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T-Mobile to FCC: Block Verizon AWS deal

February 22, 2012 2:38 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

T-Mobile USA has asked the FCC to block Verizon Wireless' $3.9 billion acquisition of a nationwide swath of AWS spectrum held by four cable companies.

TiVo, Pace buddy up on global partnership

February 22, 2012 2:35 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In a deal that was designed to advance Pace's presence in North America and TiVo's abroad, DVR pioneer TiVo and set-top box vendor Pace announced that they have entered into a global partnership.

Technicolor adding tougher Wi-Fi

February 22, 2012 2:32 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The company will integrate chips from Quantenna to support the multi-room distribution of HD video.

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Microsoft hits Motorola, Google with EU complaint

February 22, 2012 2:30 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft lodged a formal complaint with the European Union's competition regulator against Motorola Mobility and its soon-to-be owner Google, saying Motorola's aggressive enforcement of patent rights against rivals breaks competition rules.

Edmunds exits Cox for new job at Comcast Cable

February 22, 2012 2:28 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Cable industry veteran Kimberly Edmunds has moved on from a 15-year career at Cox Communications to become senior vice president of customer care for Comcast Cable.

Report: Operators lose big on social messaging

February 22, 2012 2:16 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

New estimates from research firm Ovum indicate that consumers' increasing use of IP-based social messaging services on their smartphones cost telecom operators $8.7 billion globally in lost SMS revenues in 2010 and $13.9 billion in 2011.

BendBroadband adds HBO Go, Max Go to TV Everywhere mix

February 21, 2012 3:29 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

BendBroadband has beefed up its recently launched TV Everywhere service with the addition of HBO Go and Max Go.

AT&T pressures FCC on Dish build-out

February 21, 2012 3:22 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T continues to pressure the FCC to force Dish into rapid build-out requirements for its planned mobile broadband network, requirements that the satellite provider has resisted.

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Ericsson boosts hetnet offering with BelAir acquisition

February 21, 2012 3:18 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Ericsson is buying Canadian Wi-Fi specialist BelAir Networks as part of a move to develop telecommunications equipment that integrates both Wi-Fi and cellular technologies.

YouTube enlists big-name help to redefine channels

February 21, 2012 3:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

YouTube is enlisting Hollywood's help to reach a generation of viewers more familiar with smartphones than TV remotes.

LightSquared misses $56M Inmarsat payment

February 21, 2012 3:05 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

LightSquared, still reeling from the FCC's decision to block its wireless network, has withheld a $56.25 million payment to Inmarsat for use of the company's L-band satellite spectrum.

Youth shaping future of online TV, movies, music

February 21, 2012 3:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Young people want their music, TV and movies now – even if it means they get these things illegally.

Cable might cut ties with Clearwire

February 17, 2012 2:37 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Clearwire warns its partnership with Comcast and Time Warner Cable is threatened by the MSOs' new relationship with Verizon Wireless.

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U.S. Cellular plans new 14-state LTE launch

February 17, 2012 2:34 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

U.S. Cellular pulled back the curtain on its new LTE markets with a round of deployments to span cities in 14 states.

Comcast wraps up Xfinity Home launch in Freedom Region

February 16, 2012 3:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast's Freedom Region, which serves 2.1 million customers in greater Philadelphia, New Jersey and northern Delaware, has completed the launch of Xfinity Home across its entire footprint.

Time Warner Cable closes in on streaming to Android devices

February 16, 2012 3:21 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable is close to rolling out streaming television to Android devices with the Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) operating system.

Clearwire boasts strong Q4; weakness ahead

February 16, 2012 3:18 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Clearwire posted some rosy fourth-quarter numbers, but a spike in churn and a weaker-than-expected forecast indicate the company is not out of the weeds just yet.

Comcast ups Avgiris to EVP, GM of data group

February 16, 2012 3:16 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Comcast has promoted Cathy Avgiris to executive vice president and general manager of the data and communications group, where she will lead the rollout of the joint bundle offerings with Verizon Wireless.

CTIA applauds tax cut continuation act

February 16, 2012 3:14 pm | by Monica Alleven, Wireless Week | News | Comments

CTIA is happy that lawmakers have agreed to extend the payroll tax cut because it includes a provision to auction off airwaves and give its members access to precious spectrum.

NewNet sees opportunity in WiMAX

February 16, 2012 3:12 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

NewNet's announcement that it has officially closed an acquisition of Nokia Siemens' WiMAX business (originally Motorola's WiMAX business) is a reminder that the technology might still afford a healthy business opportunity, although not perhaps as a strictly consumer-facing mobility solution.

Grassley: Still blocking FCC nominees

February 16, 2012 3:10 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Senator Chuck Grassley, a vocal critic of the FCC's handling of LightSquared, says he will continue to bar two FCC nominees from being confirmed despite the agency's decision to block LightSquared's network.

Former Cox exec Kinsey joins Charter as VP of IP engineering

February 16, 2012 11:49 am | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

After a 12-year career at Cox Communications, Randy Kinsey has joined Charter Communications as its vice president of IP engineering.

Comcast nearly zeroes out subscriber defections in Q4

February 15, 2012 2:24 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Comcast managed to accomplish what few had expected any cable company could accomplish in the competitive video era: It minimized subscriber defections to the point where customer loss was almost negligible.

TWC reaches out to PCs, Macs with live streaming app

February 15, 2012 2:23 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has queued up live streaming on PCs and Macs via its TWC TV app.

Shaw Business lands contract to provide services to energy camp

February 15, 2012 2:21 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw Communications was the winning bidder on providing Snamprogetti Canada with communications services to the Sunrise Energy Project construction camp.

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