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  • Madden: What we know and what we don't in 5G forecasts

    27 January 2015, 9:43 am

    A forecast was recently published, predicting "100 million 5G subscribers by 2025." Give me a break. Come on people, 5G is not defined yet. We don't know what the use cases are. We don't know what kind of terminals will be used. We don't know if "subscribers"…
  • Ericsson posts weak sales in Q4 as North American carriers cut back

    27 January 2015, 8:41 am

    Ericsson posted tepid sales in the fourth quarter and although the company's gross margin was higher than expected the Swedish vendor is facing continued weakness in North America, its largest market by revenue.
  • Ericsson's earnings impacted by slowdown in North American sales in 2014

    27 January 2015, 4:43 am

    Ericsson's net income dropped by SEK1 billion (€106 million/$120 million) in 2014 despite the company successfully offsetting a drop in sales in North America with higher infrastructure equipment revenues from Europe, Middle East and Asia.
  • 5 reasons why a Google MVNO would fail

    26 January 2015, 2:37 pm

    Google has not confirmed it is launching an MVNO, though reports seem to indicate it is planning to do so. We don't know what Google's go-to-market strategy would be or how much money it would invest. Yet we do have some outlines of how and why Google would…
  • MediaTek takes aim at U.S. smartphone market

    26 January 2015, 12:28 pm

    Qualcomm is the dominant smartphone chipset supplier around the world and in the U.S. market, but MediaTek hopes to change that, especially as average selling prices for phones continue to drop. MediaTek is the premier silicon provider in the entry-level and…
  • Google's MVNO would reportedly look for best Sprint, T-Mobile or Wi-Fi signal

    26 January 2015, 12:18 pm

    Google's rumored MVNO service with Sprint and T-Mobile US would hunt for the best available cellular or Wi-Fi signal to route voice, text message and data traffic, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
  • Report: Apple likely sold more iPhones in China than in the U.S. last quarter

    26 January 2015, 11:53 am

    Apple likely sold more iPhone units in China in its most recent quarter than it did in the United States, according to a Financial Times report. If the report proves accurate, this would be the first time iPhone sales in China have outpaced those in the U.S.…
  • T-Mobile launches 'Score' rewards program to give customers discounts on phones

    26 January 2015, 11:24 am

    T-Mobile US is looking to give its customers discounts when they upgrade to a new smartphone, hoping to ameliorate the cost of a new phone since the carrier does not offer subsidized devices.
  • Cablevision prepares to launch Wi-Fi-exclusive Freewheel service

    26 January 2015, 11:05 am

    Cablevision announced the soon-to-be-launched Freewheel, its Wi-Fi phone service with unlimited data, talk and text, marking the first all-Wi-Fi service from a cable provider. Offered initially with the Motorola Moto G smartphone, it will work exclusively over…
  • AT&T to nab Nextel Mexico for $1.88B from bankrupt NII Holdings

    26 January 2015, 9:20 am

    AT&T said it will acquire the Mexican wireless assets of bankrupt NII Holdings for $1.875 billion, less outstanding net debt. The deal marks AT&T's latest expansion south of the U.S border following its $2.5 billion purchase of Mexican carrier Iusacell, which…
  • Cablevision to launch Wi-Fi-only mobile service Freewheel, starting at $10/month

    26 January 2015, 8:55 am

    Cablevision is launching a Wi-Fi-only mobile service to offer customers an alternative to traditional cellular wireless plans, banking on its network of 1.1 million Wi-Fi hotspots to attract customers.
  • EC rejects Spanish bid to review Orange's €3.4B Jazztel offer

    26 January 2015, 6:45 am

    The European Commission (EC) will not refer the planned acquisition of Spain-based broadband provider Jazztel by Orange to the Spanish competition authority for assessment under Spanish competition law, saying it believes it is better placed to deal with the…
  • Vodacom picks Alcatel-Lucent for FTTH network in convergence drive

    26 January 2015, 6:27 am

    South Africa-based Vodacom selected Alcatel-Lucent as a key supplier for a new converged network that will ultimately support the provision of fixed and mobile services across South Africa
  • du claims Middle East first with trial of LTE Broadband Trunking

    26 January 2015, 5:43 am

    UAE-based mobile operator du claimed to have completed the first test of LTE Broadband Trunking in the Middle East, and said the trials of the technology will pave the way for "futuristic" connectivity services for enterprises and government departments.
  • Vodafone signs partner market agreement with DoCoMo Pacific

    26 January 2015, 4:40 am

    Vodafone signed a further partner market agreement to expand its reach into yet more distant corners of the globe, this time linking up with DoCoMo Pacific to target Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).
  • Analysts: EC MNO merger precedents bode well for Hutchison Whampoa's UK play

    26 January 2015, 4:38 am

    European Commission (EC) precedents allowing a reduction in the number of mobile network operators (MNOs) in Germany and Ireland could prove key to Hutchison Whampoa's bid to acquire Telefónica's O2 UK, Jefferies International analysts said.
  • Juniper Research: Biometric authentication app downloads to reach 770M by 2019

    26 January 2015, 4:13 am

    Fingerprint authentication will account for the overwhelming majority of biometric apps in the medium term.
  • New ETSI working group sets sights on millimeter wave technology

    25 January 2015, 12:35 pm

    While researchers in the U.S. are making strides in millimeter wave technologies, the European standards organization ETSI announced that its Industry Specifications Group on millimeter wave transmission held its first meeting and immediately started working…
  • FirstNet holds 'kick-off' consultation to bring federal agencies into the fold

    25 January 2015, 12:28 pm

    The First Responder Network Authority formally launched the federal consultation process with a kick-off meeting in Washington, D.C., last week, with more than a dozen federal departments and agencies in attendance.
  • Sigfox operator Aerea strikes M2M deal with Tele2 in the Netherlands

    25 January 2015, 12:25 pm

    Swedish-backed operator Tele2 and Dutch company Aerea entered into a machine-to-machine / Internet of Things partnership in the Netherlands, making Aerea the exclusive Sigfox network operator for the Netherlands.
  • Russia's GLONASS system a sticking point in deployment of new 911 location tech

    23 January 2015, 3:38 pm

    Some Washington security officials have voiced concerns over a plan to use Russia's satellite location system to augment an effort in the United States to improve U.S. wireless carriers' ability to find 911 callers. In response, U.S. wireless industry…
  • Ford opens connected car research center in Silicon Valley

    23 January 2015, 1:19 pm

    Ford Motor Co. is hoping foster innovation by opening a research center in Silicon Valley that is devoted to development for the connected car and autonomous car. The center, which will be based in Palo Alto, Calif., will focus on the convergence of the…
  • Space Data looks to monetize Narrowband PCS spectrum to fund LTE deployments

    23 January 2015, 1:13 pm

    Space Data is looking to monetize its Narrowband PCS (NPCS) spectrum licenses to get funds to launch LTE service in remote areas of Alaska or the Gulf of Mexico. Space Data said it retained the brokerage and investment banking firm Stifel to advise it on…
  • Report: Qualcomm working on updated Snapdragon 810 chip for Samsung's Galaxy S6

    23 January 2015, 12:23 pm

    Qualcomm is expected to provide Samsung Electronics with a new version of its Snapdragon 810 chipset in March for the next version of Samsung's flagship Galaxy S smartphone, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The report came after Bloomberg reported…
  • EU looks unlikely to support ban on zero-rating of content

    23 January 2015, 6:54 am

    The European Union (EU) appears unlikely to support a ban of the so-called "zero-rating" of content that enables mobile operators to provide free access to online services including streamed music, TV and social networking sites as part of promotional offers…
  • Nokia Networks, SK Telecom aim to demonstrate 5G technology in 2018

    23 January 2015, 6:12 am

    Nokia Networks agreed a research deal with South Korean operator SK Telecom that aims to deliver the first demonstrations of 5G technology using frequencies of 6.5 GHz and higher by 2018.
  • O2 UK talks up potential consumer benefits of Hutchison Whampoa buyout

    23 January 2015, 5:30 am

    Hutchison Whampoa's plan to acquire O2 UK would benefit consumers by combining two operators that are focused on delivering consumer value, a spokesperson for the UK operator said.
  • SK Telecom teams with Nokia on 5G demo slated for 2018

    21 January 2015, 9:48 pm

    The race to be the first to demonstrate and launch 5G is heating up. The latest entrant is SK Telecom which announced today that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Nokia to conduct joint research and development on 5G with the ultimate goal…
  • AT&T's Keathley shares a 5G vision that includes LTE-A, Wi-Fi, SON and more

    21 January 2015, 9:13 pm

    With just a few weeks on the job, Tom Keathley is already well-versed in all aspects of AT&T's network. Keathley, a long-time AT&T veteran, was named the company's senior vice president of network and product planning replacing Kris Rinne, who retired at the…
  • Google teams with SpaceX for possible optical-laser powered wireless Internet service

    21 January 2015, 1:48 pm

    Google has signed on to fund SpaceX, a startup from billionaire and Tesla CEO Elon Musk that could use optical-laser technology to offer high-speed, satellite-based Internet service across the globe. Now, Google and SpaceX stand as a direct counter to a…

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