372 million). Rogers also logged 35,000 Internet customer net additions; 418,000 post-paid gross additions, compared to Q317's 434,000; and 240,000 prepaid gross additions, from the year-ago's 254,000.

... Brady Hicks, Faulkner Information Services

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