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  • Bell Mobility, Wind and Telus were big winners in Canada's $1.7B AWS-3 auction

    Bell Mobility, Eastlink, Telus, Videotron and Wind Mobile were the winners in the Canadian government's auction of AWS-3 spectrum licenses, spending a combined total of $2.6 billion in the event. Rogers, one of Canada's largest wireless carriers, was conspicuous in its absence from the list of winning carriers. The results of Canada's auction are notable considering the U.S. government recently raised a record $44.9 billion in its own AWS-3 spectrum auction.

  • Cord cutters' monthly expenses could range from $85-$118 - without mobile

    Cord cutters--customers who are renouncing paid TV services from cable or telco operators in favor of over-the-top (OTT) services from the likes of Netflix and Amazon--still must pay around $100 a month in fees, according to the latest research.

  • Report: Google's MVNO to only run on Nexus 6, will switch between Sprint, T-Mobile and Wi-Fi networks

    According to a Wall Street Journal article, Google's forthcoming MVNO service will only work on the company's Nexus 6 smartphone, built by Lenovo's Motorola. The report said the service could launch in the coming weeks, unless it is delayed, and will automatically provide users with the best network for their location, whether that's a Wi-Fi network, Sprint's network or T-Mobile US' network.

  • As Verizon embraces Firefox OS for smartphones, AT&T remains on the fence

    BARCELONA, Spain--AT&T Mobility will continue to consider supporting new, emerging smartphone platforms like Firefox and others, but so far the carrier hasn't seen a compelling reason to do so, said a top AT&T executive. That position stands in contrast to Verizon Wireless, which this week announced it will sell phones running the Firefox OS starting next year.

  • EU member states accused of 'savaging' roaming and net neutrality proposals

    The member states of the European Union were accused by the leader of the fourth-largest group of MEPs in the European Parliament of lacking ambition and "savaging roaming and net neutrality proposals".

  • Telekom Austria brings in Ericsson exec as COO; CTO Ottendorfer to leave

    Telekom Austria said CTO Günther Ottendorfer has ceased to be a member of the group's management board, and also said it is bringing in Alejandro Plater as the group's new COO with immediate effect.

  • Altice in talks to sell mobile business in La Reunion and Mayotte

    Altice said it has entered into exclusive talks with the Hiridjee Group on the sale of its mobile activities in the French Overseas Territories (FOT) of La Reunion and Mayotte.

  • Tele2 focuses on IoT, M2M with HCL Technologies partnership

    Tele2 forged a machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) partnership with global IT services provider HCL Technologies with the aim of tapping growing demand for such services in Europe.

  • MWC 2015: 5G, IoT and Chinese vendors take the floor

    If you thought it seemed busier at MWC this year you were right. The official figures from the GSMA indicate that there were over 93,000 attendees from 200 countries. That compares with 85,000 attendees in 2014.

  • AT&T to expand Digital Life trials to more operators this year

    BARCELONA, Spain--AT&T Mobility will conduct more trials of its Digital Life home automation and security platform with operators in Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia, according to a senior AT&T executive. AT&T has been conducting a limited trial of the service with Telefónica, which is has been licensing the technology in the UK for the past several months.

  • Strategy Analytics: Apple Watch to ship 15M units worldwide in 2015

    Total global smart watch shipments will increase by 511 per cent from 4.6 million units in 2014 to 28.1 million units in 2015.

  • T-Mobile's Carter: We'd be a 'very interesting' partner for Dish

    T-Mobile US executives are making no secret of their desire to work with  Dish Network and its chairman Charlie Ergen as Dish ponders how it will enter the wireless industry.

  • Aruba: Customers will be better off as a result of HP combination

    While the competition is mulling ways to take customers away from WLAN vendor Aruba Networks as it gets combined with HP, Aruba is preparing its customers for what it calls better days ahead.

  • Facebook wins Oxygen8's first Master of Mobile award

    BARCELONA, Spain--Facebook was awarded the first ever Master of Mobile award at a special ceremony held by multi-channel communications platform provider Oxygen8 at the Mobile World Congress, here.

  • Jibe Mobile CEO says RCS isn't dead, points to native IP messaging embedded on smartphones

    BARCELONA, Spain--Jibe Mobile CEO Amir Sarhangi thinks Rich Communications Services (RCS), carriers' answer to over-the-top messaging services, is not dead--far from it. For a long time it was hard to take that position seriously, but Sarhangi said that there is growing momentum behind RCS because smartphone makers are embedding phones with RCS software, which combines IP messaging and traditional SMS messaging into a single service.

  • AT&T drops goal of deploying 40,000 small cells by end of 2015, citing benefits of Leap deal

    AT&T Mobility no longer plans to deploy 40,000 small cells on its network by the end of 2015, a goal that had been a key element of its Project Velocity IP (VIP) network initiative. The carrier is not saying how many small cells it plans to deploy by year-end but said that its 2014 acquisition of Leap Wireless removed the need to deploy as many small cells as it originally had planned because the deal gave AT&T more macro cell sites for capacity.

  • GSMA touts 'Innovation City' at MWC to highlight Internet of Things

    BARCELONA, Spain--For the past five years, the GSMA has sought to highlight the potential of the growing machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) market with a dedicated space at its Mobile World Congress trade shows. And this year is certainly no different, with the GSMA touting an "Innovation City," complete with cutting-edge demos of the latest and greatest connected applications and devices from the likes of AT&T, Sierra Wireless and others. Slideshow
  • T-Mobile's Ray: 5G will involve new uses of spectrum, but we're not 'desperate for 5G to happen tomorrow'

    BARCELONA, Spain--T-Mobile US CTO Neville Ray said that 5G networks will mainly involve new uses of spectrum to address continued expected growth in mobile data usage and different uses cases, including from the Internet of Things. At the same time, Ray cautioned that there is no need to rush to 5G networks today, as LTE and LTE Advanced networks still have a great deal of capabilities that carriers can tap.

  • InMobi exec says now is the time to develop MEA mobile marketing strategies

    BARCELONA, Spain--InMobi executive Richard O'Sullivan said senior marketing executives in the Middle East and Africa must begin developing mobile marketing strategies today, to benefit from rapid increases in the number of mobile Internet users in the regions.

  • FCC staff recommends Ericsson's Telcordia unit win number portability contract away from Neustar

    The FCC's staff recommended that Ericsson's Telcordia unit win a key government number portability contract, dealing a grievous blow to Neustar, which has administered the number portability system since 1997 and counts on it for about half its revenue. The recommendation, from the Wireline Competition Bureau, still needs to be approved by a vote of the agency's five commissioners, who can accept, reject or modify the FCC staff's proposal.