US spectrum sale must spur wireless competition - Justice Department


Smaller wireless carriers should be able to get a fair share of spectrum in the forthcoming U.S. auction to ensure the market is competitive, the Justice Department told the Federal Communications Commission in a filing made public on Friday.

The filing underlines the high value of the low-frequency spectrum that will be auctioned off, and delivers a blow to the two largest U.S. providers, Verizon Communications Inc (New York City, NY, USA) and AT&T Inc (Dallas, TX, USA) , in their efforts to acquire those airwaves.

Italy's Wind to invest $1.3 billion in network with Huawei


Italian mobile phone operator Wind is to spend $1.3 billion on building a fourth-generation (4G) mobile broadband network to step up competition to rivals Telecom Italia and Vodafone.

The investment will use technology from Italy's Sirti (Milan, Italy) and Huawei Technologies (Shenzhen, China) , the firms said in a statement on Friday, giving a boost to the Chinese telecoms equipment maker as it battles for work on 4G networks across Europe.

Deutsche Tel deal change paves way to cut US exposure


Sweetening the terms of a U.S. merger not only improves Deutsche Telekom's chances of getting a deal done, but may also pave the way for what some investors and bankers think it really wants - to reduce its exposure to a highly competitive market.

The German group's T-Mobile USA (Bellevue, WA, USA) unit lacks the critical mass to take on bigger U.S. rivals Verizon (New York City, NY, USA), AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) and Sprint (Overland Park, KS, USA) and has been losing market share.

Telecom Italia directors to consider Hutchison proposal - sources


Telecom Italia has asked Chairman Franco Bernabe and four board members to assess proposals for a merger with Hutchison Whampoa's <0013.HK> local mobile phone unit 3 Italia, three sources familiar with the situation said on Thursday.

Earlier this week sources with knowledge of the situation had said Hong Kong-based Hutchison was interested in taking a near 30 percent stake in Italy's biggest telecoms operator under a plan to sell 3 Italia to its rival.

Brazil says new 4G mobile band not ready for World Cup


Visitors to Brazil for the 2014 soccer World Cup will not be able to use the latest wireless technology operating on a frequency used widely in the United States and Europe, the head of telecom regulator Anatel told Reuters.

Anatel president Jõao Rezende said in an interview that the 700 MHz spectrum won't be ready for the big event. Instead, he said, tourists can buy local 4G chips that will work on Brazil's 2.5 GHz network - or settle for slower service.

DragonWave cuts 33 pct jobs, amends deal with Nokia Siemens


Telecom network equipment maker DragonWave Inc said it cut 33 percent of its senior management jobs and amended its deal with Nokia Siemens Networks to reduce operating costs.

Cash-strapped DragonWave (Ottawa, Canada), which has been trying to reduce costs since it acquired Nokia Siemens's microwave technology business last June, said last month that it would cut costs further but did not specify what the measures were.

The company cut 116 jobs in Ottawa and Israel in 2012.

Google, AT&T target Austin for high-speed internet


Google Inc said on Tuesday it plans to bring its ultra high-speed Internet and television service to Austin, Texas, next year, prompting AT&T Inc to reveal its own plans to follow suit - if it gets the same terms from local authorities.

AT&T (Dallas, TX, USA) appeared to be making a political point to highlight the heavy regulations that encumber traditional phone companies, analysts said.

Deutsche Telekom gets conditional regulatory nod for vectoring


Deutsche Telekom has received conditional regulatory approval to upgrade its copper network via a process called vectoring, or VDSL2, in order to offer faster Internet.

The German federal network agency said on Tuesday in a draft decision that Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) would have to give its competitors access to the new technology but it could deny access in areas where alternative networks are available.

EE aims for 1 million 4G customers, to double 4G speeds

UK mobile operator EE says it is aiming to sign 1 million customers up to its 4G service by the end of the year and hopes to attract new business by doubling connection speeds from their current level.

Speaking at a press conference in London, chief executive Olaf Swantee said the operator – a joint venture between Deutsche Telekom (Bonn, Germany) and France Telecom (Paris, France) – would start doubling average 4G speeds to 20Mbps by dedicating 20MHz of its 1800MHz spectrum to the service, compared with the 10MHz it uses today.

Sistema Shyam reduces net loss despite India uncertainties

Indian operator Sistema Shyam has managed to reduce its net loss to INR7.79 billion ($143 million) for the fourth quarter of 2012, from INR11.98 billion during the same period in 2011, despite the considerable uncertainty over the company’s future towards the end of last year.

The operator said the net loss would have narrowed further were it not for unfavorable movements in exchange rates.

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