Sprint offers AT&T spectrum solution without merger

Reuters

AT&T Inc (Dallas, Texas) could greatly expand its network capacity for a fraction of the cost it plans to shell out to buy T-Mobile USA, Sprint Nextel (Overland Park, Kan.) said on Monday.

Sprint, a vocal opponent of the deal, said it would present the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) later on Monday with a technical analysis detailing the actions AT&T could take to improve its network without acquiring T-Mobile USA.

Smart911 Program spreading through U.S.

Rave Mobile Safety (Framingham, Mass.), a provider of safety software, on Tuesday announced that its Smart911 technology is seeing nationwide adoption, including numerous municipalities in over 13 states. Smart911 allows citizens to enter personal information online, which is then automatically available to a 9-1-1 call taker, in the event they call 9-1-1.

Smart Meter Manufacturers Association of America formed by industry suppliers

To increase awareness on smart meters on Monday it was announced that a new industry group, the Smart Meter Manufacturers’ Association of America (SMMAA), has been formed.

Smart-Meter makers, Echelon, Elster, GE, Itron, Landis+Gyr and Sensus are the founding members and representatives from each company reside on the board, with a rotation in the presidency. According to SMMAA, meters from these manufacturers represent nearly 100 % of the installed base of electric meters currently deployed in the United States and Canada, and 35 million of which are considered “smart.”

LightSquared finds alternative to network after GPS interference reported

LightSquared (Reston, Va.), a wholesale-only integrated wireless broadband and satellite network, on Monday outlined an alternative to the problem of interference with Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers.

Early test results with the GPS industry indicated that one of LightSquared’s 10MHz blocks of frequencies poses interference to many GPS receivers. This block was the specific set of frequencies that LightSquared planned to use for the initial launch of its network.

Huawei rejects China financial aid claim

Reuters

Telecom equipment manufacturer Huawei Technologies (Shenzhen, P.R.C) on Thursday rejected a U.S. government official's suggestion that its rapid growth was due to Chinese government financial aid.

"It is fundamentally and utterly incorrect," said Bill Plummer, vice president of external affairs for Huawei.

He was responding to a comment by U.S. Export-Import Bank President Fred Hochberg on Wednesday that one reason Huawei's "growth has been so dramatic is that it's backed by a $30 billion credit line from the Chinese Development Bank.

FCC extends LightSquared deadline

Reuters

U.S. regulators granted Harbinger Capital-backed LightSquared (Reston, Va.) a two week extension on its report explaining GPS interference issues related to a high-speed wireless network it wants to build, the company said on Wednesday.

Before it can go ahead with its proposed network, LightSquared must show the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that it can avoid interference with GPS devices, which use wireless airwaves next to those licensed to LightSquared.

4G World 2011

Event: 
Date
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Monday, October 24, 2011
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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Chicago, Illinois
http://www.4GWORLD.COM

4G World 2011, the premier wireless industry event, brings together business and technology thought leaders and innovators from across the wireless ecosystem. With over 200 exhibitors and sponsors and 175+ speakers, 4G World delivers unprecedented opportunities to gain unique insights into the latest technology innovations and business trends. Learn about the latest advancements in mobile broadband solutions and applications from the operators and vendors who are deploying them.

U.S. Government announces new initiatives for smart grid technologies

The Obama Administration on Monday announced a number of new initiatives designed to accelerate the modernization of the Nation’s electric infrastructure, bolster electric-grid innovation, and advance a clean energy economy.

U.S. smart grid to cost billions, save trillions

Reuters

A planned modernization of the U.S. national power grid will cost up to $476 billion over the next 20 years but will provide up to $2 trillion in customer benefits over that time, according to industry experts.

The so-called "smart grid" will save energy, reduce costs and increase reliability by delivering electricity from suppliers to consumers using two-way communication that can control appliances, the charging of electric vehicles and the flow of power from renewable sources at customers' homes.

Law firms reach $4.75 million settlement with Vonage

Law firms Seeger Weiss LLP and Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC announced Monday that the U.S. District Court of New Jersey has granted final approval to a proposed settlement of a consumer class action against telecom provider Vonage Holdings Corp. challenging the company's sales and marketing practices. The final settlement of In re Vonage Marketing and Sales Practice Litigation follows a fairness hearing on May 12, 2011. The settlement will likely provide dollar-for-dollar recovery to most settlement class members.

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