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BYOD trend prompts Sprint restructuring

January 9, 2012 2:52 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend isn't just affecting corporate IT departments – it appears to be having an impact on wireless operators, too.

Analysts: Gadget sales to top $1T in 2012

January 9, 2012 2:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Developing countries like China and India will drive global sales of consumer electronics above $1 trillion for the first time, even as cash-strapped shoppers in the U.S. and Western Europe ease off spending for high-tech gear.

Sprint LTE set for launch in 10 markets

January 6, 2012 2:48 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint plans to turn on its LTE service in 10 markets before the middle of this year, including Atlanta, Dallas, San Antonio and Houston.

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AT&T adds 11 new LTE markets

January 6, 2012 2:45 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T announced today that it has expanded its LTE service to 11 new markets, bringing the total to 26 markets covering 74 million points of presence (POP).

Kit Digital picks up Sezmi assets, clients for $27M

January 6, 2012 2:39 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Sezmi has been purchased by Kit Digital for about $27 million in stock and cash. Both companies specialize in cloud-based multi-screen delivery, notably with capabilities to distribute video on LTE wireless networks.

Mao to take the reins at Ubee Interactive

January 6, 2012 2:34 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Ubee Interactive said its executive chairman, Robert Y. L. Mao, will add the title of president upon the retirement of the company's CEO, Yuan-Hao Lin.

Leap mulls LTE tie-up with Sprint

January 6, 2012 2:28 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Leap Wireless International is "very willing" to consider extending its current wholesale deal with Sprint for 3G service to LTE, CEO Doug Hutcheson said.

Report: iPhone 4S tops even iPad in data consumption

January 6, 2012 2:26 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The iPhone 4S is the most data-hungry device in the land, according to a new study from Arieso, which showed that iPhone 4S users gobble up twice as much data as iPhone 4 users and three times as much as iPhone 3G users. Perhaps even more surprising was that the iPhone 4S actually uses more data than even the iPad.

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The 'CES curse'?

January 6, 2012 2:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The largest trade show in the Americas must be a great place to show off new products, right? Wrong. It's quickly becoming a launch pad for products that fall flat.

Charter adds Turner Networks to TV Everywhere fold

January 5, 2012 2:50 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Charter's TV Everywhere platform received a big boost with the recent addition of video content, both online and via mobile apps, from Turner Entertainment Networks.

Moto gateway supports new home control services

January 5, 2012 2:44 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Motorola Mobility will be showing a new gateway in its 4Home series at CES that is designed to integrate a wider range of broadband-based services, including home automation and energy management.

Clearwire's got capacity to share

January 5, 2012 2:41 pm | by Monica Alleven, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Clearwire's got capacity in the 2.5 GHz band, and it's here to share it – at the right price.

Celeno bows new video-grade Wi-Fi chip

January 5, 2012 2:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | Product Releases | Comments

Celeno Communications will be showing off its new video-grade Wi-Fi chip at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

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Sigma Designs, Quantenna team on design for networked STB

January 5, 2012 2:30 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Sigma Designs is offering a reference design for a set-top box that incorporates a Wi-Fi router based on Quantenna's 802.11n 4 x 4 MIMO technology.

Verizon Wireless posts record Q4 iPhone sales; profits suffer

January 5, 2012 2:28 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon CFO Fran Shammo said that the company sold a record 4.2 million iPhones in the fourth quarter, but its success came at a cost.

MetroPCS inks broadcast mobile TV deal

January 4, 2012 1:20 pm | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

The company will start selling an Android-based Samsung smartphone later this year equipped with an ATSC chip, the hardware needed to receive broadcast mobile television signals in the United States.

Broadcom gears up for CES with Sling, MoCA 2.0 SoC

January 4, 2012 1:18 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Broadcom has a full dance card of TV Everywhere and connected home offerings for the International Consumer Electronics Show, including six system-on-a-chip (SoC) MoCA 2.0 products and the integration of Sling Media into a SoC platform.

Roku expands beyond Internet video-streaming boxes

January 4, 2012 1:16 pm | by The Associated Press | Product Releases | Comments

Roku is thinking outside its set-top box in an attempt to bring more Internet video to flat-panel televisions.

Lawmakers want probe of Huawei sales to Iran

January 4, 2012 1:09 pm | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

Six lawmakers have asked the State Department to investigate whether Huawei and other infrastructure vendors violated U.S. sanctions against Iran by selling telecommunications equipment to the Middle East nation.

Verizon reverses on $2 fee for one-time payments

January 3, 2012 2:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

After a customer backlash, Verizon Wireless dropped a plan to start charging $2 for every payment subscribers make over the phone or online with their credit or debit cards.

FCC approves AT&T purchase of Qualcomm spectrum

January 3, 2012 1:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission approved wireless carrier AT&T's $1.93 billion purchase of unused wireless spectrum from Qualcomm.

Wilson announces 1st LTE signal booster

January 3, 2012 1:58 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | Product Releases | Comments

Wilson Electronics has announced it will show off its first LTE mobile signal booster, the Sleek 4G-V, at this year's Consumer Electronics Show.

LightSquared taps former Sprint exec as CFO

January 3, 2012 1:52 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

LightSquared added some muscle to its top brass when it appointed an executive who oversaw the $70 billion merger between Sprint and Nextel as its new CFO.

Open Mic - New Requirements for Linear Transcoding

January 1, 2012 1:03 am | by By Michael Adams, Head of Software Strategy for Solution Area TV at Ericsson | Articles | Comments

Over-the-top (OTT) video traffic continues to increase as more and more consumers start to use long-form video portals such as Hulu, Netflix and HBO Go.

How spectrum allocation became a political football

December 22, 2011 12:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The question of what to do with white space spectrum gets tangled up in the bitter partisan wrangling over tax policy in Washington.

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