Wireless industry changes threaten balance sheets; Tele2 launches fixed-line substitution service using femtocells

> Future spectrum auctions, a shift toward usage-based pricing for mobile broadband and the evolution of application-based wireless services could hamstring wireless operators' balance sheets and cash flows, according to a new report from Fitch Ratings. Article

> A Vodafone advertisement claiming that its 3G network offered the best quality of service has provoked a storm of protest from rival operator O2. The company argues that it provides a better customer experience in much of the U.K., with London being the stand-out area--an assertion that might be questioned by some O2 iPhone users. Article

> The normally secretive Scandinavian operator Tele2 has announced the launch of a fixed line substitution service offering home telephone and Internet access services via its cellular network and femtocell devices. Article

> Aptilo Networks introduced today the Aptilo WiMAX Connector, a plug-and-play solution that allows operators to deploy WiMAX while utilizing existing broadband OSS/BSS infrastructure--infrastructure that does not natively handle WiMAX. Release

And Finally... Students at New Jersey's Atlantic City High School have learned not to mess with the lunch ladies. Cafeteria workers served only cheese sandwiches punishment for a food fight. Article