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Mosaik Solutions shows quarter-by-quarter LTE coverage development in the U.S.

LTE networks have been live in the U.S. since 2010, and each of the four Tier 1 carriers now cover at least 250 million POPs with LTE, with Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility each covering at least 300 million people. However, have you ever wanted to see how LTE coverage in the U.S. developed over time? Mosaik Solutions has done just that.

AWS-3 auction tops $31B in bids as activity starts to slow down

The FCC's AWS-3 spectrum auction surged into uncharted territory on Friday, with total provisional winning bids topping $31 billion, $12 billion more than the 700 MHz auction attracted in 2008.

Chipmakers start seeing the importance of more robust uplink - up to 100 Mbps - for LTE

Downlink data speeds on LTE networks get a lot of attention, and uplink speeds get much less love. That's mainly because carriers and consumers have long been concerned with what kinds of streaming data can be pulled down from the network to mobile devices. However, chipset suppliers are starting to herald the importance of increasing uplink bandwidth for applications like cloud data uploads and video calling.

Intel vows to slash losses in mobile biz next year, but says they have been necessary

Intel intends to cut the losses in its mobile chipset business next year, but will still likely lose billions of dollars in the mobility market in 2015. However, top company executives have said that the losses have been necessary to get the silicon giant into mobile after years of passivity.

FCC to vote on proposed incentive auction rules in December

The FCC will vote on Dec. 11 on a detailed set of proposed rules for how the incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum will be conducted. If the FCC approves the proposals, the rules will not become final and will instead be opened up for public comment.

Google settles patent litigation with Apple-backed Rockstar consortium

Google has settled patent litigation with a consortium of companies backed by Apple, Microsoft and other tech giants, according to a court filing. Financial terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

RootMetrics data show Sprint, T-Mobile making gains in LTE coverage

Thanks to an exclusive partnership between FierceWireless and network testing firm RootMetrics, readers will be able to see how the carriers are progressing in terms of network deployments by technology on a region-by-region basis. Special report

AWS-3 spectrum auction bids soar to nearly $25.8B, and are likely to keep climbing

Bids in the FCC's AWS-3 spectrum auction keep climbing: After 20 rounds the auction has raised a total of $25.77 billion in provisionally winning bids.

Reports: Apple to bundle Beats Music service with iOS software

Apple plans to bundle the Beats Music subscription streaming music service it acquired earlier this year into its iOS software, according to reports from the Financial Times and the New York Times.

Google to let Chinese developers sell Google Play apps outside the country

Google is making a tentative move back to the Chinese mobile market by allowing Chinese developers to develop and sell apps through its Google Play application and media store outside of China.

Sprint's Claure appeals directly to Hispanic market in new ad, touting value message

Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure is taking a page of out his predecessor Dan Hesse's playbook and will star in a new Sprint ad. Claure, a native Bolivian, speaks directly to the camera in Spanish in the new ad, which is targeted directly at the Hispanic market and aimed at highlighting Sprint's value proposition.

Qualcomm predicts slower growth, looks to push into server chips

Qualcomm executives noted that the company continues to face hurdles in China, and partially as a result the firm said it is now expecting a slightly more conservative growth rate during the next five years. However, the chipset giant still thinks it has plenty of room to grow thanks to increasing LTE and smartphone adoption and its decision to move into new areas, such as supplying silicon for servers.

Dish, FirstNet, tower companies and FCC are the early winners in wildly successful AWS-3 auction

The FCC's AWS-3 auction, which is still going on, is now more successful than anyone ever dreamed. As of this morning, the auction has raised a total of more than $24 billion in provisionally winning bids after just six days of bidding. But beyond the big, round numbers, what other conclusions can we draw from the AWS-3 results so far?

Apple releases WatchKit toolkit, urges developers to create apps for the Apple Watch

Apple has not said when it will release its forthcoming Apple Watch or how much all of the variants will cost, but it is urging developers to make apps for the smart watch before it goes on sale next year. The company released WatchKit, a software toolkit that allows developers to begin building and testing apps for the watch.

Sprint MVNO Scratch Wireless offers unlimited cellular calling and data for $4/day

Sprint MVNO Scratch Wireless is offering unlimited cellular voice and data for 24 hours on Sprint's network for $4 when customers are out of range of Wi-Fi. The Wi-Fi-first Scratch said it wants to give its customers more flexibility and control to choose the services they want, when they want them, without having to pay for more than what they use.

Apple reportedly pushes back on government efforts to decrypt messages

Apple is continuing to push back against government protestations that its decision to encrypt messages from end to end via its newest software for iPhones will stifle law enforcement agencies' ability to stop crimes and save lives, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The report comes as Facebook's WhatsApp unit said it will encrypt the messages of its users on Android phones so the messages can't be decoded when stored or traveling between phones.

T-Mobile offers nearly free Alcatel One Touch Pop 7 tablet if subs sign up for data

Alcatel One Touch Pop 7 tablet for $149 metropcs

T-Mobile US is giving away a practically free Alcatel One Touch Android tablet to its customers as long as they sign up for a qualifying data plan. Starting Nov. 21, existing customers can go to participating T-Mobile retail stores and existing customers can get the Alcatel One Touch Pop 7 tablet for free--they just need to pay sales tax and sign up for a data plan.

Mobidia: Verizon, Sprint customers use LTE data more than AT&T, T-Mobile subs

U.S. LTE subscribers are using almost twice as much data on average than their 3G counterparts, according to a new report from mobile analytics firm Mobidia. The company's research also found that Verizon Wireless and Sprint subscribers are using more LTE data than customers of AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile US.

The 25 Most Powerful People in U.S. Wireless and Wireline 2014


Ever wonder what it takes to change the direction of an entire industry? If so, you might want to take a cue from some of the players we have featured here, on our Most Powerful People in U.S. Wireless and Wireline 2014 list. In this list, we've included men and women from all areas of the telecom industry (wireless, wireline and even a few from the video side) because we believe these areas are rapidly converging and those who exert influence in one area of the business typically have just as much power on the other.
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UPDATED: AWS-3 auction nets $16.4B in bids so far, with Dish as a wild card

The AWS-3 spectrum auction has surpassed $16.4 billion in provisional winning bids through 15 rounds, guaranteeing that the most valuable chuck of spectrum being auctioned will meet the reserve price the FCC has set.