Verizon Wireless has purchased rural New Mexico carrier Plateau Wireless, a deal which will allow it to expand its 3G and LTE networks in five counties across the southeast portion of the state. The transaction provides Verizon with Plateau Wireless' cellular, PCS and AWS spectrum.
Leap Wireless International flipped the switch on its second LTE market in Las Vegas. The launch brings the Cricket Communications parent company closer to its goal of covering 21 million people with the new network by the end of this year, but its LTE coverage is still scarce compared to other operators.
Isis has confirmed it will launch trials of its NFC-based mobile payments service in Austin, Texas, and Salt Lake City after delaying the summer debut of the app. The company had planned on going live during the summer but abandoned the summer launch.
KGP Logistics, one of the country's largest single-source providers of equipment and integrated services to the communications industry, is making a play to acquire TriNet Communications. KGP’s intent is to integrate TriNet Communications into its existing supply chain operations.
The complexities of digital home networks can overwhelm end users and prove costly to cable operators with truck rolls and calls to customer service reps, but the cable industry can counter those issues by harnessing the power of in-home applications.
After Congress passed the Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992, the FCC implemented the ban, with the intent of assuring that the many cable subscribers who were getting cable without a set-top box could continue to do so.
Time Warner Cable revamped its senior management team by giving additional responsibilities to Peter Stern. Stern, who is the cable operator’s executive vice president and chief strategy officer, has taken on the roles of chief people officer and leader of corporate development.
The Chinese government is backing the use of the 2.6 GHz band for TD-LTE, the same band Clearwire plans to use for its TD-LTE network in the United States. The announcement is a victory for Clearwire, which has been working with China Mobile to build global support for TD-LTE in the band through the Global TD-LTE Initiative.
Brussels cable operator Numéricable has picked Calix’s GPON technology to upgrade its service delivery platform in Belgium and Luxembourg. Numéricable is also using Calix’s Ethernet Service Access Platform (ESAP) and will work with optical specialist Acradiz Telecom to launch the new business services across the region.
Broadcom announced a joint initiative with auto manufacturer Hyundai to create a new in-car infotainment system that will be built around Broadcom's Ethernet technology. The companies say the solution will make advanced safety and entertainment options cheaper and available in more cars.
Cablevision is exploring its options in regard to selling its Bresnan Broadband Holdings division after purchasing the systems just two years ago. Cablevision is in preliminary discussions to sell off the Bresnan systems out West, but to date, no investment banks have been engaged to advise on a potential deal.
Japanese operator Softbank is shelling out $20.1 billion to acquire a controlling 70 percent stake in Sprint, a transaction that will give Sprint much-needed cash to compete with AT&T and Verizon Wireless. The buyout buoys Sprint's heavily indebted balance sheet with $8 billion in new capital.
Softbank's massive investment in Sprint has renewed analyst speculation about the transaction's implications for Clearwire. Sprint is Clearwire's largest shareholder, and the two companies are closely connected on mobile broadband services.
Federal regulators are moving closer to suing Google over allegations that the company has abused its dominance of Internet search to stifle competition and drive up online advertising prices. Staff members at the FTC are preparing to recommend that the agency file an antitrust lawsuit against the search giant.