Siemens, TIBCO provide smart grid integration to Con Edison

Siemens Smart Grid Division and TIBCO Software Inc. will provide smart grid enterprise integration services to Consolidated Edison (Con Edison), a utility company that provides electric, gas and steam service to more than three million customers in New York City and Westchester County, for a smart grid demonstration project.

Calix adds 12 broadband stimulus projects for $153 million

On Tuesday, Calix, Inc. announced that 12 communications service providers have selected the company to support approximately $153 million of Broadband Initiatives Program (BIP) Stimulus projects across the United States.

U.S. government panel to look at Verizon spectrum deals

Reuters

A U.S. Senate antitrust panel is planning a hearing to discuss Verizon Wireless's multibillion dollar deals to buy wireless airwaves from cable operators and let them resell its mobile service, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday.

The U.S. Justice Department's antitrust division is also looking at the two deals, which critics oppose because they would mean that companies that are rivals in some businesses, like cable and Internet, would become allies in the wireless business.

Siemens to buy smart grid vendor for $381 million

Reuters

On Monday, Siemens AG announced it will buy RuggedCom Inc, a maker of data communications networks systems, for about $381 million in cash, to improve access to markets in North America and the Asia-Pacific region.

Mobile Backhaul Conference at International CTIA Wireless 2012

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Mobile Backhaul: Innovations and Challenges in a 4G World

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Backaul of 3G and LTE macrocell traffic is one of the largest problems--and opportunities--in telecom. The world has gone mobile and is “going video”, and the future presents major obstacles. Demands of traffic growth, video applications, and mobility for workplace applications must be fit into limited, finite spectrum—the only viable solution is to multiply the use of that spectrum by introducing outdoor and in-building small cells, for 3G and LTE.          

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AT&T eyes Dish spectrum, says analyst

On Thursday, AT&T submitted an ex-parte letter to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission requesting specific conditions be met in regards to Dish Network’s pending Ancillary Terrestrial Component (ATC) waiver request, raising suspicion that AT&T may be looking to Dish to solve its current spectrum shortage.

MetroPCS selects Ericsson as primary Microwave backhaul provider

On Monday, MetroPCS Communications, Inc., the fifth largest broadband mobile wireless carrier in the United States based on number of subscribers, announced it has signed a four-year agreement with telecom equipment maker Ericsson to provide microwave backhaul equipment for its broadband mobile networks. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

AT&T, Verizon report 4th quarter results

The two largest telecom operators in the United States posted their quarterly results for the fourth quarter of 2011.  Both AT&T and Verizon posted quarterly losses in the fourth quarter, in part due to noncash pension-related charges as well as heavily subsidized smartphones such as Apple’s iPhone.  AT&T posted a rather large loss due to its

Ericsson net profit down 66% from year-ago quarter

Reuters

Telecom equipment maker Ericsson missed fourth-quarter profit forecasts, hit by lower demand from the United States and Russia, and said weak margins and cautiousness from its operator clients would continue in the short term.  The company posted a fourth quarter net profit of $222 million, down 66% from $651 million in the year-ago quarter and down 61% from last quarter.

Survey: consumers confused on cellular network generations

Ambiguous marketing by some mobile network operators and the numbering of Apple’s iPhone models has resulted in 46% of iPhone 4 users thinking that they are already using a 4G-capable phone, according to a recent survey published by Analysys Mason, an advisor on telecom, technology and media.

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