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  • Apple Pay rival MCX open to using NFC technology in the future

    30 October 2014, 1:02 pm

    The Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) is willing to use Near Field Communications technology like its rivals, its CEO said. MCX is a consortium of some of the country's largest retailers that is setting up a mobile payments program that will stand as a rival to…
  • Verizon will pay up to $64M to settle lawsuit claiming it over-billed for family calling plan

    30 October 2014, 12:33 pm

    Verizon Wireless is the latest carrier to face consequences for alleged deceptive billing practices. The carrier will pay as much as $64.2 million in cash and phone credits to settle a class-action lawsuit that claimed the carrier over-charged customers on its…
  • Alcatel-Lucent narrows loss in Q3 but U.S. sales continue to drop off

    30 October 2014, 12:10 pm

    Alcatel-Lucent reported a narrower net loss for the third quarter and an improved margin as cost cuts and a slower cash burn offset falling sales. However, in the company's crucial U.S. market, sales continued to fall in the period.
  • Lenovo completes $2.9B deal for Motorola, will pursue dual-brand strategy in emerging markets

    30 October 2014, 11:41 am

    Lenovo officially closed its $2.91 billion deal to buy Motorola Mobility from Google, a move that immediately turns Lenovo into the third largest smartphone player in the world by market share. Lenovo, which is popular in China and many markets where Motorola…
  • Fairpoint's union problems, Verizon's FiOS slowdown and other wireline nightmares

    30 October 2014, 11:24 am

    FierceWireless today published its roundup of wireless executive nightmares. And concurrent with this, FierceTelecom is taking a look at the nightmares that are haunting executives in the wireline industry. Among those nightmares is FairPoint's ongoing…
  • Counting down the top wireless, wireline nightmares

    30 October 2014, 10:54 am

    Halloween is upon us and it's time to take a look at the biggest nightmares to face the world of wireless and wireline telecom. Phil Goldstein, editor of FierceWireless, takes a look at various scary scenarios that are keeping wireless industry executives…
  • Time Warner Cable, Ruckus and others voice support for Release 2 of HotSpot 2.0

    30 October 2014, 10:39 am

    Support for HotSpot 2.0 Release 2 is gathering momentum as more vendors and service providers are expected to roll out the technology.
  • U.S. needs to put more resources into 5G--and let the world know about it

    30 October 2014, 9:54 am

    With the advent of 5G, the United States once again has an opportunity to prove it is the kind of trailblazer that can deliver leading-edge technology.
  • Samsung's mobile profit plunges 74% in Q3 as competition intensifies

    30 October 2014, 9:54 am

    Samsung Electronics' third-quarter profit plunged thanks in large part to a steep decline in its mobile unit's profit and sales, as rising competition from Chinese rivals like Huawei, Lenovo and Xiaomi has started to take a toll. Samsung said its mobile…
  • 2014 Wireless industry nightmares

    30 October 2014, 9:53 am

    Halloween is fast approaching. It's a time of year when the spooky and supernatural get more attention than usual; and, if you're given to frights at things that go bump in the night, it can also be a time when nightmares flourish. Thus, FierceWireless is…
  • Reports of Exalt's death 'greatly exaggerated,' CEO says

    29 October 2014, 8:51 pm

    Exalt Communications may be long gone, but its successor, Exalt Wireless, is in for the long haul. So says the company's CEO, who's still bullish on the company's long-term prospects.
  • FirstNet gets earful from interest groups: 122 responses to its RFI, 63 on its Public Notice

    29 October 2014, 8:41 pm

    If you're planning on building a nationwide LTE network for first responders, you'd better be prepared to hear from a cadre of interest groups. Such is the case for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), which recently closed the comment period on…
  • Marriott rolls out wireless charging stations with Qi technology

    29 October 2014, 8:33 pm

    Marriott Hotels is providing wireless charging stations in the lobbies of 29 of its hotels this month thanks to portable charging stations from Kube Systems that use Qi technology.
  • Senators request hearing on Internet of Things before year's end

    29 October 2014, 1:43 pm

    It was probably just a matter of time. Given the range and ramifications of the Internet of Things (IoT), it's no surprise that members of Congress are pushing for congressional attention on the issues. In fact, a group of senators wants  a hearing…
  • FTC sues AT&T over data throttling policies, says 3.5M customers have been throttled 25M times

    29 October 2014, 11:05 am

    The Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit against AT&T Mobility, alleging that the carrier misled as many as 3.5 million customers with legacy unlimited data plans by throttling their data speeds and changing the terms of their plans. AT&T said the lawsuit…
  • T-Mobile to offer name ID service from Whitepages

    29 October 2014, 10:01 am

    T-Mobile US is deploying a name ID service powered by Whitepages that will provide customers with the name of callers and texters even if they are not in the user's existing contact list. The service initially will be available to Sony Xperia Z3 phone users;…
  • LG posts best mobile results since 2009 as smartphone sales boom to 16.8M in Q3

    29 October 2014, 8:58 am

    LG Electronics posted its best results from its mobile unit in five years as sales and operating profit jumped thanks to record-high smartphone sales in the third quarter, driven largely by the G3, the company's latest flagship device.
  • Telenor Q3 profit slips despite revenue rise

    29 October 2014, 8:06 am

    Telenor's net profit slipped in the third quarter even though the company generated what it described as "all-time high" revenues, increased EBITDA and cut capex compared to the same period of 2013.
  • Ericsson teams up with Tibco for OSS/BSS boost

    29 October 2014, 7:53 am

    Ericsson has added software from Tibco to its roster of OSS/BSS services as the Sweden-based vendor pursues its strategy of partnering with other vendors to tackle the growing challenges faced by telecoms operators.
  • VimpelCom remains open to Wind Italy deal after failure of talks so far

    29 October 2014, 6:59 am

    VimpelCom said it will continue to explore deals that would add value to its Italian mobile unit Wind, but confirmed that discussions so far have failed to reach a successful conclusion.
  • KPN chief bullish on full year despite Q3 losses

    29 October 2014, 6:51 am

    KPN failed to profit from subscriber growth in the third quarter, with the company slipping to a net loss during the period as group revenue fell.
  • Numericable launches €4.7B rights issue to finance SFR deal

    29 October 2014, 5:29 am

    Numericable announced plans to raise its capital by around €4.7 billion ($5.9 billion) through a rights issue as the France-based cable operator seeks funding to help finance its €13.5 billion acquisition of SFR from Vivendi.
  • Juniper Research: Apple Pay and HCE to push NFC payment users to 516M by 2019

    29 October 2014, 4:25 am

    The number of users of contactless payment services based on near field communications (NFC) technology will reach around 516 million by 2019, up from 101 million this year.
  • Orange and Telekom Austria Q3 results show glimmers of hope

    28 October 2014, 2:49 pm

    The latest round of third-quarter results has revealed some bright spots in mobile markets that were previously pretty gloomy. In France, for example, Orange performed much better than expected in the three months from July to end-September.
  • Chicago, L.A. install Bluetooth beacons in transit areas

    27 October 2014, 10:22 am

    The Chicago Transit Authority is launching a pilot project that involves the use of beacon technology for transit authorities, consumers and brands, including the potential for coupon offers for travelers within range of a store, Mobile Marketer reports.
  • After Broadcom imbroglio, Open Interconnect Consortium, AllSeen Alliance wrestle with IP issues in…

    27 October 2014, 9:26 am

    The Open Interconnect Consortium and the AllSeen Alliance are both working to standardize the Internet of Things space and make devices interoperable--and in doing so they pit some of the industry's biggest giants against one other. And that battle appears to…
  • Ericsson picks up network deals with Telenor, Algeria Telecom

    27 October 2014, 8:09 am

    Ericsson made a good start to the week by announcing two network deals on Monday--one in Europe and one in Africa.
  • Italy eyes Wi-Fi to close broadband gap

    27 October 2014, 7:59 am

    Italy's government will be asked to consider establishing a nationwide €5 million ($6.3 million) public Wi-Fi network considered essential to close broadband coverage gaps relative to neighbouring European countries.
  • Telecom Italia to sell part of Argentina unit for $216M

    27 October 2014, 7:22 am

    Telecom Italia plans to sell only part of its stake in Telecom Argentina and the rest once it has received regulatory approval for the full sale to Fintech, after agreeing to a request by the New York-based fund to amend the original sale agreement for the…
  • Boingo serves up broadband for U.S. military

    26 October 2014, 6:29 pm

    Boingo Wireless, well-known as a provider of distributed antenna systems and Wi-Fi, is also in the business of serving the U.S. military with Internet and IPTV services.

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