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FCC opens review of T-Mobile, MetroPCS merger

October 29, 2012 1:06 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC kicked off its formal review of T-Mobile USA's merger with MetroPCS when it accepted the companies' application to transfer control of spectrum licenses. The deal will strengthen T-Mobile's position as the country's fourth-largest wireless operator.

Bahamas cable company plans Florida expansion

October 29, 2012 1:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A cable and Internet provider in the Bahamas says it is planning to expand to the nearby U.S. state of Florida. Cable Bahamas says a $65 million deal would give the Nassau-based company access to millions of potential customers in Florida.

Spectrum sale, increase in data subs drive Comcast’s Q3 results

October 26, 2012 3:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The sale of spectrum to Verizon Wireless and a 10 percent gain in data subscribers contributed to Comcast more than doubling its third-quarter profit. In its third-quarter earnings report, Comcast’s net income was $2.11 billion, or 78 cents per share.

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VeriSign’s Q3 profit rises on higher revenue

October 26, 2012 3:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

VeriSign, which registers domain names on the Internet, said its third-quarter profit rose 32 percent, topping expectations. But it said that the U.S. Commerce Department might not finish reviewing the company's registry agreement before it expires.

Comcast’s McSlarrow heads to wide open spaces

October 25, 2012 3:39 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Kyle McSlarrow will immerse himself in the operational side of the cable operator business in his new post as regional vice president of Comcast’s Mountain Region, which includes overseeing operations in Utah and Arizona. Before, McSlarrow led Comcast’s office in Washington, D.C.

Cohere rakes in venture dollars

October 24, 2012 3:13 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

One of the co-founders of Terayon, Shlomo Rakib, has established a new start-up called Cohere and has recently secured $22.7 million in venture funding. Several people formerly associated with Terayon say that Cohere is working on a radical new approach for cable modem termination system (CMTS) technology.

Motorola Solutions, Motorola Mobility fortunes still divergent

October 24, 2012 2:59 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Before Motorola split itself apart, its infrastructure business had long outperformed its handset division, posting regular profits as its smartphone unit sunk further into the red. That trend is still in place nearly two years after the company's separation.

RF Micro Devices beats estimates; stock leaps

October 24, 2012 2:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The maker of chips for wireless communications devices, including cell phones and cable modems, posted a net loss of $16.5 million, or 6 cents per share, compared with a profit of $14.3 million, or 5 cents per share, a year earlier. Revenue fell 14 percent to $209.7 million.

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Huawei executive urges Australia to avoid U.S. lead

October 24, 2012 2:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of the Australian subsidiary of Huawei Technologies, Huawei Australia Chairman John Lord, has urged Australia not to be swayed by a report from the U.S. Congress that referred to the Chinese telecommunications giant as a potential security risk.

Sprint, Dish continue spat over PCS, MSS rules

October 23, 2012 2:43 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint and Dish Network continue to lobby the FCC on regulations for 40 MHz of satellite AWS-4 spectrum that Dish wants to use for an LTE-Advanced network. The FCC is evaluating changes to the AWS-4 block that would allow Dish to use the band for a wireless network.

NYC sees progress in quest to become tech capital

October 22, 2012 6:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The city plans to be a technology incubator, leveraging its status as the country’s premier financial center – all despite broadband coverage that can range from “sub-par” to “embarrassing.” Mayor Michael Bloomberg predicts the city could surpass Silicon Valley as a tech start-up capital.

Cable Europe adds regulatory heft with appointment of Kurth

October 22, 2012 6:27 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Former German telecom regulator Matthias Kurth is joining Cable Europe’s executive committee as its executive chairman. Matthias recently held the position of president of the agency responsible for telecommunications, postal, energy and railway markets in Germany, including frequency management and digital signature.

AT&T raises objections to Sprint, Softbank deal

October 19, 2012 2:48 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The three-sentence statement from AT&T vice president Brad Burns suggested regulators take a close look at the foreign ownership implications of the transaction, as Softbank is a Japanese company and could gain control of a large amount of spectrum through Sprint.

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Google reporting error reveals troubling Q3

October 19, 2012 2:47 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Shares of Google dropped nearly 8 percent to close at $695 on an errant early release of its earnings. Google blamed printer R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co. for submitting its third-quarter filings with the SEC in the middle of the trading day instead of during an after-hours earnings call, as scheduled.

U.K. court sides with Samsung in Apple suit

October 19, 2012 2:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The panel's upholding of the findings by a lower court endorses the U.K. judgment, which made headlines around the world when it was handed down in July. Judge Colin Birss had then gushed over Apple's design, while knocking back the company's case against its rival.

FCC approves new WCS rules

October 18, 2012 4:04 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T and satellite radio provider Sirius XM submitted the revised rules that the two companies say would limit interference between Satellite Digital Audio Radio Services (SDARS) and providers of wireless communications, both of which have been operating for the past 15 years in the 2.3 GHz band.

@ Cable-Tec Expo: Planning for capacity constraints

October 17, 2012 4:01 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The “Bandwidth Hunger Games” session was down to three last contestants: Cisco’s Ron Hranac, Motorola’s John Ulm and InnoTrans’ Mani Ramachandran, who covertly stalked each other, each waiting for the others to make the fatal mistakes that would leave a single survivor.

Comcast, Connect2Compete complete partnership agreement

October 17, 2012 3:56 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Connect2Compete (C2C) announced that it has completed its partnership agreement, which was first announced last month, with Comcast to help the company provide additional choices for affordable computer equipment for Internet Essentials.

Aereo’s service expands to PCs

October 17, 2012 3:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Barry Diller-backed company Aereo is broadening the availability of its service, even as broadcasters challenge the legality of the start-up's live television transmissions over the Internet. Aereo is still limited to residents of New York City.

FCC relents, lifts basic tier encryption ban

October 16, 2012 1:08 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

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.

Chinese government backs Clearwire TD-LTE band

October 16, 2012 12:22 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

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.

Numéricable picks Calix, Arcadiz for broadband business service

October 16, 2012 12:19 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

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.

EU regulators ask Google to change privacy policy

October 16, 2012 12:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

European regulators have asked Google to clarify its new privacy policy and make it easier for users to opt out of it because of concerns that the Web giant may be collecting too much data and holding it for too long. France's data protection agency led a European investigation into Google's new unified privacy policy.

Softbank pays $20B to gain control of Sprint

October 15, 2012 2:46 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

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.

Reports: U.S. regulators move closer to suing Google

October 15, 2012 2:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

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.

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