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  • Nortel Networks will pay U.S. creditors up to $1B in interest

    25 July 2014, 12:34 pm

    Nortel Networks Inc., the U.S. unit of bankrupt Canadian vendor Nortel Networks Corp., has agreed to pay U.S. creditors as much as $1 billion to cover interest that investors claim has built up since the company filed for bankruptcy in 2009.
  • Crown Castle sees small cell opportunity as big as cell towers in early 2000s

    25 July 2014, 12:24 pm

    Crown Castle CEO Ben Moreland said the tower company thinks that small cells represent a similar growth opportunity to what the industry saw with regular cell towers in the early 2000s.
  • Verizon lets LG G3 customers remove 'bloatware' apps

    25 July 2014, 11:56 am

    Verizon Wireless is testing a service that lets customer uninstall unwanted applications that are pre-installed on devices. However, for now the service only works on one phone: LG Electronics' G3.
  • T-Mobile: 92% of MetroPCS CDMA subs moved onto GSM network amid shutdown in 3 markets

    25 July 2014, 11:38 am

    T-Mobile US said 92 percent of MetroPCS' customers on its legacy CDMA network in Boston, Hartford, Conn., and Las Vegas moved onto T-Mobile's GSM/HSPA+/LTE network after T-Mobile shut off MetroPCS CDMA service in those markets. The carrier next plans to shut…
  • Verizon expands 'network optimization' policy to LTE customers with unlimited data plans

    25 July 2014, 11:14 am

    Starting in the fourth quarter, Verizon Wireless customers who still have legacy unlimited data plans who cross into the top 5 percent of data users on Verizon's LTE network could see their speeds slowed when they are on high-traffic cell sites.
  • Telecom Italia CEO rules in Brazil merger, stresses independence from Telefónica

    25 July 2014, 6:31 am

    Telecom Italia CEO Marco Patuano said a merger of its Brazilian unit with a local operator is not on the agenda for now, but said he does not rule out the possibility of such a move in future. Patuano also made use of a meeting in Brazil to stress that Telecom…
  • ABI Research: Outdoor small cells pose increased security risk

    25 July 2014, 6:14 am

    Small cell shipments will exceed macrocells in 2016, and total shipments will reach nearly 15 million units through 2019 according to ABI Research.
  • Altice raises stake in Numericable to 74.6 per cent

    25 July 2014, 5:58 am

    France-based Altice said it is buying a 34.6 per cent stake in Numericable Group from Carlyle Cable Investments and Cinven, confirming plans that were originally announced on April 7 when Vivendi agreed to sell its French unit SFR to Altice.
  • Vodafone CEO says European performance starting to stabilise

    25 July 2014, 5:48 am

    Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao said the company's European businesses showed signs of stabilising in the calendar second quarter of 2014--the company's fiscal first quarter--despite the region dragging down total group revenue during the period.
  • EE says LTE subscriber base doubled in first half of 2014

    25 July 2014, 4:43 am

    UK-based mobile operator EE doubled its LTE subscriber base to 4.2 million in the first half of 2014, and said it remains on track to meet its target of 6 million LTE subscribers by the end of the year.
  • Advisory firm blasts Sprint CEO Hesse's $49M pay package

    24 July 2014, 4:11 pm

    Proxy adviser Institutional Shareholder Services signaled its opposition to Sprint CEO Dan Hesse's $49 million pay package for 2013. The challenge comes just weeks before Sprint's annual shareholder meeting, scheduled for Aug. 6.
  • Report: Apple could sidestep Isis with launch of mobile wallet with iPhone 6 this fall

    24 July 2014, 12:25 pm

    Apple is getting close to launching a mobile wallet for the iPhone and it may come out as soon as this fall with the introduction of the iPhone 6, according to a report from The Information. The report, citing unnamed sources, said that Apple has told some of…
  • Qualcomm: Chinese antitrust probe likely will result in 'some loss'

    24 July 2014, 12:11 pm

    China's antitrust regulator has concluded that Qualcomm commands a monopoly in the Chinese chipset market, according to a report from the state-run Securities Times newspaper that cited unnamed sources close to China's antitrust regulator. However, it's…
  • FCC sets rules for $10.5B AWS-3 auction; T-Mobile, Dish denied request to split spectrum

    24 July 2014, 11:29 am

    The FCC set a total reserve price of $10.587 billion for the airwaves it will auction in the AWS-3 spectrum auction set for this fall. The commission also set out complex rules and bidding procedures for the auction, and carriers will bid on both paired and…
  • LG bounces back in Q2 with record 14.5M smartphone shipments, driven by G3

    24 July 2014, 9:12 am

    LG Electronics reported a return to growth in its mobile unit in the second quarter after a string of financial losses. The company posted a new record in terms of smartphone shipments for the period thanks in large part to the launch of its latest flagship…
  • Nokia lifts 2014 outlook for its networks business

    24 July 2014, 9:10 am

    No longer weighed down by its stumbling devices business, Nokia cast an optimistic outlook for its 2014 performance, with second-quarter net profit of 2.51 billion euros ($3.38 billion) offering a healthy start. Having just completed his first quarter as…
  • Nokia CEO confident Networks unit will continue to improve

    24 July 2014, 6:03 am

    Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri said the company's Networks business will begin delivering year-over-year growth in the second half of 2014, despite operating profit at the division slipping 14 per cent annually in the second quarter.
  • Cavium, Quortus partner on rapidly deployable small cells for public safety

    23 July 2014, 9:24 pm

    Cavium and Quortus are combining their respective technologies to create portable small cell networks that can be rapidly deployed for site-specific applications in public safety, emergency services and military environments.
  • Smartphone charging generates megatons of 'dirty energy'

    23 July 2014, 8:27 pm

    Juniper Research issued a report alleging that smartphone battery charging will generate more than 13 megatons of CO2e (CO2 equivalent) of greenhouse gases annually around the world by 2019. That is more than double the amount estimated to be generated this…
  • Google bolstering Starbucks' Wi-Fi speeds by up to 18x over AT&T, says SpeedSpot

    23 July 2014, 6:36 pm

    People accessing the Wi-Fi service supplied by Google in certain Starbucks stores have been raving for months on social media about improved connectivity, and now SpeedSpot has confirmed that its users experienced up to 18 times faster download speeds at…
  • AOptix's wireless transport product gets a boost from NASA

    23 July 2014, 4:54 pm

    AOptix announced that its Intellimax wireless transport product, which combines free-space optics and millimeter-wave links, is being deployed for evaluation by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape…
  • AT&T adds Alcatel-Lucent, Fujitsu to list vendors backing its SDN, NFV efforts

    23 July 2014, 4:02 pm

    AT&T's User-Defined Network Cloud initiative continues to expand, with Alcatel-Lucent and Fujitsu Network Communications becoming the latest vendors to join the program, which is launching a number of so-called beachhead programs starting this year as part of…
  • Vodafone completes Ono buy, amends FTTH agreement with Orange Spain

    23 July 2014, 7:17 am

    Vodafone on Wednesday completed the 100 per cent acquisition of Spanish cable operator Ono for €7.2 billion ($9.7 billion) in a move that bolsters the operator's strategy to offer bundles of fixed and mobile services within national markets.
  • Cisco to invest $30M in 'Internet of Everything' centre in Barcelona

    23 July 2014, 6:09 am

    Cisco plans to invest $30 million (€22 million) in a global innovation centre for the "Internet of Everything" (IoE) to be opened in Barcelona in summer 2016.
  • Telenor profit drops in what analysts regard as 'solid' Q2

    23 July 2014, 5:37 am

    Telenor's Nordic businesses rebounded in the second quarter of 2014, but the return to winning ways failed to offset an NOK900 million (€108 million) decline in post-tax profit relative to the same period of 2013.
  • Microsoft lifts lid on sub-€100 Lumia smartphone

    23 July 2014, 5:01 am

    Microsoft on Wednesday unveiled the first Lumia-branded Windows Phone that will be sold at a price below €100 ($134), hot on the heels of news that sales of Lumia smartphones declined in the U.S.-based company's fiscal fourth quarter to the end of June.
  • Huawei, Qualcomm to show off live TV via eMBMS on a 'heavily loaded' network

    21 July 2014, 11:20 am

    Huawei and Qualcomm are working to push eMBMS technology by using it to broadcast live TV over a fully loaded wireless network in Europe. The companies said the test is intended to show broadcasters how much more efficient eMBMS is when compared with standard…
  • Google, Cisco, IBM may transform payphones into Wi-Fi hotspots in NYC

    20 July 2014, 9:41 pm

    Several big names in telecom are considering a plan that would breathe new life into 7,300 payphones in New York City by converting them into free Wi-Fi hotspots.
  • Lawmakers introduce bill to open up 5.9 GHz band for Wi-Fi use

    18 July 2014, 4:38 pm

    Four House lawmakers joined together to introduce legislation that would direct the FCC to conduct tests within the 5.9 GHz band to see if more can be opened up for unlicensed Wi-Fi without interfering with current users. However, the bill could run into…
  • Verizon, AT&T oppose Dish, T-Mobile's plans to split AWS-3 auction

    18 July 2014, 3:54 pm

    Verizon Wireless and AT&T have signaled their opposition to proposals from T-Mobile US and Dish Network to effectively split the upcoming auction of AWS-3 spectrum between paired and unpaired airwaves.

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