FierceWireless The latest wireless industry news from FierceWireless en-us AT&T's Lurie not worried about potential Sprint and T-Mobile merger <p>ATLANTA--AT&amp;T Mobility CEO Glenn Lurie said that he would not be all that concerned if Sprint and T-Mobile US were to merge and form a larger-scaled competitor.</p> AT&T Mobility Glenn Lurie Mergers and Acquisitions Ralph De La Vega Service Provider Strategies Sprint T-Mobile USA Fri, 27 Mar 2015 19:23:30 +0000 376371 at Sprint, T-Mobile gear up for Samsung Galaxy S6 debut with creative offers, pricing <p>Anticipation is high for the upcoming launch of Samsung&#39;s Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones, which are scheduled to hit stores April 10, with most major operators taking preorders for the devices starting today. To try to steal customers away from the competition, operators T-Mobile&nbsp;and Sprint&nbsp;are getting creative with their Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge deals.</p> Galaxy S6 Edge Samsung Galaxy S6 Smartphones and Devices Sprint T-Mobile Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:21:21 +0000 376336 at LightSquared to exit bankruptcy after nearly 3 years <p>LightSquared&#39;s bankruptcy odyssey is over. After spending nearly three years in bankruptcy protection, the wireless firm won approval for a new restructuring plan from a federal bankruptcy court judge and will get recapitalized. Critically, although Dish Network&nbsp;Chairman Charlie Ergen, LightSquared&#39;s largest creditor, will get paid in cash for his $1 billion debt claim in LightSquared, he will not be a part of the company&#39;s new capital structure.</p> bankruptcy Charles Ergen DISH Network FCC Harbinger Capital Partners LightSquared Philip Falcone Regulatory News Service Provider Strategies Spectrum News Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:52:58 +0000 376331 at Tightfisted BlackBerry posts $28M profit in Q4, but software sales fail to impress <p>Struggling smartphone maker BlackBerry surprised investors today by posting a fiscal fourth quarter net profit of $28 million. However, enthusiasm was dampened by fourth quarter revenues of $660 million, down from $976 million in fourth quarter 2013 and below analyst expectations of $786 million.</p> BlackBerry John Chen Smartphones and Devices Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:22:55 +0000 376286 at Huawei exec: We treat Tier 3 U.S. carriers like they're the 'belle of the ball' <p>ATLANTA--Although Huawei has effectively been shut out&nbsp;of network-infrastructure deals with Tier 1 U.S. carriers over cybersecurity concerns, the vendor keeps chugging along with Tier 3 operators and added eight new U.S. wireless or wireline customers in 2014.</p> Competitive Carriers Association Huawei Mobile Networks National Security Network Infrastructure Network Infrastructure Tier 3 Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:00:00 +0000 375701 at Jolla seeks African Sailfish partners following Namibia market entry <p>Jolla, a start-up Finnish smartphone maker, expanded into Africa through a deal to supply Namibian operator TN Mobile through third party distributor LexConsult.</p> Android Jolla LexConsult Sailfish Smartphone Smartphones and Devices TN Mobile Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:27:39 +0000 28976 at Vodafone unveils partnership for Botswana market <p>Vodafone and Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTCL) have entered into a new partner market agreement for Botswana, although the deal is not part of the framework agreement signed between Vodafone and Afrimax Group in November 2014.</p> 4G Afrimax Botswana LTE Orange Service Provider Strategies Vodafone Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:20:12 +0000 28966 at Huawei cleared of posing risk to UK's national security <p>Huawei sought to end questions over the security of its telecoms infrastructure equipment, revealing an independent UK cyber security team established by the company in 2010 has cleared it of posing any danger to the country&#39;s national security.</p> Cyber security Ernst & Young Huawei Network Infrastructure Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:57:51 +0000 28961 at Telefónica starts 'new journey' in Brazil after approval of GVT deal <p>Telef&oacute;nica said it is beginning a &#39;new journey in the Brazilian market&quot; after receiving approval from Brazil&#39;s antitrust authority, Cade, to acquire fixed-line operator Global Village Telecom (GVT) from Vivendi.</p> Brazil GVT Regulatory News Service Provider Strategies Telecom Italia Telefonica Tim Participaçoes Vivendi Vivo Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:53:49 +0000 28951 at Report: Active mobile money accounts reached 100M in 2014 <p>Total number of registered mobile money accounts reached 300 million by the end of December 2014, according to a report from the GSMA.</p> GSMA Mobile Money Service Provider Strategies Smartphone Smartphones and Devices Fri, 27 Mar 2015 09:39:53 +0000 28946 at AT&T's de la Vega: We are ahead of the competition in many areas <p>ATLANTA-- AT&amp;T Mobility&#39;s Ralph de la Vega says he isn&#39;t sweating the competition too much. De la Vega, CEO of AT&amp;T&#39;s Mobile &amp; Business Solutions Group, said the carrier takes what its competitors do seriously, including aggressive moves by T-Mobile US and Sprint,&nbsp;but is comfortable with its place in the industry and is confident it is ahead of other carriers on connected cars, homes and the Internet of Things.</p> AT&T AT&T Mobility Churn Connected Car connected home Customer Service Internet of Things John Legere Ralph De La Vega Service Provider Strategies Sprint subscriber growth T-Mobile USA Verizon Wireless Fri, 27 Mar 2015 08:58:07 +0000 376226 at Shifting from consumers apps to enterprise apps is no easy task <p>Third-party app developers trying to transition from the consumer world to the enterprise market may be in for a difficult shift.&nbsp;<strong><a href="">Special report</a></strong></p> Content / Programming developer Enterprise apps Thu, 26 Mar 2015 20:53:43 +0000 376066 at Mobile industry grapples to resolve new air interface question for 5G <p>FRANKFURT, Germany--The mobile industry appears largely in agreement that 5G will require a new air interface or waveform in order to handle the challenges presented by proposed new use cases, but as yet it is not clear what this new waveform will be.</p> 5G Alcatel-Lucent Network Infrastructure Nokia Networks Spectrum News Telstra Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:23:01 +0000 28936 at Ericsson's Telcordia unit will replace Neustar as administrator of LNP database <p>The FCC today voted 5-0 to award Ericsson&#39;s&nbsp;Telcordia unit the five-year contract to manage the U.S. government&#39;s local number portability (LNPA) database, replacing Neustar, the previous LNPA administrator. The LNPA data helps phone subscribers keep their phone numbers when switching from one provider to another.</p> Ericsson FCC LNPA Network Infrastructure Neustar Telcordia Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:52:51 +0000 375986 at Facebook jumps into the Internet of Things, lets Messenger interact with other apps and businesses <p>Facebook unveiled a new software-development kit for its Parse mobile development platform that enables developers to create apps that share data with connected devices. Meanwhile, Faceook also announced an update to its Messenger app called&nbsp;Messenger Platform&nbsp;that will let the messaging app be used to create and share content independent of the News Feed.</p> Content / Programming Facebook Facebook Messenger Facebook Messenger Platform Internet of Things Mark Zuckerberg Parse Social Networking Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:35:31 +0000 375981 at AT&T, T-Mobile others protest FCC proposals for next-gen 911 <p>It seems as though everybody has something to say about the FCC&#39;s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking proposing new rules to address failures that led to 911 outages, even bringing together some wireless carriers that usually are at odds with one another.</p> AT&T FCC Motorola NASNA NENA NG911 PSAPs Public Safety Regulatory News T-Mobile Verizon Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:26:03 +0000 69131 at ZTE scores in 2014 thanks to 4G deployments and strong smartphone sales <p>Chinese equipment maker ZTE saw its net profit increase 94 percent in 2014, to $423.4 million, up from $220 million in 2013, thanks to strong smartphone sales overseas and an increase in 4G network deployments.</p> 4Q Network Infrastructure smartphone sales zte Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:45:06 +0000 375961 at FirstNet delays draft RFP, cites finance committee questions <p>The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) this week said it would delay the release of a draft RFP due to questions that arose in its finance committee.</p> FirstNet Public Safety Public Safety RFP TJ Kennedy Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:06:21 +0000 69121 at LTE, Wi-Fi camps need to cooperate, not collide, on LTE-U/LAA <p><a href=""><img align="left" border="0" hspace="3" src="" vspace="3" /></a>With both T-Mobile US and Verizon moving forward with&nbsp;plans to commercially launch LTE in unlicensed spectrum bands, it seems only apropos that the cellular and Wi-Fi industries take the opportunity to collaborate and work closer together.</p> 4G LTE Network Infrastructure Service Provider Strategies T-Mobile US Verizon Wi-Fi Wed, 25 Mar 2015 23:02:30 +0000 69116 at Bluetooth SIG says more real world tests needed on TLPS <p>The Bluetooth Special Interest Group backed up its previous assertions that terrestrial low power service interferes with Bluetooth with a series of more detailed reports filed with the FCC.</p> Bluetooth SIG CableLabs FCC globalstar M2M and Connected Devices NCTA Regulatory News TLPS Wi-Fi Wed, 25 Mar 2015 22:01:55 +0000 69111 at KT showcases LTE-A technology as part of GiGA Island initiative <p>South Korea&#39;s remote northwestern Baengnyeongdo Island is getting LTE-A broadband connections thanks to KT, which demonstrated the technology on the island last week.</p> GiGA Island kt LTE-A Wed, 25 Mar 2015 21:09:47 +0000 69106 at Amazon: FAA too slow on drone test approvals <p>Remember the Amazon drone the Federal Aviation Administration approved for outdoor testing in rural Washington state? Turns out, it&#39;s a little too late, according to Amazon.</p> amazon drones FAA M2M and Connected Devices Prime Air UAS Wed, 25 Mar 2015 21:07:00 +0000 69101 at Ovum: Telefónica, Hutchison Whampoa face 'fraught' fight for UK deal clearance <p>Telef&oacute;nica and Hutchison Whampoa Group face a &quot;fraught&quot; battle with competition authorities as they seek approval to merge their UK businesses, a leading Ovum analyst warned.</p> BT EE Hutchison Whampoa Ovum Regulatory News Service Provider Strategies Telefonica Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:05:17 +0000 28926 at EC digital market VP slams member states' lack of ambition on telecoms rules <p>The European Commission&#39;s (EC) vice president for the Digital Single Market accused European Union member states of lacking ambition over their failure to establish a common telecoms market for the region.</p> Andrus Ansip Ec EU Regulatory News Roaming rates Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:02:28 +0000 28921 at KPN drops Hi youth brand, blames 4G <p>Dutch operator KPN is waving goodbye to its youth-focused brand Hi from May 1, saying that the advent of 4G services means there is a growing lack of differentiation between the needs of Hi and KPN customers.</p> E-Plus Hi KPN Service Provider Strategies Simyo Telefonica Deutschland Wed, 25 Mar 2015 09:23:07 +0000 28911 at CCS Insight: Majority of UK consumers will have bundled services by 2019 <p>By the end of 2016, CCS Insight predicts that more than 16 million UK households will have a bundle of three or more services, an increase of 43 per cent from 2014.</p> Bundled service CCS Insight mobile Service Provider Strategies Wed, 25 Mar 2015 08:54:23 +0000 28906 at Panasonic contributes intellectual property to AllSeen Alliance <p>Panasonic is making available for the open source community a set of Internet of Things (IoT) software products used in home monitoring, solar energy and retail applications. It also is increasing its intellectual property contributions to the AllSeen Alliance.</p> IoT Linux M2M and Connected Devices open source Panasonic Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:11:32 +0000 69076 at Wireless charging finally sees its star rise to the top <p>For years, the industry promised ways to once and for all remove that tangled nest of wires for battery chargers, which are multiplying as consumers add more connected devices to their repertoire. But after years of fighting over standards, more and more industry experts are saying 2015 is, indeed, shaping up for wireless charging.</p> A4WP Broadcom IKEA M2M and Connected Devices PMA Smartphones and Devices starbucks wireless charging WPC Mon, 23 Mar 2015 15:23:15 +0000 69056 at Utah State University researchers work to refine smart antenna technology <p>Researchers at Utah State University are working on technology to enable a single antenna to dynamically change its properties to address frequency, polarization and radiation pattern.</p> research smart antenna Smartphones and Devices Utah State University Mon, 23 Mar 2015 14:37:56 +0000 69051 at Broadcom exec: Internet of Things will be a 'collection of standards' <p>SUNNYVALE, Calif.-- Brian Bedrosian, senior director of the embedded device business in Broadcom&#39;s Wireless Connectivity Group, might not deliver the type of hype-infused rhetoric that you hear from a lot of corners in the Internet of Things (IoT) space. But he&#39;s got a pretty good handle on where the company is headed.</p> Broadcom Internet of Things IoT M2M and Connected Devices standards Wi-fi Networks Sun, 22 Mar 2015 22:00:40 +0000 69041 at