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AT&T meets LTE goal with 6-city launch

November 15, 2011 5:04 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T will beat one of its LTE goals on Sunday when it turns on its mobile broadband network in six new cities and begins selling the LTE-capable Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9.

Cablevision offers voice services through Sprint stores

November 13, 2011 4:43 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cablevision’s Optimum Business Benefits program is now available in nearly 60 Sprint stores in the New York City metropolitan area that the cable operator serves.

Mobile Future urges NTIA to hasten spectrum auctions

November 11, 2011 2:23 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Mobile Future Chairman Jonathan Spalter sent an open letter to the NTIA asking them to quickly free more spectrum.

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Ubiquiti Networks’ Q1 profit nearly triples

November 11, 2011 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ubiquiti Networks, which makes Wi-Fi networking equipment, said its profit nearly tripled in its first quarter as a public company.

SureWest climbs aboard BigBand's SDV bandwagon

November 10, 2011 3:05 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

SureWest has dropped BigBand's switched digital video platform into its Kansas City system in order to free up bandwidth for more HD channels and pave the way for IPTV services.

Arris extends Moxi label to entire whole-home solution

November 10, 2011 2:55 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

It seems to be old brand week. While Motorola was reviving the Razr name, Arris has decided to affix the Moxi name to its entire whole-home product suite.

More postpaid losses for T-Mobile; Q3 profits up slightly

November 10, 2011 2:49 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

While the company reported net customer additions of 126,000, T-Mobile actually lost 186,000 postpaid customers in the third quarter of 2011.

Lack of cellular in tablets begs use case question

November 10, 2011 2:47 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet are shaping up to be potential big sellers over the holidays, but their lack of a cellular connection points to an interesting contradiction.

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Former Cox CTO Hatfield lands new job with Syniverse

November 9, 2011 2:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Hatfield will be based in Syniverse's global headquarters in Tampa, Fla., and will lead a global organization with operations in more than 25 countries.

AT&T rolls out free VoIP app

November 9, 2011 2:30 pm | by Monica Alleven, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Remember when apps like Skype were blocked? That was more than two years ago, and at the time, some speculated the reason for blocking was due in part to carriers' desires to offer their own branded VoIP apps rather than make it easier for competitors.

Report: Telecom capex up nearly 6%

November 9, 2011 2:28 pm | by Monica Alleven, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The nearly 6 percent increase in global telecom carrier capex Infonetics expects in 2011 over 2010 is due in large part to AT&T's ramping LTE deployments, HSPA+ upgrades and investments in Wi-Fi hotspots for traffic offload.

Africa is fastest-growing mobile market

November 9, 2011 2:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Africa is the world's fastest-growing mobile phone market and is soon poised to have 735 million people using their phones for everything from transferring money to tracking animals for wildlife studies.

Adobe kills Flash Player, heralds HTML5 era

November 9, 2011 2:22 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireles Week | News | Comments

Amid layoffs and a reorganization around digital content, Adobe confirmed that the Adobe Flash Player for mobile devices is going the way of the dinosaur, in deference of HTML5.

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Ericsson forecasts 10-fold data traffic increase by 2016

November 8, 2011 2:54 pm | by Monica Alleven, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The Traffic and Market Data report is based on measurements the company recorded over several years in live networks covering all regions of the world.

PCIA urges Congress to streamline zoning regulations

November 8, 2011 2:52 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

PCIA is asking Congress to ensure "the streamlined deployment of wireless facilities as part of any spectrum policy recommendations" that might be adopted as the committee seeks to reduce the budget.

Coalition files with FCC to block LightSquared spectrum use

November 8, 2011 2:49 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The Coalition to Save Our GPS called on the Commission to "promptly rule" that LightSquared can never use the upper mobile satellite spectrum (MSS) band for high-powered terrestrial operations.

Schmidt defends Google, mourns Jobs' death

November 8, 2011 2:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt defended his company as a great innovator despite allegations from late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs that the Internet search giant stole ideas from Apple's iPhone.

Sprint sees rating actions after bond announcement

November 7, 2011 3:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sprint Nextel was the subject of a number of actions by ratings services Friday following its announcement that it plans to issue bonds in a private placement and may use proceeds to fund Clearwire.

U.S. Cellular: We turned down iPhone

November 7, 2011 3:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

It's the first U.S. carrier to acknowledge turning down the phone.

Comcast snags Emmy for iPad app

November 4, 2011 3:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast was in an elite group when it recently scored an engineering Emmy for its Xfinity TV iPad app. The Xfinity TV app also works with iPhone and Android devices.

Time Warner Cable beefs up iPad lineup with 37 Spanish channels

November 4, 2011 3:37 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has bolstered programming for its iPad app with the addition of 37 Spanish-language channels.

Report: Faulty Android phones cost carriers $2B annually

November 4, 2011 3:18 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The return and repair of Android smartphone devices is costing mobile operators as much as $2 billion per year, according to a study by WDS.

Wi-Fi Networks: A New Frontier for Cable Operators

November 4, 2011 1:35 am | by Mike Robuck | Articles | Comments

Outdoor Wi-Fi is the new black when it comes to data services for cable operators. Not only does Wi-Fi reduce customer churn in the face of increased competition from telcos, it does so by leveraging the existing DOCSIS plant while laying the groundwork for new revenue services in the future.

Verizon, AT&T Dominate TelcoTV

November 4, 2011 1:10 am | by Brian Santo | Articles | Comments

At a keynote address at TelcoTV, during the last question he fielded at the concluding Q&A session, the last thing Verizon senior vice president of consumer product management Eric Bruno said immediately before thanking the audience and leaving the stage was an offhand-sounding comment that Verizon might start offering Home Control nationally.

Let’s Get Progressive With Multi-Screen De-Interlacing

November 4, 2011 12:55 am | by Ron Gutman, CTO and founder of Imagine Communications | Articles | Comments

In the old days, “video display” used to mean “the TV” – more specifically, an analog input standard-definition TV. But that has all changed now. Today's new televisions are digital, and video viewing is becoming more popular on PCs, tablets and smartphones, creating a broader category of video display devices. These new devices are different from the old one in many ways, but one way in particular is that they’re not designed to support an interlaced (i) video format.

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