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Tower Industry in the US Continues to Attract Investment

Tower Industry in the US Continues to Attract Investment

Vertical Bridge Holdings, LLC, a privately owned real estate investment trust (REIT) focused on the ownership of wireless communications towers in the US, has secured over $470 million of incremental equity commitments to support its acquisitions, new tower build programs, and growth strategy. Vertical Bridge…

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AT&T Announces $1.7 Billion Plan to Acquire Mexican Wireless Operator Iusacell

AT&T Announces $1.7 Billion Plan to Acquire Mexican Wireless Operator Iusacell

AT&T has agreed to pay $1.7 billion to acquire Iusacell, Mexico’s third-largest wireless operator. The transaction, which is subject to approval by Mexican regulators, will occur after Iusacell’s owner, billionaire businessman Ricardo Salinas’ Grupo Salinas, buys out Grupo Televisa’s 50 percent stake in Iusacell for…

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President Obama’s Plan to Regulate the Internet As a Utility Under Title II Promises More Economic Despair

President Obama’s Plan to Regulate the Internet As a Utility Under Title II Promises More Economic Despair

It’s no mystery why the Democratic Party lost big in this year’s election. “The party of economic despair will always lose.” President Obama has presided over six years of lackluster economic growth. “Progressive Democratic policies on Keystone, power-plant closures and oils exports crushed younger, unionized…

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The FTC Sues AT&T Over Throttling Unlimited Data Plans

The FTC Sues AT&T Over Throttling Unlimited Data Plans

I was in Washington, DC during the last week of October when the Federal Trade Commission filed a federal court complaint in San Francisco against AT&T Mobility charging that the company has misled millions of its smartphone customers by charging them for “unlimited” data plans…

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The FCC Postpones the Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction Into 2016

The FCC Postpones the Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction Into 2016

The FCC has revealed that the incentive auction to reallocate broadcast spectrum to mobile communications will be delayed until early 2016. The FCC had originally hoped to conduct the auctions in mid-2015, but pointed to the uncertainty generated by court challenges to the rules of…

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Is New Ultra-high Frequency Spectrum Sufficient to Drive  the 5G Ecosystem?

Is New Ultra-high Frequency Spectrum Sufficient to Drive the 5G Ecosystem?

Although 5G services are not likely to materialize until well after 2020, several leading technology vendors and mobile operators are jockeying to define and lead the roadmap for 5G wireless spectrum and technology. While the US wireless industry continues to deploy 4G networks, some equipment…

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Carrier Grade Wi-Fi in the Era of Mobile Offload, Wi-Fi First and Wi-Fi Calling

Carrier Grade Wi-Fi in the Era of Mobile Offload, Wi-Fi First and Wi-Fi Calling

October is Wi-Fi month and the industry has started its world tour to promote the advancements made over the past year. Starting with the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) Member Working Sessions and the Wi-Fi Global Congress in San Francisco, the Wi-Fi Alliance will hold its…

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Six Leading Operators and Their Vendor Ecosystem Shared Perspectives on HSPA+, LTE, Wi-Fi and 5G at the 2014 4G Americas Analyst Forum

Six Leading Operators and Their Vendor Ecosystem Shared Perspectives on HSPA+, LTE, Wi-Fi and 5G at the 2014 4G Americas Analyst Forum

4G Americas hosted 65+ industry analysts at its 2014 Analyst Forum in Atlanta last week. We received in-depth briefings from six leading operators and their vendor ecosystem with an agenda that covered a wide range of topics from LTE acceleration in the Americas region, to…

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FCC is Preparing for Upcoming AWS-3 and 600 MHz Incentive Spectrum Auctions

FCC is Preparing for Upcoming AWS-3 and 600 MHz Incentive Spectrum Auctions

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is still shaping the framework for the 600 MHz incentive auction planned for 2015, as it prepares to conduct the upcoming Advanced Wireless Services-3 (AWS-3) Spectrum Auction, scheduled to begin on November 13. The following chart shows that AWS-3 licenses…

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Ericsson Launches New Small Cell Solution, Announces its Latest Software Release 15A and Investment in Apcera

Ericsson Launches New Small Cell Solution, Announces its Latest Software Release 15A and Investment in Apcera

I joined 100+ industry analysts that spent two days last week for an in-depth briefing from Ericsson in their North American headquarters in San Jose. The analyst briefings covered a wide range of topics from improving performance of 4G HetNets and small cells to accelerating…

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