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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.

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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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AT&T rivals lobby FCC for conditions on Flo deal

December 22, 2011 12:00 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

With the threat of AT&T's merger with T-Mobile USA passed, the operator's competitors are turning their attention to its acquisition of 700 MHz spectrum used for Qualcomm’s discontinued Flo TV mobile television service.

Videotron names Brouillette prez of consumer services

December 22, 2011 11:44 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

A reorganization effort by Videotron has landed Manon Brouillette into the newly created position of president for consumer services.

IEEE all-in-one home networking standard progresses

December 21, 2011 1:38 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

IEEE 1905.1, which bridges Wi-Fi, MoCA, Ethernet and HomePlug, takes an important step toward ratification.

Myriad develops an app store for MSOs

December 21, 2011 1:37 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Myriad Group announced a system that enables MVPDs to run Android apps on set-top boxes. The system includes an app store, developed in conjunction with AppCarousel, that service providers can private label.

Judge sides with Microsoft in Moto patent dispute

December 21, 2011 1:17 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

An administrative law judge issued an initial determination that Motorola Mobility is in violation of one of six Microsoft patents listed in a patent infringement suit filed by Microsoft against Motorola Mobility.

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Super Bowl to be streamed online, to mobile phones

December 21, 2011 1:15 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Super Bowl will be streamed online and to phones in the U.S. for the first time. NBC's broadcasts of wild card Saturday, the Pro Bowl and the Super Bowl will be available on the league's site and on the network's sites and through Verizon's NFL Mobile app.

Report: LTE experience varies by device, network

December 21, 2011 1:13 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Metrico released its full-year report on the state of LTE and the customer experience in 2011. The report gauges various aspects of LTE-capable devices on both AT&T and Verizon Wireless' networks.

Leap's 1st LTE takes off in Tucson

December 21, 2011 1:12 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Cricket Communications parent Leap Wireless International switched on its first LTE service in Tucson, Ariz., marking the start of what the company described as a "multi-year transition" to the next-generation mobile broadband technology.

This Technology develops SpotLink plug-in for FreeWheel

December 20, 2011 2:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

This Technology is developing a plug-in for its SpotLink interconnect software that will enable FreeWheel to play in cable’s dynamic ad insertion space with programmers and operators.

Report: Apple App Store best in revenue for 2011

December 20, 2011 2:04 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

While Android may be gaining market share hand over fist, Apple's iOS remains the top revenue-generating operating system for developers in 2011, according to Distimo's year-end report.

AT&T drops $39B T-Mobile bid; 'duopoly' averted

December 19, 2011 10:43 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

AT&T is hanging up on its $39 billion bid to buy smaller wireless provider T-Mobile USA, nearly four months after the U.S. government raised concerns that the deal would raise prices, reduce innovation and give customers fewer choices.

TV channel squeeze proposed to pay for tax cuts

December 19, 2011 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Congress is considering letting cell phone companies pay television stations to give up their frequencies so they can be put to better use for wireless broadband.

WhiteSpace Alliance forms with eye on international markets

December 19, 2011 2:01 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The WhiteSpace Alliance plans to address the world market with the new IEEE 802.22 wireless broadband technology.

Don’t cut that fiber just yet

December 19, 2011 2:00 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Will end users opt to cut the data cord in the same way they've cut their voice landlines? While it might sound improbable, LTE is certainly capable of providing such a service.

Videotron targets rural Québec for wireless data offering

December 19, 2011 1:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In partnership with Industry Canada's Broadband Canada program, Videotron is offering its wireless Internet service in remote areas of Québec that were previously without data services.

British Telecom files patent suit against Google

December 19, 2011 1:56 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

British Telecom (BT) has filed allegations of patent infringement against Google with a district court in Delaware.

Trilithic promotes 3 execs in Broadband Instruments group

December 19, 2011 1:54 pm | by Traci Patterson | News | Comments

Trilithic promoted three executives, including Daniel Dillon, who was named director of product marketing for mobile systems applications within the company's Broadband Instruments Division.

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