Antitrust probe of AT&T, T-Mobile deal deepens

Reuters

The Justice Department has decided to pursue an in-depth investigation of AT&T's plan to buy of T-Mobile USA, according to a source familiar with the deal.

The decision was widely expected as antitrust enforcers typically give close scrutiny to big deals that involve large market shares.

Justice Department spokeswoman Gina Talamona declined to confirm that the antitrust division had deepened its probe. "Our investigation is ongoing," she added.

Accedian granted RUS acceptance for EtherNID, MetroNID and MetroNODE 10GE Ethernet demarcation devices

U.S. telecommunications providers can now use RUS funding to purchase Accedian's High Performance Service Assurance platform for networks serving rural communities. Accedian Networks announced last week that its EtherNID, MetroNID and MetroNODE 10GE service assurance demarcation devices have been granted "RUS Acceptance" by the Technical Standards Committee "A" (Telecommunications) Advanced Services Division of the United States Department of Agriculture, Rural Utilities Service (RUS).

Bridgewave expands international presence with new distribution partners

Partnerships support international adoption of millimeter wave (60 - 80 GHz) spectrum

4G millimeter wave backhaul solutions supplier BridgeWave Communications Tuesday announced the international expansion of the company's presence and expertise with the addition of several new partners across Western Europe and the Middle East, specifically in France, Germany, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

Nortel gets court nods for Google's "stalking horse"

Reuters

Nortel Networks Corp, the fallen Canadian telecom giant, said Monday it had received court approvals for the "stalking horse" bid made by a unit of Google Inc for its portfolio of technology patents for $900 million.

Nortel also said the courts allowed others bidders to submit their offers for the highly coveted patent portfolio by June 13.

Nortel said the U.S. Bankruptcy court for the District of Delaware and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice approved the sale agreement with Ranger Inc, a unit of Google.

FiberTower receives termination notice from Clearwire

Wireless backhaul services provider FiberTower Corporation announced last week that it received its second early termination notice from Clearwire to discontinue service effective April 30, 2011, representing approximately $434,000 in monthly service revenue.

Upon termination of these services, the customer's early termination charges are expected to be approximately $1.9 million payable immediately.

Payment of the early termination charges of approximately $1.5 million associated with service terminated in February has been received by the company.

Sunrise Telecom releases new spectrum analyzer to improve productivity for digital video deployment

Network testing and measurement solutions provider Sunrise Telecom today announced the release of a new spectrum analyzer. The AT2500RQ4, a portable CATV spectrum analyzer, is designed to provide enhanced Modulation Error Rate (MER) performance and improve impairment detection in the head end to ensure that operators can eliminate problems in the network before they affect the end customer experience, according to Sunrise Telecom's press release.

South Korea police probe Google over location data collection

Google Inc.'s Seoul office was raided on Tuesday on suspicion its mobile advertising unit AdMob had illegally collected location data without consent, South Korean police said, the latest setback to the Internet search firm's Korean operations.

The probe into suspected collection of data on where a user is located without consent highlights growing concerns about possible misuse of private information as the use of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets increases.

Myriad launches mobile social networking services with Telefonica in Latin America

Myriad Group AG last week announced Telefónica Movistar has launched Myriad Social Network Services, marking the first phase of Myriad's 5-year partnership with Telefónica to provide social networking to its 13 mobile operations across Latin America. 



As part of the commercial launch, Telefónica Movistar customers can now, for the first time, quickly access their social networks, viewing all their friends' latest messages while updating their own status across all of their social network communities simultaneously via one mobile screen.
 

Telehealth receives support of CMS in final rule

ATA lauds CMS's support of telemedicine

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) made a statement in support of telemedicine by streamlining the credentialing and privileging of telehealth providers delivering services to Medicare hospitals. By simplifying how hospitals and non-hospital providers privilege doctors who remotely treat patients, CMS has lowered the administrative burden of delivering telehealth and telemedicine services.

Telit launches worldwide smallest 2G module with integrated A-GPS receiver

M2M specialist adds GPS functionality to established GE864 family

M2M specialist Telit Wireless Solutions last week announced the release of the GE864-GPS. The new quad band module is the smallest, and most efficient GSM/GPRS M2M module on the market with embedded GPS receiver in a compact BGA form factor, according to Telit's press release. The combined solution is especially suited for highly integrated positioning solutions in automotive, tracking or security applications requiring 2G network connectivity in a very small footprint.

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