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Chairman, Small Cells Forum and AVP Small Cell Solutions, AT&T (USA): “Small cells represent a critical tool in any operator’s arsenal.”

Gordon Mansfield, Chairman, Small Cells Forum and AVP Small Cell Solutions, AT&T (USA)

Gordon Mansfield, Chairman, Small Cells Forum and AVP Small Cell Solutions, AT&T (USA), is delivering a keynote on Day Two of the of the LTE North America conference, taking place on the 21st-22nd November 2013, in Dallas, Texas, USA. Ahead of the show we find out how and why small cells are going to become a critical part of every operator’s network.

Senior technology architect at Telus: “Operators should look towards policy management solutions to ensure subscribers get a consistent QoE”

Ricky Gill, Senior Technology Architect, Telus

Ricky Gill, senior technology architect at Telus is speaking in the “Handling the Mobile Data Explosion” track on Day Two of the LTE North America conference, taking place on the 21st-22nd November 2013, in Dallas, Texas, USA.

Interview: SVP for technical architecture at Sprint: “We have the ability to build a bigger pipe than the competition because of our spectrum position”

Dr. John Saw, SVP, Technical Architecture, Sprint

Dr. John Saw, SVP for technical architectureat US operator Sprint is delivering a keynote address on “Analyzing the LTE Opportunity”, on Day One of the LTE North America conference, taking place on the 21st-22nd November 2013, in Dallas, Texas, USA.

Senior manager Antenna Solutions Group, AT&T: “Small cells offer operators a system that is potentially more cost effective than other solutions”

Jim Parker, Senior Manager Antenna Solutions Group, AT&T

Jim Parker, senior manager of the Antenna Solutions Group at AT&T is speaking on the subject of, “Challenges of deploying high density venues: From DAS to 4G”, in the HetNets track on Day One of the The LTE North America conference is taking place on the 21st-22nd November 2013, in Dallas, Texas, USA. Ahead of the show we speak to him about the AT&T Antenna group and its focus for the next year.

Head of LTE research, development, testing and evaluation, NIST: “LTE-Advanced will bring several important things for public safety”

Emil Olbrich, lead project engineer, NIST

Emil Olbrich, head of LTE research, development, testing and evaluation at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), is speaking in the Public Safety LTE track on Day Two of the LTE North America conference, taking place on the 21st-22nd November 2013, in Dallas, Texas, USA. Here we speak to him about what still needs to be worked on to get LTE up to speed for public safety requirements.

Deutsche Telekom posts Q3 profit

Deutsche Telekom has recorded a €588m profit in 3Q13

Operator group Deutsche Telekom has recorded a €588m profit in 3Q13 after posting a €7bn loss in the same period of 2012.

Blackberry CEO to leave as firm accepts reduced Fairfax investment

Blackberry CEO Thorsten Heins will leave the firm as a result of the transaction with Fairfax Financial Holdings

Device vendor Blackberry has announced that Canadian investment firm Fairfax Financial Holdings will, in partnership with other institutional investors, make a US$1bn investment in the firm. CEO Thorsten Heins will leave the firm as part of the deal.

FCC moves to fix interoperability issues in lower 700MHz

The FCC has endorsed a voluntary industry agreement to establish interoperable LTE service in the Lower 700 MHz band

US telecoms regulator The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has endorsed a voluntary industry agreement to establish interoperable LTE service in the Lower 700MHz band. The move should give smaller US players access to a wider range of devices and increase competition.

NSN reports drop in sales; scores Brazil and China contract wins

NSN has seen a 24 per cent year on year drop in sales in  3Q13

Infrastructure vendor Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) announced that its 3Q13 sales have dropped 24 per cent year on year to reach €2.59m.

Canada’s Telus to acquire rival Public Mobile

Telus has agreed to acquire 100 per cent ownership of rival Public Mobile

Canadian operator Telus has agreed to acquire 100 per cent ownership of rival Public Mobile. Telus currently has 7.7 million subscribers, as of September 2013, according to WCIS+, shy of the 7.73 million subscribers that second placed operator Bell Wireless has on its network.

Telefónica launches Firefox OS handsets in Brazil

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Spanish operator group Telefónica has launched handsets running on Mozilla’s Firefox OS platform in Brazil, through its subsidiary Vivo. The operator already offers the devices; the LG Fireweb and the Alcatel Onetouch Fire in Spain, Colombia and Venezuela, and is planning similar launches in Peru, Uruguay and Mexico in the coming days.

Verizon grows wireless revenue

Verizon Wireless has seen its revenue grow for 3Q13

US operator Verizon has announced an 8.4 per cent year on year increase in service revenues to its wireless business for 3Q13, generating $17.5bn for the quarter and a 33.8 per cent operating income margin. Total revenues for the firm were $20.4 billion in third-quarter 2013, up 7.2 per cent year on year.

VP Sprint, technology development and corporate strategy: “Three largest economies in the world embrace Band 41 and represent 2bn potential subs”

Ron Marquardt, vice president of Sprint Technology development and corporate strategy

Ron Marquardt, vice president of Sprint Technology development and corporate strategy is delivering a keynote address of Day Two of the Broadband World Forum, taking place on the 22nd – 24th October 2013 at the RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, Amsterdam. Ahead of the show we speak to him about how China’s adoption of Band 41 affects the TD-LTE eco-system, and find out how Sprint responds to rival claims that its support of unlimited data is untenable.

Sprint launches own rich communications app

Sprint has launched an RCS app for US, Mexican and Canadian smartphone users

US operator Sprint has launched its own rich communications service for Android and iOS smartphones, which is compatible with non-Sprint subscribers’ handsets. The app, called Messaging Plus allows subscribers to connect with family and friends via text, instant messaging, group messaging and video chat through a single application.

Senior policy advisor and program manager, Washington State Office of the CIO: “There are huge obstacles when it comes to mission-critical voice.”

Bill Schrier, senior policy advisor and program manager, Washington State Office of the CIO

Bill Schrier, senior policy advisor and program manager, Washington State Office of the CIO, 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 out more about the challenges involved in deploying LTE for critical comms for the Washington State area.

T-Mobile USA abolishes data roaming charges

John Legere, CEO at T-Mobile USA

US operator T-Mobile has announced that it is cutting data roaming costs for its customers when they are travelling in more than 100 countries worldwide. The move, announced Wednesday evening by CEO John Legere, builds on the firm’s pricing overhauls in March, when it cut contract lengths and separated the cost of device from the cost of service, lowering monthly rates.

Qualcomm recruits former US ambassador to China

Former US ambassador to China Clark Randt has joined Qualcomm's Board of Directors

Chipmaker Qualcomm has announced the appointment of former US ambassador to China to its Board of Directors, at the firm looks to expand its footprint in China.

Canadian government blocks operator sale over “security concerns”

The Canadian government has blocked the sale of MTS Allstream to Accelero Capital Holdings

The Canadian Federal Government has blocked the sale of Manitoba Telecom Services’ (MTS) business division, MTS Allstream, to Egyptian investment group Accelero Capital Holdings.

Brazil’s Oi to merge with Portugal Telecom

Zeinal Bava, CEO of Brazilian operator Oi, will head the merged entity CorpCo

Brazilian operator Oi and its largest shareholder Portugal Telecom have agreed to merge into a combined entity called CorpCo. The deal is expected to enable CorpCo to generate operational and financial synergies, with a net present value (NPV) of approximately R$5.5bn ($2.5bn) and benefit from increased scale.

AT&T takes on Google with Austin fibre project

AT&T will deploy its fiber service in Austin Texas, beginning December

US operator AT&T is going head to head with Google as it announced that it will roll out a fibre network in Austin, Texas promising speeds of up to 1Gbps. The city is also the next urban metropolitan area in line for Google’s Fiber treatment, following the web firm’s high speed fibre deployment in Kansas.

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