AT&T Inc has held talks to buy smaller rival Leap Wireless International in recent months, according to people familiar with the matter, in the latest sign U.S. carriers are looking at acquisitions as a way to grow in a mature market.
Consumers in Europe will pay less for mobile phone calls, texts and Internet access when travelling abroad following a ruling on Thursday that could also prompt telecom companies to introduce cross-border deals to offset lost revenue.
LightSquared, the wireless startup backed by hedge fund manager Philip Falcone, on Monday filed for Chapter 11 protection. The company and many affiliates filed for protection from creditors with the U.S. bankruptcy court in Manhattan. It has more than $1 billion of both assets and liabilities, according to the bankruptcy petition. The filing was expected.
As Canadians continue to adopt mobile technology and as demand for mobile payments capability continues to grow, the banking industry and credit union system on Monday announced a set of voluntary, secure, open guidelines for the development of mobile payments at point-of-sale terminals in Canada.
Market research firm Infonetics Research last week released excerpts from its annual North America Business VoIP Service Leadership Scorecard, which analyzes and ranks the top service providers in the hosted VoIP and unified communications (UC) services market and the IP connectivity market.
The news coming out of the CTIA Wireless show this week stretches across every part of the wireless industry. From backhaul to mobile payments, there is always something happening in the booths and conference rooms at CTIA. Provided below is a glimpse into some of the news and information coming out of the show in the form of numbers.
Copper vs. Fiber
DragonWave Inc., a supplier of packet microwave radio systems for mobile and access networks, on Tuesday at CTIA Wireless announced the availability of higher modulation modes of up to 2048 Quadrature amplitude modulation(QAM) on its Horizon packet microwave products. This higher modulation allows the radios to transport up to 37% more data through existing microwave channels, which improves spectral efficiency and, correspondingly, lowers operators' cost per bit.
Actelis, a global supplier of Ethernet over copper solutions, showcased its Ethernet Access Device (EAD) at International CTIA Wireless in New Orleans this week. The device is designed to address the growing mobile backhaul challenge faced by wireless service providers.
Telit Wireless Solutions, a global provider of machine-to-machine (M2M) wireless technology, on Tuesday announced its CC864-DUAL cellular module will connect the next generation Mobile Cardiac Outpatient Telemetry (MCOT) from CardioNet, Inc., a provider of wireless medical technology with a current focus on the diagnosis and monitoring of cardiac arrhythmias.
Shares of MetroPCS Communications Inc surged as much as 29% on Wednesday after Bloomberg reported the mobile phone service provider was discussing a merger with Deutsche Telekom subsidiary T-Mobile USA. Many Wall Street analysts argue that consolidation is needed among smaller U.S. carriers as the bill for 4G network upgrades climbs and smartphone usage accelerates.