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China: Australia's ban on Chinese firm 'unjust'

April 9, 2012 2:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China protests being shut out of Australia’s broadband projects.

AOL to sell more than 800 patents to Microsoft

April 9, 2012 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft strengthens its position against Internet rivals.

T-Mobile attacks Verizon spectrum claims

April 6, 2012 2:14 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

T-Mobile USA is going after Verizon Wireless' claims that it uses spectrum more efficiently than other operators, a new line of attack in its fight to block Verizon's $3.9 billion purchase of nationwide AWS spectrum.

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Falcone: Bankruptcy a maybe for LightSquared

April 5, 2012 1:13 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The hedge fund backing LightSquared may have the struggling company filing for bankruptcy, according to a report.

Paramount to add 500 films to YouTube rentals

April 4, 2012 3:11 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

YouTube and Paramount Pictures have reached a deal to make nearly 500 films available to rent online, even while their parent companies continue to feud over a $1 billion lawsuit.

LightSquared, Inmarsat renegotiate on payment deadline

April 4, 2012 3:09 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

LightSquared said it was "renegotiating" its contract for the use of Inmarsat's L-band spectrum as it works to slash expenses amid ongoing government opposition to the launch of its LTE network.

European Commission opens Motorola investigation

April 3, 2012 2:59 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

As Google awaits approval from China on its bid to purchase Motorola Mobility, the Internet giant will no doubt also be keeping an eye on two formal antitrust investigations against Motorola Mobility.

MetroPCS axes 3 unlimited plans

April 3, 2012 2:55 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

MetroPCS wiped out all but one of its unlimited data plans today, capping usage on its three cheapest plans and leaving only its most expensive rate in place for all-you-can-eat LTE service.

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Tribune pulls its signals from DirecTV

April 2, 2012 2:52 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

DirecTV thought it had forged a gentlemen’s agreement with Tribune just before their retrans contract expired, but. …

Verizon pledges mobile video if AWS deal closes

April 2, 2012 2:50 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon is reportedly planning a mobile video service if the government clears its multi-billion-dollar spectrum and marketing deal with four cable operators.

Tek’s Sentry stands taller

April 2, 2012 2:43 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

New software gives the video monitoring system new capabilities, including CALM Act conformance.

Towerstream cuts deal for Wi-Fi network

April 2, 2012 2:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company will host Wi-Fi for an unidentified national wireless carrier.

TiVo Premiere available across 70% of Suddenlink’s footprint

March 30, 2012 3:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Also, Virgin Media announced it is adding TiVo boxes to some new bundles.

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FLA report finds many problems at Foxconn

March 30, 2012 3:04 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The Fair Labor Association (FLA) released its report of the Chinese manufacturer’s facilities and working conditions, which found gross safety and health violations at the plants.

Sprint mulls LTE tie-ups with regional carriers

March 28, 2012 3:01 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint may consider partnering with regional wireless providers on LTE through network sharing and spectrum hosting arrangements, according to a top network executive.

NTIA report identifies prime spectrum, advocates sharing

March 28, 2012 2:59 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Commerce, through the NTIA, announced the results of a report that found 95 MHz of prime spectrum could be repurposed for wireless broadband use.

Cities without FiOS protest Verizon, cable deal

March 27, 2012 2:54 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Five cities in New York, Massachusetts and Maryland that don't have Verizon's FiOS service are slamming the company's tie-up with cable operators.

FTC report tackles privacy, suggests changes

March 27, 2012 2:50 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is calling on mobile companies to work toward improved privacy protections, including the development of shorter, more succinct privacy disclosures.

TiVo fires back at Motorola in patent spat

March 26, 2012 2:48 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

TiVo ups the stakes in a patent dispute with Verizon’s supplier of DVRs by dragging Time Warner Cable into the fray

Verizon, cable ops shed light on AWS, marketing deals

March 26, 2012 2:45 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless and the four cable operators it is buying spectrum from have presented the FCC with a nuanced explanation of a marketing and cross-selling arrangement that was penned at the same time the companies agreed on a $3.9 billion sale of AWS spectrum.

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.

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.

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