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September 27, 2012
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  • Is the FCC ready to let AT&T use 2.3GHz band for its LTE network?
    AT&T reportedly is poised to win a significant spectrum victory in front of the Federal Communications Commission next month. Regulators are expected to vote on a proposal on Oct. 17 that would award the carrier use of 20 MHz of Wireless Communications Service spectrum it bought in August in order to build out the telecom's Long-Term Evolution network. The FCC will likely endorse a plan submitted in June by AT&T and Sirius XM Radio, which owns adjacent frequencies, which was aimed at AT&T gaining access to the 2.3GHz band while preventing interference with the satellite radio service. Computerworld/IDG News Service (9/26), GigaOm (9/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • T-Mobile executive admits: AT&T merger distracted our focus
    T-Mobile USA took its eye off the ball in dealing with customers while the government was vetting its $39 billion deal with AT&T, Chief Operating Officer Jim Alling conceded Tuesday in a speech to the Competitive Carriers Association conference. "We lost something after the AT&T merger was announced. We fell out of balance. And now we have to regain the trust of our employees and customers and regain credibility," he said. CNET (9/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Samsung hears the music, will enter digital content arena
    Samsung Electronics will take on Apple, Google and Amazon.com by entering the software field: The South Korean hardware giant plans to purchase mobile content providers in a bid to drive hardware sales while competing in the $9 billion global digital music business, Senior Vice President Kang Tae-jin said in an interview. "We have a full range of handsets in so many countries, and, to better market our products, we thought it's better to start our own software business," Kang said. In other Samsung software news, the company has released an alpha version of Tizen 2.0, an open-source smartphone platform that will compete with Android. Reuters (9/26), Computerworld/IDG News Service (9/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Bank of America to try out mobile-payment system in Charlotte
    Bank of America has launched a three-month mobile-wallet pilot program at five retailers in Charlotte, N.C., in a partnership with Paydiant, a startup that has developed technology that does not require merchants or consumers to buy new hardware. The company will limit the trial to its employees. Reuters (9/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • AT&T iOS app lets U-verse subs control TV via voice or gesture
    AT&T on Wednesday unveiled a free mobile application that enables U-verse TV subscribers to use iPhones or iPads to control their sets via voice or gesture controls. The app calls on the carrier's Watson speech-recognition technology to detect various accents and speech patterns. AT&T said the Easy Remote software will aid viewers with hearing and vision issues. All Things D (9/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CCA carriers team with Boingo for Wi-Fi offloads
    The telecoms that make up the Competitive Carriers Association have reached a deal with Boingo Wireless aimed at helping the carriers use Wi-Fi technology to help unload their data traffic and expand the reach of their networks, Boingo disclosed on Tuesday. "Large carriers like AT&T are already using Wi-Fi to offload traffic," said Boingo CEO Dave Hagan. CNET (9/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Emergency Preparedness PSA
     
    CTIA developed a 30-second TV Public Service Announcement (PSA) to remind consumers about the valuable services their wireless devices can provide them in the event of an emergency, such as a hurricane, tornado or flood. Wireless devices are important tools that help us communicate with our friends and family, but also emergency responders. Among the safety tips CTIA offers, it strongly recommends using text messages to communicate when networks are challenged by man-made or natural disasters and the resulting massive volume of wireless traffic. Watch the TV PSA and be prepared in case of emergency! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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