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Motorola wins key battle with Apple in German courts

December 9, 2011 2:58 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Apple Sales International is infringing one of Motorola Mobility's core cellular communications patents related to data packet transfer technology (GPRS) through its sales of the iPhone and iPad devices.

Maple Leafs and Raptors sold to Rogers and BCE

December 9, 2011 2:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Canada's largest telecommunication companies have agreed to buy the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs and NBA's Toronto Raptors; the fierce telecom rivals seek live content for their sports channels, digital properties and smartphones.

Ensuring Network Performance in the TV Everywhere Era

December 9, 2011 1:38 pm | by James Welch, senior consulting engineer at IneoQuest Technologies | Articles | Comments

Most service providers currently deliver MPEG transport streams to their customers, although on at least one leg of their journeys, those streams are likely to travel on a packet network. As streaming services gain popularity, that's guaranteed to happen more often. There are new standards available that operators can use to assure their networks are able to properly handle the traffic.

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Cisco names former Juniper exec mobility CTO

December 8, 2011 2:31 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Cisco has named a former executive with rival Juniper Networks as the new chief technology officer for its mobile business.

Hollywood flubs movie system launch, miffs users

December 8, 2011 2:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Warner Bros. is learning a hard lesson about launching an ill-conceived product in the age of social media.

LightSquared: Tests prove interference fix

December 8, 2011 2:24 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

LightSquared says new tests prove it has fixed the GPS interference problem that has held up the deployment of its hybrid satellite-terrestrial LTE network.

Game streaming service OnLive coming to tablets

December 8, 2011 2:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

OnLive, the start-up whose technology streams video games over an Internet connection, is expanding its service to tablets and mobile devices.

Microsoft launches Xbox app for iOS

December 8, 2011 2:20 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Microsoft launched Xbox Live apps for both Windows Phone 7 (WP7) and Apple's iPhone.

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In the media: Verizon down with OTT

December 7, 2011 2:12 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Verizon Communications is working on an over-the-top service that would stream movies and TV shows to customers outside of its FiOS video service footprint.

Qualcomm paints HomePlug green

December 7, 2011 2:10 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Qualcomm Atheros is sampling a green version of its HomePlug PHY circuitry aimed at supporting applications such as plug-in electrical vehicles, smart energy, Smart Grid and remote monitoring applications.

Copps sets departure date; nominee vote pending

December 7, 2011 2:08 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

FCC Commissioner Michael Copps formally announced his retirement just days before a key Senate vote for two nominees to the agency.

AT&T hits bottom in consumer survey

December 7, 2011 2:05 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

For the second year in a row, AT&T finds itself at the bottom of Consumer Reports' annual survey that measures consumer satisfaction with wireless carriers. Meanwhile, a relatively little-known provider called Consumer Cellular topped the ratings.

Humbled Netflix CEO still thinking, talking big

December 7, 2011 2:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

To hear Netflix CEO Reed Hastings tell it, the bone-headed decisions that have dragged down the Internet's leading video subscription service during the past five months eventually will be forgotten like a bad movie made by a great film director.

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Cablemas phasing out VOD for streaming

December 6, 2011 2:18 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Last May, Cablemas bought more than a quarter million hybrid set-tops. The other shoe just dropped: Cablemas is going to phase out its traditional video-on-demand (VOD) system for a quarter of its TV subscribers in favor of a broadband-based streaming service managed by Avail-TVN.

Shaw bows Wi-Fi trials in 3 cities

December 6, 2011 2:14 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Shaw Communications launched the trial of its Wi-Fi network for customers in Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton.

NXP adds integrated gateway tuner

December 6, 2011 2:06 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

NXP Semiconductors announced a silicon tuner that can handle any terrestrial TV signal anywhere in the world, as well as cable TV reception.

Sprint lights up 1st multimode LTE base station

December 6, 2011 2:04 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

The first base station for Sprint's massive $5 billion network upgrade project went live in Branchburg, N.J., as the operator prepares to move forward with its LTE plans.

Clearwire embarks on $300M stock sale

December 6, 2011 2:01 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Clearwire plans to sell $300 million worth of Class A common stock to raise cash for its planned TD-LTE network, which will be used to add capacity to Sprint's LTE network.

Verizon Wireless nixes Google Wallet in new phone

December 6, 2011 1:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless is blocking the new flagship phone running Google's Android software, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, from running Google's in-store payment application, the Wallet.

Cox's iPad app lifts off

December 5, 2011 2:11 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

At SCTE Cable-Tec Expo, Cox President Pat Esser said his company would deliver on its iPad app during the holiday season. The free app, which Cox calls Cox TV Connect, is available for downloading from the Apple App Store.

Comcast's Smit, TWC's Britt saddle up on Verizon Wireless deal

December 5, 2011 2:09 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

While the shockwaves from Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks' decision to sell their wireless spectrum - through their joint venture of SpectrumCo – continue to settle, company execs hit their respective blogs to provide additional insights.

Microsoft rolls out Xbox TV platform

December 5, 2011 1:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft is rolling out a new interface for its Xbox game console, one that allows you to navigate through music, movies, TV shows and games with the wave of your hand or the sound of your voice.

Carrier IQ controversy continues; 2 lawsuits filed

December 5, 2011 1:56 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Company battles perception that it is capturing consumer data.

mFoundry lands $18M in new funding

December 5, 2011 1:53 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Provider of mobile banking and payments services mFoundry announced $18 million in growth capital from MasterCard, Intel Capital, FIS and Motorola Mobility.

Deal with Verizon Wireless could have many implications

December 2, 2011 1:46 pm | by Mike Robuck | Blogs | Comments

The $3.6 billion sale of AWS spectrum by Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks to Verizon is mind-boggling on many levels, so here are a few additional thoughts.

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