China Mobile, Clearwire sign agreement on TD-LTE interoperability testing plan

China Mobile, the world's largest mobile operator, and Clearwire Corporation, a provider of 4G wireless broadband services in the United States, on Tuesday announced, in conjunction with the Global TD-LTE Initiative (GTI), an agreement on common test specifications and joint interoperability testing (IOT) for TD-LTE devices in the global band configurations, including 2.3GHz to 2.7GHz.

Analysts say LightSquared approval is a long shot

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Telecom startup LightSquared is mounting a last-ditch effort to win U.S. regulatory approval for a new wireless network after being outmaneuvered by the GPS industry, which has cited numerous scenarios of interference problems that could interfere with planes and national security.

Toshiba to enter U.S. smart home energy market

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Japan's Toshiba Corp said on Monday it plans to enter the smart home energy market in the United States at the end of this year and generate $129.68 million in revenue by the fiscal year ending March 2016.

Vodafone could merge with Verizon Wireless, eyes Asia, South America

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Recently, there has been talk that a merger between Vodafone and Verizon Communications could be the most logical option for both telecom operators.  A recent report by analysts from Goldman Sachs Group  stated that if Verizon Communications were to get rid of their fixed-line unit, it would allow for its wireless and enterprise units to merge with that of Vodafone’s.  The report saw this as the most “attractive option” for Vodafone.

Deutsche Telekom seeks new strategy for T-Mobile USA

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Deutsche Telekom is overhauling its strategy for its U.S. wireless unit after AT&T last month dropped its planned $39 billion takeover of the unit, a person familiar with the strategy planning said on Monday.


"Telekom is planning to work out a new strategy for T-Mobile USA in the coming weeks," the person told Reuters, adding that no date had been set to unveil the plan but it would certainly not be before 2011 results are published on February 23.

Analysis: texting profits at risk as users look elsewhere

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Text-messaging has long been a big-time profit generator for U.S. mobile operators, but they now risk losing these profits as consumers find cheaper ways to communicate.  SMS (short message service) is currently generating an estimated 12% of service revenue for U.S. operators, but now many consumers are turning to low-cost alternatives like iMessenger, BlackBerry Messenger and Facebook's mobile messaging service.

Verizon ditches $2 fee after customer, FCC criticism

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Verizon Wireless has reversed its decision to charge a $2 fee for telephone and online bill payments, bowing to a storm of criticism from consumers and the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The biggest U.S. wireless operator retracted its decision on Friday, just a day after it announced the fee for one-time payments, which was to have begun January 15.

Deutsche Telekom settles U.S. bribery probes

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Deutsche Telekom AG will pay more than $95 million to settle U.S. criminal and civil charges that a Hungarian unit and three former executives schemed to bribe government officials in Macedonia and Montenegro. Regulators said the charges arose from the company's Magyar Telekom unit having in 2005 and 2006 arranged payments of $15.8 million to intermediaries, expecting some or all of the money to be funneled to the officials in exchange for business benefits.

U.S. Army expands M2M wireless mesh network in Kuwait

Cubic Global Tracking Solutions, the asset tracking and monitoring division of Cubic Corporation, has been awarded a contract of approximately $3.5 million from the U.S. Army to expand the use of Next Generation Wireless Communications (NGWC) services, which employs Cubic's wireless mesh network for yard management applications at three U.S. bases in Kuwait.

Mitsui to invest in U.S. smart-grid project

Japanese conglomerate Mitsui & Co will invest about $12 million in U.S. energy trading company Tres Amigas LLC.  Tres Amigas is involved in a project to link North America’s three primary power grids - the Western Interconnection, Eastern Interconnection and Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) - using smart grid technology.

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