Blocking AT&T, T-Mobile deal could hurt rivals

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Driven by antitrust concerns, U.S. regulators are fighting hard to block AT&T's (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.) $39 billion deal to buy Deutsche Telekom's (Bonn, Germany) T-Mobile USA. But, in an ironic twist, smaller U.S. wireless rivals may suffer more if the deal is blocked than if it is approved.

Samsung to be largest LTE macro base stations provider in Asia Pacific

Based on wireless operator LTE contracts and deployments, the dominant LTE equipment provider varies from year-to-year.  According to a recent report, Samsung (Seoul, South Korea) will be the dominant Asia Pacific LTE infrastructure provider in 2011, with over one-fourth of all LTE macro base station deployments in the Asia Pacific region, says NPD In-Stat (Scottsdale, Ariz., U.S.A.).

Cloud infrastructure equipment to exceed $33 billion in 2011

The cloud equipment market for the first half of 2011 exceeded $17 billion in sales and is expected to exceed $33 billion in 2011, according to a report by Synergy Research Group (Reno, Nev., U.S.A.)

FCC chief seeks added review on AT&T, T-Mobile deal

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AT&T Inc (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.) was dealt a blow on Tuesday as the top U.S. communications regulator sought to have its planned $39 billion purchase of T-Mobile USA (Bellevue, Wash., U.S.A.) sent to an administrative law judge for review. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski sent a draft order to his fellow commissioners, citing FCC staff findings that the deal would significantly diminish competition and lead to massive job losses.

Optical spectrum analyzers in next-gen networks

Several high-bandwidth networks have recently been upgraded to include reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexers (ROADMs) to improve efficiency and flexibility. ROADMs allow networks to remotely change the amount of dropped or added wavelengths on the express route in order to optimize bandwidth—for example, by not dropping wavelengths when bandwidth is not required.

Using optical spectrum analyzers to measure next-generation networks: EXFO one-on-one

As service provides begin to deploy larger networks to increase bandwidth, new challenges are presented when measuring the optical signal-to-noise ratio (OSNR). When dealing with 40G and 100G networks, as well as with networks that contain reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexers (ROADMs), the OSNR measurement reports often contain inaccurate results, which could result in potential network failures and higher OPEX.

Clearwire shares plunge 31% on default fears

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Shares of Clearwire Corp (Kirkland, Wash., U.S.A.) plunged as much as 31% after a Wall Street Journal report quoted its CEO as saying the company was considering skipping a $237 million interest payment due December 1.

Shares of the cash-strapped high-speed wireless firm dropped as low as $1.28 as investors worried that their fears about bankruptcy could be realized. The stock regained some ground to close at $1.47, down 20%, on the Nasdaq.

Clearwire said it "does not comment on speculation" and declined to discuss the story.

U.S. announces national security investigation into Chinese telecom companies

On Thursday, the U.S. House of Representative Intelligence Committee announced it was launching an investigation into the threat posed by Chinese-owned telecommunications companies working in the U.S., including Huawei (Shenzhen, P.R.C.) and ZTE (Shenzhen, P.R.C.).

The investigation comes after a ten month preliminary review of Chinese communications companies was conducted by the committee staff.  The preliminary review suggested that there was a national security concern of “the highest priority” and that a more extensive investigation should be conducted.

Tension simmers between Verizon, Vodafone

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Tension between Vodafone (London, England) and Verizon Communications (New York) over their joint venture in the United States has eased and the success of new partnerships could determine if that relationship goes any further.

France Telecom sees consolidation in Portugal market

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Consolidation of the Portuguese telecoms market may happen faster than expected if the state-owned bank decides to sell its holdings as part of a countrywide push to raise cash, a France Telecom (Paris, France) executive said on Thursday.

France Telecom has said it plans to leave the Portuguese market, where consumers have been hit hard by an austerity drive, but the company said in October that no talks had taken place because it was difficult to sell in the current environment.

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