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TV channel squeeze proposed to pay for tax cuts

December 19, 2011 2:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Congress is considering letting cell phone companies pay television stations to give up their frequencies so they can be put to better use for wireless broadband.

WhiteSpace Alliance forms with eye on international markets

December 19, 2011 2:01 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

The WhiteSpace Alliance plans to address the world market with the new IEEE 802.22 wireless broadband technology.

Don’t cut that fiber just yet

December 19, 2011 2:00 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Will end users opt to cut the data cord in the same way they've cut their voice landlines? While it might sound improbable, LTE is certainly capable of providing such a service.

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Videotron targets rural Québec for wireless data offering

December 19, 2011 1:57 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

In partnership with Industry Canada's Broadband Canada program, Videotron is offering its wireless Internet service in remote areas of Québec that were previously without data services.

British Telecom files patent suit against Google

December 19, 2011 1:56 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

British Telecom (BT) has filed allegations of patent infringement against Google with a district court in Delaware.

Trilithic promotes 3 execs in Broadband Instruments group

December 19, 2011 1:54 pm | by Traci Patterson | News | Comments

Trilithic promoted three executives, including Daniel Dillon, who was named director of product marketing for mobile systems applications within the company's Broadband Instruments Division.

Cox sells AWS spectrum to Verizon; they agree to sell each other’s services

December 16, 2011 2:47 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

The other shoe just dropped now that Cox Communications announced that it is selling its 20 MHz Advanced Wireless Services licenses to Verizon Wireless for $315 million.

Rogers launches beta version of iPad app for live streaming

December 16, 2011 2:38 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

As part of its overall TV anywhere strategy, Rogers Communications announced the beta launch of its Rogers Live TV app for iPads, which enables live streaming of shows in subscribers’ homes.

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GSMA warns of LTE spectrum fragmentation

December 16, 2011 2:26 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

For all the promise of LTE, it appears that global roaming on so-called “world phones” is one thing it might not be able to deliver.

Sprint uses Carrier IQ on 26M phones; AT&T lists 900K

December 16, 2011 2:25 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Sprint uses Carrier IQ's software on 26 million devices, and AT&T uses the technology on 900,000 phones.

Apple continues tablet dominance; Amazon snags share

December 16, 2011 2:23 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Apple continued to drive worldwide media tablet shipments in the third quarter, according to the IDC Worldwide Quarterly Media Tablet and eReader Tracker.

Time Warner Cable in an Android state of mind

December 15, 2011 2:15 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Time Warner Cable has released its second Android-based app in as many weeks, with the latest, My TWC, taking flight.

Suddenlink offers any-room DVR with TiVo Premiere

December 15, 2011 2:10 pm | by Mike Robuck | News | Comments

Suddenlink Communications subscribers that currently enjoy TiVo Premiere in their homes can now pause a recorded program in one room and resume watching it in another.

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Networks shell out billions for NFL

December 15, 2011 1:56 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

With NFL games enjoying seemingly invincible ratings while most everything else on TV goes down, down, down, the league's traditional broadcast partners embraced a deal that sends their rights fees up, up, up.

Nielsen: Android, iOS solidify U.S. dominance

December 15, 2011 1:49 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

If you needed more evidence that Android and iOS are crushing the competition, Nielsen has come out with some numbers today showing just how entrenched the rival operating systems are in the U.S. market.

Feds: LightSquared interferes with 'majority' of GPS

December 15, 2011 1:47 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

A key government committee said that LightSquared’s network affects a “majority” of general purpose GPS receivers and technology used to land planes, but it doesn’t appear to have a significant impact on cell phones.

Verizon upgrading FiOS IP backbone

December 14, 2011 3:09 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Verizon will be upgrading the IP backbone of its FiOS service, deploying Cisco CRS-3 carrier routers in several major markets to support 100G transport.

Judge grants delay in Sprint, C Spire cases over T-Mobile deal

December 14, 2011 2:53 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

A judge has agreed to postpone legal proceedings in Sprint and C Spire Wireless' lawsuits challenging AT&T's merger with T-Mobile USA as AT&T decides whether to abandon the deal.

Cisco spends $850,000 to lobby in Q3

December 14, 2011 2:48 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cisco Systems, the world's largest maker of computer networking gear, spent $850,000 in the third quarter to lobby the federal government on corporate taxes and other issues, according to a disclosure report.

Best Buy’s Q3 profit falls, shares skid

December 14, 2011 2:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Electronics retailer Best Buy’s third-quarter net income fell 29 percent as it cut prices in popular categories such as tablets and TVs to drive sales and traffic during the busy holiday season.

Motorola, FourthWall form a multi-screen bond

December 13, 2011 3:02 pm | by Brian Santo | News | Comments

Motorola Mobility has adopted products from FourthWall Media to support tighter integration between set-top boxes and mobile devices.

AT&T's Flo build-out carries $1B-plus cost

December 13, 2011 2:55 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

AT&T told the FCC that it will cost between $1 billion and $2 billion to use Qualcomm's Flo TV spectrum for supplemental downlink capacity in its LTE network.

AT&T to decide on T-Mobile deal by Jan. 12

December 13, 2011 2:50 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

A judge agreed to put legal proceedings in the Department of Justice's antitrust case against AT&T's merger with T-Mobile USA on hold until Jan. 18 as the operator scrambles to salvage the deal.

LightSquared offers new network changes for GPS fix

December 13, 2011 2:47 pm | by Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week | News | Comments

LightSquared is again modifying the deployment plan for its hybrid satellite-terrestrial LTE network to address problems with GPS interference.

Report: Android hits 53 percent market share

December 13, 2011 2:45 pm | by Andrew Berg, Wireless Week | News | Comments

Android and iOS continued to gain market share at the expense of struggling platforms like BlackBerry and Windows Phone 7 (WP7), according to a new report from NPD Group.

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