Sprint strikes MVNO deal with FreedomPop

On Wednesday, FreedomPop, a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), and Sprint announced the formation of a strategic wholesale relationship that will allow FreedomPop to use Sprint’s 3G network and 4G LTE network, which is set to launch next week.

Verizon cable deals make headway but regulatory doubts linger

Reuters

The telecoms regulator is prepared to approve Verizon Wireless' plan to buy airwaves from cable companies, according to people with knowledge of the situation, though the company still has to convince the Justice Department that the deal will not lead to higher prices for consumers.

70% of rural broadband subscribers receiving service below 4 Mbps target

Calix, Inc. on Thursday released excerpts for its latest U.S. Rural Broadband Report, based on Internet traffic information drawn from over 50 U.S. communications service provider networks from the first quarter (January through March) of 2012.

Electric highway in Oregon to benefit plug-in drivers on the West Coast

Reuters

It may not be long before electric car owners on America’s Pacific coast can drive all the way from Canada to Mexico using quick-charge stations. Thanks to Oregon’s new ‘electric highway,’ it’s now possible to charge an electric car every 25 miles down a 200-mile stretch of Interstate 5.


That, says an NBC News video, makes it the longest stretch of electric highway in the United States.

China, U.S., seen as future innovators in Cloud

Asked to predict future disruptive technologies and the next epicenter for innovation, technology executives worldwide believe that China and the United States will be at the forefront, with Cloud enabling both the next indispensable consumer technology and business transformation for enterprises.

Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile USA agree to spectrum exchange

On Monday, Verizon Wireless announced an agreement with T-Mobile USA to exchange specific spectrum in the AWS (Advanced Wireless Services) band. Under the agreement, both companies also will receive additional spectrum depth in specific markets to meet LTE (Long Term Evolution) capacity needs and enable LTE expansion.

China telecom firms may be selling subsidized equipment in U.S.

Reuters

Two of China's top telecommunications companies may be selling subsidized gear in the United States, and legislation could be proposed to deal with any related national-security threat, the head of the U.S. House of Representatives' Intelligence Committee said on Thursday.


The committee is investigating what some U.S. officials suspect are close ties between the Chinese government and each of the firms, Huawei Technologies Co Ltd (Shenzhen, P.R.C.) and ZTE Corp (Shenzhen, P.R.C.).

ZTE to increase US purchases to $9 billion over 3 years despite recent scrutiny

Reuters

ZTE Corp, the world's fifth largest telecom equipment vendor, plans to increase its purchases from the United States by around 10% annually to over $9 billion in the next three years, an executive said on Wednesday.


The increase in purchases comes at a time when ZTE (Shenzhen, P.R.C.), along with bigger Chinese rival Huawei Technologies Co Ltd (Shenzhen, P.R.C.), is under scrutiny of U.S. lawmakers and industry executives on security and subsidy issues.

U.S. probes China telecoms for ties to communist government

Reuters

U.S. lawmakers are pressing two top Chinese technology companies to disclose their inner workings in a probe into security threats to U.S. telecommunications. Closely held Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and ZTE Corp were asked Tuesday by letter to document, among other things, their interactions with the Chinese Communist Party and advice given to them by five consultancies, including International Business Machines Corp, Accenture and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). ZTE also was asked about its business in Iran.

Verizon Wireless unveils shared data plans; rivals may follow

Reuters

Verizon Wireless is revamping its prices with new service plans that include unlimited calls and texts and the ability for customers to share their data allowance among multiple devices as it looks to shake up the U.S. wireless industry.


The biggest U.S. mobile operator is hoping to entice customers to connect more gadgets like tablet computers to its network with the new plans as customers will be able avoid paying separate data subscriptions for each device.

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