CTIA 2013: Authorities urged to free up spectrum for wireless, M2M

Freeing up airwaves for use by the US wireless industry could spur the take-up of new M2M services, with enormous benefits for consumers and businesses.

That was one of the key messages emerging from today’s keynote presentation at the CTIA Wireless Show in Las Vegas.

Speaking to a packed hall, Steve Largent, the president and chief executive of the CTIA, said his organization was pushing government authorities in Washington on the issue of spectrum availability, describing it as “pivotal” for the mobile industry’s future prospects.

Crest makes last-ditch stand against Sprint's Clearwire bid

Investment group Crest Financial has made a final plea to Clearwire shareholders not to support Sprint’s takeover of the wireless broadband operator just a day before their vote takes place.

In a letter sent to Clearwire (Bellevue, WA, USA) shareholders, Crest argues that a decision on Clearwire’s future owner should be delayed until Sprint’s own status is resolved.

US Cellular announces special dividend after Sprint sale

Wireless operator US Cellular has announced it will pay a special dividend of $5.75 a share following the successful completion of an asset sale to Sprint.

The dividend payout will total about $480 million – the same amount it has made from agreeing to hand over to Sprint airwaves and customers in the Midwest.

All eyes on Vodafone's Colao for signs on Verizon


After months of speculation, Vodafone's Vittorio Colao will be under pressure this week to set out whether he may sell its prized stake in Verizon Wireless in what would be one of the biggest deals ever.

Chief executive for five years, Colao has said only that he has an "open mind" on Vodafone's 45-percent stake in the U.S. operator, whose majority owner, Verizon Communications (New York City, NY, USA), is interested in buying out the British company's share.

America Movil buys US MVNO

Telecoms giant America Movil has bolstered its presence in the US market with the acquisition of Start Wireless Group, a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) with about 1.4 million customers.

The transaction was carried out through Tracfone, America Movil’s US subsidiary, but the terms and conditions have not been disclosed.

Start Wireless (Holland, OH, USA) operates under the Page Plus Cellular brand and specializes in prepaid plans for voice, messaging and data services.

CTIA 2013: Orbcomm to unveil new "self powered" M2M tracking device

Satellite operator Orbcomm has launched a new M2M asset tracking and monitoring device that is the first “self-powered” terminal it has developed.

The company says the device – the GT 1100 – is aimed at a variety of global markets, including the transportation and logistics, heavy equipment and oil and gas sectors.

A so-called “ruggedized” device, the GT 1100 has been designed to fit between indented spacing on intermodal containers and is also suited to tracking and monitoring trailers and other types of cargo assets.

US attitudes towards smart grid improved in 2012: Navigant Research

The attitude of US consumers towards smart-grid and smart-meter technology improved over the course of 2012, according to a new survey from Navigant Research.

Utilities have struggled to communicate the benefits of these technologies to consumers, but doing so is critical if smart-grid programs are to succeed in the long term.

According to Navigant, however, last year there was a noticeable increase in favorable attitudes towards the concept of the smart grid in general and smart meters in particular.

Telecom Council Entrepreneur Forum Lunch: Mobile Security

Start Date: 
Thursday, July 18, 2013
End Date: 
Thursday, July 18, 2013

Sunnyvale CA:

We've heard the security firms tell us for years that mobile is a massive security threat, but seen little in the way of attacks. But the increased use of mobile devices, the increased data stored therein, and the increasing use of BYOD into corporate environments means this threat could now have serious consequences. Join us for our lunch discussion as we discuss the real threats, some real cases, and the real opportunities in protecting people and enterprise from malicious attack.

Verizon Wireless to pay parents surprise $7 billion dividend


Verizon Wireless, the biggest U.S. mobile service provider, said on Monday it would pay its parents Verizon Communications and Vodafone Group Plc a dividend of $7 billion in June, surprising some analysts who had not expected a big payout.

The dividend comes amid mounting speculation Verizon (New York City, NY, USA) could buy Vodafone's stake in the venture if they can agree on a price. Reuters reported on April 24 that Verizon was preparing a $100 billion bid for the stake but investors have said they expect Vodafone (Newbury, UK) to seek a higher price.

Telefonica and Dell partner on M2M-based mobile data service

Telefonica has teamed up with PC maker Dell to provide a ‘pay-as-you-go’ mobile broadband service for laptop and tablet computers equipped with M2M SIMs.

Under the Dell (Round Rock, TX, USA) NetReady service, consumers in Europe will be able to use 3G services on various Windows 7 and Windows 8 devices through an on-demand service.

The companies say the offer is aimed at companies that want to provide their employees with “fast and reliable connectivity, anytime and anywhere, paying only for what they need”.

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