FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said the commission is moving the start of the 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum incentive auctions to mid-2015 from a previously scheduled start of sometime in 2014 to make sure the agency gets the technology and policy correct. The decision could have major ramifications for how other spectrum auctions scheduled to take place before the incentive auctions proceed.
As was widely anticipated, Alcatel-Lucent is to rejoin the French blue-chip index CAC 40 on Dec. 23 in a move that reflects the continuing recovery of the telecoms equipment manufacturer after several torrid years.
Telefónica faces a difficult decision in Brazil after authorities there told the Spanish operator to sell assets in the country due to its growing influence over Telecom Italia, while a key shareholder in Telecom Italia said it opposed an enforced sale of TIM Brasil.
The National Security Agency is tracking the location data and movements of hundreds of millions of mobile devices overseas and is also occasionally scooping up location data on U.S. citizens as part of a massive surveillance effort to track foreign intelligence targets, according to documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
The Competitive Carriers Association urged the FCC to form a special wireless competition task force to explore several key issues it argues are interrelated, such as spectrum aggregation and spectrum auctions. The issues the CCA wants the task force to look at are ones the group, which represents the interests of small carriers, has argued for in the past, but the CCA now says the FCC needs to look how the issues are connected.
Two leading Republican lawmakers said Tuesday they want to start a multi-year effort to reform the Communications Acts of 1996 and update it for the age of broadband communications and next-generation wireless services.
Europe's leading telecoms executives have been falling over themselves to call for more industry consolidation to counter falling prices in the market, and the CEO of Danish operator TDC, Carsten Dilling, is the latest to wade into the debate.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler indicated in his first major policy address as chairman that one of the agency's key goals is ensuring that all carriers have enough spectrum to compete and operate their networks.
TeliaSonera said it has terminated the employment contracts of four senior employees, including its chief financial officer, following a wider review conducted by law firm Norton Rose Fulbright into business practices at its Eurasian operations.
Austria's operators are lining up to complain about the high price they are being forced to pay for new mobile spectrum after the country's recent auction raised around €2 billion (US$2.7 billion) from the three leading players.