FierceWireless The latest wireless industry news from FierceWireless en-us Amazon takes $170M writedown on Fire phone Amazon revealed how much it is losing on its Fire smartphone: at least $170 million to date. Amazon Amazon Fire AT&T Mobility Fire phone quarterly earnings Smartphones Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:02:52 +0000 329501 at FCC delays start of 600 MHz incentive auction to early 2016 <p>The FCC decided to delay the start of the 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum incentive auction from mid-2015 to early 2016. The delay marks the second time in less than a year the FCC has pushed back the start date of the auction, and is an indication of the both the complexity in designing the auction and the problems stemming from a legal challenge against the auction by the National Association of Broadcasters.</p> FCC Gary Epstein incentive auction National Association Of Broadcasters Regulatory News Spectrum News Tom Wheeler wireless spectrum Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:57:06 +0000 329496 at América Móvil says it's not in talks with T-Mobile for a deal <p>Am&eacute;rica M&oacute;vil once again had to quiet speculation that it is interested in acquiring T-Mobile US. Just as the company was forced to do in the second quarter, the Mexican-based telecoms giant addressed rumors of a deal on its quarterly conference call; CEO Daniel Hajj said the company is not in talks with T-Mobile.</p> America Movil Mergers and Acquisitions quarterly earnings rumors Service Provider Strategies T-Mobile USA Tracfone TracFone Wireless Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:33:06 +0000 329486 at T-Mobile's MetroPCS jumps into tablet market with Alcatel One Touch Pop 7 for $149 <p><a href=""><img align="right" alt="Alcatel One Touch Pop 7 tablet for $149 metropcs" hspace="5" src="" vspace="1" width="80" /></a></p> <p>T-Mobile US&#39; MetroPCS prepaid brand is finally getting into the tablet market. The company is launching the Alcatel One Touch Pop 7 tablet for $149 (plus tax).</p> Alcatel One Touch Alcatel One Touch Pop 7 Metropcs prepaid Service Provider Strategies Smartphones and Devices T-Mobile USA tablets Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:06:46 +0000 329481 at Jarich: The edge of the mobile network: Can't we all just get along? <p><a href=""><img align="right" alt="" hspace="5" src="" vspace="1" width="80" /></a></p> <p>The recent formation of an ETSI Industry Specification Group (ISG) around &quot;Mobile Edge Computing&quot; is supported by IBM, Intel, Huawei, Nokia Networks, NTT DoCoMo and Vodafone. Announcing the launch, Nokia positioned Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) in terms of its own Liquid Applications solution which built compute capabilities into the RAN, &quot;allowing for the rapid deployment of new services and the optimization of service delivery from the mobile edge.&quot;&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13px;">Yet, as good as this all sounds, there&#39;s a fundamental problem here.</span></p> ETSI liquid applications MEC mobile edge computing Network Software NFV Nokia Networks Peter Jarich Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:16:12 +0000 66831 at Microsoft sells 9.3M Lumia smartphones in Q3, takes Nokia branding off smartphones <p>Microsoft reported a jump in smartphone sales for the third quarter and also confirmed it will put its own brand name in place of the Nokia brand on its Lumia Windows Phone smartphones going forward.</p> Lumia Microsoft Microsoft Lumia Nokia quarterly earnings Satya Nadella Smartphones Smartphones and Devices Windows Phone Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:09:11 +0000 329436 at Ericsson's Q3 sales beat expectations, but N. America is now a point of uncertainty <p>Ericsson reported third-quarter sales that beat analysts&#39; expectations, but falling revenue in the North American market cast concerns over the vendor&#39;s forthcoming fourth-quarter results. North America is the company&#39;s largest region by revenue and carrier spending in the market has traditionally been a growth driver for Ericsson--but that could be starting to shift.</p> China Ericsson Hans Vestberg Jan Frykhammar LTE Mobile Networks Network Infrastructure Network Infrastructure quarterly earnings Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:50:08 +0000 329396 at Orange's Pellissier sees arrival of more converged services in UK <p>EE hinted that its plan to launch new TV services in the UK market is something of a defensive strategy against an expected increase in converged offerings from rival operators, with BT regarded as a particular threat.</p> BT Deutsche Telekom EE Gervais Pellissier Network Infrastructure O2 Uk Orange Service Provider Strategies Three UK Vodafone UK Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:06:47 +0000 25801 at Apple, Samsung fuel rise in mobile device sensor sales <p>Apple and Samsung are fuelling growth in the sales of sensors for mobile devices that will see the value of the market grow threefold between 2012 and 2018, analysts predict.</p> Apple Huawei IHS samsung Sensors Smartphone Smartphones and Devices Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:27:04 +0000 25796 at Telekom Austria reports strong Q3 results, agrees Macedonia merger <p>Telekom Austria rounded off a busy week with a set of results that produced approving nods from analysts and showed continued signs of improvement on Austria&#39;s highly competitive mobile market.</p> Financial News Hannes Ametsreiter Jefferies Telekom Austria Telekom Slovenije Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:24:16 +0000 25791 at Ericsson profit dips despite year-on-year rise in Q3 sales <p>Ericsson revealed the UK and Germany were the only bright spots in its European sales in the third quarter, as it announced a 13 per cent drop in overall net income compared to the same period in 2013.</p> Earnings Ericsson Hans Vestberg LTE Network Infrastructure STMicroelectronics Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:52:58 +0000 25786 at Orange rallies in Q3, calls for rivals to lead France's mobile consolidation <p>Orange produced better-than-expected results in the third quarter of 2014 as the France-based operator halted the pace of revenue decline and made progress with cost cutting.</p> bouygues telecom Financial News Iliad Orange Sfr Stephane Richard Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:19:55 +0000 25781 at Juniper Research: Operators to lose $14B in revenue to OTTs this year <p>Voice and messaging traffic lost to over the top (OTT) players such as WhatsApp, Facebook and Skype will cost network operators $14 billion (&euro;11 billion) in revenues globally this year.</p> Juniper Research Mobile Voice OTT Service Provider Strategies Signalling traffic VoIP Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:16:24 +0000 25776 at 4G Americas weighs in on 5G, calls for LTE-A extensions <p>With many parties weighing in on the 5G debate, 4G Americas has decided to throw its hat into the ring with the release of a <a href="">white paper</a> that makes recommendations on how operators in the Americas should deploy 5G.</p> 4G Americas 5G LTE LTE-Advanced Network Infrastructure Network Software Service Provider Strategies Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:52:09 +0000 66821 at Startup Federated Wireless working on spectrum sharing scheme for 3.5 GHz <p>A Boston-based firm founded by a group of scientists is building a system that will help operators, government entities and others navigate the tricky world of spectrum sharing in the 3.5 GHz spectrum band, or Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS). The FCC has said it intends to apply spectrum sharing to the 3550-3650 MHz spectrum band and is considering extending that service to the 3700 MHz, which would provide a total of 150 MHz of spectrum to CBRS.</p> 3.5 GHz Allied Minds Federated Wireless Network Infrastructure spectrum sharing Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:16:48 +0000 66816 at Rock Wireless launches LTE service in remote areas of the Dakotas thanks to Mobility Fund <p>Rock Wireless, a division of Standing Rock Telecom, has launched LTE service on an American Indian reservation straddling remote parts of North and South Dakota thanks to funds awarded via the FCC&#39;s Mobility Fund. Rock Wireless, the first tribally-owned wireless carrier, is aiming to give Verizon Wireless some competition for service in the high plains.</p> 4G LTE FCC Mobility Fund Mobility Fund auction Network Infrastructure Rock Wireless rural carriers Standing Rock Telecom U.S. Cellular Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:45:36 +0000 329231 at Swedish researchers set new world record for wireless data transmission rates <p>A group of researchers from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, and Ericsson is getting recognition for setting a new world record in wireless data transmission rates using a new type of microwave circuit.</p> backhaul Chalmers Chipsets Ericsson IEEE transmission rate wireless data Thu, 23 Oct 2014 20:04:48 +0000 66811 at Cable Wi-Fi's massive future potential starts to take shape <p><a href=""><img align="right" alt="" height="58" src="" style="border-width: 0px; border-style: solid; margin: 2px 5px; float: right;" width="99" /></a>The cable industry&#39;s bread and butter, a highly profitable video business, is cracking as people consume more and more content via over-the-top distribution channels. However, at the same time, a massive opportunity with unknown dimensions has quietly emerged: Wi-Fi. <a href=""><strong>Special report</strong></a></p> Cable WiFi Wi-Fi Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:16:15 +0000 329171 at Verizon leads $9.4M investment in Flint Mobile mobile payments service <p><a href=""><img align="right" alt="" hspace="5" src="" vspace="1" width="80" /></a></p> <p>Verizon Communications lead a $9.4 million investment round in Flint Mobile, a mobile payments service that uses software to process transactions instead of hardware, giving the company a boost from a major carrier.</p> Flint Mobile mobile payments Service Provider Strategies Square Verizon Communications Verizon Wireless Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:59:22 +0000 329146 at T-Mobile upgrades to A5/3 encryption on parts of GSM network in attempt to thwart eavesdropping <p>T-Mobile US has upgraded parts of its 2G GSM network with enhanced encryption technology, which could provide a stronger defense against government eavesdropping and other network intrusions. The changes come after revelations of widespread surveillance of phone calls and Internet traffic by the National Security Agency.</p> 2G encryption GSM National Security Agency Network Infrastructure privacy Service Provider Strategies surveillance T-Mobile USA Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:26:46 +0000 329136 at South Korea pushes forward on 5G, promises global cooperation <p>Perhaps it&#39;s only fitting that South Korea should be grabbing all the headlines out of the&nbsp;5G Global Summit, a special event for the 2014 ITU Pleniopotentiary Conference (PP-14) aimed at sharing information about 5G technology and facilitating international cooperation. After all, the event is staged in the southern port city of Busan, South Korea.</p> 5G Ericsson ITU Samsung Service Provider Strategies SK Telecom South Korea standards Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:13:51 +0000 66801 at Wi-Fi represents big future for cable <p>This year may be remembered as one of the most transformational in the history of the cable business--and not because of huge pending mergers. While video services are beginning to give way to over-the-top distribution, a big opportunity has emerged in Wi-Fi.</p> cable Hotspots Service Provider Strategies Wi-Fi Wi-fi Networks Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:28:09 +0000 66796 at UWB: Back from the dead, bound for IoT location-based services <p>If you thought ultra-wideband technology had joined the ranks of zombies on&nbsp;<em>The Walking Dead</em>, think again. It never totally died; it just got new again.</p> Internet of Things M2M and Connected Devices ultra-wideband UWB Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:22:58 +0000 66791 at Mallinson: How to succeed in smartphones as ASPs decrease <p>Fundamental changes in demand will be very disruptive to smartphone suppliers. Smartphone vendors that want to succeed will need to make significant cost reductions while also adapting with new product offerings, changes in supply chains, and product distribution.</p> Apple ASP Ericsson MediaTek Nokia samsung Smartphones Smartphones and Devices Xiaomi Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:11:24 +0000 25716 at América Móvil increases its stake in Telekom Austria to almost 60% <p>Am&eacute;rica M&oacute;vil now owns close to 60 per cent of Telekom Austria after the Mexican company gained an additional 8.68 per cent share through an extended offer to smaller shareholders.</p> America Movil Financial News OIAG Telekom Austria Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:17:25 +0000 25761 at Ericsson enables VoLTE for Telefónica Deutschland <p>Telef&oacute;nica Deutschland is ready to take a leading role in Europe as one of the first operators to deploy a commercial voice over LTE (VoLTE) service.</p> CCS Insight E-Plus Ericsson Network Infrastructure Service Provider Strategies Smartphones Smartphones and Devices Telefonica Deutschland VoLTE Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:03:04 +0000 25756 at Huawei to increase procurement spending in Europe <p>Huawei said it plans to increase its procurement spending in the European Union as part of its overall investment strategy for Europe, and expects to make direct purchases worth an estimated $4.08 billion (&euro;3.8 billion) in 2015.</p> EU Huawei Network Infrastructure Regulatory News zte Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:48:57 +0000 25751 at NWave joins Weightless SIG to drive IoT specification <p>An Internet of Things (IoT) standards organization just got a jolt with the involvement of a new member, NWave Technologies, which is contributing its years of expertise to the Weightless SIG for the advancement of the Weightless-N standard.</p> Internet of Things IoT M2M and Connected Devices NWave Technologies standards Weightless SIG Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:59:27 +0000 66781 at Qualcomm drives 802.11ac 2.0 ecosystem for faster Wi-Fi, intros new chip <p>Qualcomm Atheros is doing its part of make better use of Wi-Fi spectrum with multi-user (MU), multiple input-multiple output (MIMO) technology. Expanding on its portfolio of 802.11ac 2.0 capable chips, the company is introducing the QCA9377, which extends the performance benefits of Qualcomm&#39;s branded MU|EFX technology to notebooks, TVs, cameras and other consumer electronics that are connected to crowded Wi-Fi networks.</p> 802.11ac BBWF Chipsets MU-MIMO Qualcomm Atheros Wi-Fi Wi-fi Networks Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:01:00 +0000 66771 at Nokia Networks touts software producing 20% faster browsing on 3G networks <p>Nokia Networks says it has conducted the first live network trial of a software feature that improves smartphone performance on 3G networks by making browsing 20 percent faster while reducing battery power consumption by 40 percent.</p> Network Infrastructure Network Software Nokia Networks smartphone data Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:38:10 +0000 66776 at