AlcaLu names new WCDMA/HSPA chief; WiFi iPad coming to market April 3

> Alcatel-Lucent announced Jules Meunier will join the company to lead its W-CDMA/HSPA product unit. Release

> The Belgium cable company Telenet has started the country's first trial of LTE in the city of Mechelen using three new antennas especially designed to provide mobile data traffic. Article

> Worldwide, the overall 2G and 3G mobile infrastructure market, including radio access network, mobile switching subsystem, packet core, and home location register equipment, is down 9 percent year-over-year (2008 to 2009), from $50.9 billion to $46.5 billion, reports Infonetics Research. Article

> Amidst rumors of production delays and snafus, Apple announced the WiFi versions of its iPad tablet device will be available to U.S. consumers on April 3, with their WiFi/3G counterparts to follow at the end of the month. Article

> One of the big problems with the broadband stimulus program is the lack of clarity on what actually is an "unserved" and "underserved" broadband area. Case in point is the National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA) and member company Eagle Communications' protest of a $101 million broadband grant given to Rural Telephone Service Co. Article

> The nation's two largest wireless carriers took in the lion's share of net wireless subscriber additions in the fourth quarter, according to a new report from Wireless Intelligence. The two operators accounted for more than 80 percent of the total net wireless subscriber additions in the quarter, which came in at around 5.9 million. Article

> The federal government is giving the Coeur d'Alene Tribe more than $12 million to build a high-speed Internet connection on its rural reservation in the Idaho Panhandle. Article

And Finally... A man was arrested after authorities said he took a winning scratch-off ticket back to the store he had stolen it from a day earlier. Article

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