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Daily news and top headlines for broadband communications engineering and design professionals

FCC approves AT&T spectrum transfer to T-Mobile

April 26, 2012 2:08 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

The FCC has approved the transfer of AT&T AWS spectrum licenses to T-Mobile, a crucial part of the agreement in the failed merger of the two companies.

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Bill aims to put 1755-1780 MHz band on auction block

April 26, 2012 1:17 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

The "Efficient Use of Government Spectrum Act" would require the FCC to pair the 1755-1780 and 2155-2180 MHz spectrum blocks, which are already set for auction, for reallocation and auction for commercial wireless use.

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Alcatel-Lucent posts Q1 profit

April 26, 2012 1:15 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The sale of its Genesys conference calling business helped it turn a profit in the first quarter, but it warned that its underlying earnings were disappointing and that market uncertainties are high.

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Delay sought in Verizon AWS sale

April 25, 2012 2:42 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | Comments

Sprint, DirecTV and seven other groups are asking the FCC to stall its review of Verizon's $3.9 billion AWS purchase because of problems accessing documents about the transaction.

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Rovi extends IPG patent license agreement with NDS

April 25, 2012 2:40 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Rovi announced that it has extended its license agreement with NDS Group to allow NDS to continue to use its interactive program guide (IPG) patent portfolio for an additional five years.

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Sprint sells 1.5M iPhones in Q1

April 25, 2012 2:38 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

Sprint’s earnings left industry analyst Jeff Kagan underwhelmed, saying that Sprint has departed from the top tier of carriers.

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Rogers posts Q1 revenue of $2.95B

April 25, 2012 2:37 pm | by The Canadian Press | Comments

Rogers Communications is reporting a slip in revenue and profit for the first quarter in the face of fierce competition in its cable and wireless divisions.

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Ericsson’s profit doubles on smartphone unit selloff

April 25, 2012 2:35 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | Comments

Ericsson managed to double its first-quarter profits despite slumping sales after its divestiture of its smartphone business buoyed its bottom line.

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LG Electronics returns to profit on mobile, TVs

April 25, 2012 2:33 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

LG Electronics posted its first profit in three quarters, beating expectations thanks to a revival in its mobile business and demand for high-end TVs.

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Report: Mobile space will help DPI market hit $2B by 2016

April 25, 2012 2:31 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Spurred on by the build-out of LTE networks, the deep packet inspection market is projected to reach $2 billion in revenues in four years.

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Google launches storage service for personal files

April 25, 2012 2:29 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

Google is hoping to build the world's largest digital filing cabinet in the latest attempt to deepen people's dependence on its services.

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Epix adds original programming to its video mix

April 25, 2012 2:26 pm | by Mike Robuck | Comments

Multi-platform video vendor Epix will be serving up its own original programming, including documentaries, movies, comedies and sporting events.

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Apple stock soars 10% on Q2 performance

April 25, 2012 2:23 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Comments

Apple’s stock gained back much of the 12 percent loss it suffered in the previous weeks’ nose dive after the company reported $39.2 billion in revenue and sales of 35.1 million iPhones in its fiscal second quarter.

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Wireless standards groups agree on home networking goals

April 24, 2012 2:26 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

Companies that expect mobile and fixed devices to play a part in home network environments realize they need open APIs and other forms of connectivity.

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Britt, White appeal for retrans consent reform

April 24, 2012 2:18 pm | by Brian Santo | Comments

The CEOs of Time Warner Cable and DirecTV add their voices to those who say the retransmission rules are outdated and broken.

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