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AT&T to FCC: 'I told you so' about T-Mobile layoffs

March 26, 2012 2:42 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T is linking the layoffs of 1,900 T-Mobile USA call center workers to the FCC's decision to block the two companies' merger, a scathing critique that prompted a quick response from the agency.

Australia bans Huawei from Web network

March 26, 2012 2:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Citing hacking attacks attributed to China, Australia sours on Chinese network gear suppliers.

Comcast: We tried to sell AWS to 'virtually every' U.S. carrier

March 22, 2012 3:02 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

A top Comcast executive said during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee that it had tried to sell its AWS spectrum to "virtually every wireless carrier in the country" before forging a multi-billion-dollar deal with Verizon Wireless.

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FCC vote may advance Dish spectrum use

March 21, 2012 2:32 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC is expected to pass a proposal at its open meeting, which could advance Dish Network's plans to use its satellite spectrum for an LTE network.

Google, Motorola merger held up by China review

March 20, 2012 3:28 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

China's antitrust authorities are prolonging a second investigation into Google's $12.5 billion merger with Motorola Mobility.

Olympics to strain U.K. broadband infrastructure

March 20, 2012 3:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

As the Olympic sprinters race down the tracks, will London's Internet infrastructure be able to keep up? Let's hope so.

Witnesses set for Senate hearing on Verizon, cable AWS sale

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

Executives from Verizon and Comcast will square off against the Rural Cellular Association and Free Press at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Verizon Wireless' $3.9 billion acquisition of nationwide AWS spectrum from four cable operators.

Comcast Business Services’ Metro Ethernet passes test with school district

March 19, 2012 2:44 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast Business Services is providing its Metro Ethernet services to the Farmington, Conn., Public School District in order to help the district’s 4,000 students meet a statewide online test-taking initiative ahead of schedule.

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LightSquared: 'There's too much at stake to walk away'

March 19, 2012 2:35 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC's decision to stop it from launching its wireless network violated its constitutional rights, it said, vowing to find a way to move forward.

Comcast ready to jolt electronics industry on energy awareness

March 16, 2012 3:28 pm | by Special to CED | News | Comments

Cognizant of its new size and expanded influence, Comcast intends to push for better management of energy consumption in both network infrastructure and in the home.

It's over: Sprint ends LightSquared LTE deal

March 16, 2012 3:25 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint walked away from a multi-billion-dollar deal to host LightSquared's spectrum on its network and has returned $65 million in prepayments to the foundering company, whose wireless plans are on the rocks because of problems with GPS interference.

Rural Canadian cell phone users won't get faster networks soon

March 16, 2012 3:15 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Canada’s attempts to encourage the expansion of access are unlikely to bear fruit quickly.

FTC said to probe Google on tracking, antitrust

March 16, 2012 3:11 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Google is reportedly facing multiple investigations from the Federal Trade Commission over its business practices.

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Verizon relents, licenses Veveo’s search technology

March 15, 2012 3:06 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Verizon has agreed to license start-up Veveo’s technology for cloud-based search associated with its FiOS TV service.

Canada moves to open wireless market to new entrants

March 15, 2012 3:04 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Canada is opening its telecommunications market to foreign investors and capping the amount of spectrum that can be owned by operators as it works to inject more competition into its wireless market.

VZW closes purchase of spectrum in Poconos

March 15, 2012 3:01 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless closed its purchase of a regional wireless provider in northeast Pennsylvania from U.S. Cellular

TD-LTE: Ready for liftoff

March 15, 2012 2:57 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

With its most high-profile backer sent back to the bench, does that mean TD-LTE is out of the running? Not by a long shot.

Cricket, Clearwire sign 5-year LTE deal

March 14, 2012 2:38 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Cricket Communications has signed a five-year agreement with Clearwire for wholesale access to its not-yet-built TD-LTE network.

Clearwire LTE plans intact as partner China Mobile hits snag

March 13, 2012 3:13 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Clearwire said its TD-LTE plans remain unchanged despite a major setback at key technology partner China Mobile.

T-Mobile USA joins RCA

March 13, 2012 3:09 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

T-Mobile USA has joined the Rural Cellular Association (RCA), which bills itself as standing up for "competitive wireless providers" and is in frequent conflict with Verizon Wireless and AT&T

Dish closes DBSD, TerreStar buyouts

March 12, 2012 2:09 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Dish Network has closed its acquisitions of satellite companies DBSD North America and TerreStar Networks, but its plans to use the companies' spectrum for an LTE network are a long way from being realized.

FCC demands more info on Verizon, cable marketing deal

March 9, 2012 4:03 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless and four cable companies are being asked to provide more information to the FCC about a marketing and cross-selling agreement they signed at the same time they forged a multi-billion-dollar spectrum deal.

Sprint said to nix LightSquared network deal

March 7, 2012 2:03 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint is reportedly planning to end its network-sharing agreement with LightSquared, another setback for the struggling company.

N.Y. Gov. proposes $25M for rural broadband

March 6, 2012 2:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to use a job creation fund to extend broadband to rural New York communities, some of which lack even cellular coverage.

Apple to get Android data from Google, Motorola

March 6, 2012 2:57 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Google and Motorola Mobility have been ordered to hand over information to Apple about the development of the Android operating system.

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