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  • AT&T's Rinne to retire, Keathley to take over network planning

    2 September 2014, 4:22 pm

    AT&T's Kris Rinne, senior vice president of network technology for AT&T Labs, will retire at the end of November. AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel said that Rinne will be succeeded by Tom Keathley, who has been appointed senior vice president of network and product…
  • Sprint's Boost Mobile cuts prices, doubles data on prepaid plans

    2 September 2014, 4:00 pm

    Sprint's prepaid brand Boost Mobile is launching a new promotion in which it is cutting the price and doubling the data allotments of its plans. The new prices come after Sprint introduced new shared data family plans and cheaper individual unlimited data…
  • Epson, Vuzix and others look to compete with Google Glass in smart eyewear arena

    2 September 2014, 12:06 pm

    Google's Glass smart eyewear has been the product that has received the most attention in that still-emerging category. Yet there are more than 16 kinds of smart glasses, many of which include SDKs for developers. Special report
  • Report: Apple snags mobile payments agreements with Visa, MasterCard and American Express

    2 September 2014, 11:52 am

    Apple has struck deals with Visa, MasterCard and American Express for its mobile payments program it will unveil alongside the next iPhone, according to a Bloomberg report.
  • Rumor Mill: Google to unveil first Android One phones in India on Sept. 15

    2 September 2014, 11:27 am

    Google sent out invitations for a media event in India on Sept. 15, according to gadget website NDTV, where it is expected to formally announce the first low-cost smartphones as part of its Android One initiative.
  • Super Mobility Week's success will depend upon member support

    2 September 2014, 11:19 am

    Next week is the debut of Super Mobility Week, CTIA's merger of its two annual trade shows into one "super" wireless industry event. Super Mobility Week's success is dependent upon support from CTIA members and the entire North American wireless industry. Will…
  • Analysts expect boffo Q4 from AT&T with 12.5M postpaid devices sold

    2 September 2014, 10:57 am

    The expected launch of Apple's iPhone 6 is likely going to be a boon for many carriers, but will especially juice AT&T Mobility's numbers, according to a new research report from financial analysts at Jefferies. Jefferies analysts Mike McCormack, Scott…
  • Iliad remains open to improving its bid for T-Mobile US

    2 September 2014, 10:33 am

    French mobile and Internet firm Iliad is still open to working with other companies to improve its offer for T-Mobile US, but it is not saying which partners it is exploring its options with, according to comments from Iliad CFO Thomas Reynaud.
  • Schoolar: 7 serious (and not so serious) things to expect from Super Mobility Week

    2 September 2014, 9:44 am

    CTIA, North America's answer to Mobile World Congress, is just around the corner with a brand new name--Super Mobility Week. The new "super" moniker is to let all of us who thought the old CTIA trade show was on its way out that it is now back and stronger and…
  • Ericsson-LG, SK Telecom cooperating on SDN, NFV research

    1 September 2014, 8:35 pm

    Ericsson-LG and South Korean operator SK Telecom agreed to cooperate on research and development efforts involving software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV) and the cloud, all of which will likely play crucial roles in future 5G…
  • Nokia plans 5G test network, will share APIs via new partnership unit

    1 September 2014, 6:10 pm

    Nokia is planning to build a 5G data transfer test network in Oulu, Finland, early next year, according to a Finnish news report. In addition, the company announced a sweeping partnership program that will, among other things, have Nokia's networks unit…
  • EC proposes 700 MHz refarm for wireless broadband within 6 years

    1 September 2014, 7:03 am

    The European Commission would turn radio spectrum in the 700 MHz frequency band over to wireless broadband providers within six years under new Digital Agenda proposals published Sep.1.
  • Telefónica gets final EU approval for E-Plus deal

    1 September 2014, 6:53 am

    Telefónica Deutschland has received final clearance from the European Commission for its €8.6 billion ($11.3 billion) acquisition of German rival E-Plus from KPN, after it was deemed that a mobile wholesale agreement previously announced with German company…
  • Iliad in talks with private equity firms on T-Mobile US offer

    1 September 2014, 6:13 am

    Iliad is continuing to explore different ways of improving its bid for T-Mobile US, with latest reports saying the France-based company is now in talks with private equity companies on a possible collaboration.
  • CCS Insight: Smartphones and watches to dominate IFA consumer electronics show

    1 September 2014, 6:11 am

    Low-cost LTE smartphones, smart wearables and connected home innovations are set to dominate the forthcoming IFA consumer show in Germany, according to latest research from CCS Insight.
  • IDC: Tablet projections lowered for 2014 as demand softens

    1 September 2014, 3:44 am

    IDC has lowered its forecast for worldwide tablet and 2-in-1 (computers that can function as tablets) shipments to 233.1 million units. This represents 6.5 per cent year-over-year growth rate, which is well below the 12.1 per cent growth rate previously…
  • Vodafone's Safaricom snaps up Essar's network assets in Kenya

    1 September 2014, 3:28 am

    Safaricom, the Kenya-based unit of Vodafone, is to gain the network assets of Essar Telecom Kenya as part of a $120 million (€91 million) deal that will also see Airtel Kenya take over the operator's subscribers.
  • Small Cell Forum's new chairman is bullish on virtualization

    31 August 2014, 10:10 pm

    The Small Cell Forum's ongoing research agenda targets a host of possible deployment scenarios, including the use of movable small cells as well as dedicated and standalone small cell-based networks. Further, a "tremendously exciting" initiative within the…
  • Ineda planning mass production of low-power chips for wearables in 2015

    31 August 2014, 4:25 pm

    Ineda Systems, a startup funded by the likes of Qualcomm, Samsung and others, is testing samples of two chip designs that could extend battery lives for wearable devices. Mass production of the chips is expected next year.
  • China's TD-LTE rollouts give Asia Pacific the lead in LTE infrastructure revenues, says Infonetics

    31 August 2014, 3:08 am

    The rapid and massive rollout of TD-LTE by China Mobile, the world's largest mobile operator, propelled Asia Pacific to $3 billion in LTE infrastructure revenue during 2014's second quarter. That helped make the region into the largest LTE revenue generator,…
  • Consumers have high expectations for mobile broadband performance, Vasona survey reveals

    31 August 2014, 2:02 am

    More than 70 percent of consumers--72 percent to be more precise--expect their mobile networks to provide good mobile data performance all of the time, according to the most recent survey of U.S. smartphone owners conducted by traffic management vendor Vasona…
  • 5G project MiWaveS targeting millimeter-wave backhaul for small cells

    31 August 2014, 1:08 am

    Vendors Nokia and Intel as well as operators Orange and Telecom Italia are some of the backers behind MiWaveS, a collaborative project launched in Europe to develop millimeter-wave radio technologies for use in ultra-fast 5G radio networks.
  • Report: Apple unlikely to start shipping iWatch until early 2015

    29 August 2014, 12:24 pm

    Apple is expected to announce its first wearable device at its Sept. 9 media event, but according to a new Re/code report it won't be shipping the gadget until a few months after that, likely in early 2015.
  • Samsung prepares to debut its first connected smart watch at IFA trade show

    29 August 2014, 6:31 am

    Samsung is readying a new smart watch that it claims will redefine the meaning of the term 'wearable device' by offering wireless connectivity without being tethered to a smartphone.
  • LTE Broadcast still at a limited stage in Europe

    29 August 2014, 5:42 am

    At least 16 operators worldwide have confirmed they are either trialling or deploying LTE Broadcast, although operators in only five European markets have publically revealed trials to date.
  • Eircom agrees long-term network sharing deal with Three Ireland

    29 August 2014, 5:29 am

    Eircom agreed a key network sharing deal with Three Ireland that will see the two operators share existing mobile infrastructure and split the cost of deploying new cell sites through 2030.
  • Bouygues Telecom reports 29% drop in earnings in H1 2014

    29 August 2014, 4:18 am

    Bouygues Telecom reported a 29 per cent drop in core earnings in the first half of 2014, as the French operator continued to suffer from ongoing pricing adjustments on France's mobile telecoms market.
  • Anite, Global Wireless Solutions roll out upgraded testing tools

    28 August 2014, 1:15 am

    Anite announced the new version of a network testing tool that now lets carriers test the capacity of LTE Advanced wireless networks, while Global Wireless Solutions unveiled an upgraded mobile benchmarking application for Google Android OS devices.
  • Verizon Wireless using Danal m-commerce platform to battle fraud

    28 August 2014, 1:02 am

    Verizon Wireless will employ Danal's mobile identity and authentication services to provide mCommerce merchants with device identification, fraud prevention and consent-based mobile account details. The vendor said its mobile identity platform links in real…
  • Opera's Skyfire optimizing streaming audio to prevent buffering and stalling

    27 August 2014, 10:06 pm

    Skyfire's Rocket Optimizer now offers streaming audio optimization designed to work with most of the world's most popular streaming music services. The company, a unit of Opera Software, noted the move comes as more mobile operators are partnering with digital…

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