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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.

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.

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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.

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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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Report: LTE subscribers will hit 198M in 2013

January 23, 2013 2:38 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The number of LTE subscribers is set to more than double in 2013, according to a forecast released from IHS iSuppli. According to the report, worldwide LTE subscribers will surpass 198.1 million in 2013, a 115 percent increase from the 92.3 million last year.

Cox’s home security platform launches in Virginia

January 22, 2013 2:49 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After piloting its home automation and security service last year in Arizona, and launching it in four additional markets in 2012, Cox’s Home Security service is now available to its customers in Virginia. Despite competition from entrenched providers, home automation and security services are becoming a big business for cable operators.

Verizon posts record Q4 loss on pension adjustment

January 22, 2013 2:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Verizon strengthened its position as the top dog of the wireless industry in its latest quarter by raking in new subscribers and selling millions of iPhones, but it also posted a record loss. The loss of $4.23 billion, or $1.48 per share, for the fourth quarter was mainly due to adjustments to the value of its pension funds and obligations.

AT&T agrees to buy Atlantic Tele-Network for $780M

January 22, 2013 1:49 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T announced that it has signed an agreement to buy Atlantic Tele-Network (ATNI) to acquire the company’s U.S. retail wireless operations, operated under the Alltel brand, for $780 million in cash. AT&T will acquire wireless properties, including licenses, network assets, retail stores and approximately 585,000 subscribers.

Study: TV Everywhere still hamstrung by licensing issues

January 22, 2013 1:41 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Consumers want to watch their videos anytime, anywhere and on any device, but content licensing issues are shackling those efforts, according to a recent study. Infonetics Research pinged pay-TV operators in regard to their multi-screen video services and delivering live and file-based content to subscribers across multiple devices.

In the media: Time Warner Cable targets former subs in new ad campaign

January 21, 2013 3:30 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable is taking aim at winning back former customers through a new marketing campaign. The operator is targeting video customers that it has lost to the likes of Verizon and AT&T. The marketing campaign is called “The Better Guarantee” and is an extension of the cable operator’s “Enjoy Better” campaign.

Telecoms to lawmakers: Lift cold-call restrictions

January 21, 2013 3:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Idaho landline phone companies contend a 13-year-old law forbidding them from cold-calling existing customers is crippling their ability to market high-speed Internet. The Idaho Cable Telecommunications Association, representing Cable One and Time Warner Cable, is meeting to discuss the phone companies' deregulation gambit.

Verizon to add 500 new jobs at Tulsa facility

January 21, 2013 3:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Verizon Communications says it will create a financial services hub at its facility in Tulsa, Okla., adding 500 new jobs. Verizon already employs more than 900 people at its Tulsa facility. The company says the new jobs will be finance and accounting positions.

China's Huawei criticizes U.S. security complaints

January 21, 2013 3:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese tech giant Huawei criticized U.S. claims the company might be a security risk as trade protectionism that harms consumers. The comments came as Huawei disclosed details of its 2012 performance in an effort to show transparency and allay security concerns.

FCC launches website to keep broadcasters informed on auctions

January 18, 2013 3:19 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The FCC launched a website that aims to keep broadcasters informed and engaged in the upcoming incentive auctions. The new LEARN website provides access to a range of information and resources that the FCC hopes will help broadcasters and other stakeholders make more informed business decisions.

Public Knowledge suggests ULS is broken

January 18, 2013 3:13 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

In comments submitted to the FCC, the consumer advocate wrote that while searching the ULS for data to support policy positions in several spectrum proceedings, “PK noticed how challenging it is to gather meaningful information on carriers’ spectrum licenses and affiliate control in order to understand the mobile wireless market.”

Intel’s Q4 profit down

January 18, 2013 3:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Intel said its fourth-quarter net income fell 27 percent from the previous year, as PC sales continued to weaken. Net income was $2.47 billion, or 48 cents per share, for the October-to-December period. That was down from $3.36 billion, or 64 cents per share, a year ago.

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