Articles from Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile
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It's been a busy week in the continuing race to grab precious wireless spectrum in the U.S.
Sprint Nextel Corp. revealed a $2 billion bid for control of Clearwire LLC's nationwide 2.6GHz spectrum. Dish Network Corp. got clearance to use AWS-4 spectrum for an LTE network. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) , meanwhile, says it will open up 100MHz of 3.5GHz radar spectrum for small cells and sharing.(Read Full Article)
It's been a big week in storms, elections, events and awards here at Light Reading Mobile and maybe for you, too.
But we can't ignore that the two largest phone companies in the U.S. are moving more quickly to kill off fixed phone lines, DSL and rid themselves of expensive copper infrastructure and the legal requirements that surround it. These technologies are to be replaced with either 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE), IP broadband fiber or some combination of both.(Read Full Article)
Qualcomm takes the lead in a US LTE public safety project to develop 4G radios that can communicate even if the network goes down.(Read Full Article)
The proceedings were knocked more than a little sideways by the raging storm that continues to pound the Northeast of the U.S. Some speakers, such as Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Ajit Pai, had to deliver presentations via videoconferencing sessions after getting stuck without a flight to Chicago.(Read Full Article)
Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE: S) isn't waiting for blanket 4G coverage in cities before switching on its new Long Term Evolution (LTE), instead aiming for street-level coverage that it deems useful for potential users.
Bob Azzi, senior vice president of Networks at Sprint, talked to Light Reading Mobile about the operator's LTE strategy Friday in the wake of its initial launch in 15 markets.(Read Full Article)
Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA have already upped capital expenditure (capex) on network infrastructure, writes Jefferies Analyst George Notter in a note. He predicts that spending by AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE: S) will start to speed up too:
Our checks indicate that, while Q1 was generally slower-than-expected, vendors are exceedingly bullish about prospects for the full year. We note that 2012 could be the first year in recent memory where all of the major operators in North America are spending aggressively at the same time. We think that Q2 and Q3, in particular, look very strong. We wouldn't be surprised if Q4 follows seasonal norms in 2012 with some modest slowing of spending into year-end(Read Full Article)
BARCELONA -- Mobile World Congress 2012 -- Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) CEO John Chambers used his keynote in Spain Tuesday to reveal that the networking giant will be following many of its infrastructure rivals in delivering a tiny base station of its own. Chambers briefly mentioned small cells, "which we and others are announcing at the show," in the context of a larger talk about cloud computing. In the same breath, Chambers linked femtos with Wi-Fi offload as a tool for operators managing data traffic, hinting at the approach that Cisco will likely take with these edge-of-network radio access boxes. More will be revealed Tuseday afternoon as Cisco officially unveils its small cell. We'll update on the small cell when we have more...(Read Full Article)
Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. is doling out $6 billion in new chip contracts to three U.S. companies, the Chinese giant revealed Friday. Avago Technologies Pte. , Broadcom Corp. (Nasdaq: BRCM) and Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM) have been awarded three-year original equipment manufacturer (OEM) deals by Huawei, worth $6 billion in total. A spokeswoman for company told Light Reading Mobile that it won't reveal how the billions are split between the three contract renewals. Qualcomm says that it will be supplying its Snapdragon mobile processors and multi-mode modems to Huawei. Avago says that it will be able to expand its mobile infrastructure portfolio with the new Huawei support. All three are all already silicon suppliers to the Chinese giant. Why this mattersHuawei can't yet seem to get in on the action with major U.S. carrier infrastructure contracts, but it can splash the cash on American suppliers. The company says that since opening in the U.S. in 2001 it has partnered with 280 firms inking contracts worth more than $30 billion in all. 2011 marked an 8 percent increase in spending in the region year-on-year for the company. For moreRead up on Huawei's recent North American moves: Getting Closer: Huawei Scores 4G Deals in Canada 2011 Rewind: Where in the World Is LTE? Huawei's Open Letter to the US Huawei's Springboard Into the US? Huawei, ZTE Spook Sprint? US Gets Worried About Huawei No Way Huawei? Huawei's Latest US Offensive Huawei, AT&T, and the NSA Huawei Addresses Security Fears No Respite for Chinese Vendors(Read Full Article)
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