The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday handed businesses such as AT&T Inc. a major victory by upholding the use of arbitration for customer disputes rather than allowing claims to be brought together as a group.
By a 5-4 vote, the high court ruled that an AT&T unit could enforce a provision in its customer contracts requiring individual arbitration and preventing the pooling together of claims into a class-action lawsuit or class-wide arbitration.
Verizon acknowledged this morning that its 4G LTE network was not working for users across the U.S. after complaints trickled in overnight about a nationwide outage, according to a Computerworld news report.
Verizon Wireless posted two updates acknowledging the outage to its Twitter account.
The first update stated, "We're aware of an issue with #4G #LTE connections & our network engineers are working to resolve quickly. Will update here."
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Monday filed with the FCC a study by former FCC official Uzoma Onyeije questioning the existence of a spectrum crisis. The paper, entitled "Solving the Capacity Crunch: Options for Enhancing Data Capacity on Wireless Networks," suggests alternative solutions to auctioning broadcasting spectrum to help alleviate mobile broadband congestion. Onyeije concludes that "the impending 'spectrum crisis' is not real.
Chilean telecommunications operation Empresa Nacional de Telecomunicaciones SA, or Entel, will pursue a nearly $2 billion investment plan through 2013, The Wall Street Journal online reported today.
According to daily newspaper Diario Financiero, The Wall Street Journal reported, the company's president Juan Hurtado said that Entel will focus its investments in the mobile broadband sector. Broadband has seen "explosive growth" in recent years, Hurtado said.
Nokia will axe 7,000 jobs and outsource its legacy Symbian software to slash 1 billion euros ($1.46 billion) of costs as it struggles to compete in the fierce smartphone market.
Nokia, the world's largest phone maker by volume, on Wednesday detailed an overhaul of its phone business following its decision to start using Microsoft software instead of its own Symbian platform.
The move includes laying off 4,000 staff and transferring another 3,000 to services firm Accenture - a total 12 percent of its phone unit workforce.
The United Arab Emirates will stop individuals and small businesses accessing the most private data services offered by BlackBerry, a UAE newspaper said, but the government said no services would be disrupted to any subscribers.
Only businesses with 20 or more subscriptions will be allowed to use high security accounts on the BlackBerry Enterprise Server, which allows for services such as highly secure corporate email, The National newspaper reported earlier this month.
Half a billion people worldwide will use their mobile devices as travel tickets on metros, subways and buses by 2015, according to new forecasts from Juniper Research. This is over five times the number generated last year, but crucially Juniper is expecting usage to spread widely from the current concentration in Japan and several European countries. Outside Japan, systems in operation typically use SMS or bar codes.
NFC creates momentum
Level 3 Communications, Inc., an international provider of fiber-based communications services, last week announced that it is providing Verizon Wireless with backbone infrastructure and cell-site backhaul solutions to support its ongoing rollout of its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network.
The California Energy Commission awarded $4,643,200 for research projects to expand the state's smart grid, improve power plant pollution measurements, and conserve energy and water. The Commission's grants are leveraged by $392,709,016 of U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) funding, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds, and matching funds from the grant recipients. Funds for the six projects come from the Commission's Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program.
Elster announced last week that Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) has selected the company's EnergyAxis Smart Grid solution to power the utility's first advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) project in Mexico City, Mexico's capital city with a population of more than 20 million.