Wireless Industry News

Small cells and fiber don't threaten tower companies: MoffettNathanson

Despite the push for small cells and fiber the tower industry remains strong and steady. Wireless carriers want to reduce capex utilizing small cells over traditional macrocell sites. Though as small cells are being developed and implemented they are being used more so as compliments to macrocells. MoffetNathanson said “The company will have no choice but to use an all-of-the-above approach given the very real financing, engineering, and time-to-market constraints it will face.

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FCC gives Charter approval to test 5G in Florida

The FCC has granted Charter approval to begin test trials of 5G in Florida. Charter will be operating their trials utilizing spectrum between 27.5 GHz and 28.35 GHz. Charter just last week announced it entered into an agreement with Comcast to develop an MVNO piggybacking off of Verizon’s network.

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T-Mobile's Carter: 'Of course' talks with Sprint will happen

Since the quiet period was lifted following the FCC Incentives Auction the industry has been waiting for a big move, specifically eyeing T-Mobile and Sprint. T-Mobile has the capabilities to seriously compete in the Unlimited Data market, while Sprint has a treasure trove of 2.5 GHz spectrum, a merge would pose a serious threat to Verizon and AT&T.

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Comcast, Charter will work jointly on wireless

Comcast and Charter have agreed to partner in creating an MVNO offering. This would allow the newly created MVNO to migrate from Comcast to Charter wireless services without any hiccups, all while still piggybacking off of Verizon’s wireless network, given that they both operate in different markets this makes their MVNO offering much more attractive to their customers who travel outside of market. As part of their arrangement, both companies have also agreed to require the others permission should one company decide to merge or create an agreement with another company in the wireless industry.

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Competitive Carriers Association Says Industry is Not Competitive Enough

The competition between the Big 4 carriers has grown exponentially with the introduction of the “Unlimited” plan. Yet, there are still people and associations who believe that the wireless industry still is not competitive nationwide, despite the fact that the Big 4 has spent billions building out their networks across the country.

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T-Mobile US set to take part in US merger talks, says Deutsche Telekom

T-Mobile’s parent company, Deutsche Telekom, has said that T-Mobile US will be actively participating in US merger talks. T-Mobile provided a big boost in the German telecoms profit, helping to create an unexpected 7.5 percent rise. What was not said by Deutsche Telekom was whether T-Mobile US would be coming to the table as a buyer or a seller, leaving only speculation after T-Mobile increased it’s customer base to 35.3 million, a continuation of a continuous four year increase.

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FCC’s O’Rielly, Clyburn say Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee should focus on consumer needs

The Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (BDAC) was created to make reforms as it relates to infrastructure and regulatory issues. Now though, FCC Commissioners Michael O’Reilly and Mignon Clyburn are pushing for the BDAC to implement new policies that put the consumer first and foremost and that are also technology-agnostic.

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FCC proposes limits to local authority on cell sites

The FCC has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking, in which they have identified several ways to accelerate the deployment of small cells and distributed antenna systems. Included in that list is Shot clock simplification, underground utilities, requests for comments, and local government prospective.

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Minnesota’s Small Cell Deployment Bill Gets Support From the Press

Super Bowl LII (52) is being held next February in Minnesota, so naturally Minnesota wants to start preparing for the impending stress about to face their wireless networks. In an attempt to quickly bolster their wireless infrastructure Minnesota is considering a bill that would streamline the rules, regulations, and requirements facing small-cell deployment.

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FCC’s Pai set to ‘modernize’ FCC rules, ‘cut red tape’ for broadcasters and cable companies

“Going forward, we cannot stick with regulations from the Great Depression meant to micromanage Ma Bell,” Mr. Pai said. “Instead, we need rules that focus on growth and infrastructure investment, rules that expand high-speed internet access everywhere and give Americans more online choice, faster speeds and more innovation.” This spring the FCC will begin to examine rules and regulations affecting broadcasters, cable operators, and satellite TV companies.

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FCC moves ahead with measure to ease small-cell deployments

In an effort to streamline deployment of small cells the FCC has decided to take an extended look at the regulations at the state and local levels, with the goal of finding ways to improve upon current rules and processes across all levels of government. This comes on the heels of the CTIA’s request for the FCC to step in and help quell the current processes, hindering the development of small-cells across the U.S.

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Mapping T-Mobile, Dish, Comcast and AT&T: Who got how much 600 MHz spectrum and where?

Mapping the big winners, where and how much spectrum did they win. While T-Mobile won the most spectrum they were also the most in need. With this newly acquired spectrum T-Mobiles network can be bolstered and better compete with a much larger coverage area.

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5G technology research set to benefit from FCC experimental licensing system

With the race for developing and integrating a 5G network well underway, the FCC has begun accepting new applications for Experimental Licensing. These licenses allow for use of FCC spectrum during certain times and in certain geographical locations. The licenses reduce the wait time for government authorization of experimental transmissions.

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Reality Check: The 5G impact on mobile operators and enterprises

4G maxes out at 1 gigabit per second, whereas 5G is theorized to be as fast as 10 gigabits per second. So what’s taking so long to develop the 5G network? Collaboration, resources, and cost are the big three obstacles standing in the way of a commercial 5G rollout.

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FCC Announces Auction Winners

The FCC has announced their auction winners for 70 MHz of Spectrum. The $19.8 billion in gross revenue made this the highest grossing auction ever. The largest winners in the auction are T-Mobile, Dish, Comcast, and U.S. Cellular.

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FCC’s Pai called upon by 56 senators to speed up rural broadband deployment

A group of 56 U.S. Senators is asking the FCC to actively continue working on advancing broadband deployment to hard-to-serve and under-served rural areas. The Senators reached out after increased frustration stemming from their constituents, who are frustrated themselves with high prices and lacking availability of broadband.

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Comcast unveils Xfinity Mobile: No Wi-Fi calling, zero rating, BYOD on service it says will undercut existing carriers

There’s a new MVNO in town as Comcast has officially announced its plans to enter the wireless business. The newly announced “Xfinity Mobile,” will be available exclusively to current Comcast customers and will utilize the Verizon 4G LTE network as well as Comcast’s existing 16 million public Wi-Fi hotspots.

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Mobile devices rely on home fixed broadband

According to Sandvine, a Canadian based broadband network solutions company, our Mobile devices account for more fixed-access broadband traffic than anything else used in the home. The largest chunk of that usage is used to stream movies, TV shows, and other forms of audio and video.

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Charter wants to conduct 28 GHz 5G experiments in Florida

Charter Communications is set to begin 28 GHz 5G experiments within Orlando, FL, pending FCC approval. Other cities listed in the application include Kissimmee, Cape Canaveral, South Daytona, and more. Charter Communications would join a group of service providers testing 5G all around the country.

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All Bidding Ends in Incentive Auction With Proceeds Just Under $20B

Bidding in the Incentive Auction has officially ended. The auction of the 600 MHz broadband concluded Thursday, the proceeds of which, were just south of $19.8 billion. The next step in the conclusion of the auction is the release of broadcasters’ new channel assignments.

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Verizon launches nationwide IoT network

Verizon is the first U.S. carrier to deploy a nationwide LTE network solely dedicated to the internet of things. The network is based off of Category M1 LTE, which differs from the deployment currently used in most IOT devices, LPWAN. Qualcomm will be the first chip manufacturer to produce a chip that utilizes the Cat M1 connectivity, while 6 other manufacturers are still working on developing Category M1 chips for Verizon’s new network.

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For the Love of Money! Lawmakers Spar Over Source of Infrastructure Funding

Both sides of the aisle agree that expanding infrastructure making broadband accessible in both rural and urban communities is vitally important. Their respective ideas though are very different. Republicans propose a combined solution through tax breaks and funding from the FCC’s Universal Services Fund, while Democrats have suggested more taxes with additional funding. Meanwhile, the Trump administration is developing new ways to raise funds, including auctioning more spectrum to wireless carries.

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FirstNet and AT&T contract is inked creating 10,000 new jobs, $40 billion in spending by the carrier

FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai, claimed it to be a, “historic day,” as it was announced officially that AT&T won the FirstNet contract. The FirstNet contract is set to create 10,000 new jobs and cost AT&T an estimated $40 billion dollars over the next 25 years. FirstNet is a critical infrastructure project that will design, deploy, and operate a nationwide public safety broadband network solely dedicated to first responders, including but not limited to fire, police and EMT.

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Verizon sees mobile 5G in late 2019; one-third through its virtualization efforts

America’s largest carrier predicts 5g in late 2019. This year, Verizon is plans to conduct test trials to select customers in 11 cities, taking one small step in developing 5g nationwide.

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Sprint sees mobile 5G within 5 years; finding capex savings in new tech

Speaking at the Deutsche Bank 2017 Media and Telecom Conference this week, Sprint CFO Tarek Robbiati said that Sprint sees the move towards a mobile 5G solution coming in about five years.

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Towers Could Be Life Savers Along Dangerous Vancouver Highway

Towers are usually in the news only when people oppose them. However, in one part of Canada, people are requesting more. Along a dangerous stretch of highway in Vancouver, there is no cell service. Given the steep cliff edges and winding roads, lack of service could mean unnecessary tragedy for even minor accidents or breakdowns.

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AT&T moves needle on standards-based 5G to late 2018

AT&T, like its competitors, has begun making early predictions as to when it will deploy 5G. AT&T is hoping to launch standards-based mobile 5G services as early as late 2018. That’s a year earlier than Verizon’s prediction and at least three years sooner than Sprint’s. AT&T has been the top North American wireless carrier contributing to 3GPPs work on 5G standards since the beginning of 2016.

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CTI Towers Acquires Marketing Rights to Commercial Properties of Triple R Associates

Tower company to market locations and properties in Florida, Ohio, and Maryland for expanded wireless coverage

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Sprint to snag $2.2B in network equipment sale, lease

Sprint and parent company SoftBank set up a separate entity to purchase $2.2B in network equipment to move to lower funding concerns.

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Verizon buys stake in AwesomenessTV as it continues to bet on media

The new service will be exclusive to Verizon's platforms initially, while AwesomenessTV will hold rights to sell the content in other markets.

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Cell Tower News: 600 MHz auction timeline unrealistic to tower industry

NAB, NATE frustrated over ‘unrealistic’ auction timeline.

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Wheeler tells legislators incentive auction could extend into 2017

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told a Senate subcommittee that the incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum may extend into 2017 if it doesn't raise enough to pay broadcasters for the airwaves.

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T-Mobile Raising $1B for More 700 MHz Spectrum

T-Mobile on Tuesday launched a public offering of $1 billion in senior notes in its latest effort to raise funds for more spectrum.

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T-Mobile and Sprint crank promo activity tied to iPhone SE launch

T-Mobile and Sprint have their latest promotions in place tied to this week’s launch of the Apple iPhone SE model.

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FCC begins first phase of airwaves auction

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday kicked off an auction of low-frequency spectrum relinquished by television broadcasters to wireless companies and other bidders that are seeking new airwaves to build and improve wireless networks.

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AT&T to shut down 2G GSM network by Jan 1, 2017

AT&T reiterates previous plans to shut down its GSM-based 2G network by end of 2016, citing need to refarm spectrum.

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Sprint and T-Mobile LTE ambitions bolstered by Apple iPhone SE

Device specifications show continued support for Sprint and T-Mobile LTE networks across 2.5 GHz and 700 MHz bands, respectively; AT&T 2.3 GHz left out.

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Verizon expands Wi-Fi calling to iPhone via iOS 9.3 Upgrade

Several months after it first debuted the feature on select Android devices, Verizon announced this week it is bringing Wi-Fi calling to the iPhone.

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Young Smartphone Users Stream 6.2GB of Video Each Month

Smartphone owners under the age of 25 now use a whopping 6.2 GB of cellular and Wi-Fi data each month for mobile video streaming, according to a new report from The NPD Group.

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T-Mobile adds YouTube and more to Binge On

T-Mobile finally added YouTube to Binge On, filling a noticeable void that existed since the program's launch in November.

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Experts say broadband is today’s most important utility

Broadband deployments serve to open up opportunities

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Drones deliver data for cell tower industry

The cell tower industry is just one of many that could be transformed by unmanned aerial systems, more commonly known as drones.

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T-Mobile Pads Spectrum Auction War Chest with $2B Bond Deal

T-Mobile is stocking up on cash just ahead of the FCC spectrum auction with a $2 billion bond deal.

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Verizon Eyes Asset- Backed Financing Ahead of Spectrum Auction

Verizon is looking into using asset-backed receivable financing as a means to secure cash upfront for the payments customers owe on equipment installment plans (EIPs).

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Analyst Angle: Q4 and end-of-year assessment of the top 4 mobile carriers

Compass intelligence breaks down Q4 and 2015 results for mobile carriers.

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AT&T’s unlimited plans, less than 2 months old, draw more than 2M users

More than 2 million customers have signed up for the unlimited data plan AT&T launched less than two months ago

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Sprint brings back 2 year contract option for devices

Sprint customers can again select a subsidized price on a new device, though a dinged for higher access charges.

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Verizon to test 5G at 28 GHz in Texas with Samsung

Verizon and Samsung appear to be plowing ahead with plans to conduct 5G tests at 28 GHz, one of the bands that holds a great deal of promise for 5G services.

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Worth the Wait? Streaming Delays Stressing Out Mobile Users

Recent reports from both Ericsson and J.D. Power have indicated streaming and other network data delays are stressing out wireless customers and making them more prone to switch carriers.

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AT&T’s Bradley: Simplicity is key to the smartphone experience

The news out of Mobile World Congress demonstrates that the term "mobile" is no longer just about smartphones but also can refer to gadgets.

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T-Mobile refutes DTC study, says incentive auction repack can happen on time and on budget

T-Mobile seems confident the broadcast industry can move to a more spectrum-efficient band plan within the 39-month timeframe set by the FCC

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How Verizon is testing blazing-fast 5G mobile data for a planned 2017 launch

Verizon has been the most vocal about leading the way to a new, super-fast 5G network in the United States.

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Comcast Throws Hat in the Ring for Forward Auction

Comcast CFO Michael Cavanagh said the cable and internet company will have a paddle to bid in the FCC’s upcoming forward spectrum auction.

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Facebook says it has ‘no plans’ to provide connectivity solutions in the U.S., supports high- band spectrum plan

While weighing in on the FCC's proposal to allocate more higher-band spectrum for mobile services, Facebook said it has "no plans" to provide connectivity solutions in the United States.

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Carrier Wrap dives into Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint results

RCR Wireless News Editor-in-Chief Dan Meyer was joined by Bill Ho, principal analyst at 556 Ventures, to dig into just what we witnessed and what to expect from the operators heading into 2016.

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Verizon, AT&T add LTE capacity ahead of Super Bowl

Carriers upgrades DAS, small cells, cells on wheels and more ahead of big game.

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Global smartphone shipments hit 1.4 billion in 2015

For smartphone shipments around the world, 2015 was a good year. IDC reports smartphone sellers moved nearly 1.433 billion units last year.

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The most exciting part about 5G is what we don’t know yet

With all the chatter about 5G trials and prospective roll out dates swirling in industry hallways, it might seem like we know what’s coming.

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600 MHz incentive auction set for ‘robust’ broadcaster participation

Incentive auction proceedings hit broadcaster milestone, with claimed ‘robust’ participation.

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US Cellular Offers 6GB Data Plan for $40 per Month

U.S. Cellular splashed back into the national wireless subscriber competition Friday with an offer of 6GB of data for just $40 per month and up to $300 in promotional cards.

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Sprint Becomes Final Carrier to Kill Contracts

It’s official. Leasing and installment payments are in, contracts are out.

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Sprint price cut promo receives reprieve, keeps pressure on AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile

Sprint price cut promo now set to run through Feb. 11

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T-Mobile US boasts 8.3M net customer adds for 2015

T-Mobile US expects to report 8.3 million net customer additions for 2015, bringing its total customer count to more than 63 million.

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Cricket’s new president: We’re going to expand distribution beyond 3,800 Cricket stores in 2016

The new president of AT&T's Cricket prepaid business, John Dwyer, said the company plans to significantly expand its

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T-Mobile: LTE network expanded by 250% last year, largely thanks to 700 MHz

T-Mobile's LTE network expanded geographically by nearly 250 percent in 2015, company executives boasted, and now covers 304 POPs.

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Verizon throws cash at Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T customers

Verizon Wireless has joined smaller rivals T-Mobile US and Sprint in offering up to $650 for customers willing to change their wireless allegiance.

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5G trials coming to 2018 World Cup

Ericsson and Russian telco MTS have partnered to trial 5G mobile network during global event.

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Where is NATE headed in 2016?

For the National Association of Tower Erectors, 2015 was a fruitful year.

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AT&T testing rural wireless broadband in Alabama with 3 free months of service plus $100

AT&T is reportedly moving forward with plans for a rural Internet access trial in Walker County, Al.

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T-Mobile US continues holiday blitz with Samsung, Netflix offers

Starting Dec. 18, T-Mobile US will begin its final offer of the holiday season.

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Verizon: Super Bowl fans ‘won’t even notice’ small cells

Verizon Wireless is in the process of deploying 400 small cells in San Francisco before the Super Bowl next year, which will be hosted in the bay front metro

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A day in the Life of Tower Climbers Taking Fiber to the Top

To overcome pressing challenges in wireless coverage and capacity, fiber-to-the-antenna (FTTA) is being massively deployed every day, everywhere.

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AT&T, Frontier, others accept $1.5B in CAF- II funding despite FCC’s changing broadband definition

Ten vendors have accepted a total of $1.5 billion in funding for the second phase of the Connect America Fund (CAF-II)

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Sprint targets prepaid users to reduce churn

Sprint is aiming to reduce churn by converting prepaid users into long-term postpaid subscribers, CFO Tarek Robbiati said today

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In-depth: State of 5G for the big four carriers

Next-generation “5G” mobile networks remain years away from standardization, but the lack of formal definitions and speculation hasn’t deterred major international interest and investment.

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CTI Towers Adds 120 Towers from Cable Co

CTI Towers’ experience in working with the cable industry’s towers paid off in a tower deal mid-November.

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Nearly Half of U.S Homes Use Cellphones Only, Shun Landlines

Nearly half of U.S. households only use cellphones, according to new federal statistics that show more and more people are cutting the cord on landlines.

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Internet of Things devices get Verizon LTE coverage

As the “Internet of Things” continues to develop, with industrial applications leading the way, new chipsets are set to allow IoT devices to connect to the Verizon LTE network.

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Sprint names heads of the South and Pacific Northwest in shift in regional structure

Last week, Sprint announced that it going to shake up its sales organization and move to a model in which it has four regions and sales teams focused on 19 key markets as opposed to focusing on different types of customers like postpaid and prepaid.

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FCC updates opening bid prices for broadcasters in 600 MHz auction, sticks to March 29 start date

The FCC reiterated that despite the changes, it plans for the auction to start on March 29.

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AT&T offers free roaming while in Mexico, will give subs 1GB of data when south of the border

AT&T Mobility is letting its Mobile Share Value customers roam freely when in Mexico and is also giving those subscribers extra data to use when south of the border.

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T-Mobile, AT&T: 5G promises longer battery life, lower device costs for IoT

5G specifications are not fully defined yet, but experts say that they think 5G advancements -- such as longer battery life and less complex device modules -- will offer many benefits to the Internet of Things ecosystem.

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Verizon cleared to offer Wi-Fi calling

Verizon Wireless is set to join the other U.S. carriers in offering Wi-Fi calling.

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CTI Enters Agreement for 120 Towers From Vyve Broadband

Deal expands the company’s coverage into Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, and Wyoming in its largest single tower transaction.

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Former Facebook Exec Planning to Take On Verizon, AT&T in Spectrum Auction

Former Facebook executive Chamath Palihapitiya is planning to take on U.S. telecom giants Verizon and AT&T in the upcoming FCC incentive auction.

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T-Mobile makes Netflix, Hulu and other streaming video data free with Binge On

T-Mobile doubles Simple Choice data allotments, raises price of unlimited plan from $80 to $95.

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AT&T to bring 1 Gbps FTTH service to 23 new markets

AT&T is deepening its 1 Gbps FTTH service reach in 12 metro areas across its wireline territories in the Midwest, Southwest and Western markets.

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Verizon and T-Mobile remain steady wireless network spenders in Q3, with less clarity on AT&T and Sprint

As has been the case for much of 2015, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile US led the way in terms of capital expenditures for wireless network gear in the third quarter.

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How to make cell towers more energy efficient

As data demands increase, so does energy consumption from high-density data and communications equipment on cell towers.

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AT&T leads carriers’ TV ad spending in October topping charts for 3 months in a row

AT&T Mobility continues to lead all of its competitors in TV advertising spending in October.

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T-Mobile spectrum plans received $2B boost

T-Mobile US sells $2B in senior notes, assigning proceeds to potential spectrum deals.

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AT&T Government Contract

AT&T signed a five-year contract with the U.S. Census Bureau.

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Wi-Fi calling remains important option for telecom operators

Wi-Fi over the last few years has gone from being something hotels say they have that doesn’t quite work right – but costs a lot – to a gateway to the Internet we can’t live without.

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FCC Releases Opening Bid Prices for Reverse Auction

The FCC on Friday October 16, released the opening bid prices.

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Verizon is running out of spectrum

Verizon is running out of spectrum but could get escape hatch by leasing Dish's airwaves, analysts say.

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Sprint dumps 600 MHz auction plans

Sprint yanked its name from bidders in the Federal Communications Commission's planned 600 MHz incentive auction.

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T-Mobile and Sprint, like AT&T, to let customers share primary phone number

T-Mobile is actually the only one of the four Tier 1 carriers that does not offer a shared data plan.

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AT&T's Connected Corridor Project

AT&T's Connected Corridor Project will keep traffic flowing with cell phone data

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CTI Towers, Inc. Continues to Grow Through Tower Acquisitions

CTI Towers, Inc. (CTI) today announced it has completed acquisition deals with Celtic Corporation, in addition to another tower seller with whom the company has previously worked. CTI, of which Comcast Ventures is majority owner, continues to own and manage over 500 towers, adding additional assets to its portfolio through tower acquistions.

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InSite Wireless Group, LLC acquires 294 communication tower sites from CTI Towers, Inc.

FRANKLIN, MA and ALEXANDRIA, VA InSite Wireless Group, LLC (InSite) today announced that it has acquired 294 communication tower sites from CTI Towers, Inc. (CTI), a company in which Comcast Ventures is majority owner.

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Verizon Eyes Sale of Towers, Parts of Wireline Business

Verizon is on the verge of unloading its towers, as well as some of its wireline business in a deal that could total $10 billion.

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NTelos to expand LTE network in Virginia and West Virginia

Sprint wholesale partner nTelos Wireless said it will expand LTE service to 81,000 of its wireless customers in Roanoke, Va., and Charleston W.Va.

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AT&T Will Begin Deploying Its New AWS-3 Spectrum in 2017

AT&T came away from the FCC’s AWS-3 spectrum auction as the big winner, spending $18.2 billion for what it calls a “near nationwide contiguous 10x10 MHz block.”

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AWS-3 AUCTION RESULTS: AT&T leads with $18.2B, Verizon at $10.4B, Dish at $10B and T-Mobile at $1.8B

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Carrier spectrum spending could impact tower sector

As the FCC’s Auction 97 apparently enters its final stages, many in the tower industry are no doubt breathing a sigh of relief.

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T-Mobile has 'several years' of additional network capacity with current spectrum

T-Mobile is relatively well positioned in the battle for network capacity, according to a recent investor note from analysts at Macquarie Capital.

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SBA posts strong Q3 results, looks to acquire more towers

Boca Raton, Fla.-based SBA Communications announced third fiscal quarter total revenue of $393.3 million, beating the tower company’s estimate of $385.6 million.

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Verizon, AT&T to partner on VoLTE interoperability

Voice over LTE services are set to receive a significant boost as a pair of unlikely partners announced plans to enable VoLTE interoperability beginning in 2015.

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FCC allows 70 companies - including AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Dish - to bid in AWS-3 auction

A total of 70 companies have qualified to bid in the FCC's upcoming AWS-3 spectrum auction, which starts Nov. 13 and will be the country's largest spectrum auction since 2008.

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U.S. Cellular to launch small LTE roaming deal soon, is negotiating larger one

U.S. Cellular will launch an LTE roaming deal with a smaller carrier in the next few weeks and is currently negotiating an LTE roaming deal with a major carrier, according to CEO Ken Meyers.

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MetroPCS Expands Into 10 New Markets, Ups Data for Existing Subs

MetroPCS today announced expansion into 10 new markets.

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AT&T Covers 300M LTE POPs Ahead of Schedule

AT&T today announced its LTE network now covers more than 300 million POPs.

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Iliad remains open to improving its bid for T-Mobile US

French mobile and Internet firm Iliad is still open to working with other companies to improve its offer for T-Mobile US, but it is not saying which partners it is exploring its options with, according to comments from Iliad CFO Thomas Reynaud.

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AT&T turf vendor list grows with demand for cell sites

AT&T Mobility’s 4G network is nationwide, but the deployment and maintenance of that network happens state by state and even city by city.

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CTIA's Baker pushes FCC to streamline cell site deployments

CTIA President Meredith Attwell Baker wants the FCC to take further steps to reform the wireless cell siting process to speed up the deployment of network infrastructure.

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AT&T to launch LTE Multicast in 2015

AT&T expects to begin deploying LTE Broadcast technology, also known as LTE Multicast, sometime in 2015, according to a top AT&T executive.

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T-Mobile scores more 700 MHz A-Block spectrum from CenturyLink unit

The details of T-Mobile US' $50 million expansion into 700 MHz spectrum continue to become clearer as FCC documents revealed the carrier purchased 700 MHz A Block licenses from Actel, a wholly-owned subsidiary of wireline telco CenturyLink.

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FCC Streamlines Tower Regulations

The FCC on Friday announced that it has adopted a report and order to streamline and eliminate outdated provisions of the Part 17 rules governing the construction, marking and lighting of antenna structures.

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Verizon to give rural LTE partners access to its AWS spectrum, 'XLTE' network

Verizon Wireless intends to allow its rural LTE roaming partners to gain access to its AWS spectrum to enhance capacity on their LTE networks, according to a Verizon executive.

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France’s Iliad reported to have put in offer for T-Mobile US

Iliad has reportedly confirmed that it has put in a $15 billion offer to gain a controlling stake in T-Mobile US.

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T-Mobile Says VoLTE Coverage is Now Nationwide

T-Mobile took a moment out of its quarterly earnings day to proclaim nationwide coverage for its freshly launched VoLTE service.

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NTelos reduces LTE coverage goal for 2014 thanks to new Sprint network deal

Sprint wholesale partner nTelos Wireless has reduced the number of people it plans to cover with its own LTE network thanks to its recently announced network agreement with Sprint, which includes reciprocal LTE roaming.

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Verizon Wireless expands ‘network optimization’ to LTE network

Verizon Wireless is reportedly set to expand its “network optimization” program to customers with “unlimited” data plans running across the carrier’s LTE network.

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FCC sets rules for $10.5B AWS-3 auction; T-Mobile, Dish denied request to split spectrum

The FCC set a total reserve price of $10.587 billion for the airwaves it will auction in the AWS-3 spectrum auction set for this fall.

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Cell towers and the ‘silent majority’

Tower company executives are seeing a shift in public opinion when it comes to new cell towers.

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Bluegrass Cellular Announces Timetable for LTE Network

Bluegrass Cellular will complete its LTE rollout by late next year the company announced in a press release today.

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AT&T cell site of the future hits a speed bump

AT&T’s second quarter slowdown in spending hit some contractors hard, but the carrier itself has also felt the pain.

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AT&T Slowdown Sends a Shudder Through the Industry

A slowdown, or freeze as some have called it, in wireless infrastructure build out at AT&T has the industry nervous.

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AT&T, T-Mobile US plan spectrum swap

The spectrum horse-trading continued this week ahead of planned license auctions, as AT&T and T-Mobile US filed forms to swap a number of PCS and AWS licenses.

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Dish signals it will bid in 600 MHz spectrum auction

Dish Network said it plans to "meaningfully" participate in next year's planned incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum.

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Vermont's VTel Targets Rural Areas with Wireless Broadband Service

Lightning-fast Internet connectivity, telemedicine advances and even robot surrogates in classrooms are just a sampling of what state leaders and telecommunications companies like VTel hope will be coming to Vermont in the near future.

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AT&T exec: We'll be adding 1,500 to 3,000 cell sites per year for 'foreseeable future'

AT&T Mobility will likely be adding between 1,500 and 3,000 macro cell sites to its network per year for the next few years as part of a wide-ranging effort to beef up its network and improve coverage and capacity, according to a senior AT&T executive.

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FCC earmarks $32M to expand broadband in Puerto Rico, Hawaii and Alaska

The FCC is making $32 million in Connect America Fund grants available to enable service providers in Puerto Rico, Hawaii and Alaska to bring broadband service to over 42,000 "underserved" homes and businesses.

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Could a Sprint/T-Mobile deal win regulatory approval?

Could such a deal win approval from regulators at the FCC and Department of Justice?

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Report: Sprint Moving Ahead with T-Mobile Buy, Bid Could Come by June

Masayoshi Son doesn't give up easily. That's the take from a Bloomberg report Thursday that claims Sprint is moving ahead with a bid to acquire T-Mobile.

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American Towers Buys Richland Towers

American Towers has purchased Richland Towers, which owns, operates and manages multitenant tower facilities providing service primarily to television and radio broadcast companies, for a reported $350 million.

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T-Mobile adds 1.3M postpaid subs in Q1, blowing past rivals

T-Mobile US continued its surging momentum in the first quarter, recording its best ever quarter in terms of branded postpaid subscriber additions largely on the back of the offering the carrier launched in January to pay off the Early Termination Fees of customers who switched over from other carriers.

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Comcast planning 8 million Wi-Fi hotspots in 19 major cities by year-end

The Comcast Wi-Fi network only encompasses 1 million hotspots right now, but that number will skyrocket to a whopping 8 million by year's end, with the cable MSO promising to operate hotspots in 19 of the country's 30 largest cities.

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FirstNet names CTO, agrees to fund key activities

The First Responders Network Authority (FirstNet) announced the hiring of its first CTO.

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Cable execs say Wi-Fi is complementary to cellular ... for now

Cable MSOs touted the rapid expansion of their Wi-Fi footprints but stopped short of saying that they envision a day when their wireless networks may be competitive to cellular operators.

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Positive Train Control Requires Towers Coast to Coast

New wireless infrastructure is becoming available as railroads roll toward the December 2015 deadline to implement positive train control (PTC), which is the multi-billion-dollar communications-based, accident-prevention system mandated by the government.

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Comcast to Sell Customers, Easing Time Warner Deal Path

Charter Communications Inc. reached an agreement to take control of 3.9 million more cable-TV customers, helping Comcast Corp. ease the approval process for its merger with Time Warner Cable Inc.

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AT&T Launching In-Flight LTE Network Service in 2015

AT&T announced plans to build an LTE network to provide in-flight connectivity for “airlines and passengers in commercial, business and general aviation.”

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T-Mobile to shut down MetroPCS CDMA network in New England, Las Vegas by end of Q2

T-Mobile US is notifying customers of its MetroPCS prepaid brand in New England and Las Vegas that they will need to upgrade their devices as T-Mobile prepares to shut off MetroPCS' legacy CDMA network in those areas and move customers to its GSM-based network.

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FCC Approves T-Mobile's 700 MHz A Block Deal with Verizon

The FCC gave its blessing to T-Mobile's acquistion of a swatch of 700 MHz A Block spectrum from Verizon.

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Infrastructure, including telecom, shapes real estate investment

A new report from the Urban Land Institute and EY says that telecommunications infrastructure is one of the top factors that influence decisions on real estate investment and development around the world.

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U.S. Cellular Adding 1200 New LTE Sites in 2014

U.S. Cellular Tuesday announced significant plans to continue expanding its LTE footprint in 2014.

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Cincinnati Bell quits wireless business, will sell spectrum to Verizon for $210M

Verizon Wireless will buy Cincinnati Bell's wireless spectrum in a deal valued at $210 million, effectively ending the regional carrier's wireless operations.

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Sprint to shutter WiMAX network by end of 2015, will turn off at least 6,000 towers

Sprint expects to shutter at least 6,000 cell sites as it makes plans to shut down WiMAX service by the end of 2015.

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Comcast Soars to One Million Wi-Fi Hotspots

If there was any question about cable involvement as a Wi-Fi service provider Comcast should have put that to rest this this week as it surpassed one million Wi-Fi hotspots across the nation.

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New Tower Company to Support Cell Site Densification

Two cell tower industry veterans, Tom Remillard and Jim Rech, have teamed with Peppertree Capital Management to form Blue Sky Towers, which will focus on developing and managing wireless infrastructure with an interesting mix.

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Dish Gets a Plate Full of New Spectrum

There still is no end in sight to the voracious appetite of wireless operators for additional spectrum.

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Bluegrass builds LTE in Band 12 and 13 while iWireless considers LTE options

LTE remained the overarching topic of conversation here at the Competitive Carriers Association conference, with some smaller carriers opting to hold off on the technology while others plunged full-steam ahead into the market for high-speed wireless connections.

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Sprint Bringing LTE to Smaller Carriers, and Vice Versa

Sprint, the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) and the NetAmerica Alliance are teaming up to help smaller rural carriers accelerate their deployment of LTE and, in turn, provide nationwide LTE roaming agreements between those carriers and Sprint.

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AT&T to buy 700 MHz, AWS spectrum from NTCH, MilkyWay Broadband and Paul Bunyan

AT&T Mobility is seeking to buy more 700 MHz and AWS spectrum, indicating that even as it pushes for more airwave through auctions it is still intent on gobbling up spectrum on the secondary market.

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Rural Call Completion Bill Introduced

Building on the FCC’s November Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making regarding rural call completion, Senator Tim Johnson has introduced the Public Safety and Economic Security Communications Act of 2014.

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Sprint Adds 20 LTE Markets, Brings Spark to Two More Cities

Sprint today turned on LTE in 20 more markets including Omaha, Neb., and Provo, Utah, bringing its LTE coverage total to 402 cities.

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Mimosa wants FCC to open 10.0-10.5 GHz band for backhaul

Two-year-old startup Mimosa Networks wants the FCC to open up the 10.0-10.5 GHz band for lightly licensed broadband services that would share the spectrum with the band's current users--ham radio operators as well as federal and non-federal radiolocation services.

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T-Mobile to upgrade 2G EDGE network to LTE in coverage push

T-Mobile US said it will upgrade its 2G EDGE network to LTE almost completely by the middle of 2015 as part of a wider effort to expand its LTE coverage footprint.

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FCC approves AT&T's acquisition of Cricket provider Leap, with divestitures

The FCC approved AT&T's acquisition of Leap Wireless, the last hurdle the Tier 1 carrier needed to overcome to gain control of the regional prepaid provider and its Cricket brand.

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AT&T lights up LTE Advanced carrier aggregation in Chicago, other markets

AT&T Mobility has started using carrier aggregation technology in Chicago and other markets to boost LTE capacity and speeds on its network, but it will be a little while before many customers can take advantage of the upgraded network.

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FCC Grants $41M to Alaskan Telecom for Rural Wireless Broadband

The FCC today deemed Alaskan telecom General Communications eligible for $41.4 million in grant money to build out 3G and 4G mobile broadband in underserved rural areas.

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AT&T, Verizon Wireless to Lead 2014 Tower Adds: RBC

AT&T and Verizon Wireless will drive a robust market this year for wireless infrastructure, according to the Wireless Retail and Network Update by RBC Capital Markets, while T-Mobile and Sprint will surge next year.

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Verizon Wireless Plans to Triple AWS Deployment This Year to Ease Congestion

Verizon Wireless on Wednesday said that it will continue to strategically add a second band of spectrum, known as AWS, as it looks to keep up with demand on its LTE network.

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T-Mobile to Close Verizon 700 MHz Deal, Deploy LTE on Spectrum in 2014

T-Mobile expects its 700 MHz A Block transaction with Verizon to close by mid-year and the carrier will begin deploying LTE on that spectrum in 2014.

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Dish Network picks up all H-Block spectrum licenses; what’s next?

To the surprise of few, Dish Network walked away with all 176 licenses up for grabs during the Federal Communications Commissions’ recently completed H-Block spectrum auction.

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AT&T edging into LTE Advanced technologies for capacity, not speed

AT&T Mobility plans to deploy elements of LTE Advanced network technology in order to increase the capacity of its network rather than increase the download speeds available to users

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T-Mobile notches 1.6M new subs in Q4, will shutter 3 MetroPCS CDMA markets this year

T-Mobile expands 2014 LTE coverage target from 225M to 250M

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Lumos to add 200 wireless towers to fiber network in 2014

Lumos Networks is once again raising the bar for its fiber to the cell site (FTTC) strategy, announcing that it will connect about 200 more wireless tower sites to its fiber network this year.

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Verizon closes on $130B Verizon Wireless deal with Vodafone

Verizon Communications announced today that it has closed on its $130 billion acquisition of Vodafone’s 45% stake in Verizon Wireless, giving the domestic telecom giant full control over its leading revenue-generating division.

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AT&T Buying AWS Licenses from Stelera as Spectrum Buying Spree Continues

AT&T has filed with the FCC for transfer of AWS-1 licenses from Stelera to AT&T Mobility, making it Big Blue’s third spectrum transaction already in 2014

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Ryan Hire Signals CTI Towers’ Growth Intentions

Joe Ryan has come full circle. Thirteen years after joining small, but growing, American Tower as director of acquisitions, he has joined the small, but growing, CTI Towers as VP of acquisitions.

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AT&T Moves to Boost LTE Capacity with AWS Spectrum Buy

AT&T has filed with the FCC for the assignment of Advanced Wireless Spectrum (AWS) licenses from Cable One, a national TV, phone and broadband provider.

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Report: Sprint close to getting $45B in financing for T-Mobile deal

Sprint is close to securing $45 billion in debt financing from a group of banks to make a bid for T-Mobile US, according to a report from Dealreporter.

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FCC dedicates $2B to bring broadband to schools, libraries

The FCC is doubling down on the investment to connect schools and libraries by allocating $2 billion over the next two years to support broadband service.

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FCC to issue report on 600 MHz incentive auction structure in the spring

The FCC plans to issue a report and order on the planned structure of the incentive auctions of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum sometime this spring, and then start accepting bids from TV stations for the reverse part of the auction in early 2015.

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CTI TOWERS ADDS FOUR TOWERS TO GROWING PORTFOLIO; HIRES NEW VP OF ACQUISITIONS TO HELP DRIVE GROWTH

CTI Towers, Inc., a wireless tower operator with more than 800 wireless towers throughout the United States, today announced that the company has completed its second third-party acquisition in just five months, adding four new towers from NTCH in Amarillo, Texas to its portfolio.

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Verizon, Vodafone shareholders approve $130B deal for Verizon Wireless stake

As expected, Verizon Communications and Vodafone shareholders approved an agreement for Verizon to buy Vodafone's 45 percent stake in Verizon Wireless for $130 billion.

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Sprint Rolls Out 4G LTE in More Cities

40 new LTE markets spike total coverage to 340 markets

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Legere Says Sprint Merger would Help T-Mobile Compete

T-Mobile CEO John Legere said a merger of his company with the Softbank-held Sprint could put more pressure on what he called the "duopoly" of AT&T and Verizon.

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JDSU: 4G users, iPhone 5 users are most data hungry

A new report from JDSU examines data use across more than 150 devices as well as generational technologies, and has found that “use of mobile data and consumer behavior is becoming more extreme.”

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The Coming Year: Good For Towers

As 2013 came to a close, our mid-sized tower business had never been stronger.

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FCC kicks off H Block auction, with Dish as lead bidder

The FCC is launching its first significant auction of wireless spectrum in six years Wednesday, with the auction of the 1900 MHz PCS H Block, in a sparsely populated sale in which Dish Network is the lead bidder for the airwaves.

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Report: SoftBank starts direct talks with DT on Sprint/T-Mobile deal

Sprint parent SoftBank has engaged in direct talks with T-Mobile US parent Deutsche Telekom to try to iron out a deal between Sprint and T-Mobile.

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T-Mobile's uncarrier strategy may thwart potential Sprint takeover

T-Mobile US' aggressive pricing strategies--such as cheaper rate plans and the elimination of early termination fees--may serve as a roadblock to any potential takeover attempt by Sprint.

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Well-capitalized Tower Companies Look to Strong New Year

If you use the flow of capital as a barometer, 2014 will be another good year for small cell tower companies.

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Dish withdraws $2.2B bid for LightSquared's spectrum

Dish Network is pulling its $2.2 billion bid to acquire LightSquared's spectrum assets while LightSquared is in bankruptcy protection.

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Sprint's Bye: '2014 is the year'

Sprint CTO Stephen Bye said that 2014 "is the year" for the nation's No. 3 wireless carrier.

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Multi-mode Metrocells to Aid AT&T in Densification

While the metrocells that AT&T is currently deploying support UMTS and HSPA+, the carrier plans to push forward with more advanced technology in the future.

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AT&T Buys More AWS Licenses from Aloha Partners

AT&T Tuesday announced that it has agreed to purchase 49 AWS licenses from Aloha Partners.

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T-Mobile buys Verizon's 700 MHz A Block spectrum for $2.4B

Verizon Wireless agreed to sell its lower 700 MHz A Block spectrum to T-Mobile US for $2.365 billion in cash, capping months of feverish speculation over whether the carriers would strike a deal for the airwaves.

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Proposed Sprint/T-Mo Merger Top Story for 2014

As we headed in to the holiday break, the Wall Street Journal reported on Dec. 13 that Sprint was considering a merger with T-Mobile US, which set the industry into full speculation mode.

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Report: Sprint to bring back Nextel brand, combine no-contract brands

With apparently not enough on its plate, Sprint is reportedly looking at bringing back the Nextel brand to target enterprise customers as well as consolidate its prepaid operations under one brand.

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Sprint's 800 MHz LTE rollout gaining momentum, says report

Sprint is adding FDD LTE carriers on its 800 MHz spectrum in numerous markets as part of its planned triumvirate of LTE bands.

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Report: Dish mulling a bid for T-Mobile next year

Dish Network is considering a potential bid for T-Mobile US next year, according to a Reuters report.

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T-Mobile 600 MHz study shows LTE can share channels with nearby TV stations

T-Mobile US says its research shows that LTE networks could operate side by side with co-channel, broadcast TV signals even in some of the nation's most densely populated areas.

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Verizon Wireless to swap AWS, PCS spectrum with T-Mobile

Verizon Wireless has agreed to swap AWS and PCS spectrum with T-Mobile US, according to an FCC document.

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Verizon Wireless Completes Purchase Of Select Missouri Assets From U.S. Cellular

Verizon Wireless announced today it has completed its purchase of wireless assets in rural Missouri from United States Cellular Corporation.

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Sprint Lights Up 70 New LTE Markets

Amid rumors that it is testing the regulatory waters for a possible bid for T-Mobile, Sprint Monday announced that it had turned on LTE in 70 new markets.

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AT&T Closes $4.83B Tower Deal with Crown Castle

AT&T has finalized a deal to lease the rights to approximately 9,000 of its towers to Crown Castle for $4.83 billion.

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U.S. Cellular Eyes FCC for Cues on Upcoming Auctions

How the FCC manages the upcoming 600 MHz incentive auction is on everyone’s mind, including LeRoy Carlson, CEO of Telephone and Data Systems.

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CiG Wireless Plans Flurry of Tower Purchases by End of Year

While others are shopping for the latest feature-packed smartphones, Atlanta-based CiG plans a flurry of purchases of the structures that will carry those data-laden signals.

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Sprint Looks to Raise Cash for Network Expansion, Modernization

Sprint today announced plans to raise money for network expansion and modernization efforts.

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Verizon will deploy AWS spectrum in 50 markets by mid-2014

Verizon Wireless is planning to augment its LTE network in 50 different cities with AWS spectrum in the first half of 2014 to avoid potential capacity issues.

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FCC Pushes 600 MHz Spectrum Auction to 2015

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is now hoping to hold the Broadcast Television Spectrum Incentive Auction in the middle of 2015.

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T-Mobile Taps MetroPCS’ Spectrum to Boost LTE Network Speeds

T-Mobile has started rolling out higher-speed LTE service by tapping the airwaves it acquired as part of its MetroPCS acquisition.

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Report: AT&T vying with T-Mobile for Verizon's 700 MHz A Block spectrum

AT&T is considering buying Verizon Wireless' lower 700 MHz A Block spectrum, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

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Dish Network Looks like a Lock to Win H Block Spectrum Auction

Dish Network stands out among a list the FCC released yesterday of applicants participating in the H Block auction scheduled for Jan. 22.

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New Rules Hasten FCC Approval of Verizon's Vodafone Buy

The FCC Wednesday approved Verizon's petition for a declaratory ruling on its acquisition of Vodafone's 45 percent stake in the Verizon Wireless joint venture.

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Comments on Cell Site Outage NPRM Due January 17, 2014:

The FCC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposing that during and immediately after major disasters, wireless providers will be required to submit data on the percentage of cell sites within their networks that are operational within a designated disaster area.

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Pentagon strikes deal with broadcasters, clearing way for 1755-1780 MHz auction

The Department of Defense and the broadcasting industry struck a deal that will clear the way for the FCC to auction the 1755-1780 MHz band as part of the AWS-3 auction, a move long sought by the CTIA and wireless carriers clamoring for more airwaves.

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Verizon leads Tier 1 carriers in Consumer Reports' survey, while Sprint slips to last

Verizon Wireless led all Tier 1 U.S. carriers in a survey conducted by Consumer Reports over cell phone service, while Sprint fell to last place after ranking No. 2 behind Verizon last year in customer satisfaction.

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T-Mobile Going After VZW's A Block Spectrum

Verizon CFO Fran Shammo has confirmed to Reuters that the carrier will consider selling its lower 700 MHz A Block spectrum to T-Mobile USA.

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Verizon's Shammo: We won't buy other providers to expand internationally

Verizon sees continual momentum for expanding its enterprise services outside of the United States, but according to Fran Shammo, EVP and CFO, the telco can do it without having to purchase other service providers.

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In Q3, Sprint drags while T-Mobile challenges Verizon, AT&T

After the industry's impressive M&A spree during the second quarter of this year, the third quarter showed the wireless industry getting back to business: growth.

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Sprint Looks to Buy Midwest PCS Spectrum Licenses from Revol Wireless

Sprint plans to take over 12 PCS licenses—covering parts of Ohio, Indiana and Pennsylvania—from Cleveland Unlimited, which operates at Revol Wireless.

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Sprint, T-Mobile, Dish and others urge FCC's Wheeler to let them get 600 MHz spectrum

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has been on the job for barely two weeks, but Sprint, T-Mobile US, Dish Network and other smaller carriers are already lobbying him to ensure rules that let them get access to 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum in the forthcoming incentive auctions.

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Verizon Focusing on Capacity Issues in NYC, SF, Chicago

As the first to complete its LTE coverage, Verizon is understandably the first to see capacity issues.

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Verizon Acquiring AWS Spectrum from Stelera

Verizon looking to grab 15 AWS-1 licenses in full and parts of three other licenses from Stelera DIP, which took over the assets after Stelera Wireless filed for bankruptcy.

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Dish's Ergen leaves door open to deal with T-Mobile, other wireless options

Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen said his goal was to keep the company's wireless options open, but again did not rule out a merger or partnership with T-Mobile US

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T-Mobile to raise $1.8B in stock sale, could use funds to buy spectrum

T-Mobile US said it plans to sell new shares in a move that could raise as much as $1.8 billion.

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AT&T is Closing in on Verizon in LTE Network Coverage

AT&T’s LTE network is now in in 461 markets, 39 shy of Verizon’s. It probably won’t finish the year matching Verizon’s network footprint, but it will get close.

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T-Mobile's MetroPCS expects to see boost from AT&T's Leap acquisition

T-Mobile US prepaid unit MetroPCS expects to see benefits from AT&T Mobility's purchase of Leap Wireless and Leap's Cricket prepaid brand, according to a senior MetroPCS executive.

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MetroPCS Hits 15 New Markets Ahead of Schedule

The company today announced 15 new cities, essentially tripling its presence to 45 markets.

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FCC earmarks $32M to expand broadband in Puerto Rico, Hawaii and Alaska

The FCC is making $32 million in Connect America Fund (CAF) grants available to enable service providers in Puerto Rico, Hawaii and Alaska to bring broadband service to over 42,000 "underserved" homes and businesses.

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Crown Castle CEO: Sprint, Verizon LTE overlays will pump up tower activity

By the middle of next year most Tier 1 carriers' macro LTE build-outs are expected to be largely completed.

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Leap Wireless Shareholders Overwhelmingly Approve AT&T Acquisition

After delaying a vote on AT&T’s proposed $1.2 billion takeover of Leap Wireless, Leap shareholders met yesterday and resoundingly approved the deal

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CTI Towers Secures $30M Debt Financing, Makes Tower Acquisition

CTI Towers, a cell tower company, has secured up to $30 million in debt financing and closed its first third-party acquisition, purchasing five towers from a major wireless carrier.

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Utilities preparing for another Sandy

A year after Superstorm Sandy ravaged and devastated the Mid-Atlantic, utilities like Con Edison and PPL Electric Utilities are making improvements to the reliability of critical infrastructure and protect customers from major storms.

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Verizon Getting More AWS Spectrum from U.S. Cellular

Verizon Wireless intends to acquire some AWS-1 B Block licenses from U.S. Cellular.

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Dish, nTelos to launch commercial fixed LTE service in early 2014

Dish Network and Sprint wholesale partner nTelos Wireless will commercially deploy a fixed TD-LTE broadband service in four markets in Virginia in early 2014.

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Leap postpones AT&T vote, earnings release

Leap Wireless today postponed a planned vote by shareholders on its pending acquisition by AT&T and the release of its third quarter financial results citing the need to file amendments to past Securities and Exchange Commission filings.

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AT&T Comments on VZW, T-Mo Band Plan

AT&T Monday voiced its concerns with T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless' "down from channel 51" band plan for the 600 MHz incentive auction.

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FCC delays H Block auction following government shutdown

The FCC on Monday delayed by eight days the start of the auction of 1900 MHz PCS H Block following the 16-day government shutdown this month, which disrupted the agency's operations.

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AT&T Signs $4.85 Billion Tower Deal with Crown Castle

AT&T has agreed to lease 9,100 towers and sell outright another 600 of them to Crown Castle for $4.85 billion in cash.

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Verizon's net adds below expectations, T-Mobile could be to blame

Verizon Wireless added 1.1 million net retail connections in the quarter, including 927,000 net retail postpaid connections.

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AT&T wins seat on the Army's new $4.1B network contract

AT&T Government Solutions has won a $4.1 billion, five-year indefinite delivery-indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract to deploy communications and transmission systems for the Project Manager, Defense Communications Army Transmission Systems (PM DCATS) program.

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AT&T lights 93 North Carolina buildings with fiber as part of Project VIP initiative

AT&T is putting more Ethernet and cloud services into the hands of over 2,500 North Carolina businesses by completing its fiber build-out into 93 new multi-tenant units (MTUs) in the state.

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Verizon starts deploying LTE in its AWS spectrum

Verizon Wireless has started deploying LTE in its AWS spectrum to boost capacity in key markets, a Verizon spokesman confirmed.

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Sprint outlines network priorities

A more efficient network is a top priority for the nation’s third largest carrier, according to Sprint CTO Stephen Bye.

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T-Mobile to expand LTE coverage beyond 225M POPs

T-Mobile US claims it will soon have the fastest U.S. wireless network, but it likely will never have the largest.

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CTI Towers, Inc. Secures $30 Million Debt Financing; Closes First Third-Party Tower Acquisition

CTI Towers, Inc., a wireless tower operator with more than 800 wireless towers throughout the United States in its portfolio, today announced the company has secured up to $30 million in debt financing and closed its first third-party acquisition, purchasing five towers from a major wireless carrier

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AT&T reportedly close to selling tower portfolio to Crown Castle

According to Bloomberg, citing unidentified sources close to the matter, the terms of the deal have not been finalized and could still fall apart.

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DT to Offer $3.1B in T-Mo Bonds

Deutsche Telekom Tuesday filed with the SEC its intention to offer $3.1 billion in T-Mobile USA bonds.

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T-Mobile Says its LTE Network is Now Nationwide

T-Mobile slid in a new message: that its LTE network is now nationwide, covering more than 200 million customers in 233 cities.

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Zayo acquires FiberLink, expands dark fiber network to 26,000 miles

Zayo has added FiberLink, a Midwest-based service provider to its growing acquisition shopping basket, a move that immediately enhances its dark fiber service set.

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Report: T-Mobile US moves resonate with customers; Sprint needs to react

T-Mobile US has been on a bit of roll over the past several months, merging its operations with MetroPCS, rolling out new rate plans and during the second quarter blowing the competition out of the water in customer additions.

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Tower loading challenges wireless infrastrucure providers

LTE has brought waves of new projects to wireless infrastructure providers, but it has also brought a host of new challenges.

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FCC Closes Doors as Government Shutdown Takes Hold

The FCC will prepare to shut its doors Tuesday as Congress failed Monday to meet a midnight deadline for funding the government, which has resulted in a government shutdown.

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SoftBank's Son urges patience with Sprint turnaround, says it could take 2 years

SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son said that Sprint investors need to be patient as the carrier undergoes the next chapter in its turnaround under SoftBank control

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RWA seeks conditions on AT&T’s plans to acquire Leap

AT&T’s pending attempt to acquire Leap Wireless gained a new foe as the recently re-branded Rural Wireless Association said it has filed comments with the FCC asking that a “reasonable” spectrum cap be considered before moving forward on the deal.

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Updated List of Eligible Tribal Auction Areas Released for Auction 902

The FCC has updated its list of eligible areas for the upcoming Tribal Mobility Fund Phase I reverse auction scheduled for December 19, 2013.

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FCC proposal would require carriers to report cell tower outages in wake of disasters

The FCC voted Thursday to adopt draft rules that would require carriers to publicly disclose the percentage of cell sites within their networks that are working during and immediately after disasters.

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T-Mobile CFO thinks deal with Sprint is possible

T-Mobile US CFO Braxton Carter said he thinks further consolidation in the U.S. wireless market is inevitable and held out the possibility of a combination between No. 3 player Sprint and No. 4 player T-Mobile.

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ABI: LTE networks will carry more data traffic than 3G by 2016

ABI Research expects usage of LTE networks to grow so quickly that the data traffic on LTE will surpass that of 3G networks within three years.

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AT&T to use Lower 700 MHz D and E Block spectrum for LTE Broadcast

AT&T plans to use the 700 MHz Lower D and E Block licenses it acquired in 2011 from Qualcomm for an LTE Broadcast service.

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Wireless broadband network investments will create 1.2M jobs over 5 years, report says

Private investment in U.S. wireless broadband infrastructure promises to catalyze economic growth and employment over the next five years, according to a new report released by trade association PCIA

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AT&T wins approval of Alltel purchase, but with conditions

The FCC on Friday approved AT&T Mobility's proposed $780 million purchase of Atlantic Tele-Network's retail wireless business, which still operates under the Alltel brand.

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AT&T Said to Seek Sale of Cell Towers Valued at $5 Billion

AT&T Inc. is seeking buyers for its wireless towers and working with TAP Advisors LLC and JPMorgan Chase & Co. on the sale.

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Sprint Turns on More 4G LTE Markets, Expands LTE Coverage

Sprint turned on 4G LTE service in 34 more markets, featuring an enhanced customer experience that provides faster data speeds in more places where customers want it.

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AT&T makes inroads with DAS, tops 400 LTE markets

AT&T's distributed antenna system (DAS) strategy recently paid off with an expansive rollout at a high-profile stadium, while the carrier's other investments in IP broadband services have further extended its LTE reach and made it more competitive overall in wireless.

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FCC sets H Block spectrum auction for Jan. 14, with Sprint seen as lead bidder

The FCC said in a public notice that it will start an auction of the 1900 MHz PCS H Block on Jan. 14, 2014, its first major spectrum auction since 2008

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American Tower to buy smaller rival GTP for $4.8B

American Tower will acquire privately held rival Global Tower Partners in a deal valued at $4.8 billion, capping a month of speculation about whether GTP, the largest privately held operator of U.S. cell towers, would be sold.

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With Vodafone Deal Done, Verizon Officially Passing on Canada

Verizon Wireless is officially taking a pass on breaking into the Canadian wireless market.

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AT&T to take Aio Wireless prepaid brand nationwide in September

AT&T Mobility will launch its Aio Wireless prepaid brand on a nationwide basis starting in mid-September

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Sprint will sunset U.S. Cellular’s network in St. Louis Oct. 31, Chicago on Jan. 31

U.S. Cellular customers in St. Louis and Chicago don’t have switch over to a new carrier immediately, but it’s only a matter of time before their phones go dead.

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FCC Stops Review of AT&T’s Alltel Asset Purchase

The FCC today stopped its 180-day shot clock on its review of AT&T’s proposed purchase of Alltel assets from Atlantic Tele-Network.

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FairPoint expands broadband footprint in 18 N.H. towns

FairPoint Communications will expand and upgrade its network infrastructure to bring broadband service to 18 towns that either have no broadband access at all or can only get low-speed connections.

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Sprint affiliate Shentel reorganizes, Pirtle to oversee wireless division

Regional affiliate Shenandoah Telecommunications (Shentel) has reorganized its management team to better focus on three lines of business--wireless, wireline and cable.

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Carrier LTE Deployment Ramps in 2Q

During the second quarter earnings calls, LTE deployment was on the lips of several major carriers as they seek to catch up with Verizon Wireless.

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AT&T Says 50 More Markets to Gain LTE By Year's End

AT&T today announced a moderate expansion of its LTE 4G network, as well as its build-out plans for the remainder of the year.

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Dish: Launching Wireless Service by 2015 is a “Bit Optimistic”

Dish Network had hoped to deploy a wireless network by 2015, but with the way things have gone for the satellite provider so far, that may not be in the cards.

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Hurricane Sandy task force calls for more resilient wireless networks

A federal task force charged by President Obama with investigating the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and making recommendations on how to prepare for future emergencies said the country's communications systems needed to be more resilient to handle major power outages.

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Shentel gets into the 100G network game

Shentel has updated its existing DWDM network to support 100G speeds for customers that reside in Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland.

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4G wireless now a necessity for businesses

Sprint and AT&T both unveiled new 4G coverage zones today.

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Cablevision shutting down OMGFAST wireless broadband service

Cablevision said Tuesday that it is shutting down its OMGFAST wireless broadband service in Florida next month.

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Vodafone remains open to a Verizon offer for Verizon Wireless stake

Vodafone Chairman Gerard Kleisterlee said his company's board would seriously consider a proposal from Verizon Communications to buy Vodafone's 45 percent stake

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LightSquared lenders rally behind plan by Dish's Ergen to buy company

A group of LightSquared's lenders filed a reorganization plan in bankruptcy court today that would largely follow the lines of Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen's $2.2 billion bid for control of LightSquared's spectrum holdings.

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DoD Offers Plan to Clear Spectrum

The Department of Defense is finally making some concessions in the wireless industry's fight to clear more underused government spectrum for commercial use.

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T-Mobile exceeds mid-year LTE deployment goal, hits 116 markets

T-Mobile US finally broke its silence regarding its LTE footprint by announcing that its LTE service is now deployed in 116 markets nationwide, covering 157 million POPs.

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Sprint finalizes Clearwire purchase

After months of wrangling, Sprint has completed its purchase of the remaining 49 percent of Clearwire that it didn't already own.

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SoftBank will invest $16B in Sprint, open R&D center in Silicon Valley

SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son said that is company is planning to invest $16 billion in Sprint over the next two years.

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Verizon Plays Catch-Up With AT&T in Wireless Network Speed

Verizon Wireless is America’s most heavily used mobile-phone carrier, with 93 million monthly subscribers (second-place AT&T has 71 million).

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AT&T cranks up LTE in 35 new markets, accelerating its summer rollout plans

AT&T was targeting 78 markets for its expanded LTE network this summer, but it’s already completed the upgrade in 68. That puts it well ahead of schedule.

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Dish considers expanding 700 MHz mobile TV service to 40 markets

Dish Network said it is currently broadcasting eight channels of mobile video in 13 locations across the country, and is considering expanding that effort to a total of 40 markets in the United States.

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T-Mobile silent on its mid-year LTE deployment progress

T-Mobile US is not talking about whether it met its goal of deploying LTE covering 100 million POPs in the U.S. by the end of June.

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T-Mobile LTE Sightings Continue With Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Greensboro And Sacramento

The number of LTE sightings in various markets is heating up more and more by the day and while some of them are sporadic sightings at best, it’s clear that T-Mobile’s engineers are hard at work all across this great land.

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T-Mo Snags AWS Spectrum from U.S. Cellular

U.S. Cellular today announced that it will sell the majority of its Mississippi Valley 10MHz AWS spectrum license to T-Mobile USA for $308 million.

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Report: FCC won't force Sprint, Clearwire to give up spectrum as part of mergers

Regulators at the FCC will not push Sprint Nextel or Clearwire to divest spectrum as they review Japanese operator SoftBank's proposed acquisition of Sprint and Sprint's proposed purchase of Clearwire

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Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Reaches 500th Market

The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network now covers more than 99 percent of Verizon Wireless’ 3G network.

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Report: Verizon Offers $700M for Canadian Carrier Wind Mobile

Verizon is offering $700 million for Wind Mobile, a small Canadian carrier, according to a report from Canadian news outlet The Globe and Mail.

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Sprint shareholders approve SoftBank's $21.6B offer

Sprint Nextel shareholders overwhelmingly approved Japanese operator SoftBank's offer to acquire 78 percent of Sprint in a $21.6 billion deal

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T-Mobile proposes sliding spectrum screen rule for 600 MHz auction

T-Mobile US laid out a new proposal for the design of the incentive auctions of 600 MHz broadcast spectrum

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FCC Releases More Mobility Funding for 3G/4G Wireless Construction

The FCC announced authorization to release additional funds from the $300 million Mobility Fund Phase I auction, which is designed to support the build out of 3G and 4G networks in rural markets.

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Stars aligning for LTE-Advanced rollouts later this year

Development of carrier-aggregation testing capability is setting the stage for the rollout of LTE-Advanced

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Clearwire reverses and recommends Sprint's new bid over Dish

The whirlwind battle for Clearwire continues to swirl, as Clearwire's board of directors reversed itself yet again and now recommends Sprint Nextel's offer

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Clearwire Gives Dish’s Ergen a Win in Billionaire’s Duel

In the battle of billionaires trying to enter the U.S. wireless market, Dish Network Corp.’s Charlie Ergen has won a round against SoftBank Corp.’s Masayoshi Son.

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Report: U.S. LTE subscribers will make up 70% of connections by 2017

The number of LTE subscribers in the United States will continue to increase markedly over the next few years, with the total number of LTE customers representing 70 percent of all U.S. mobile subscriptions by 2017.

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iPhone on AT&T gets push-to-talk with Wi-Fi

AT&T Mobility is hoping to pick up some new customers next month after Sprint Nextel turns off its iDEN network at midnight on June 30.

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Exclusive: SoftBank eyes T-Mobile US as ‘Plan B'

SoftBank Corp is in talks with Deutsche Telekom AG over a possible deal for T-Mobile US Inc, as the Japanese company looks for alternatives to enter the U.S. wireless market if its deal with Sprint Nextel Corp falls apart.

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Dish increases bid for Clearwire, topping Sprint's latest offer

Dish Network increased its offer to buy Clearwire to $4.40 per share, representing a 29 percent premium on Sprint Nextel's $3.40 per share offer just days ahead of a meeting where Clearwire shareholders are expected to vote on Sprint's proposal.

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Verizon pushes prepaid, reseller and wholesale to 3G, keeps LTE for postpaid subs

Verizon Wireless wants to keep traffic on its 3G CDMA network humming even as it pushes more and more postpaid customers to move to its LTE network because traffic on its 3G network is very profitable.

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C Spire to expand local LTE service in Mississippi

Regional carrier C Spire Wireless said it will expand its LTE coverage area in Mississippi later this summer and also will bring LTE service to parts of Alabama and Florida by year-end.

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AT&T 3G/4G Combo Named Best for Speed and Value

PCWorld/TechHive today ranked AT&T's as the fastest combination of 3G and 4G services in the 20 cities it tested.

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Sprint Raises Clearwire Offer

Sprint has raised its offer to buyout Clearwire to $3.40 per share, representing a 14 percent premium over the previous offer of $2.97 and valuing Clearwire at $10.7 billion.

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Sprint Completes Spectrum Buy from U.S. Cellular, Gains 420,000 Customers

Sprint on Friday announced that it had completed its purchase of 20MHz of PCS spectrum from U.S. Cellular that covers various Midwest markets, including Chicago, South Bend, Ind., and Champaign, Illinois.

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Dish's Ergen bids $2B for Falcone's LightSquared, according to reports

Dish Network's Charlie Ergen made a $2 billion bid for bankrupt wireless provider LightSquared, according to multiple reports, a move that could pit Ergen against fellow billionaire and LightSquared financier Philip Falcone.

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FCC seeks input on alternative band plans for 600 MHz auction

The FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) is seeking additional input on band plans for the upcoming 600 MHz auction, but an FCC commissioner indicated the unexpected notice threatens agency plans to hold the auction in 2014

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Dish Crystalizing Sprint Bid With $2.5B Debt Offering

Dish Tuesday announced a $2.5 billion debt offering to be placed in escrow for use toward the $9.3 billion the company still needs to raise for the cash consideration portion of its $25.5 billion offer to merge with Sprint.

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T-Mobile to expand MetroPCS footprint by 100M POPs

T-Mobile US plans to significantly expand the footprint where its MetroPCS brand offers service--by around 100 million POPs over the next six quarters.

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Leap's Cricket dips toes into world of big data

Cricket provider Leap Wireless is exploring how to use big data analytics to help improve the customer experience for its no-contract subscriber base, wading gingerly into the world of big data that larger carriers seem intent on exploiting in the years ahead.

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Big 4 Cellphone Carriers Unite on Anti-Texting Ads

The country's four biggest cellphone companies are set to launch their first joint advertising campaign against texting while driving, uniting behind AT&T's "It Can Wait" slogan to blanket TV and radio this summer.

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Samsung announces ’5G’ breakthrough

Samsung says it has found a way to transmit data in the millimeter-wave frequencies, offering the promise of speeds several hundred times faster than those of current “4G” networks.

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What’s next for T-Mobile US?

Now that T-Mobile USA has completed its merger with MetroPCS, birthing the newly named T-Mobile US, where does the operator go from here?

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Sprint blames 'vendor execution' as a reason for Network Vision delays

Sprint Nextel said poor execution by its network vendor partners in the latter part of 2012 was part of what caused it to delay LTE deployments and its larger Network Vision network modernization plan, according to a securities filing.

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Some Verizon investors OK with paying premium for Vodafone stake

Some shareholders of Verizon Communications Inc say they could be happy for the company to pay up to $130 billion for Vodafone Group Plc's stake in their U.S. wireless venture.

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U.S. Cellular, Shentel expand LTE footprint in Q1

Tier 2 and Tier 3 operators such as U.S. Cellular, Shenandoah Telecommunications and Alaska Communications revealed the latest expansions to their LTE footprints during first quarter earnings calls.

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T-Mo's Merger with MetroPCS Complete, Now Trading on NYSE

Deutsche Telekom today announced the completion of the merger of T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS Communications.

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Verizon Wireless says VoLTE will be network-ready this year

Verizon Communications CTO Tony Melone shared his outlook for his company and the industry at this year’s GenBand Perspectives conference.

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Clearwire Draws Sprint Funding for Third Straight Month

After declining funding from Sprint in January and February, Clearwire has elected to take the funding for May, making it three straight months of $80 million draws for a grand total of $240 million

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VTel debuts 1 Gbps symmetrical FTTH service for $35

Vermont's Vtel has entered the 1 Gbps fiber to the home (FTTH) symmetrical speed race, serving up a $35 a month offering for rural consumer and business customers.

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All four national mobile carriers to use NYC subway DAS

New York City's subway system is slowly but surely, getting expanded underground wireless coverage via a distributed antenna system (DAS) being deployed by Transit Wireless.

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Sprint Announces Availability of 4G LTE in 21 New Markets

Sprint today announced the availability of its all-new 4G LTE network to customers in 21 more markets, including Los Angeles, Contra Costa County, Calif., Charlotte, N.C., Norfolk, Va., and Memphis, Tenn.

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Dish, SoftBank poised for bidding war over Sprint

Dish Network's surprise $25.5 billion bid for Sprint Nextel may spark a bidding war between Dish and Japan's SoftBank over the United States' third-largest wireless carrier, according to comments from shareholders and investment analysts.

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Report: Verizon Wireless puts in bid for Clearwire spectrum, chaos set to ensue

Further muddying Clearwire’s future is a report that Verizon Wireless has offered up to $1.5 billion to acquire the rights to some of Clearwire’s 2.5 GHz spectrum licenses.

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AT&T, Verizon may face restrictions in 600 MHz auction

In a significant blow to U.S. mobile market leaders AT&T and Verizon Wireless, the U.S. Department of Justice called on the FCC to ensure Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile USA have ample opportunity to acquire 600 MHz spectrum that will be made available via 2014's incentive auctions of TV broadcast frequencies.

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MetroPCS’s Biggest Investor Now Backs T-Mobile Merger

After Deutsche Telekom, the parent company of T-Mobile USA, announced yesterday it was sweetening its offer to acquire MetroPCS, that company’s largest shareholder has now decided to vote in favor of the merger.

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Hedge Fund Offers Clearwire Additional $80M in Financing

Aurelius Capital Management has offered Clearwire $80 million in funding to further entice the WiMax wholesaler away from Sprint’s funding offer.

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AT&T Expands 4G LTE Network, Adding 77 New Markets This Summer

AT&T this week continued to build out its 4G LTE network, bringing faster speeds to six markets across the country.

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AT&T to buy spectrum, 21,000 customers from C Spire's Corr subsidiary

AT&T Mobility is working to acquire the spectrum and subscribers of Corr Wireless, a wireless carrier that provides 2G GSM service in rural parts of Northeastern Alabama.

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Carrier solutions for areas without adequate wireless service

How are the four major telecommunications carriers handling underserved rural areas?

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nTelos to launch LTE this year using Alcatel-Lucent gear

Regional operator nTelos Wireless, which operates a CDMA network in the mid-Atlantic and southeast region of the United States, said it will use gear from Alcatel-Lucent to launch LTE service later this year in "select markets" in Virginia and West Virginia.

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T-Mobile Makes Bold “Un-carrier” Moves

Announces radically simple unlimited plan; axes contracts, unbundles cost of plan and device with lowest upfront costs, lights up 4G LTE network.

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As it Increases CAPEX, AT&T Ponders Asset Sale – RBC

AT&T continues to move forward with the massive modernization of its wireless network. To pay for the upgrades and additions to its network, the carrier may monetize its 14,500 tower sites, according to RBC Capital Markets.

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T-Mobile, MetroPCS Clear Final Regulatory Hurdle

The U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment has given its blessing to the proposed merger of T-Mobile and MetroPCS. The deal has now received all necessary regulatory approval.

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Sprint, Softbank and Clearwire press cases for deals to FCC's Genachowski

Sprint Nextel CEO Dan Hesse, Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son and Clearwire CEO Erik Prusch recently met with FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and other FCC commissioners to argue that regulators should approve their various deals, according to FCC filings.

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T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS Announce FCC Approval of Proposed Combination

Deutsche Telekom AG, T-Mobile USA, Inc. and MetroPCS Communications, Inc. today announced that the Federal Communications Commission has approved the proposed combination of T-Mobile USA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, and MetroPCS.

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AT&T Closing Gap in LTE War with VZW

Verizon Wireless and AT&T are battling it out in the LTE wars, with both carriers receiving impressive scores in RootMetrics' latest 77-market study.

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SouthernLINC to provide nationwide GSM/UMTS service

Regional mobile operator SouthernLINC Wireless said it has signed an agreement with mobile virtual network enabler Prepaid Wireless Wholesale to sell “nationwide high-speed data, voice and messaging services” within its current footprint across portions of the Southeast.

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Towers Will Handle Most Mobile Data Growth in Next Five Years

A forecast released in February, projects that 75% of the mobile data network traffic growth will be delivered over traditional macro sites, primarily towers, with the remaining 25% carried by DAS, picocells and Wi-Fi.

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Airlines expand Wi-Fi services, expected to target mobile consumers

Airlines are expanding their Wi-Fi services and according to a new global report, are expected to become the industry that spends the most to target mobile consumers.

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Verizon wants to resolve Vodafone relationship in 2013

Verizon Communications and Vodafone have held talks that range from a merger of the two giant phone companies to Verizon merely buying Vodafone's 45 percent stake in their Verizon Wireless joint venture, according to a Bloomberg report.

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LTE Just the Beginning of the Network Evolution

There's no question that LTE is where it's at if you're an operator. According to a recent report from 4G Americas, more than 150 operators globally have now launched LTE services in 67 countries, 50 of which were launched in the past five months.

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Sprint 4G LTE Now Available to Customers in Nine New Markets

Through its Network Vision program, Sprint is continuing to bring a better wireless experience to more customers every day as it builds out its all-new 3G and 4G LTE network.

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U.S. leads in freeing spectrum for mobile broadband

The FCC gave itself a pat on the back via a new white paper showing the agency has put the United States ahead of eight other developed nations when it comes to freeing spectrum for licensed mobile broadband.

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Clearwire to take $80 million payment from Sprint, complicating Dish's bid

Clearwire said it would take an $80 million payment from Sprint Nextel, a part of Sprint's $2.97-per-share offer to buy the 50 percent of Clearwire that it does not already own.

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AT&T's LTE service to replace Verizon in GM's OnStar

General Motors will replace Verizon Wireless' service with AT&T Mobility's service in its OnStar offering beginning in 2014.

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AT&T, Verizon, others agree to new cell booster rules, but existing 2M users must register

The FCC on Wednesday approved new rules for cell phone boosters, giving booster makers a major win after years of acrimonious debate over the issue. The FCC also managed to get the nation's wireless carriers to agree to the new rules.

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Dish Has Time to Mull Many Options for Wireless

Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen said his company has plenty of time to decide how to use its spectrum, which was recently approved by the FCC for use in deploying an LTE-Advanced wireless network.

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Leap adds another LTE roaming deal; prepping for alternative future

With the need for wireless spectrum at a seeming all time high, the future of Leap Wireless is on the minds of many.

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Leap strikes LTE roaming deal with unnamed carrier

Cricket provider Leap Wireless said it resolved its disagreements with Sprint Nextel regarding their wholesale MVNO agreement and also entered into an LTE roaming deal with an unnamed company.

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Network Vision Deployment Hits a Fever Pitch; Let the Capex Flow

Even with weather hindrances, such as Superstorm Sandy, Sprint nearly doubled the number of sites in its Network Vision sites on air in the last 90 days, with more than 8,000 sites in 58 cities, according to the fourth quarter 2012 earnings conference call.

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U.S. Cellular calls 2013 LTE expansion; 87% footprint coverage by year end

Regional wireless operator U.S. Cellular said it was on tap to expand LTE services to more than 3,800 cities and towns across its coverage footprint by the end of the year, expanding current coverage that it claims encompasses 61% of its current customer base.

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Verizon Wireless’ 2012 Network Investment Tops $250 Million In New England

Verizon Wireless today announced the completion of $256 million in wireless network enhancements across New England during 2012, increasing the company's regional network investment to more than $3.3 billion since its inception in 2000.

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FCC Promises More Spectrum for Wi-Fi

With the use of Wi-Fi skyrocketing across the nation, the FCC is taking action to increase network speeds and reduce congestion through a new spectrum allocation.

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T-Mobile pushes its own plan for 600 MHz mobile broadband

T-Mobile USA lent its voice to the debate over the FCC's planned incentive auctions for repurposed broadcast television spectrum, outlining a proposed band plan, lobbying for 600 MHz interoperability and pushing for spectrum caps on frequencies below 1 GHz.

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DoJ asks FCC for time to review Softbank-Sprint Nextel deal

Softbank’s planned purchase of a controlling interest in Sprint Nextel hit another potential snag this week as the DoJ sent a letter to the FCC asking that review of the deal be deferred.

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Verizon Wireless completes 700 MHz spectrum sale; AT&T bolsters holdings

Verizon Wireless wrapped up the sale of lower 700 MHz spectrum assets, announcing late last week that it sold off the remaining chunk of licenses to rival AT&T in a spectrum swap for $1.9 billion.

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FCC takes multiple actions to speed up tower deployments

The FCC announced a number of moves designed to encourage deployment of mobile broadband infrastructure by removing certain local zoning barriers and creating more certainty for mobile operators.

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Report: LTE subscribers to double in 2013, approaching 200 million

The so-called Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology has not taken very long to evolve. Just three years after the first deployment of the 4G wireless standard, subscribers are expected to exceed 100 million this year, according to a new report by the research firm IHS.

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Google Creating Wireless Network, But For What?

Google is trying to create an experimental wireless network covering its Mountain View, Calif., headquarters, a move that some analysts say could portend the creation of dense and superfast Google wireless networks in other locations that would allow people to connect to the Web using their mobile devices.

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AT&T to Acquire Wireless Spectrum and Assets from Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc., Enhance Wireless Coverage in Rural Areas

AT&T today announced that it has signed an agreement with Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc. to acquire the company’s U.S. retail wireless operations, operated under the Alltel brand, for $780 million in cash. Under terms of the agreement, AT&T will acquire wireless properties, including licenses, network assets, retail stores and approximately 585,000 subscribers.

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Lightower and Sidera Networks Merge in $2 Billion Transaction

Lightower Fiber Networks and Sidera Networks signed a definitive agreement led by Berkshire Partners, in an acquisition and merger transaction valued at more than $2 billion. The combined company will be led by Lightower CEO, Rob Shanahan. The merger is pending regulatory approval and is expected to close in the second quarter of 2013.

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Sprint Adding 4G LTE to 28 Additional Cities in Coming Months

Continuing its push to deliver an enhanced top-tier network experience for customers, Sprint announced today that its 4G LTE network build is progressing in 28 additional cities within its nationwide 3G footprint.

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CES 2013: Verizon Wireless pushes LTE coverage, looks at broadcast option

Verizon Wireless continues to push its LTE coverage across the country, with plans to also expand services across its high-speed network.

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U.S. Cellular picks up more 700 MHz licenses from Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless continued to parse out spectrum licenses as it announced today that U.S. Cellular has agreed to purchase a 700 MHz A-Block license covering Oklahoma City and 31 other counties in Oklahoma covering 1.9 million potential customers. Financial terms of the deal were not announced.

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Verizon will Broaden its Copper-to-Fiber Conversion in 2013

Verizon on Monday reaffirmed plans to accelerate the migration of customers on its copper facilities to fiber in 2013.

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Dish trumps Sprint with surprise bid for Clearwire

Dish Network made an unsolicited offer to purchase Clearwire for approximately $3.30 per share. The deal competes with a previous bid for the company by majority shareholder Sprint Nextel, which bid $2.2 billion last month.

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Rural Proponents Come Out for Lightsquared Proposal

A number of comments were filed today with FCC, encouraging the commission to approve Lightsquared's most recent proposal to give up 10 MHz of spectrum located closest to the GPS band and instead share spectrum currently used by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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FCC seeks help to revamp the Connect America Fund

The FCC on Monday put a number of changes on the table to rework Phase I of the Connect America Fund (CAF), including the definition of "underserved" areas and how to best allocate the remaining $185 million in broadband funds.

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Dish Still Searching for Wireless Partner, but Seems to Rule Out Sprint

Dish Network CEO Joseph Clayton said the company is still looking for a wireless carrier to partner with to build out its planned LTE Advanced network, but he seemed to rule out Sprint Nextel as a partner.

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CTI TOWERS EXPANDS TOWER MANAGEMENT PORTFOLIO

CTI Towers, Inc. today announced it has entered into a definitive management agreement with PRC Tacoma – I LLC (“PRC”), a subsidiary of Public Radio Capital, for PRC’s four hundred fifty foot tower in Tacoma, WA.

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CTIA Names 2013 Executive Committee, Officers

Wireless industry trade association CTIA said it was set to bring on five new members to its 2013 executive committee and announced its 2013 officers.

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Sprint, T-Mobile Mergers Arrive as Prepaid Hits Its Stride

Sprint and T-Mobile, bolstered by big deals, are going after a prepaid market that's growing to a degree that it may even surpass them.

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Wireless Companies Look to Church Towers for Cell Sites

To expand service, cellular phone companies are turning to a higher power.

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Sprint Reports Significant Progress in Deployment of Network Upgrades in 2012: 49 Markets Covered To Date With 4G LTE; 3G Network Upgrades Proceed Nationwide

This year Sprint has made a significant investment in its wireless network to better meet the needs of its wireless customers. From the rollout of 4G LTE to the upgrade of thousands of 3G sites across the country to thousands of voice and data capacity additions, Sprint has focused resources and funds to improve its overall network quality and performance.

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AT&T gains FCC support for AWS, WCS spectrum deals

AT&T Mobility added to its spectrum bundle, gaining government approval for control over a number of 1.7/2.1 GHz and 2.3 GHz spectrum licenses from Comcast, Horizon, NextWave and San Diego Gas & Electric

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Dish must build 40% of its wireless network in 4 years, FCC says

The FCC said Dish Network must cover at least 40 percent of the population in areas covered by its spectrum with a wireless network in the next four years, or face penalties.

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Sprint to Acquire 100 Percent Ownership of Clearwire for $2.97 per Share

Sprint announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the approximately 50 percent stake in Clearwire it does not currently own for $2.97 per share, equating to a total payment to Clearwire shareholders, other than Sprint, of $2.2 billion.

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T-Mobile's 1900 MHz HSPA+ refarming efforts reach 100M POPs milestone

T-Mobile USA has deployed HSPA+ on its refarmed PCS 1900 MHz spectrum in 23 cities, covering 100 million people with the improved service, according to CTO Neville Ray. The latest markets to gain 1900 MHz HSPA+ are Chicago; Reno, Nev.; Fresno and Sacramento, Calif; and Southern California, wrote Ray in a post on the operator's blog.

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Sprint Nextel puts $2.1B offer for Clearwire on the table

After much speculation, Sprint Nextel officially put in a bid to acquire the remaining minority interest in Clearwire that it does not already own. The offer, priced at $2.90 per share, is valued at a total of $2.1 billion.

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FCC Gives Dish OK on AWS Spectrum

The FCC late yesterday gave approval for Dish Network to deploy a terrestrial wireless broadband network on its holdings of what was previously spectrum reserved for satellite transmissions. The decision came concurrent with the commission’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for an auction of the H Block, a chunk of airwaves adjacent to Dish’s AWS spectrum in which Sprint has expressed interest.

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T-Mobile USA set for capex expansion; $4.7B in 2013, $6B across 2014-2015

T-Mobile USA’s plans to bolster its network and position in the domestic market received a financial boost late last week from its parent company Deutsche Telekom, which said it plans to spend $4.7 billion in 2013 and $3 billion per year in 2014 and 2015 on capital expenditures for its U.S. operations. The investment will focus on the build out of T-Mobile USA’s previously announced network migration plans that include the deployment of LTE services.

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FCC Post-Superstorm Sandy Field Hearings to Examine Tower Resiliency

The FCC will convene a series of field hearings in the coming months to examine challenges to communications networks posed by Superstorm Sandy. The hearing will address backup power, carrier readiness and resource-sharing protocols.

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MetroPCS to Launch 3 New Markets After T-Mobile Deal Closes

MetroPCS plans to expand its no-contract service to three new markets by the end of 2013 if its proposed merger with T-Mobile USA is approved. Although the company did not reveal the three markets where the service will be launched, MetroPCS CFO Braxton Carter has said in prior discussions with investors that the company will launch service in markets such as New Orleans and Minneapolis where MetroPCS' prepaid flat-rate offering is not currently available.

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SouthernLinc to Continue iDEN Business, Plans 'Solution' for Nationwide Coverage

Regional carrier SouthernLinc said it will continue to invest in its iDEN network despite Sprint Nextel's decision to turn off its iDEN network by the middle of next year. However, SouthernLinc CEO Don Horsley said the carrier does have plans for a "nationwide solution" that SouthernLinc will launch in a "very short timeframe." Horsley declined to provide further details on what kind of "solution" SouthernLinc will offer.

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TowerStream Welcomes Carriers onto its Wi-Fi Network

TowerStream’s integration with two major wireless carriers has been completed and it expects to see them go live on its Wi-Fi network in the first quarter next year, Jeff Thompson, president, CEO and director of the company, told analysts on the third quarter earnings call.

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AT&T’s Investment Provides Validation for Small Cells

Announcing its $8 billion in wireless initiatives in the next three years on Nov. 7, AT&T noted that “network densification” would be a large component of Project Velocity IP (VIP). Large, in this case, is bringing 40,000 small cells and 1,000 more DAS networks online.

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CTI Towers, Inc. Appoints Wireless Tower Veteran, James S. Eisenstein, To Board of Directors

Mr. Eisenstein joins CTI Towers, Inc. with an extensive career in the wireless tower industry. He currently serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Grupo TorreSur, a Latin American focused wireless tower company with nearly 3,000 towers, which he formed in 2010.

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Nortex to Purchase VZW 700 MHz spectrum

Verizon said Wednesday that it has agreed to sell a portion of its lower 700 MHz B Block spectrum to Nortex Communications, an independent telephone company based in Muenster, TX.

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Sprint Adding 4G LTE to Nine Additional Cities in Coming Months

Continuing its aggressive push to deliver an enhanced top-tier network experience for customers, Sprint announced today that its 4G LTE network build is progressing in nine additional cities within its nationwide 3G footprint.

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Verizon Accelerates LTE Build

Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo told analysts yesterday that the company is accelerating the deployment of its LTE network, which already has a wide lead over AT&T’s LTE coverage.

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AT&T to Invest $14 Billion to Significantly Expand Wireless and Wireline Broadband Networks, Support Future IP Data Growth and New Services

AT&T says it will expand its LTE network to cover 300 million people by the end of 2014. Previously the target was 250 million people by the end of 2013. The company also says that 99% of the customer locations in its wireline service areas will get high speed Internet access, either through IP wireline or LTE.

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U.S. Cellular expands LTE to more than 30 New Markets

U.S. Cellular is expanding its 4G LTE coverage area to more than 30 new markets on Monday, extending the carrier's footprint for the high-speed network to more than half of its customers.

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Hurricane Sandy: 25% of cell sites down, more could be on the way

Wireless networks generally held up well during the onslaught of Hurricane Sandy, which battered the East Coast Monday night and Tuesday, but wider service disruptions are possible as backup battery power at cell sites is drained in areas with widespread power outages.

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FCC opens review of T-Mobile, MetroPCS merger

The FCC kicked off its formal review of T-Mobile USA's merger with MetroPCS on Friday when it accepted the companies' application to transfer control of spectrum licenses.

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Leap CEO: Prepaid iPhone 5 'moving very well'

Leap Wireless CEO Doug Hutcheson told FierceWireless that the prepaid carrier has been selling most of the iPhone 5 units it gets, and that it's unclear exactly how many of the gadgets the company will ultimately be able to sell.

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LTE in the USA: An in-depth look at LTE coverage, competition, devices and pricing

The United States may not have been the first to launch LTE, but it is clearly leading the way in LTE today with the most coverage, devices and subscribers than any other country in the world.

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T-Mobile, MetroPCS ask FCC for Deal Approval

MetroPCS and Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile USA formally asked the FCC to approve T-Mobile's effective acquisition of MetroPCS, setting the wheels in motion for regulators to start their review of the deal.

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Sprint Nextel turns on LTE in Chicago area, says Network Covers 32 Cities:

The nation’s third-largest carrier says its LTE network now serves 32 U.S. cities and is on track to cover 115 cities within the coming months.

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TowerCo Buys 119 Towers from Iowa Wireless

North Carolina’s TowerCo is investing $45.5 million in 119 towers in the Midwest. TowerCo’s deal with Iowa Wireless includes a five-year exclusive build-to-suit agreement and an option to buy future towers from IWS.

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Reality Check: DAS – Fine-tuning Wireless Broadband Buildouts

Smartphones and tablets are changing the way people communicate. DAS is being deployed as an unobtrusive solution to bring capacity and more uniform coverage closer to customers.

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Verizon Wireless Launches 400th 4G LTE Market On Oct. 18, Two Months Ahead Of Schedule

Marquette, Michigan will be Celebrated as 400th Market; 21 New LTE Markets Will Bring Company Total to 417.

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FCC Shot Clock Appeal Goes to Nation’s Highest Court

The U. S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge brought by several municipalities to the FCC’s so-called shot clock, which set time periods of 90 days and 150 days for municipalities to act on collocations and new sites, respectively.

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T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS to Combine, Creating Value Leader in U.S. Wireless Marketplace

Deutsche Telekom and MetroPCS announced Wednesday that they have signed a definitive agreement to combine T-Mobile USA (“T-Mobile”) and MetroPCS.

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CTI Towers names Director of Sales

CTI Towers has announced that TowerCo veteran, Craig Hartman, has been named to lead the company's sales efforts.

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T-Mobile to Sell Tower Rights to Crown Castle for $2.4 Billion

The deal is the culmination of months of speculation over a sale of the carrier's towers, which is expected to close in the fourth quarter. Crown will have the exclusive right to lease and operate the T-Mobile towers for a weighted average term of around 28 years.

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AT&T’s WCS Plans to Get FCC Green Light

The FCC is poised to allow LTE service in the long-unused 2.3 GHz Wireless Communications Services (WCS) band, clearing the way for AT&T's plan to use the spectrum for its LTE network. The agency will vote on revisions to its WCS rules at its Oct. 17 open meeting.

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Verizon Wireless Set to Entertain Rural Carriers

Verizon Wireless kicked off its second LTE in Rural America program; designed to bring together smaller wireless operators looking to launch LTE services with the help of Verizon.

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T-Mobile, US Cellular, 43 Smaller Carriers Vie for 3G/4G Rural Funding

$300 million is up for grabs in the auction, which will bring 3G or 4G wireless to rural areas where 3G is not available today. Funding will be awarded to the carrier that offers to deliver service at the lowest level of support.

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Ripple Effect: iPhone 5 Expected to help Wireless Infrastructure Companies

Companies that make equipment for managing traffic on LTE networks stand to benefit from the launch of the iPhone 5 and other LTE devices.

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LTE Surges Forward

Sprint promises 100 more cities by the end of the year. Service providers are expanding their LTE coverage; Sprint, AT&T, Verizon, & C Spires

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T-Mobile close to $2 billion deal for its 7,000 towers, report says

T-Mobile USA is close to inking a deal to sell 7,000 cell towers, according to a new report.

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Report: LTE subscribers use more data in over-the-top content apps

U.S. LTE Android smartphone customers use more data on over-the-top applications such as Netflix and Hulu than their non-LTE peers, according to a new research report, giving credence to the notion that subscribers with a faster connection and lower latency will consume more data.

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RCA: More Time Needed for 700 MHz Buildout

The Rural Cellular Association (RCA) says its members need more time to build out their networks in the lower 700 MHz band ahead of a looming deadline.

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Sprint turns on LTE in four more cities, still no major hubs

Sprint announced today that it will bring LTE to four more U.S. cities before Labor Day, lifting its count to 19 cities outfitted with the 4G technology by September.

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Dish builds $5.6B cash pile for wireless play

Dish Network has amassed a massive cash hoard of $5.6 billion to advance its wireless interests as the company awaits rules from the FCC on its spectrum that will likely determine its next moves.

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CTI TOWERS NAMES CFO

CTI Towers, Inc., has named Andrew Sloey as the company’s Chief Financial Officer. In his new role, Mr. Sloey will be responsible for overseeing the company’s financial performance, raising capital to fuel CTI’s growth, and to assist in the company’s M & A activity.

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AT&T 2Q Profits Climb on Lower Smartphone Costs

AT&T posted best-ever profit margins in its wireless business today as new data plans and policies limiting expensive smartphone upgrades began to take hold.

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Verizon, Comcast Ramp Cross-Selling

Verizon Wireless and Comcast began selling each other's services in Florida and in several cities across Arizona and New Mexico today despite federal regulators' unease about the arrangement.

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Verizon presses LTE advantage, adds 33 new markets

Verizon Wireless again widened its lead when it comes to 4G LTE coverage, blanketing nearly six times as many cities as all of its competitors combined.

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US Cellular Snaps Up Actel 700 MHz Licenses

U.S. Cellular is buying seven lower 700 MHz A block licenses from CenturyLink subsidiary Actel for an undisclosed sum, a deal that will give it additional spectrum for its LTE network in a number of its core Midwestern markets.

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Sprint Nextel lights up LTE; now on equal footing?

Sprint Nextel finally entered the LTE race with the launch this morning of commercial services across portions of Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City and San Antonio. Future launches will have to wait for later this year.

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Report: Telecom sector leads the way in domestic economic investments

While the domestic economy continues to struggle, a new report shows that the telecommunications space remains one of the biggest investors in attempting to boost the nation’s fortunes.

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C Spire Outs First Prepaid Data Plans

Regional operator C Spire Wireless is offering its first no-contract mobile data plans amid an ongoing effort to set its rate plans apart from its larger national competitors. The company has offered prepaid voice plans before this month, but the no-contract data plans released this week mark C Spire’s first foray into prepaid data.

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FCC Commissioner Aiming for Dish Spectrum Rules by Sept.

Dish Network's plan to use a large swath of satellite spectrum for a wireless network could get a final decision from federal regulators in September. FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai said at a Congressional oversight hearing yesterday that the agency should issue rules on the 2 GHz band Dish wants to use for LTE service "no later than the end of September."

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CTI Towers Constructs First Tower

July 2, 2012 - CTI Towers, Inc. announced today the company has completed its first tower construction project since the company was founded in 2011. The tower, located at 2455 Henderson Way (36-35-16 N, 121-51-18 W) in Monterey, CA, stands fifty feet tall and is available for immediate collocation.

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Sprint Nextel to re-hire 240 employees from Ericsson; LTE launch remains on track

Sprint Nextel is set to bring back approximately 240 employees that had previously been moved to Ericsson as part of a network reorganization plan. A Sprint Nextel spokeswoman said the transfer should be complete by the end of July.

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SBA to acquire TowerCo for $1.45B

SBA Communications continued to expand its tower empire, announcing today plans to acquire privately-held TowerCo for $1.45 billion. That price includes $1.2 billion in cash and 4.6 million Class A shares valued at $250 million.

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Tech Requirements Set for First Responders Network

The FCC today approved the minimum technical requirements for its interoperable first responders network, which operates in the D Block of the 700 MHz band. The requirements were submitted to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) by the FCC's Interoperability Board in a report which sets forth the recommended minimum technical requirements for interoperability.

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Verizon Adds 46 LTE Markets, Total Hits 304

Verizon Wireless continues plugging away at its LTE build-out, with 46 new markets and expansion in 21 others announced yesterday. The 46 new markets will go live on June 21. These latest markets bring Verizon's total to 304, making the next-generation available to two-thirds of the U.S. population.

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Verizon Wireless to launch shared data plans June 28

After months of hype, Verizon Wireless today rolled out details on new family share plans that allow up to 10 devices to share voice, messaging and now data allowances. The plans will be available beginning June 28.

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Sprint's Clearwire Stake Dips Below 50%

Sprint's stake in Clearwire has dropped past the 50 percent mark, allowing the operator to increase its voting rights without taking on Clearwire's default risk.

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Dish Chairman Pushes FCC Chiefs on Spectrum Rules

Dish Network Chairman and former CEO Charlie Ergen held a series of high-level meetings with FCC officials this week urging the agency to allow it to use 40 MHz of satellite spectrum for cellular services.

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T-Mobile Readies 1900 MHz HSPA+ Test Network at Moscone

T-Mobile USA is testing an HSPA+ network on its 1900 MHz PCS spectrum at San Francisco’s Moscone Center, where Apple will hold its World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) next week.

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Report: Microwave backhaul market to ride growth, internal flux

The microwave backhaul market is seeing strong fluctuations as the growing need for wireless networks to support mobile data usage is driving revenue growth while at the same time divestments by infrastructure providers is expected to results in consolidation, according to a new report from Visant Strategies.

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Verizon likely to divest wireless spectrum to get cable deal OK

Verizon Wireless' $3.6 billion bid to buy unused wireless spectrum from cable companies is likely to get regulatory approval. But Verizon may have to give up some of its wireless spectrum to satisfy regulators, say analysts and insiders close to the deal.

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FCC Action Clears Sprint CDMA, LTE on 800 MHz

Sprint will be able to use its 800 MHz spectrum for CDMA and LTE after the FCC passed regulations yesterday permitting more flexible use of the band.

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FCC opens up 800 MHz to mobile broadband

Sprint Nextel snared a victory today as the Federal Communications Commission released an order reducing “barriers to the deployment of broadband, encourages investment in wireless technologies, and facilitates the efficient use of spectrum by revising a burdensome legacy regulation that unnecessarily constrained 800 MHz Specialized Mobile Radio licensees.”

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Google Closes $12.5B Motorola Deal

Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) completed its US$12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility Inc. (NYSE: MMI) on Tuesday, and among the first big changes is that Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha has stepped down from his position.

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Wireless carriers to roll out data share plans

In a bid to sell and connect more devices to their wireless networks — and generate more money per subscriber — major carriers are preparing to introduce "data share" plans that will likely require more coordination among family members.

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VZW Preps for 28 New LTE Markets

Verizon Wireless today announced the May 17 launch of 28 new LTE markets, while also expanding its network in an additional 11 markets. The launches will bring Verizon's total LTE markets to 258 across the United States, covering more than two-thirds of the U.S. population.

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Sprint on Network Overhaul: It Will Work

Sprint is hitting back against Verizon Wireless' suggestions that its forthcoming LTE network will be slower than the competition because it is launching in a narrower band of spectrum.

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T-Mobile USA posts 187,000 net adds, boosted by prepaid gains

Capitalizing on a recent blog post, T-Mobile USA rode robust prepaid growth to post positive net customer addition growth for the first quarter. That growth however, was not shared on the carrier’s more lucrative direct postpaid operations that continued to bleed customers.

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T-Mobile Q1 Shows Modest Improvement

To add some perspective to how bleak T-Mobile USA's fourth quarter 2011 customer losses were, consider that today's announcement that the company had lost 510,000 branded contract customers was in fact a 28 percent improvement sequentially. While today's subscriber numbers leave much room for improvement, T-Mobile still has a healthy 33.4 million customers at the end of the first quarter, a net gain of 187,000 compared to the 33.2 million customers in the previous quarter.

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Small Cells, Big Benefits

If you think small cells need to be deployed in huge numbers to address the capacity crunch, think again. That's the message from the Small Cell Forum, which has released new research showing that even a moderate number of small cells could go a long way.

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CTIA 2012: New FCC commissioners, spectrum sharing are highlights of Genechowski’s CTIA keynote

Calling mobile phones the most pervasive technology in history, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genechowski opened the CTIA Wireless 2012 show by telling his audience that more people now have mobile phones than have electricity or running water. He also highlighted political news that will impact the industry in the months ahead, noting that yesterday the U.S Senate confirmed President Obama’s nominations for the two vacant posts at the FCC.

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Clearwire, Sequans Fine Tuning TD-LTE

Clearwire isn't taking the standard approach to LTE. It's rolling out a version that runs in unpaired spectrum, versus the paired-spectrum flavor being used by every other major operator in the country. It's using the 2.5 GHz band instead of the 700 MHz band. And it's not aiming for ubiquitous coverage – it plans to concentrate service in congested urban areas where the network will be used to supplement other operators' capacity, a strategy that will require devices that can move seamlessly between Clearwire's TD-LTE network and its customers’ FD-LTE networks.

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FCC releases $300M Mobility Fund auction requirements

The Federal Communications Commission moved forward with its controversial Mobility Fund, announcing the release of a public notice with the procedures for “phase one” of the reverse auction for universal service fund support. The fund is expected to provide up to $300 million in funding to support the roll out of mobile broadband services to underserved areas. Those funds will come from recent reforms to the USF.

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Verizon, Comcast join forces in six new markets

The Verizon and Comcast cross-selling romance deepens today as each offers each others' network and entertainment services in six new markets around the U.S.

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VZW, Comcast Start Cross- Selling in Colorado

Verizon Wireless and Comcast today began selling each other's cellular and cable services in Colorado and five other markets. The marketing arrangement was forged at the same time Verizon agreed to buy $3.9 billion worth of AWS spectrum off Comcast and three other cable operators, Cox Communications, Bright House Networks and Time Warner Cable.

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FCC Approves AT&T Spectrum Transfer to T-Mobile

The FCC has approved the transfer of AT&T AWS spectrum licenses to T-Mobile, a crucial part of the agreement in the failed merger of the two companies.

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Bill Aims to Put 1755-1780 MHz Band on Auction Block

Rep. Cliff Stearns, (R-Fla.), and Rep. Doris Matsui, (D-Calif.), today unveiled what they're calling the "Efficient Use of Government Spectrum Act," which would require the FCC to pair the 1755-1780 and 2155-2180 MHz spectrum blocks, which are already set for auction, for reallocation and auction for commercial wireless use.

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Clearwire Targets 31 Cities for LTE TDD

Clearwire LLC (Nasdaq: CLWR) is kicking off the first phase of its Long Term Evolution Time Division Duplex (LTE TDD) network build out, announcing 31 cities where it will turn on the faster network by June 2013.

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AT&T eyes smaller spectrum acquisitions

Don't expect AT&T to strike any big deals in the near future. AT&T's wireless chief, Ralph de la Vega, said the company will continue to seek out smaller deals, as it looks to shore up its spectrum position. "We're looking for small acquisitions and will continue to look for more, since we don't see data growth slowing," de la Vega said during a conference call with investors today.

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AT&T Posts Profit Despite Slow Contract Growth

AT&T, the nation’s No. 2 cellphone carrier, barely added any new monthly contract customers in the first quarter, but the company still managed to post a profit because it made so much money from the data plans of existing customers.

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Verizon Wireless posts strong Q1 ARPU, margin growth

Following a rough fourth quarter in which strong iPhone sales hit its bottom line, Verizon Wireless’ first quarter results showed the fruit of that labor by posting robust growth in average revenue per user and increased wireless margins.

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Cox Enterprises to Invest in InSite Wireless Group, LLC

Cox Enterprises, Inc. (CEI), a leading communications, media and automotive services company and its subsidiary Cox Communications (CCI), the nation's third largest cable and broadband company, today announced an investment in InSite Wireless Group, LLC ("InSite"), owner, operator and manager of wireless communication tower site facilities and distributed antenna systems (DAS) across the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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It's Official: Obama Signs Spectrum, Public Safety Bill

President Barack Obama has signed a payroll tax cut extension bill that includes provisions allowing the FCC to auction off television spectrum and the long-awaited creation of a national mobile broadband network for public safety.

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PCIA: Payroll Tax Bill Good News for Networks

A few paragraphs buried on page 202 of the payroll tax cut extension bill awaiting President Obama's signature could make it easier for wireless operators to upgrade their networks. The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 contains a number of provisions benefitting the wireless industry, including incentive auctions of broadcast spectrum and the long overdue creation of a national public safety network.

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MetroPCS Revives $40 LTE Plan

MetroPCS is making it cheaper for customers to sign up for its LTE service. The company cut $10 off its base rate, reviving a $40 unlimited plan it first started offering with the debut of the Samsung Craft, a Brew-based device that was the company's first LTE phone.

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Verizon releases Q4 results, sees jump in revenue, broadband subscribers, net loss

Verizon has just come out with its Q4 results this morning, ending the fiscal year with yet another solid revenue report, and a decidedly less rosy net loss. According to the provider, total revenue reached $18.3 billion during the final quarter of 2011, up 13 percent from last year.

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AT&T Posts $6.7B Loss Despite Surging Smartphones

Verizon wasn't the only telecommunications company to slip into the red this week. AT&T said this morning it lost $6.7 billion during the fourth quarter on the cost of its benefit plans, the downgrade of the value of its directory assets and a $4 billion charge for its attempt to acquire T-Mobile USA.

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Apple Beats Expectations, Posts Blockbuster Quarter

Apple posted its first-ever quarterly results without founder Steve Jobs at the helm, and they were impressive indeed. Apple reported overall revenue rising 73 percent to U.S.$46.33 billion driven by unprecedented sales of iPhones and iPads, according to a Reuters report.

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Surprise! AT&T's network got very good

Dropped calls and spotty service, particularly for iPhone owners, made AT&T the most hated wireless carrier in America. Here's the surprise twist: widespread, under-the-radar improvements to the company's network have quietly helped AT&T move past its infamous struggles.

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Defense Bill Puts Pressure on FCC, LightSquared

Language buried deep in the recently enacted National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 could further delay LightSquared’s launch of a nationwide wireless data network.

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AT&T bows to objections, drops bid for T-Mobile

AT&T is ending its $39 billion bid to buy T-Mobile USA, citing fierce government objections.

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Comcast, TWC And BHN Sell Spectrum To Verizon Wireless For $3.6 Billion

SpectrumCo -- a joint venture of Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks -- will sell its 122 Advanced Wireless Services spectrum licenses covering 259 million people in the U.S. to Verizon Wireless for $3.6 billion, the companies announced Friday.

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AT&T faces new hurdle in T-Mobile bid

AT&T's planned $39 billion purchase of T-Mobile USA faces a new roadblock as Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski asked commissioners to send the proposal to an agency judge for a hearing.

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House Passes Freeze on Wireless Taxes

Much to the dismay of local governments, the House of Representatives yesterday passed the AT&T- and Verizon-backed Wireless Tax Fairness Act of 2011 (H.R. 1002), which places a five-year freeze on new taxes for wireless services.

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Judge Allows Sprint Suit Over AT&T, T-Mobile Deal

A federal judge is allowing Sprint and C Spire Wireless' lawsuits against AT&T's merger with T-Mobile USA to proceed on the grounds they could have an anticompetitive effect on the market for wireless devices.

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Comcast Ventures Announces Formation of CTI Towers, Inc.

PHILADELPHIA, PA – September 28, 2011 – Comcast Ventures, the venture capital affiliate of Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), announced today that it has formed a new portfolio company, CTI Towers, Inc., which will own, operate, and develop telecommunications towers throughout the United States. CTI Towers’ is launching with a portfolio of approximately 800 towers that were previously owned and operated by Comcast Cable subsidiaries.

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AT&T takes wraps off wireless data network

Unbeknownst to most customers, AT&T has fired up a new wireless data network in five cities in the last few months, offering roughly double the speeds of its older network for a handful of devices.

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DOJ: AT&T, T-Mobile Merger Violates Antitrust Laws

The Justice Department moved today to block AT&T's merger with T-Mobile USA with a federal antitrust lawsuit, saying the $39 billion deal "would substantially lessen competition" in the U.S. wireless market.

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Report: Sprint to Offer iPhone in Oct.

Sprint just might land itself an iPhone or two come October, according to a Wall Street Journal report that cited people familiar with the matter.

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Sprint Nextel and LightSquared Announce Spectrum Hosting and Network Services Agreement

LightSquared enters into a Spectrum Hosting and Network Services Agreement with Sprint that is expected to result in substantial savings for LightSquared and accelerate completion of LightSquared’s nationwide 4G-LTE network

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John Deere fights broadband that disrupts GPS

Deere chairman and chief executive officer Samuel Allen has aligned the manufacturer with military and aviation interests against a broadband proposal by Virginia-based LightSquared.

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Verizon fails to gain iPhone market share vs. AT&T

Verizon Communications failed to gain market share against AT&T Inc. in iPhone sales in its first full quarter selling Apple Inc's device, sending shares down as much as 3 percent.

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Credit Suisse report: U.S. wireless networks running at 80% of total capacity

Wireless networks in the United States are operating at 80 percent of total capacity, the highest of any region in the world, according to a report prepared by investment bank Credit Suisse.

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Wireless Leader Turns On 28 Additional 4G LTE Markets and Expands Its 4G LTE Network in Eight Cities

Verizon Wireless is turning on the world's most advanced wireless network in 28 additional markets this week, bringing the blazingly fast speed of 4G LTE to a total of 102 cities across the country.

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Regional iDEN operator SouthernLINC Wireless announced today that president and CEO Bob Dawson will relinquish his position at the carrier on Aug. 1,

at which point he will move to chairman of the board before retiring on Oct. 1.

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AT&T eyes Q1 2012 approval for T-Mobile merger

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – AT&T Inc (T.N) said its $39 billion plan to buy T-Mobile USA remains on track for approval in the first quarter of 2012...

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LightSquared to Use Alternate Airwaves as GPS Jamming Fix

Billionaire Philip Falcone’s LightSquared Inc. wireless venture said it will use a different set of airwaves for its service than originally planned to help prevent interference with U.S. global positioning-systems...

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Cox Communications Considers Selling 3G Network, Esser Says

Cox Communications Inc., the third- largest U.S. cable-TV operator, is considering selling its wireless network to a large telecommunications company, President Pat Esser said...

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Sprint and Motorola Forge Renewed Business Relationship That Extends Device Innovation

NEW YORK (BUSINESS WIRE), June 09, 2011 - Sprint (NYSE: S) and Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE: MMI) today announced a reinvigorated alliance that strengthens and extends the two companies’ device innovation leadership...

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AT&T-Mobile: AT&T buys T-Mobile USA for $39B

The national mobile carrier choices for US consumers will decrease by one if the purchase of Deutsche Telekom AG's U.S. T-Mobile unit by AT&T (T) passes regulatory hurdles...

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