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  • Charter's $10.4B bid to buy Bright House could affect wireless players

    31 March 2015, 12:50 pm

    Making the rumors a reality, Charter Communications said it plans to buy rival MSO Bright House Networks for $10.4 billion. It's unclear how such the deal might affect the wireless industry, but both companies are players in various wireless initiatives.
  • Sprint to bring LTE carrier aggregation, multi-layer MIMO to Chicago in investment push

    31 March 2015, 12:41 pm

    Sprint will use Chicago as a showcase market for LTE Advanced technologies, according to the carrier, as it expands its investment in the city and the surrounding areas.
  • Huawei boosts 2014 profit by 33% thanks to sales of LTE gear and smartphones

    31 March 2015, 12:14 pm

    Huawei said its 2014 net profit jumped 33 percent thanks to improving sales and better management of foreign exchange rates. Although the Chinese-based company is still effectively barred from securing a network gear deal with a Tier 1 U.S. carrier because of…
  • WhatsApp finally brings voice calling to Android app, iOS to follow soon

    31 March 2015, 11:40 am

    Facebook unit WhatsApp is finally launching voice calling service for its Android users. An updated version of the application is now available via Google Play and the company has promised to bring the feature to Apple's iOS shortly.
  • Verizon's McAdam urges Congress to take hard line on spectrum bidding credits, curb FCC's net…

    31 March 2015, 11:21 am

    Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam wants Congress to take a tougher stance on rules governing bidding in spectrum auctions, and called out Dish Network in particular for its bidding strategy in the AWS-3 auction. In a letter to key lawmakers, McAdam…
  • Lowenstein's View: 7 things Google could do to make its MVNO really interesting

    31 March 2015, 11:06 am

    We don't need another MVNO offering a minor variation of the current model. There is a dizzying array of options out there already between four national 4G operators, plus nearly ten substantial MVNOs/sub-brands (Virgin, Boost, Cricket, MetroPCS, StraightTalk,…
  • Analysts: Deutsche Telekom won't support T-Mobile financially in 600 MHz incentive auction

    31 March 2015, 10:41 am

    T-Mobile US likely won't have the financial backing of its parent company Deutsche Telekom in next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum, according to financial analysts at investment bank Macquarie.
  • AT&T plans to start using 2.3 GHz WCS spectrum for LTE this summer

    30 March 2015, 11:47 am

    Remember AT&T Mobility's purchases of 2.3 GHz WCS spectrum? The carrier will finally start putting those airwaves to good use for LTE service starting this summer, according to AT&T's Tom Keathley.
  • Reports: Intel likely to buy chipmaker Altera for more than $10B, gaining base station silicon…

    30 March 2015, 11:31 am

    Intel is in advanced talks to buy chipset vendor Altera Corp., according to multiple reports, in a deal that could top more than $10 billion. Altera makes specialized chips that are widely used in cellular base stations, so the deal could be a way for Intel to…
  • T-Mobile updates its network coverage map to add in real-world customer data

    30 March 2015, 11:01 am

    T-Mobile US, which has worked to set itself apart from its competitors as the "uncarrier," said it has found another avenue for differentiation: its coverage map. T-Mobile unveiled its so-called "Next-Gen Network Map," which the carrier said will show…
  • AT&T expects to start deploying 2.3 GHz WCS spectrum for LTE this summer

    30 March 2015, 9:51 am

    ATLANTA-- AT&T Mobility plans to start deploying 2.3 GHz WCS spectrum for LTE starting this summer, according to an AT&T executive.
  • Huawei given seal of approval by Netherlands PM

    30 March 2015, 7:23 am

    The Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte praised Huawei's contribution to the development of the country's ICT infrastructure during a meeting with Ren Zhengfei, founder and CEO of the Chinese equipment vendor.
  • Bouygues Telecom launches IoT network based on LoRa technology

    30 March 2015, 7:14 am

    Bouygues Telecom has launched what it describes as France's first Internet of Things (IoT) network based on Long Range (LoRa) technology and designed to connect all manner of devices and "objects" to the Internet.
  • BlackBerry chief pledges to stem revenue declines; seeks boost from software business

    30 March 2015, 6:31 am

    BlackBerry's turnaround efforts showed signs of bearing fruit in the company's fiscal 2015--the year to end-February--with the company cutting its annual net loss and even generating a slight profit in its fiscal Q4.
  • Telekom Austria tests targeted MVNO strategy with Fenercell Austria

    30 March 2015, 6:29 am

    Telekom Austria's domestic unit A1 added a new mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) to its roster after signing up a subsidiary of Turkish football club Fenerbahce.
  • Vodafone adds card payments to its NFC wallet

    30 March 2015, 6:00 am

    Vodafone said customers in some of its European markets will be able to add bank cards to the Vodafone Wallet service and use smartphones to pay for goods and services at contactless terminals from the second quarter of 2015.
  • Juniper Research: Mobile augmented reality games to reach 420M downloads a year by 2019

    30 March 2015, 4:40 am

    Augmented reality (AR) apps in the mobile games market will generate 420 million downloads annually by 2019, up from 30 million in 2014.
  • Spirent introduces Landslide Diameter to address signaling storms

    29 March 2015, 1:44 pm

    Spirent Communications introduced Spirent Landslide Diameter, a system that tests signaling protocols at scale so carriers can ensure efficient and optimized Diameter services.
  • FCC moves closer to adopting new 3.5 GHz spectrum sharing rules

    29 March 2015, 1:19 pm

    The FCC has promised to make more spectrum available for wireless services like Wi-Fi, and it appears well on its way to doing so in the 3.5 GHz band, along with adopting new sensing technologies to avoid interference for incumbent government radar users.
  • AT&T unveils Small Site for businesses to offer free public Wi-Fi

    28 March 2015, 6:05 pm

    AT&T says it wants to make it easy for businesses to keep their customers connected with AT&T Wi-Fi--Small Site. Businesses with small locations can self-install the service to give their customers free public Wi-Fi from AT&T, while keeping their internal…
  • Deutsche Telekom launches 5G innovation laboratory 'haus'

    28 March 2015, 4:59 pm

    German operator Deutsche Telekom is launching an innovation laboratory, which it calls "5G:haus," in order to team up with research organizations, startups and tried-and-true vendors as it works on the development and standardization of 5G technology.
  • Jolla seeks African Sailfish partners following Namibia market entry

    27 March 2015, 8:27 am

    Jolla, a start-up Finnish smartphone maker, expanded into Africa through a deal to supply Namibian operator TN Mobile through third party distributor LexConsult.
  • Vodafone unveils partnership for Botswana market

    27 March 2015, 7:20 am

    Vodafone and Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTCL) have entered into a new partner market agreement for Botswana, although the deal is not part of the framework agreement signed between Vodafone and Afrimax Group in November 2014.
  • Huawei cleared of posing risk to UK's national security

    27 March 2015, 6:57 am

    Huawei sought to end questions over the security of its telecoms infrastructure equipment, revealing an independent UK cyber security team established by the company in 2010 has cleared it of posing any danger to the country's national security.
  • Telefónica starts 'new journey' in Brazil after approval of GVT deal

    27 March 2015, 6:53 am

    Telefónica said it is beginning a 'new journey in the Brazilian market" after receiving approval from Brazil's antitrust authority, Cade, to acquire fixed-line operator Global Village Telecom (GVT) from Vivendi.
  • Facebook refines drones, plans for solar power on wings

    26 March 2015, 6:58 pm

    At its F8 conference in San Francisco and on Facebook, the social network responsible for much of the traffic on mobile devices let the world know it is also looking out for the future, with a successful first test flight of a solar-powered drone in the UK.
  • AT&T, T-Mobile others protest FCC proposals for next-gen 911

    26 March 2015, 11:26 am

    It seems as though everybody has something to say about the FCC's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing new rules to address failures that led to 911 outages, even bringing together some wireless carriers that usually are at odds with one another.
  • FirstNet delays draft RFP, cites finance committee questions

    25 March 2015, 8:06 pm

    The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) this week said it would delay the release of a draft RFP due to questions that arose in its finance committee.
  • LTE, Wi-Fi camps need to cooperate, not collide, on LTE-U/LAA

    25 March 2015, 7:02 pm

    With both T-Mobile US and Verizon moving forward with plans to commercially launch LTE in unlicensed spectrum bands, it seems only apropos that the cellular and Wi-Fi industries take the opportunity to collaborate and work closer together.
  • Bluetooth SIG says more real world tests needed on TLPS

    25 March 2015, 6:01 pm

    The Bluetooth Special Interest Group backed up its previous assertions that terrestrial low power service interferes with Bluetooth with a series of more detailed reports filed with the FCC.

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