Germany connects rural towns with LTE before cities

The first places to receive LTE coverage in Germany were not large cities like Berlin or Munich, but towns of 5,000 inhabitants or less. Now that rural areas have been covered, German providers will now start to update urban areas with LTE coverage this year.

AT&T profit beats estimates as iPhone sales drop helps margins

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On Tuesday, AT&T Inc reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit as iPhone sales declined, reducing the amount of cash it had to pay Apple Inc and boosting its margins.

U.S. Company provides real-time network monitoring for Russian presidential election

At the time of Russia’s presidential election in March, allegations of election fraud were prevalent across much of the nation, as well as the world.  In an attempt to legitimize the election, the Russian government authorized and provided $500 million for the deployment of about 200,000 cameras in approximately 90,000 polling stations across Russia.

China Mobile launches 4G services in Hong Kong

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China Mobile Ltd's Hong Kong unit has launched 4G LTE (long term evolution) mobile data services in the Chinese territory, allowing cross-border data sharing plans when roaming in China.

Deutsche Telekom makes mobile security partnership

On Monday, Deutsche Telekom announced it has signed a partnership with Lookout Inc., a smartphone security company, to deliver a mobile security application to Deutsche Telekom's European customers.

BLiNQ Networks launches field trials with small cell backhaul

BLiNQ Networks Inc., a provider of small cell wireless backhaul services, on Monday announced that it completed two field trials, one with a tier one global mobile operator and another with a fixed access provider in Europe, to test its small cell backhaul services.

Verizon says will sell billions of dollars of spectrum if cable deal closes

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Verizon Wireless plans to put a chunk of wireless spectrum up for sale as it looks for regulatory approval of its controversial plan to purchase a block of spectrum from cable service providers.  According to a Wall Street Journal report, the spectrum sale could be worth billions of dollars.

Report shows Apple, Amazon clouds use limited renewable energy

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Environmental activist group Greenpeace released a report today examining how energy-efficient and clean cloud computing really is. The group found that Apple and Amazon had some of the dirtiest clouds in the industry.

Cell Backhaul: the basics of fiber protection

Copper T1 service to cell tower sites is quickly becoming inadequate.   Wireless cell carriers continue to increase new cell site locations and to upgrade existing 3G sites to 4G/LTE.  The drivers for this increase in bandwidth demand are the millions of ‘multiple screen consumers’ equipped with wireless devices proliferating our social scenes.  The market is demanding that communications consumers be always connected everywhere across multiple devices each often running multiple applications creating a level of Tel

China Unicom signs mobile payments partnership

Trunkbow International Holdings Limited, a provider of mobile payment services in China, on Thursday announced that it has signed a mobile payments deal with China Unicom.  Under the agreement China Unicom will deploy Trunkbow’s new terminal-based MPS platform in Heilongjiang Province. Installation is expected to begin in the second quarter, with services scheduled to launch in the second half of 2012.

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