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Wind 700MHz auction bid scuppered by internal dispute

Canadian operator Wind Mobile has pulled out of the country’s 700MHz spectrum auction

Canadian operator Wind Mobile has pulled out of the country’s 700MHz spectrum auction, due to a lack of internal support by key shareholder Vimpelcom.

Nextel taps Telefonica for LatAm coverage

The move allows Nextel to expand its coverage

Spanish carrier Telefónica has been contracted by Nextel branded NII Holdings to supply nationwide 3G coverage for voice and data services in Brazil and Mexico, expanding Nextel’s existing coverage.

AT&T, Dr Dre deliver curated music service

The service is Dre's second crack at the mobile space

US carrier AT&T has collaborated with rapper-owned music and entertainment firm, Dr Dre’s Beats Music, to deliver an over the top music offering targeted at families.

AT&T launches sponsored data scheme; draws government attention

AT&T has launched an initiative to allow businesses to cover the cost of data for content that they provide

US operator AT&T has launched an initiative that allows businesses to cover the transmission cost of content they provide to consumers. The Sponsored Data service will enable customers to view sponsored content and use apps over AT&T’s HSPA+ and LTE networks without that data usage coming out of their monthly wireless data plan.

AT&T, T-Mobile offer to pay off switching subscribers

AT&T and T-Mobile have entered a war over customers with each offering to pay the costs for customers to switch to their network

US operators AT&T and T-Mobile have entered into a war of incentives, with each offering to pay the termination fees for customers willing to switch networks.

T-Mobile USA buys 700MHz A Block from Verizon

Mobile USA has agreed to acquire 700 MHz A Block spectrum licenses from rival Verizon.

The US arm of operator group Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile USA is to acquire spectrum licenses for the 700MHz A Block from Verizon Wireless.

Huawei appoints VP sales for US business

Bill Gerski has been appointed VP of Sales for Huawei USA

Chinese infrastructure vendor Huawei has appointed a VP of sales for its US business as it looks to grow revenue in a difficult market. Bill Gerski joins the vendor with 40 years of experience through executive marketing and sales positions at Dish Network, Golden Sky Systems, Sirius Satellite Radio, Time Warner, Viacom, Bell Atlantic and the National Rural Telecommunications Co-op.

Alcatel-Lucent sells off US subsidiary

Alcatel-Lucent has sold off US subsidiary LGS Innovations

Infrastructure vendor Alcatel-Lucent has sold off US subsidiary LGS Innovations. The business will be sold to an investor group led by private equity investment firm Madison Dearborn Partners and also includes CoVant, a firm that acquires “federal technology” firms.

AT&T signs LTE roaming agreement with EE

AT&T has signed an LTE roaming agreement in the UK with EE

US operator AT&T has signed an LTE roaming agreement in the UK with EE. The agreement was announced just days after the US firm inked a similar deal in Canada with Rogers Communications.

Antel brings mobile connectivity to Antarctica

Antel has deployed GSM connectivity in Antarctica

Uruguayan operator Antel has deployed GSM connectivity in Antarctica. The operator teamed up with Ericsson to provide mobile telephony at the Artigas Base scientific research station in the South Shetlands, Antarctica.

Verizon plans to acquire CDN provider

Verizon has announced plans to acquire content delivery network provider EdgeCast

US operator Verizon has announced plans to acquire content delivery network provider EdgeCast. The boards of directors of both firms have approved the acquisition and hope to finalise the deal early 2014. The value of the deal was not disclosed.

Tech firms seek government surveillance reform

Microsoft, Apple, Twitter and Google are among eight cloud firms calling for widespread reforms in US intelligence gathering techniques

Google, Microsoft and Facebook are among eight leading cloud and tech firms calling for sweeping reform in how US intelligence agencies gather data in bulk and restrict the ability of service providers to inform their customers on the extent and nature of government requests for such data, according to an open letter published by the group today.

AT&T offers LTE roaming in Canada

AT&T said that its agreement with the Canadian operator makes it the first US operator to offer international LTE roaming

US operator AT&T has announced a partnership to enable LTE data roaming service in Canada using Rogers Communications’ network. AT&T said that its agreement with the Canadian operator makes it the first US operator to offer international LTE roaming.

Square acquires photo sharing app developer Viewfinder

Square has announced that it has acquired photo sharing app developer Viewfinder

Mobile payment solutions provider Square has announced that it has acquired photo sharing app developer Viewfinder. The firm said that the Viewfinder team’s expertise in building mobile applications will help it to make commerce easy for everyone.

AT&T drops device subsidy with new tariff

AT&T has announced the launch of a tariff that separates device costs from monthly service fees

US operator AT&T has announced the launch of a tariff that separates device costs from monthly service fees. The firm claims the plans will save customers $15 per month on average.

Black Friday reveals US mobile shopping growth

21.8 per cent of all US online sales on the Black Friday shopping holiday were made from a mobile device, according to IBM

Tech giant IBM has reported that 21.8 per cent of all US online sales on the Black Friday shopping holiday were made from a mobile device. The revenue generated from mobile by retailers rose 43 per cent year on year, and mobile traffic accounted for 39.7 per cent of all online traffic on the day.

Brazilian consumers’ frustration costing operators

The majority of Brazilian consumers are willing to pay for better service from their mobile operator, according to research published today.

The majority of Brazilian consumers are willing to pay more for an improved mobile service and operators could be missing out on up to R$40bn (US$17.13bn) per year, according to research published today.

Vodafone launches in Brazil

Datora Telecom has agreed to rebrand its mobile arm to Vodafone Brasil with immediate effect

Operator group Vodafone has signed up Latin American operator Datora Telecom to its Vodafone Partner Market agreement and as Vodafone’s non-equity partner, Datora Telecom has agreed to rebrand its mobile arm to Vodafone Brasil with immediate effect.

Senior Technical Advisor, Canadian Safety and Security Program: “the challenge is in ensuring public safety has total confidence in the technology”

Claudio Lucente, Senior Technical Advisor (Contractor), Canadian Safety and Security Program

Claudio Lucente, Senior Technical Advisor (Contractor), Canadian Safety and Security Program is speaking on Day Two of the LTE North America conference, taking place on the 21st-22nd November 2013, in Dallas, Texas, USA. Ahead of the show we find about about importance of LTE to Canadian Public Safety systems.

CEO, Net America Alliance: “With our hosted solution and operational tool set our members can be generating revenue within an hour of a tower going live.”

Roger Hutton, CEO, Net America Alliance

We speak to Roger Hutton, CEO, Net America Alliance is delivering a keynote address on Day Two of the LTE North America conference, taking place on the 21st-22nd November 2013, in Dallas, Texas, USA.

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