FierceWireless The latest wireless industry news from FierceWireless en-us Report: Bouygues Telecom and SFR firm up network-sharing plans <p>It&#39;s been long in the making, but a planned network-sharing agreement between Bouygues Telecom and SFR appears to be on track after the two companies reportedly signed an amendment to the original contract from January this year.</p> bouygues telecom Eric Denoyer Network Infrastructure Numericable Orange Sfr Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:02:48 +0000 25936 at Apple Pay rival MCX open to using NFC technology in the future <p>The Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) is willing to use Near Field Communications technology like its rivals, its CEO said. MCX is a consortium of some of the country&#39;s largest retailers that is setting up a mobile payments program that will stand as a rival to Apple Pay, Softcard and other mobile payment offerings.</p> Apple Apple Pay CurrentC Isis MCX Merchant Customer Exchange mobile payments Near Field Communications NFC Smartphones and Devices Softcard Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:02:45 +0000 331546 at Verizon will pay up to $64M to settle lawsuit claiming it over-billed for family calling plan <p>Verizon Wireless is the latest carrier to face consequences for alleged deceptive billing practices. The carrier will pay as much as $64.2 million in cash and phone credits to settle a class-action lawsuit that claimed the carrier over-charged customers on its Family Share Plan, which let subscribers share minutes and call each other for free.</p> Class Action Litigation Family SharePlan lawsuit Litigation Service Provider Strategies Verizon Wireless Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:33:17 +0000 331541 at Alcatel-Lucent narrows loss in Q3 but U.S. sales continue to drop off <p>Alcatel-Lucent reported a narrower net loss for the third quarter and an improved margin as cost cuts and a slower cash burn offset falling sales. However, in the company&#39;s crucial U.S. market, sales continued to fall in the period.</p> Alcatel-Lucent LTE Michel Combes Mobile Networks Network Infrastructure Network Infrastructure quarterly earnings Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:10:44 +0000 331511 at Lenovo completes $2.9B deal for Motorola, will pursue dual-brand strategy in emerging markets <p>Lenovo officially closed its $2.91 billion deal to buy Motorola Mobility from Google, a move that immediately turns Lenovo into the third largest smartphone player in the world by market share. Lenovo, which is popular in China and many markets where Motorola doesn&#39;t play, will use a dual-brand strategy to grow the combined company&#39;s mobile businesses in emerging markets.</p> Google Lenovo Mergers and Acquisitions Motorola Mobility Smartphones Smartphones and Devices Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:41:10 +0000 331506 at Fairpoint's union problems, Verizon's FiOS slowdown and other wireline nightmares <p><em>FierceWireless&nbsp;</em>today&nbsp;published its roundup of wireless executive nightmares.&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13px;">And concurrent with this,&nbsp;</span><em style="font-size: 13px;">FierceTelecom&nbsp;</em><span style="font-size: 13px;">is taking a look at the nightmares that are haunting executives in the wireline industry. Among those nightmares is FairPoint&#39;s ongoing fight with its union workers. The situation remains unresolved and is surely giving FairPoint executives sleepless nights. Similarly, Verizon executives are likely becoming concerned with slowing FiOS growth as the company&#39;s rollout of that technology comes to a halt.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13px;">Check out&nbsp;</span><em style="font-size: 13px;">FierceTelecom&#39;s&nbsp;</em><span style="font-size: 13px;">full report on the nightmares that are&nbsp;</span><a href="" style="font-size: 13px;"><strong>making executives afraid to turn out the lights</strong></a><span style="font-size: 13px;">.</span></p> wireless industry nightmares Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:24:09 +0000 331501 at Counting down the top wireless, wireline nightmares <p>Halloween is upon us and it&#39;s time to take a look at the biggest nightmares to face the world of wireless and wireline telecom.&nbsp;Phil Goldstein, editor of&nbsp;<em>FierceWireless</em>, <a href="">takes a look at various scary scenarios</a> that are keeping wireless industry executives awake at night, while Sean Buckley, senior editor of <em>FierceTelecom</em>, <a href="">examines the challenging issues and scenarios</a> that the wireline industry is facing.</p> telecom nightmares Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:54:35 +0000 66891 at Time Warner Cable, Ruckus and others voice support for Release 2 of HotSpot 2.0 <p>Support for HotSpot 2.0 Release 2 is gathering momentum as more vendors and service providers are expected to roll out the technology.</p> Hotspot 2.0 Ruckus standards Wi-Fi Wi-fi Networks Thu, 30 Oct 2014 14:39:21 +0000 66886 at U.S. needs to put more resources into 5G--and let the world know about it <p><a href=""><img align="left" border="0" hspace="3" src="" vspace="3" /></a>With the advent of 5G, the United States once again has an opportunity to prove it is the kind of trailblazer that can deliver leading-edge technology.</p> 4G Americas 5G ITU Network Infrastructure Network Software Ngmn Service Provider Strategies Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:54:18 +0000 66856 at Samsung's mobile profit plunges 74% in Q3 as competition intensifies <p>Samsung Electronics&#39; third-quarter profit plunged thanks in large part to a steep decline in its mobile unit&#39;s profit and sales, as rising competition from Chinese rivals like Huawei, Lenovo and Xiaomi has started to take a toll. Samsung said its mobile performance in the current fourth quarter remains uncertain, but the company hopes to bounce back thanks new phones with flexible displays in 2015 as well as more competitive phones at different price points.</p> Apple Handsets quarterly earnings samsung Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Smartphones Smartphones and Devices Xiaomi Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:54:06 +0000 331411 at 2014 Wireless industry nightmares <p><a href=""><img alt="" src="" width="200" /></a><br /> <span style="font-size: 13px;">Halloween is fast approaching. It&#39;s a time of year when the spooky and supernatural get more attention than usual; and, if you&#39;re given to frights at things that go bump in the night, it can also be a time when nightmares flourish. Thus, </span><em style="font-size: 13px;">FierceWireless </em><span style="font-size: 13px;">is taking a look inside the minds of some of the industry&#39;s top executives to see what really scares them.</span></p> wireless industry nightmares Wireless nightmares Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:53:00 +0000 331056 at Reports of Exalt's death 'greatly exaggerated,' CEO says <p>Exalt Communications may be long gone, but its successor, Exalt Wireless, is in for the long haul. So says the company&#39;s CEO, who&#39;s still bullish on the company&#39;s long-term prospects.</p> backhaul Exalt Wireless microwave Network Infrastructure Service Provider Strategies Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:51:33 +0000 66876 at FirstNet gets earful from interest groups: 122 responses to its RFI, 63 on its Public Notice <p>If you&#39;re planning on building a nationwide LTE network for first responders, you&#39;d better be prepared to hear from a cadre of interest groups. Such is the case for the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), which recently closed the comment period on its Public Notice.</p> 4G LTE first responder FirstNet public notice Public Safety Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:41:13 +0000 66871 at Marriott rolls out wireless charging stations with Qi technology <p><a href=""><img align="left" border="0" hspace="3" src="" vspace="3" width="100" /></a>Marriott Hotels is providing wireless charging stations in the lobbies of 29 of its hotels this month thanks to portable charging stations from Kube Systems that use Qi technology.</p> hotels Kube Systems M2M and Connected Devices Marriott Smartphones and Devices wireless charging Thu, 30 Oct 2014 00:33:49 +0000 66866 at Senators request hearing on Internet of Things before year's end <p>It was probably just a matter of time. Given the range and ramifications of the Internet of Things (IoT), it&#39;s no surprise that members of Congress are pushing for congressional attention on the issues. In fact, a group of senators wants&nbsp; a hearing scheduled&nbsp;before the end of the year.</p> Commerce FTC Internet of Things IoT M2M and Connected Devices Regulatory News Senate Wed, 29 Oct 2014 17:43:57 +0000 66861 at FTC sues AT&T over data throttling policies, says 3.5M customers have been throttled 25M times <p>The Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit against AT&amp;T Mobility, alleging that the carrier misled as many as 3.5 million customers with legacy unlimited data plans by throttling their data speeds and changing the terms of their plans. AT&amp;T said the lawsuit does not have any merit.</p> AT&T Mobility data throttling FCC Federal Trade Commission lawsuit Litigation LTE Network Optimization Regulatory News Service Provider Strategies Sprint T-Mobile USA throttling Tom Wheeler Verizon Verizon Wireless Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:05:09 +0000 330996 at T-Mobile to offer name ID service from Whitepages <p>T-Mobile US is deploying a name ID service powered by Whitepages that will provide customers with the name of callers and texters even if they are not in the user&#39;s existing contact list. The service initially will be available to Sony Xperia Z3 phone users; that device is available beginning today. The service also will be available on new T-Mobile Android devices in the future.</p> Caller ID Network Software T-Mobile whitepages Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:01:59 +0000 330956 at LG posts best mobile results since 2009 as smartphone sales boom to 16.8M in Q3 <p>LG Electronics posted its best results from its mobile unit in five years as sales and operating profit jumped thanks to record-high smartphone sales in the third quarter, driven largely by the G3, the company&#39;s latest flagship device.</p> Handsets LG LG G3 quarterly earnings Smartphones Smartphones and Devices Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:58:20 +0000 330861 at Telenor Q3 profit slips despite revenue rise <p>Telenor&#39;s net profit slipped in the third quarter even though the company generated what it described as &quot;all-time high&quot; revenues, increased EBITDA and cut capex compared to the same period of 2013.</p> Earnings Financial News Jefferies International Jon Fredrik Baksaas Telenor Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:06:19 +0000 25896 at Ericsson teams up with Tibco for OSS/BSS boost <p>Ericsson has added software from Tibco to its roster of OSS/BSS services as the Sweden-based vendor pursues its strategy of partnering with other vendors to tackle the growing challenges faced by telecoms operators.</p> Ericsson Network Software OSS/BSS Tibco Wed, 29 Oct 2014 11:53:43 +0000 25891 at VimpelCom remains open to Wind Italy deal after failure of talks so far <p>VimpelCom said it will continue to explore deals that would add value to its Italian mobile unit Wind, but confirmed that discussions so far have failed to reach a successful conclusion.</p> Hutchison Whampoa Service Provider Strategies Telecom Italia Three Italy VimpelCom Vodafone Italy Wind Italy Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:59:04 +0000 25881 at KPN chief bullish on full year despite Q3 losses <p>KPN failed to profit from subscriber growth in the third quarter, with the company slipping to a net loss during the period as group revenue fell.</p> E-Plus Earnings Financial News Jefferies International KPN Telefonica Deutschland Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:51:54 +0000 25876 at Numericable launches €4.7B rights issue to finance SFR deal <p>Numericable announced plans to raise its capital by around &euro;4.7 billion ($5.9 billion) through a rights issue as the France-based cable operator seeks funding to help finance its &euro;13.5 billion acquisition of SFR from Vivendi.</p> bouygues telecom Financial News Numericable Orange Sfr Vivendi Wed, 29 Oct 2014 09:29:30 +0000 25871 at Juniper Research: Apple Pay and HCE to push NFC payment users to 516M by 2019 <p>The number of users of contactless payment services based on near field communications (NFC) technology will reach around 516 million by 2019, up from 101 million this year.</p> Apple Pay HCE Juniper Research M2M and Embedded Wireless Nfc Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:25:38 +0000 25861 at Orange and Telekom Austria Q3 results show glimmers of hope <p>The latest round of third-quarter results has revealed some bright spots in mobile markets that were previously pretty gloomy. In France, for example, Orange <a href="">performed much better than expected</a> in the three months from July to end-September.</p> Financial News Hannes Ametsreiter Orange Telekom Austria Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:49:14 +0000 25856 at Chicago, L.A. install Bluetooth beacons in transit areas <p>The Chicago Transit Authority is launching a pilot project that involves the use of beacon technology for transit authorities, consumers and brands, including the potential for coupon offers for travelers within range of a store,&nbsp;<em>Mobile Marketer</em>&nbsp;reports.</p> beacons Bluetooth location-based advertising M2M and Connected Devices public transit Mon, 27 Oct 2014 14:22:49 +0000 66851 at After Broadcom imbroglio, Open Interconnect Consortium, AllSeen Alliance wrestle with IP issues in IoT <p>The Open Interconnect Consortium and the AllSeen Alliance are both working to standardize the Internet of Things space and make devices interoperable--and in doing so they pit some of the industry&#39;s biggest giants against one other. And that battle appears to be entering a new phase over intellectual property licensing.</p> AllSeen Alliance Broadcom Intel Internet of Things M2M and Connected Devices OIC Qualcomm Mon, 27 Oct 2014 13:26:24 +0000 66841 at Ericsson picks up network deals with Telenor, Algeria Telecom <p>Ericsson made a good start to the week by announcing two network deals on Monday--one in Europe and one in Africa.</p> Algeria Telecom Ericsson LTE Network Infrastructure Telenor Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:09:59 +0000 25846 at Italy eyes Wi-Fi to close broadband gap <p>Italy&#39;s government will be asked to consider establishing a nationwide &euro;5 million ($6.3 million) public Wi-Fi network considered essential to close broadband coverage gaps relative to neighbouring European countries.</p> BT Cellular Network Infrastructure Wi-Fi Wi-fi Networks Wi-Fi offload Mon, 27 Oct 2014 11:59:53 +0000 25831 at Boingo serves up broadband for U.S. military <p>Boingo Wireless, well-known as a provider of distributed antenna systems and Wi-Fi, is also in the business of serving the U.S. military with Internet and IPTV services.</p> boingo wireless DAS military Wi-Fi Wi-fi Networks Sun, 26 Oct 2014 22:29:16 +0000 66836 at