Verizon investigating 4G LTE outage

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."

Level 3 helps power Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network rollout

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.

Mobile operators' deals with M2M application developers may bring lower module prices

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Mobile operators AT&T and Sprint have recently struck deals with cellular embedded module vendors to provide modules for M2M (machine-to-machine) application developer partners at discounted rates. Their goal is to encourage app developers to embrace 3G -- and now 4G -- M2M modules.

TELUS to deploy Canadian 4G+ wireless LTE

Canadian telecom TELUS plans to launch its next generation, Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in early 2012, the company announced Wednesday. LTE technology supports manufacturers' rated peak download speeds of up to 150 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of up to 70 Mbps. This initiative is made possible by the launch in 2009 of Canada's coast-to-coast HSPA+ wireless network, which today covers more than 95 per cent of the Canadian population.

Google may gobble up Nortel patent portfolio for $900 million

Nortel Networks Corporation announced Monday that it and certain of its subsidiaries have entered into a stalking horse (the starting point against which others will bid prior to the auction) asset sale agreement with Google Inc. for the sale of all of Nortel's remaining patents and patent applications for a cash purchase price of US $900 million.

Huawei finalist for building U.S. Cellular 4G network

Chinese telecom-gear maker Huawei Technologies Co. is a finalist for a contract to build out the fourth-generation (4G) wireless network for U.S. Cellular Corp., the country's sixth largest wireless carrier, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday, citing "people familiar with the matter." Other finalists are L.M. Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent SA.

FiberTower selects DragonWave to deliver packet-backhaul services for major wireless carriers

Booming bandwidth demand for backhauling major wireless carriers 3G, 4G and Long-Term Evolution (LTE) services has turned FiberTower, one of the largest alternative backhaul providers in the United States, to DragonWave Inc. products for high-capacity packet microwave. DragonWave's Horizon Compact is being deployed to support FiberTower's microwave-based packet backhaul services.

New York Attorney General to review AT&T, T-Mobile merger

Largest wireless merger in history inspected for potential anti-competitive impact

The office of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will undertake a thorough review of AT&T's acquisition of T-Mobile. The proposed merger would create the nation's largest wireless company with a total of 130 million subscribers nationwide, opening the door to a near duopoly shared by the merged firm and Verizon. The Attorney General will analyze the merger for potential anti-competitive impacts on consumers and businesses across New York State, he announced yesterday.

LightSquared 4G service stalled by federal GPS interference concerns

Concerns about potential GPS interference continue to haunt LightSquared Wireless, the Wall Street Journal reported today. In the latest news, the Defense Department and federal transportation officials have expressed concerns that LightSquared mobile broadband service, which operates on frequencies originally intended for satellite phones, could potentially interfere with military GPS devices, because LightSquared is proposing to operate on spectrum frequencies very close to those used by GPS services.

DragonWave brings wireless network service to rural U.S. markets

DragonWave Inc. is helping bring mobile services to under-served areas of the United States. The Canadian provider of high-capacity packet microwave solutions announced last week at CTIA Wireless in Orlando, Florida, multiple rural U.S. deployments.

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