FCC's Wheeler urges carriers to participate in 600 MHz auction; Nokia carves path for WiMAX operators to go to TD-LTE

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> FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said that it's crucial that wireless carriers participate in the 600 MHz incentive auction that is planned for mid-2015. Speaking at the Competitive Carriers' Association show, Wheeler said that a segment of the broadcast industry, which has been very vocal in its opposition to this auction, is saying that there are not enough wireless carriers to participate to make it worthwhile for the broadcasters. "It is crucial that you show up. And show up now." Article

> Anticipation is growing for the FCC's upcoming AWS-3 spectrum auction, which will begin Nov. 13. During a panel discussion here at the Competitive Carriers' Association conference, several operators said that they expected the auction to get high participation from a lot of different players. Article

> T-Mobile US is working with multiple partners to enable LTE roaming and will have several LTE roaming deals completed by year-end. Article

> Kansas-based Nex-Tech Wireless will use Taqua's Virtual Mobile Core (VMC) as the basis for deploying small cells, Wi-Fi calling and VoLTE. Release

> Sierra Wireless said it has now shipped over 100 million connected devices on more than 80 wireless networks worldwide since1997. Release

> Anticipation is growing for the FCC's upcoming AWS-3 spectrum auction, which will begin Nov. 13. During a panel discussion at the Competitive Carriers' Association conference, several operators said that they expected the auction to get high participation from a lot of different players. Article

> Ericsson is preparing a multimode small cell that supports carrier aggregation, the RBS 6402. Article. Separately, Nokia said it introduced small cells with LTE Advanced carrier aggregation via its new Flexi Zone G2 Pico family of small cells. Article. Finally, Alcatel-Lucent said it is on track with Qualcomm to launch its first multimode small cell for enterprises by next year. Article

> Verizon Wireless has named Tower Cloud as its backhaul partner for its new 4G LTE small cell deployment in Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park. Article

> Verizon Enterprise Solutions is planning a platform that will allow users to share almost anything. Article

> According to CCS Insight, Electrolux's planned $3.3 billion acquisition of GE's home appliances unit could give a major boost to the AllSeen Alliance. Post

> Nokia announced a new technology to help WiMAX operators migrate to TD-LTE. Article

> Rep. Nancy Pelosi is urging the FCC to reclassify broadband as a utility. Article

> Comcast is now serving Comcast ads to devices on its public Wi-Fi hotspots. Article

> Building on its DevCloud announcement, RacoWireless announced its new Application Marketplace, which the company said is "an app store empowering companies from all over the globe to quickly build, enhance and sell connected IoT/M2M solutions." Release

Mobile Developer News

> Editor Shane Schick is looking at the best ways Apple can keep iOS developers loyal. Editor's Corner

> FierceDeveloper takes a look inside iOS AdThief, malware that stole revenue from app developers. Article

Telecom News

> Global Capacity, a connectivity service provider, is upping its network reach by signing an agreement to acquire MegaPath's Network Services business unit. Article

> MetTel, an emerging business service provider, is acquiring Staples' IT provider subsidiary Thrive Networks, a move that immediately enhances its managed services and support solutions. Article

Cable News

> Discovery Communications, parent company of the Discovery Channel and other pay TV programming, has come out in opposition to Comcast's $45.2 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable. Article

> AT&T signed an agreement with Rural Media Group to carry RFD-TV on U-verse, making it clear that the service provider doesn't want rural subscribers to stand in the way of its $48.5 billion takeover of DirecTV. Article

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