Judge allows Sprint suit against AT&T, T-Mobile deal

Reuters

A judge on Wednesday ruled that Sprint (Overland Park, Kan., U.S.A.) and C Spire Wireless (Ridgeland, Miss., U.S.A.) can pursue part of their antitrust lawsuit against AT&T Inc's (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.) proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA, a unit of Deutsche Telekom AG (Bonn, Germany).

AT&T and T-Mobile had sought to dismiss the lawsuit, but U.S. District Judge Ellen Huvelle agreed to allow the competitors to pursue their injury claims about the effect the deal would have on the market for wireless devices.

Digi Offers 3G system-on-module on Sprint network

Digi International (Minnstonka, Minn., U.S.A.) on Tuesday announced that its embedded 3G system-on-module has been certified by Sprint (Overland Park, Kan., U.S.A.), which allows M2M device manufacturers to add 3G connectivity to their devices without having to go through a certification process.

ConnectCore 3G -- the embedded 3G system-on-module with integrated application processing- also offers cloud connectivity with the iDigi Device Cloud.

ZTE, China Unicom miss quarterly profit forecasts

Reuters

ZTE Corp (Shenxhen, P.R.C.) and China Unicom (Beijing, P.R.C.), China’s second largest telecommunications equipment maker and carrier respectively, reported third quarter net profit that missed expectations, with both companies grappling with pressured margins.


ZTE posted a second straight fall in quarterly profit mainly due to the weakness in the euro and a delay in value-added tax rebates, while China Unicom's profit was up by a worse-than-expected 21% as it doled out subsidies to attract more 3G users.

WDM & Next Generation Optical Networking

Date
Start Date: 
Monday, June 18, 2012
End Date: 
Thursday, June 21, 2012

Monaco:

WDM & Next Generation Optical Networking is to be held on the 18-21 June 2012 in Monte Carlo. Europe's premier optical networking brings together 550+ optical professionals for four days of structured networking and debate. The comprehensive operator led programme and professionally organised networking agenda is the meeting place for the regions thought leaders and decision makers and make WDM & Next Generation Optical Networking an unmissable event in the industry calendar.

4G World: Customer experience front and center

Today, service providers are competing in an increasingly competitive market, which makes gaining and retaining customers essential to their overall performance.  A hot topic of conversation this week at 4G World in Chicago, Illinois is customer experience, but more importantly the personalization of the customer experience.

“To satisfy a customer, you need to know what satisfies them,” said Steven Cotton, head of revenue management at TM Forum.

Sprint needs $7 billion in new funding due to iPhone costs

Reuters

Sprint Nextel (Overland Park, Kan., U.S.A.) said it would need $7 billion in new financing agreements over the next few years to cover a cash shortfall created by Apple Inc's iPhone and a network upgrade.

"If we want to maintain a cash balance as high as $2 billion minimum at any point in time, we would want to extend the maturities of $4 billion that come due in 2012 and 2013 and raise between $1 billion to $3 billion, primarily from vendor financing," said Chief Executive Dan Hesse on Wednesday.

Testing submarine communications networks: EXFO one-on-one

From the testing to the deployment of fiber cables, submarine communication networks come with many challenges. For one, the cost and time associated with submarine networks far exceed that of terrestrial networks—whether it is being deployed or repaired. Furthermore, the number of customers relying on these networks is vast, making a damaged cable critical to repair as soon as possible. Considering these factors, it is essential that these fiber cables be meticulously tested and re-tested before being deployed.

Verizon, AT&T report Q3 results

Reuters

The top two U.S. telecom operators, AT&T Inc (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.) and Verizon Communications (New York) reported financial results from the third quarter of 2011.  Both companies reported increased revenue from the year-ago quarter; although AT&T's revenue was below analyst expectations, while Verizon's revenue was slightly higher than expectations.  Both companies’ revenue was affected by weak smartphone sales in the third quarter.

China Mobile has 10 million iPhone users, still no agreement with Apple

Reuters

China Mobile (Beijing, China), the world's largest mobile carrier by subscribers, has 10 million iPhone users even though it does not yet have an agreement with iPhone maker Apple, says its chairman.


Wang Jianzhou also said Apple had promised to make an iPhone compatible with China Mobile's TD-LTE standard when its next-generation model comes out. He could not say when this would happen.


"We have not yet got agreement with Apple," say Wang. "Apple promised to provide, when they develop the iPhone for LTE, that it will include TD-LTE. We are discussing the details."

Orange acquires Congo Chine Telecom

As a result of two agreements signed on Thursday with ZTE (Shenzhen, P.R.C.), a telecom equipment manufacturer, and the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, France Telecom-Orange (Paris, France) will acquire 100% of Congo Chine Télécom, a mobile operator in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. France Telecom-Orange will contribute its marketing, commercial and technical expertise, as well as the Orange brand to leverage CCT’s network assets, says the company.

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