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US smartphone users enticed by sponsored data plans, reports survey

US smartphone users are open to using sponsored data plans driven by fear of exceeding their mobile data limit, according to research published today.

Small cells should be seen as business, not engineering solution

Technical issues of small cells are "largely solved" says ip.access

Too many operators still consider small cells an engineering-led solution for plugging network holes rather than a business-led solution for launching new services. This is the warning from small cell specialist ip.access, backed up by research commissioned by Yankee Group.

Because it’s there: Keeping wifi usage on the radar

Dave Fraser, CEO, Devicescape

DeviceScape CEO Dave Fraser talks to Telecoms.com about the benefits of amenity wifi and why he believes mobile operators need to start thinking about the ‘smartphone experience’ rather than the ‘network experience’.

The Ken Burns effect

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Facebook turned ten in early February and, like all ten year olds, it is prone to over sharing. The Informer has long lurked on Facebook, a silent voyeur struck by an often morbid curiosity to click on the banal and fatuous items in his newsfeed. And if your newsfeed looked anything like the Informer’s in early February, it was chock full of people sharing their ‘life story’—Facebook’s gift to the world after a ten-year social bender.

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.

Leaving Las Vegas

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All eyes were on the US of A this week as 2014 began in earnest with annual gadget fest CES. The consumer show is famed for transforming Las Vegas into a futuristic wonderland, but this year wasn’t just about robot butlers and TV screens that are larger than your living room; the nation’s operators also used the show as a platform to announce new initiatives, stirring controversy in the process.

Isis mobile wallet goes nationwide in US

The latest version of the Isis mobile wallet service has been launched across the US, following 18 months of testing in Texas and Utah by AT&T, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless.

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 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.

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.

AT&T strikes tower deal with Crown Castle

Crown Castle owns or operates more than 30,000 sites in the US.

US operator AT&T is to sell approximately 600 of its wireless towers to independent infrastructure management firm Crown Castle, and lease the rights to another 9,100 towers, for a combined up-front payment of $4.85bn. AT&T will lease capacity back from Crown Castle, for a minimum of ten years, for $1,900 per month per site, with annual rent increases of two per cent.

Hip(CEO)s don’t lie

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For an industry run for the most part by grey-suited conservatives, it’s curious that the mobile sector never ceases to tire of attempts to hitch itself to trendy bandwagons driven by even trendier bands. What’s more curious however is that none of those collaborations in recent memory (the Informer’s memory hasn’t been that great since the last days of the Grateful Dead however) have amounted to much.

US operators to trial Ericsson small cell solution

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US operators will begin trials of an indoor coverage solution provided by Ericsson in Q2 next year, based on a small cell product that weighs just 300 grams. While it has not officially named a first trial partner, a comment provided for the product’s launch release puts AT&T squarely in the frame. Sebastian Tolstoy, head of business development and strategy for Ericsson’s radio division told Telecoms.com: “As you can see from the release the first operators we’ll go to market with are American operators.”

Vodafone Verizon deal inches closer

Vodafone and Verizon have long sought resolution over the ownership of Verizon Wireless.

Vodafone put a price on the sale of its 45 per cent share in Verizon Wireless to Verizon in another short statement on Sunday, sizing the deal at $130bn (£83.4bn) in cash and common Verizon stock. While the firm described the talks as “advanced”, and despite reports on Sunday and Monday that the deal is all but done, a formal announcement has yet to be made.

AT&T buys up regional assets; Verizon faces opposition in Canada

AT&T has agreed to acquire the assets of a regional mobile network operator, while rival Verizon Communications is facing hostility in Canada

US carrier AT&T has agreed to acquire the assets of a regional mobile network operator, while rival Verizon Communications is facing opposition amid rumours that it could acquire spectrum in Canada.

US carriers look to tariff innovations

Sprint launches unlimited plans

Mobile operators continue to focus on more innovative billing and tariffing models, with US carrier Sprint launching a plan guaranteeing unlimited calls, texts and data for the lifetime of the line of service.

AT&T to acquire Leap Wireless for $1.2bn

AT&T plans to acquire Leap for $15 per share in cash

US operator AT&T has agreed to acquire prepaid wireless rival Leap Wireless for around $1.2bn in cash. In total, the operator will spend $15 per share on Leap’s stock and wireless assets, including spectrum licenses, network equipment and retail stores.

Operator boards to blame for lack of innovation

Operator board members are less innovative than those at OTT players, claims European Leaders

The boards of the world’s ten largest operators are dominated by executives with legal, financial and engineering backgrounds, resulting in a conservative culture that “struggles to drive and nurture innovation”, according to recruitment consultancy European Leaders.

AT&T delays M2M home security launch

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US operator AT&T, one of the leading network players in the machine to machine space, has delayed the commercial launch of its planned home security and automation offering in order to scale the launch up, the firm has said.

US telcos, cablecos add 580k broadband subs in Q3

FreedomPop aims to shake up the US mobile market with its free 4G offering

The seventeen largest cable and telecoms providers in the US (representing around 93% of the market) acquired 579,521 additional broadband subscribers in the third quarter of this year, according to US firm Leichtman Research Group.

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