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  • 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 president and CEO, Rajeev Suri, said the company's Networks business will begin delivering year-on-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 1M postpaid subs in Q2 as shift away from device subsidies continues

    23 July 2014, 4:39 pm

    AT&T Mobility added more than 1 million net postpaid subscribers in the second quarter, its best performance in the postpaid market in nearly five years. In contrast to rival Verizon Wireless, which reported second-quarter earnings Tuesday and had tablets…
  • 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…
  • CenturyLink's Gowen discusses Networx and the future of telecom

    23 July 2014, 12:17 pm

    After a nine-year tenure with CenturyLink and its predecessor company Qwest, Diana Gowen, senior vice president and general manager, public sector of CenturyLink, is retiring from the company. In an interview with FierceTelecom Senior Editor Sean Buckley,…
  • Amazon's Fire smartphone dinged by reviewers as gimmicky

    23 July 2014, 12:07 pm

    Amazon unveiled its first smartphone last month with much fanfare, promising to shake up a market that it argued has grown stale by introducing new technologies and ways of interacting with mobile devices. Based on early reviews of the Fire phone though,…
  • Broadcom to slash 2,500 jobs in winding down of cellular baseband biz

    23 July 2014, 11:27 am

    Broadcom said it will cut 2,500 jobs, about one-fifth of its total workforce, as part of a winding down of its cellular baseband chipset unit. The company made the announcement Tuesday in conjunction with its second-quarter earnings.
  • Verizon's comprehensive tablet strategy is leading the way

    23 July 2014, 11:24 am

    Verizon Wireless is quietly building a major business around tablets, one that could help the carrier maintain its leading position as rivals undercut its prices and overcome its LTE coverage advantage. Verizon's tablet strategy has become significantly…
  • 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.
  • Telefónica boasts 250 M2M partners

    23 July 2014, 4:09 am

    Telefónica said more than 250 companies including device manufacturers, solution providers and distributors in Europe and the U.S. have now joined its machine-to-machine (M2M) programme, meaning that the Spanish operator has reached its target for the end of…
  • Juniper Research: Greenhouse gas emissions from mobile devices to more than double by 2019

    23 July 2014, 3:23 am

    Charging mobile devices will generate more than 13 megatonnes of greenhouse gases per annum globally by 2019, against an anticipated 6.4 megatonnes this year.
  • The changing nature of 'universal' comms services

    22 July 2014, 3:11 pm

    UK regulator Ofcom has just tackled the issue of what is now deemed essential by consumers in a new report on the affordability of these essential communications services. Its findings showed a broad consensus on which services are seen as the most essential,…
  • EU roaming rate cuts yet to spur rise in data usage

    22 July 2014, 9:51 am

    European Union-mandated cuts to roaming rates did little to boost travellers' data usage with close to 60 per cent of travellers still switching data off when roaming, analysis of usage over the past 12 months shows.
  • 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…
  • Etisalat reports Q2 revenue boost from Maroc Telecom acquisition

    21 July 2014, 7:28 am

    Abu Dhabi-based Etisalat reported a 27 per cent increase in revenue to AED12.6 billion (€2.5 billion/$3.4 billion) in the second quarter of 2014 following the completion of its acquisition of Maroc Telecom from Vivendi in May.
  • 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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