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Verizon and T-Mobile Agree to Swap AWS and PCS Spectrum Licences in $173 Million Deal

T-Mobile and Verizon have inked a $173 million deal under which the two carriers will exchange a slew of AWS-1 and PCS spectrum licences in multiple markets in the US. The transfer will close by the end of the fourth quarter 2015 and includes spectrum swaps in Arkansas, California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, [...]

To Manage Big Data, Think Like the Customer

As you no doubt know, your technological devices collect massive amounts of data about you that in turn is collected and compiled by an indefinite number of companies to create a fairly comprehensive profile of, well, you. So called “Big Data,” that is, the widespread collection of massive amounts of information about people, has given [...]

FCC Fines Local Atlanta Carrier for ‘Slamming’ and ‘Cramming’

The Federal Communications Commission has come down hard on regional telecom provider GPSPS, after receiving several hundred complaints over the Atlanta-based company’s shady practices. In a press release this week the FCC explainedShow More Summary

AT&T Calls $100 Million FCC Fine “Unprecedented and Indefensible”

The proposed $100 million FCC fine of AT&T for not being transparent enough with its grandfathered unlimited data plan is “unprecedented and indefensible”, AT&T said in a filing with the FCC, reports Fierce Wireless. As a result, the carrier wants the regulator to withdraw the proposed fine because the decision in the case is arbitrary, excessive, [...]

Critical Android Texting Vulnerability Could Leave Many at Risk

Last year more than 1 billion Android-powered devices were shipped around the world, and a security research company has found a critical vulnerability that affects 95 percent of them. Dubbed the “mother of all Android vulnerabilities,” mobile researcher Zimperium claims to have found a flaw in Android’s default media playback tool, called Stagefright, one that [...]

Small Carriers Complain about “Unilateral” Provisions in Wholesale Roaming Contracts

Eastlink Wireless, Wind Mobile, and Videotron have filed a complaint with the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), saying that the incumbent carriers are trying to set unilateral terms and conditions for wholesale roaming agreements, reports the Globe and Mail. The complaint comes after a landmark ruling issued by the regulator two months ago that [...]

Goodbye IPv4, Hello IPv6: Why Embracing Next Gen Internet Protocols is Essential to Help Your Business Evolve

It may very well be one of the slowest migrations in history—and no, we’re talking about the Wildebeests of Africa—the transition from IPv4 (Internet protocol version 4, the underlying system that allows us to connect devices to the Web) to IPv6 (the next evolution of that same online identification and location system). For years the [...]

Facebook Optimistic About the Future of

Facebook’s controversial project began one year ago in Zambia and at first blush it seems to be a success, bringing Internet access to millions of people heretofore unconnected and allowing mobile operators to expand their services to those who previously thought it was beyond the affordability barrier. Now has roughly 12 telecom partners [...]

Wind Mobile Appoints Glen Campbell as New Chief Commercial Officer

Wind Mobile, Canada’s fourth-biggest wireless player, has a new Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), the company announced yesterday. Glen Campbell joins Wind Mobile from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he was Head of Canada Equity Research and Global Coordinator for Telecom Services Research. He has covered Canadian telecom services stocks for the past 19 years. [...]

BlackBerry to Cut New Phone Models to 1–2 Per Year

BlackBerry’s CEO says the company will reduce the number of phones it releases per year. Until now, we’ve seen four new BlackBerry phones every year, but Jack Chen says he has plans to release only one or two high-end devices to save costs and focus more on enterprise software services. “We make four phones a [...]

Complex Data Pricing Threatens to Alienate Consumers

Hounded by the threat of irrelevance wireless carriers have, for the most part, initiated an industry wide evolution, transitioning away from their traditional role as network service providers towards becoming more profitable content providers. But by expanding their products and services the wireless industry has been hit with an unforeseen issue, the increasing complexity of [...]

Are Wearables the Key to the Mobile Payment Revolution?

While we’ve been waiting for several years for the arrival of the promised mobile payment revolution, for several months now wearables—particularly smart watches—have been increasingly touted as the platform that will finally change the way we make financial transactions. It should come as no surprise then that industry experts are now predicting that not only [...]

5G is About More than Speed

As the hype surrounding next generation 5G wireless technology continues to increase I’ve noticed that the vast majority of the discussions surrounding this next generation wireless technology tend to be about speed, as most of us simply want to know how much faster our videos will be processed. But it’s important to know that such [...]

AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile 3G/4G Wireless Network Performance Compared

Wireless network speeds have received a significant amount of attention not just in the US and Canada, but also globally. One of the keyphrases frequently used in press releases and carrier announcements with regards to LTE has been “faster download speeds” compared to 3G networks. However, another key factor for a better customer experience is [...]

Blackberry Acquires Crisis Communications Firm AtHoc

As difficult as things have been for Blackberry, the company has made one thing clear: it’s going to do everything it can, use every resource it has, and dedicate every ounce of energy it can muster into recreating the firm into a mobile software and data management solutions provider. To that end, Blackberry announced on [...]

Wireless Spectrum Takes Over a Decade to Allocate, CTIA Says

According to a new study released by CTIA, on average, it takes 13 years for regulators to reallocate wireless spectrum and deploy it to consumers. The lobbying organization said that it believes the wireless industry needs more than 350 MHz of new spectrum by 2020 to cope with rising mobile data demand. The study, authored by [...]

Verizon Considers Separating Streaming Video from Mobile Data Service

In an effort to differentiate itself in an increasingly competitive market, Verizon is looking to expand its core business model to not only include wireless and wired services, but a separate streaming video service as well. According to company CFO Fran Shammo, the mobile and online video service will be unlike anything the market has [...]

Tech Industry Remains Cautious About Apple Watch

Apple managers have been courting Facebook in the hope that the social media giant will release software designed for the Apple Watch. But the social media giant hasn’t seen an opportunity for growth in it, and three months after the official Apple Watch launch there is still no Facebook app tailored for it. You get [...]

Exponential Proliferation of Android Malware Targeting Banking Apps

The torrent of malware invading the Android ecosystem continues unabated, proliferating at a rate of approximately 4,900 new malware threats per day, according to a report from G Data SecurityLabs released last Wednesday. In fact, the report indicates that Android is increasingly becoming the target of course for cyber-criminals, as the potential rewards for hacking into [...]

Bell Mobility Loses Bid to Overturn Northwest Territories Ruling Over 911 Fee

The Supreme Court of Canada has refused to hear Bell Mobility’ challenge of a Northwest Territories Court of Appeal ruling that held the company liable for charging customers a 911 fee but not actually offering the emergency-call service. You may recall that in most of the Northwest Territories, the Yukon and Nunavut, Bell offers no [...]

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