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T-Mobile said on Friday that it will extend by three months its planned shutdown of Sprint's old CDMA network. It now plans to shutter the network at the end of March, rather than Jan. 1, 2022.

Why it matters: The move follows complaints by Dish Network that shutting down the network will hurt millions of its customers who own devices that still access the older network.

What they're saying: In a statement, T-Mobile says it needs to shut down the older network to create more bandwidth for 5G, but said extending support for three months won't materially affect its plans. T-Mobile added it has done its part to transition the former Sprint customers on its network.

  • "Recently it's become increasingly clear that some of those partners haven’t followed through on their responsibility to help their customers through this shift," T-Mobile said on Friday.
  • A Dish Network spokesperson did not immediately reply to a request for comment on T-Mobile's move to delay the shutdown.

Between the lines: Dish has complained to state and federal regulators that T-Mobile's shutdown is taking place sooner than it had expected.

Go deeper: T-Mobile says hackers stole information on over 40 million people

Update, 10:55 a.m. PT: Dish said Monday that it still has more than 1 million Boost customers on the older network and that three additional months is "not nearly sufficient" and says T-Mobile should keep the network running until 2023 as it previously told regulators it would.

  • “T-Mobile’s announcement is a recognition that its premature shutdown of the CDMA network will harm consumers who rely on this network for critical connectivity, including 911," Dish executive VP Jeff Blum said in a statement.

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Nov 12, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Scoop: Trump eyes digital media empire to take on Fox News

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President Trump has told friends he wants to start a digital media company to clobber Fox News and undermine the conservative-friendly network, sources tell Axios.

The state of play: Some Trump advisers think Fox News made a mistake with an early call (seconded by AP) of President-elect Biden's win in Arizona. That enraged Trump, and gave him something tangible to use in his attacks on the network.

Updated 2 hours ago - Health

The next big bottleneck in the global vaccination effort

Illustration: Rae Cook/Axios

The world still needs more coronavirus vaccines, but an additional bottleneck has emerged in many low-income countries: They need help getting shots in arms.

Why it matters: Increasing vaccination rates across the world is both a humanitarian necessity and the best way to prevent dangerous new variants from emerging, but it increasingly requires complex problem-solving.

Updated 3 hours ago - Health

COVID-19 Omicron variant cases identified in Europe, U.K.

People wearing masks walk in London on Nov. 25. Photo: Li Ying/Xinhua via Getty Images

Health officials in the United Kingdom, Italy and Germany announced on Saturday that they've detected the first known cases of the new COVID-19 Omicron variant.

Why it matters: The discoveries come as the world scrambles to respond to concerns over the new variant, discovered in South Africa earlier this week.