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During the carrier’s earnings call this week, AT&T execs let slip that FirstNet state plans are set to be revealed in June, with the opt-in process continuing through the fall into the fourth quarter. The carrier said it plans to spend the summer wooing states to opt-in and move as quickly as possible to get the first investments in their states.

FirstNet subsequently confirmed this timeline, specifying that draft plans are expected to be released in June, with final plans coming in the fall.

Samsung Electronics and KT are pushing ahead with a pilot launch of a new Narrow Band-Internet of Things (NB-IoT) service. According to the companies, KT will first launch an NB-IoT service for location tracking, and will subsequently expand its use cases to new applications.

The service launch is targeted at friendly-users in Seoul and its metropolitan areas, and will be conducted over a two-month period with the aim of extending new service models and coverage in the near future, the companies indicated.

MATRIXX Software announced the launch of MATRIXX Digital Commerce, a new unified platform that delivers the same carrier-grade performance and reliability Communications Service Providers (CSPs) require for mission-critical business applications across cloud, private cloud, and on premise environments.

New additions to the platform include an enhanced business API gateway and customer engagement framework. The business API gateway speeds integration into the CSP operating environment, including omni-channel integration, and exposes key business processes such as ‘PayNow’ to third parties in the digital ecosystem. The API gateway is based on common industry business processes and an extendable development framework.

The platform’s customer engagement framework enables CSPs to tailor customer experiences for complex digital commerce interactions, such as campaigns that are triggered based on behavior or location. It ensures the customer is always notified as they make purchases, accept promotions and targeted offers, and turn features and services off and on.

Sprint this week announced its Boost Mobile prepaid brand got its first HPUE-enabled smartphone in the form of the ZTE MAX XL. The carrier claims HPUE technology can extend coverage of its 2.5 GHz spectrum by as much as 30 percent to deliver boosted data speeds and better indoor coverage.

The device is the third HPUE phone to hit the market since Sprint unveiled the technology in December.

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