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Small AWS-3 License Winners Include Lots of Big Carriers

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AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Dish Network were the big winners in the AWS-3 auction that closed this week, winning licenses not only for larger “economic areas” but also being among the largest winners of smaller “cellular market area” licenses. The CMA licenses were awarded in...Learn More

AWS-3 Auction Finally Ends, Raising $45 Billion

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The record breaking auction of AWS-3 spectrum is finally over, said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler at an FCC monthly meeting today. Wheeler did not reveal who the winners were, but he did say that in total the winners bid nearly $45 billion. To put that...Learn More

Smartphone Market Share: Report Finds Apple Gains

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More than 1 billion smartphones were shipped worldwide in 4Q 2014, with a record-setting total of 74.5 million iPhones contributing to 29 percent year-over-year growth, according to the latest market data from Juniper Research. Smartphone OEM leader Samsung reported a decline in earnings, even as...Learn More

Mobile Broadband Demand May Lead to Small Cell Central Offices

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Wireless network operator deployments of small cells will bring major changes to the way the operators architect their networks, said Iain Gillott, president of wireless research firm iGR this week. Gillott made his comments at Technology Futures Inc.’s Communications Technology and Asset Valuation Conference in...Learn More

ABI: Enterprise Market to Fuel Smart Glasses Sales Growth of 150 Percent

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Consumer adoption has garnered the lion’s share of attention when it comes to growth prospects for smart glasses. Yet it’s the enterprise and public sectors that will fuel strong growth and uptake of smart glasses this year, according to the latest market research report from...Learn More

5G Network Requirements: 10 Gig, Ultra-Low-Latency?

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The wireless industry is considering 5G performance targets of 10 Gbps and 1 millisecond-latency, said the senior director of technology for wireless association GSMA on an investor conference call organized by Bernstein financial analysts last week. Those targets will require the use of higher frequency...Learn More

First Cable Wi-Fi Mobile Service, Freewheel, Will Challenge Mobile Industry

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The cable industry has long embraced Wi-Fi as a competitive differentiator. New York based Cablevision was an early pioneer in cable Wi-Fi, and they are once again out in front with Freewheel, the first cable Wi-Fi based mobile phone service. Freewheel could be a sign...Learn More

AT&T to Acquire Nextel Mexico

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January 26, 2015 — DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AT&T1 has entered into an agreement with NII Holdings, Inc. to acquire its wireless business in Mexico for US$1.875 billion, less the outstanding net debt of the business at closing, in a transaction pursuant to Section 363 of the U.S....Learn More

Self-Driving Car Study: Using Mobile Devices Tops Wish List

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Self-driving cars could free drivers from the burden of navigation, enabling them to engage in other activities while driving. Market research from Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Engineering – a pioneer in autonomous vehicle technology – determined the top 10 activities U.S. consumers say they...Learn More

Public Wi-Fi and Minorities: Study Finds Strong Benefits

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African-Americans and Latinos are more likely to use public Wi-Fi networks and use them more often. Furthermore, they report more in the way of positive impacts from public Wi-Fi use than their Caucasian counterparts, according to a new study from WifiForward conducted by the GfK...Learn More

Older Adults and Technology Use Survey: 56% Need Help

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Surveying 100 people from a member base comprised predominantly of those 55 and older, technology support company iTOK found that well over half (56 percent) needed help learning how to use the new consumer information and communications (ICT) devices they received as gifts this past...Learn More

Sprint Targets T-Mobile Customers

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), January 23, 2015 – While Sprint [NYSE:S] continues to match all major U.S. carrier phone trade-in pricing, the company announced today it will guarantee all T-Mobile customers a minimum of $200 instant trade-in value when they take their wireless number...Learn More