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Clearwire keeps deal talks open with Sprint, Dish

February 1, 2013 2:54 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Clearwire said it is still considering acquisition offers from both Sprint Nextel and Dish Network. The WiMAX provider said the special committee reviewing the deal has not made any determination to change its current recommendation of the Sprint transaction.

Cisco debuts stadium Wi-Fi system

February 1, 2013 2:47 pm | by Brian Santo | Product Releases | Comments

Cisco has introduced a stadium Wi-Fi system that incorporates a multicast capability. Cisco StadiumVision Mobile gives stadium operators the option of creating channels of additional content, such as a replay channel, a broadcast channel for out-of-town games and feeds from stadium cameras, all accessible through a mobile app.

Torbeck assumes CEO role at Cincinnati Bell

February 1, 2013 2:33 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Cincinnati Bell has appointed Ted Torbeck as the company's new CEO and member of the board of directors. He succeeds Jack Cassidy, who has been elected vice chairman of the board. The move is part of Cincinnati Bell’s established succession plan.

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Time Warner Cable gears up for launch of cloud-based UI on IP boxes

January 31, 2013 2:33 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

On a fourth-quarter and year-end earnings conference call, Time Warner Cable President and COO Rob Marcus outlined some of the cable operator’s key initiatives for this year, which included the rollout of a cloud-based user interface on IP set-top boxes and gateways.

Cox lights up Wi-Fi hotspots in northern Virginia

January 31, 2013 2:12 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cox Communications has launched a network of hotspots in northern Virginia for its Cox WiFi service. Cox Preferred, Premier and Ultimate tier subscribers in the area can access the Wi-Fi service for free. Cox WiFi features download speeds of up to 15 Mbps and upload speeds of 4 Mbps, but the speeds can vary.

Ericsson improves in Q4, takes loss on JV charge

January 31, 2013 1:15 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Network equipment maker Ericsson posted a $986 million net loss on a $1.2 billion charge related to the company’s struggling semiconductor business - its joint venture, ST-Ericsson. Revenue was up 5 percent from the same quarter last year, and 23 percent sequentially.

Qualcomm reports 36% jump in profits for Q1

January 31, 2013 1:10 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Qualcomm announced its 2013 first-quarter numbers, boasting $6 billion in revenue, a 29 percent increase year-over-year, and a net income of $1.9 billion, a 36 percent jump year-over-year. The numbers included $1.09 earnings per share, representing a 35 percent increase year-over-year.

Broadcom snags BroadLogic

January 30, 2013 2:30 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Broadcom has purchased BroadLogic, Broadcom confirmed. The acquisition was made months ago, during the summer of 2012, but was not announced. The only previous public mention of the action was a status update attesting to the fact on the website of one of BroadLogic’s investors.

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Time Warner Cable hits refresh on new Web portal

January 30, 2013 2:24 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has completed its makeover of the company’s Web portal, which included the addition of geolocation technology. Time Warner Cable’s in-house e-commerce team, along with the help of creatives and developers across the country, came together to design, build and launch the new TWC.com.

Dish lays off Sprint-Softbank deal

January 30, 2013 2:16 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Dish Network told the FCC that it would not file to block Softbank's proposed $20 billion acquisition of Sprint Nextel. Dish had asked that the shot clock in the Sprint-Softbank proceeding be paused until Sprint's bid for Clearwire had been settled.

Verizon wants FCC's spectrum screen applied to Sprint-Clearwire deal

January 30, 2013 2:09 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless has joined the discussion on Sprint's potential acquisition of Clearwire. If the FCC applies a screen and finds the deal could pose spectrum aggregation concerns, it could result in a limit to how much of Clearwire's spectrum Sprint is allowed to use.

Comcast’s thePlatform puts HTML out front on new video player service

January 29, 2013 3:03 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

It’s a fragmentized ecosystem when it comes to enabling video content across various devices and browsers, but Comcast’s thePlatform hopes to build a more unified front with an updated video player service that puts HTML5 in the leadoff position.

Netgear nabs Sierra Wireless' AirCard business for $138M

January 29, 2013 2:56 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Ahead of its fourth-quarter earnings call, Netgear announced an agreement to acquire the operations of Sierra Wireless' AirCard business. The purchase price is approximately $138 million in cash. The final purchase price is subject to adjustments after closing.

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Canadian guidelines for wireless fees, unlocking phones proposed

January 29, 2013 2:49 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

After the Library of Congress made it illegal to unlock cell phones in the United States, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has drafted a "wireless code" that would set limits on early termination fees and require providers to unlock phones under "reasonable terms."

FCC actions aim to accelerate broadband deployment

January 28, 2013 2:14 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC announced a number of new actions that it hopes will help accelerate the deployment of wireless broadband by removing barriers from a number of areas in the build-out of new networks. New rules would make it easier to modify an existing wireless tower or base station.

U-verse remains a growth driver in Q4

January 25, 2013 3:04 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

AT&T reported a net gain of 192,000 U-verse TV subscribers for a total of 4.5 million TV customers, and a net gain of 609,000 high-speed Internet subscribers, to reach a total of 7.7 million. The company said its combined total of TV and broadband U-verse subscribers was 8 million.

Rogers queues up home automation in Newfoundland, New Brunswick

January 25, 2013 3:01 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Rogers said its home automation and home security platform, which is called Smart Home Monitoring, would be available soon in Newfoundland and New Brunswick. Rogers said the service would be available over the coming months after it gains licensing approvals.

Verizon, AT&T agree to spectrum deal

January 25, 2013 2:53 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless said that it will sell 39 lower 700 MHz B-block licenses to AT&T in exchange for a payment of $1.9 billion and the transfer by AT&T to Verizon Wireless of AWS (10 MHz) licenses in certain western markets, including Los Angeles, Phoenix, Fresno, Calif., and Portland, Ore.

Belkin to buy Linksys router maker from Cisco

January 25, 2013 2:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Belkin, a maker of smartphone cases and computing accessories, said that it is buying the home networking business unit of Cisco, including the Linksys router brand. Privately held Belkin did not disclose the purchase price, nor did Cisco Systems. The deal is expected to close in March.

Samsung’s Q4 profits jump 76% on Galaxy sales

January 25, 2013 2:40 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

A doubling of profits from Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones boosted the company's overall fourth quarter profits by nearly 76 percent over the previous quarter. Samsung recorded net profits for the fourth quarter of $6.6 billion, a 76 percent surge from $3.72 billion during the same period last year.

Metaswitch gives voice to Global Xpress

January 24, 2013 1:51 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Inmarsat will use VoIP equipment from Metaswitch to provide the telephony element of its Global Xpress worldwide communication service. Metaswitch is supplying Inmarsat with its Universal Media Gateways, MetaSphere server, MetaView system and Perimeta session border controllers.

Report: Mobile data traffic doubles, speeds rise

January 24, 2013 1:43 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

In it's third-quarter State of the Internet report, Akamai Technologies found that more people are connecting to the Web via mobile phones, and they're surfing on those devices at significantly faster speeds overall. The report is based on data collected by Ericsson.

Apple earnings, guidance disappoint; stock plummets 10%

January 24, 2013 1:38 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Investors weren't impressed with what Apple had to say in its fiscal first-quarter earnings call. Shares fell more than 10 percent to $460 in aftermarket trading on lowball guidance and a rare dip in quarterly profits, as well as diminishing margins.

Google jumps on strong Q4 despite Motorola

January 23, 2013 2:58 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Motorola Mobility showed up like a stain on Google’s otherwise strong fourth quarter, but investors shrugged off the handset maker’s losses. Total gross consolidated revenues were up 36 percent annually and 8 percent sequentially to $14.4 billion.

Cisco to acquire mobile start-up Intucell

January 23, 2013 2:49 pm | by Ben Munson, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Cisco announced plans to buy Israeli company Intucell for approximately $475 million in cash and retention-based incentives. Intucell provides self-optimizing network (SON) software to mobile carriers, and it allows them to plan, configure, manage, optimize and heal cellular networks automatically.

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