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January 24, 2013
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  • AT&T expands rural spectrum reach with $780M Alltel buy
    AT&T agreed to pay Atlantic Tele-Network, which operates as Alltel, $780 million in cash for wireless operations that cover 585,000 mostly rural-based subscribers, as well as spectrum and retail outlets across its six-state region. Alltel is selling licenses in the 700, 850 and 1900 MHz ranges -- spectrum that is compatible with AT&T's network. "The dispersed, ­all-rural, multistate geography of the Alltel customer base and network has become increasingly challenging to operate in this era of rapidly growing mobile data usage," Atlantic CEO Michael Prior said. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (1/23), Bloomberg (1/22), USA Today/The Associated Press (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • AT&T introduces MiFi Liberate, a hot spot with a touch screen
    AT&T has announced a Wi-Fi hot spot with a touch-screen display to access configuration and usage tools. The MiFi Liberate, made by Novatel, delivered Long-Term Evolution download speeds of nearly 20 Mbps when tested with a MacBook Air, Florence Ion writes. The device is available with a 5-gigabyte data plan for $50 a month. Ars Technica (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mozilla aims for emerging markets with low-cost smartphones
    Mozilla will release two open-source smartphones in February using handsets made by the Spanish company Geeksphone. The phones with the new Firefox OS are designed to offer developers flexibility, and will be marketed largely in emerging markets where iOS and Android are not already entrenched. Forbes (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Telefonica announces Smart M2M management platform
    Telefonica has introduced a machine-to-machine management platform designed to offer localized, unified oversight of M2M communications applications. Smart M2M includes enhanced fraud detection and allows administrators to construct maps of connected devices and conduct advanced diagnostics for a single Web-based platform. Rethink-Wireless.com (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mobile devices track food-safety processes
    CAT Squared has teamed with Janam Technologies to launch a Food Safety and Total Quality Management package that includes software and rugged mobile devices. The systems are intended for use in food-production areas, providing real-time data that can also be made into charts and graphs. FoodQualityNews.com (France) (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Research 
  • OEMs increase smart-grid investments amid rising demand
    Demand is growing for connected technologies that enable users to better manage energy use in their homes, according to a survey from Pike Research that found that about two-thirds of respondents are interested in solutions for optimizing power usage. The study comes as vendors including Cisco Systems and Itron expand their smart-grid portfolios to give utilities more demand-response and distribution-automation options. ConnectedWorldMag.com (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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