January 17, 2013
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  Wireless Industry News 
  • Nextivity wants FCC signal-booster ruling; Wilson debuts booster
    Nextivity, which makes a baseband processor for improving 3G wireless communications, is urging the Federal Communications Commission to rule on the legality of mobile-phone signal boosters. "Continued delay jeopardizes not only the ability of companies like Nextivity to continue to invest in new technologies to solve these issues, but also the operators' ability to employ small cell architecture to increase broadband penetration and make more efficient use of spectrum," the company wrote in a filing. Separately, Wilson Electronics has introduced its new Sleek 4G signal booster, which works with several U.S. carriers. Bloomberg BNA (free content) (1/15) , Engadget (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advocacy Spotlight 
  • Lack of interest in Verizon 700 MHz spectrum laid at interoperability
    Verizon Wireless has so far found relatively few takers for the 700 MHz A- and B-block frequencies it has put on the block, mainly smaller rural-based carriers that are eyeing fixed wireless services as an upgrade over DSL. The lack of a solution to the industry's 700 MHz interoperability issue has likely held up some deals, according to one report, which details other possible factors and suggests there could be movement on the matter in 2013. Telecompetitor.com (1/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Carrier Watch 
  • C Spire adds Miss. town to LTE roster; U.S. Cellular taps NSN
    C Spire Wireless will continue to roll out its 4G service with a planned launch in Philadelphia, Miss., the 33rd market the carrier has targeted for Long-Term Evolution service since September. The latest addition will bring C Spire's potential LTE base to 1.2 million people over 364 cell sites. Also, Nokia Siemens Networks said it equipped U.S. Cellular's latest launch of LTE service in 11 markets providing the radio access network and mobile management entity gear. Neshoba Democrat (Philadelphia, Miss.) (1/16) , FierceBroadbandWireless (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • T-Mobile wins PTel Mobile MVNO business
    PTel Mobile has switched to T-Mobile USA as the mobile virtual network operator's host carrier, saying it left Sprint Nextel largely to align itself with a telecom that supports the GSM standard. GSM "is more of a global technology. The handsets have always been an issue in the CDMA world," said PTel's Omar Abhari. FierceWireless (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology and Trends 
  • Carriers hope to find viable alternative to Apple, Android
    Carriers and phone makers are crossing their fingers that a third -- or even fourth -- viable option to Apple and Android can breakthrough this year as a way of keeping their costs down. Analysts, however, doubt that the market will support a third operating system. "It is not clear that the market desperately needs a third or fourth ecosystem. 2013 is when we find out if there is going to be a mainstream alternative," said Avi Greengart, analyst at Current Analysis, a research firm. Beyond Microsoft's Windows Phone and Research In Motion's BlackBerry 10, the Samsung Electronics-backed Tizen and Mozilla's Firefox OS also hope to gain favor among carriers and vendors. Total Telecom Magazine (U.K.)/Dow Jones Newswires (1/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Glut of handsets proves challenge for smartphone-makers
    Greater wireless broadband speeds and the growth of the cloud in accessing content are making it more difficult for smartphone-makers to produce handsets that stand out markedly from their competition, industry executives and analysts say. "I think we are potentially at a plateauing point on the hardware side. At some point, you don't really need them to be any better," said Fared Adib, a Sprint Nextel senior vice president. Total Telecom Magazine (U.K.)/Dow Jones Newswires (1/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  CCA News 
  • FCC should reform and strengthen spectrum screen
    CCA filed reply comments with the Federal Communications Commission urging the Commission to reform the spectrum screen and implement a new, nationwide screen that effectively prevents excessive concentration of spectrum holdings. In particular, CCA recommended adopting a separate screen for local spectrum holdings below 1 GHz; a clear and predictable mechanism for adding or removing spectrum from the analysis; and a heightened level of scrutiny for transactions exceeding any applicable screen threshold. Find out more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CCA's 2013 Global Expo
    Registration is open! Join us in New Orleans, April 17 to 19. CCA events bring the decision-makers in the competitive mobile ecosystem – carriers, technology experts, network builders, consultants, media, analysts, and industry influencers – together for networking, learning and sharing best practices. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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