Leap, T-Mobile swap spectrum

Leap Wireless International, Inc., a provider of wireless communications services, announced on Monday that it has entered into definitive license exchange agreements with T-Mobile USA, Cook Inlet/VS GSM VII PCS, a joint venture between T-Mobile and Cook Inlet in which T-Mobile has a non-controlling majority interest, and Leap's non-controlled, majority-owned venture Savary Island Wireless, to exchange wireless spectrum in various markets.

Telecom Italia, Microsoft collaborate on cloud for SMB

Last week, Telecom Italia and Microsoft signed an agreement to collaborate on cloud computing-based IT services to promote digital development for small and medium-sized businesses (SMB).

Italy passes telecoms law, EU concerned

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Italian lawmakers on Wednesday approved legislation to open up the country's telecoms market despite concerns from the European Commission and telecoms operators such as Telecom Italia that it may undermine the national regulator's independence and power.<?xml:namespace prefix = o />

HP awarded U.S. Army contract for cloud computing

HP Enterprise Services on Tuesday announced it has been selected by the U.S. Army to provide the Department of Defense and other federal agencies with enterprise cloud computing services under the Army Private Cloud contract (APC2).

LightSquared considers filing for bankruptcy

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After months of devastating setbacks, wireless network startup LightSquared is considering filing for bankruptcy, according to founder and hedge fund manager Philip Falcone on Wednesday.


Falcone, who’s Harbinger Capital Partners is majority owner of the wireless startup, said bankruptcy could help salvage LightSquared (Reston, Va., USA) by providing more time to deal with its many problems, reports Reuters.

Gemalto, Giesecke & Devrient, ARM form mobile security joint venture

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British chip designer ARM Holdings said on Tuesday it was linking up with SIM card manufacturer's Gemalto and German technology firm Giesecke & Devrient to increase security for services running on smartphones and tablets. The companies said the joint venture would drive adoption of a common security standard in mobile devices, such as smartphones using Google's Android operating system.

Deutsche Telekom signs cloud deal with British American Tobacco

On Monday, Deutsche Telekom’s IT subsidiary T-Systems announced the signing of a seven-year cloud contract, worth more than $213 million, with British American Tobacco.

How telecoms can help power the SMB cloud revolution

The software revolution sparked by mobile apps and marketplaces is now spreading to business users, particularly small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). Developers are creating an increasing number of sophisticated, cloud-based business applications that can be used to manage everything from email marketing and web conferencing, to project management and security.

Building smart cities with small cell networks: a U.S. perspective

Smart Cities are potentially the next sizeable economic opportunity, not only for operators, but also for city governments. Cities of all sizes, ranging up to eight million people, have been testing and deploying smart applications and services to increase efficiencies and improve the quality of life for residents and businesses. Small cell network technology can be deployed to build a sphere of wireless coverage encompassing entire segments of a city, including indoor facilities and other venues that often fall into coverage gaps or are just too costly for macro network deployment.

Inmarsat says LightSquared payment not received

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Inmarsat said on Tuesday that struggling U.S. telecoms company LightSquared had not made another payment owed to the British satellite firm for licensing part of its spectrum in North America.


Cash-strapped LightSquared (Reston, Va., USA), which is backed by Philip Falcone's Harbinger Capital Partners, was scheduled to pay $29.6 million on March 31, Inmarsat (London) said in a statement.

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