Amdocs inked another seven-year deal with Sprint, and it will continue to handle billing, customer care and IT infrastructure management under a managed-services model hosted at an Amdocs data center. While continuing its support of the Sprint and Boost Mobile wireless brands, Amdocs also adds the Virgin Mobile USA and Assurance Wireless brands…In other Sprint news, the carrier entered into a definitive agreement with U.S. Cellular to acquire PCS spectrum and customers in parts of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio (including the Chicago and St. Louis markets) for $480 million in cash and the assumption of certain liabilities. The additional spectrum will be used for Sprint’s coverage in these areas as it continues to deploy its Network Vision upgrade and roll out 4G LTE nationally. The deal gives Sprint 20 megahertz of PCS spectrum in the 1900 MHz band in various Midwest markets including Chicago, South Bend, Ind., and Champaign, Ill.; and 10 megahertz of PCS spectrum in the St. Louis market…NetCracker Technology inked a long-term extension of its agreement with Midcontinent Communications regarding the NetCracker convergent, next-generation BSS solutions. Midcontinent will continue using NetCracker’s BSS solutions for its billing and customer care, and it will add NetCracker’s secure SOA, including Web services.

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Cable Urges FCC to Keep 25/3 Benchmark

NCTA, ACA Connects and others are urging the FCC not to raise its 25/3 speed benchmark as the agency begins to craft its annual Section 706 report.

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