U.S. Cellular accelerates plans to deploy LTE; Comcast sells MiFi hotspot

> U.S. Cellular is accelerating its plans to deploy LTE. The company, which had originally planned to deploy the next-generation technology in 2012, announced it will deploy LTE in 24 markets by November, covering approximately 25 percent to 30 percent of its total subscriber base. Article

> Ericsson said it would upgrade Magyar Telekom's network. It will initially deliver HSPA+ services but will enable the network to be smoothly upgraded to LTE once spectrum licenses have been allocated. Article

> Comcast announced it has begun selling the MiFi hotspot from Novatel Wireless. The 3G/4G device, which can connected up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices at the same time, is part of Comcast's Xfinity Internet 2go product line and will cost $25 with a qualifying Xfinity Internet 2go service plan. Article

­> Motorola Mobility has announced that its headquarters as an independent company will remain in Libertyville, Ill., thanks to a business investment package from the state. Article

> The French government announced that the telecoms regulator Arcep will open the bidding process for LTE spectrum by the end of this month, but operators will be limited as to how much spectrum they can bid for. Article

And Finally... ­A British mountain climber and guide, Kenton Cool, has sent what it thought to be the first ever Tweet from the summit of Mount Everest. The ascent, the ninth for the mountaineer, was sponsored by Samsung, which supplied the handset used to send the record breaking message. Article

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