Grid Net adds support for LTE; Sprint's Hesse admits WiMAX failed to give company head start in 4G

> The Russian government this month may grant frequencies for 4G networks without a tender to Osnova Telecom. Article

> AT&T announced a partnership with Elster Group for smart meters and confirmed that it acquired home automation company Xanboo. Article

> Grid Net said it has added support for LTE in its PolicyNet smart-grid network management software. Article

> ZTE announced that it closed a deal valued at $85 million to build and deploy a 3G network for pan-India operator Aircel. Article

> Wireless capital expense spending grew for the first time since 2008, according to new research from Strategy Analytics. Article

> Sprint CEO Dan Hesse admitted that his company's choice of WiMAX technology failed to give Sprint the lead in the 4G market it had hoped for. Speaking in an interview with The Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg at the All Things D Dive Into Mobile Event in San Francisco, Hesse talked of how Sprint made the decision to deploy WiMAX in early 2008 because it wanted to be first to market with 4G services. Sprint and Clearwire cover some 68 markets, but Verizon Wireless is not far behind, having launched LTE in 38 markets on Sunday. Article

And Finally... The Salvation Army red kettles are coming up golden in Indiana. The charity says anonymous donors have left gold coins in kettles in Mishawaka and Kokomo this Christmas season. Article