February 21, 2013
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  • Leap signs 4G roaming deal, pares back capital spending
    Leap Wireless said Wednesday that it had completed a roaming deal with an unidentified carrier for Long Term Evolution service and reported a net loss of 337,000 subscribers for the fourth quarter. The prepaid carrier also said that it would curtail capital spending by up to 37% and seek more partnerships for hooking up subscribers to 4G service rather than building out its own network. "By far and away the biggest thing is the device pricing and the ability for customers to pay for the device," CEO Doug Hutcheson told analysts. Leap also said that it had come to terms with Sprint Nextel in an unspecified dispute over their wholesale mobile virtual network operator agreement. FierceWireless (2/20) , Reuters (2/20) , Bloomberg (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nortex, Panhandle Telecommunication close 700 MHz spectrum buys
    A group of rural-based carriers in Texas and Oklahoma have completed their purchases of 700 MHz spectrum blocks from Verizon Wireless, meaning that four other previously announced purchases remain open. Muenster, Texas-based Nortex Communications and Panhandle Telecommunication Systems of Guymon, Okla., closed on the sales this week following the mid-January completion of a deal by Colorado Valley Communications for a five-county area around Houston. Also, the Federal Communications Commission has given certain holders of Lower 700 MHz A-block licenses a six-month extension -- until Dec. 13 -- on their interim deadlines for building a Long Term Evolution network. TeleGeography Research (2/18) , TeleGeography Research (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. Cellular, Sprint keep LTE rollouts coming
    U.S. Cellular and Sprint Nextel have detailed expansions in their Long Term Evolution network, with U.S. Cellular saying it will bring 4G service to three additional states -- California, Nebraska and Kansas -- as well as to towns in states it already services. Sprint has added LTE service to parts of Washington, D.C., New York City, San Francisco and several cities in Florida. The Verge (2/18) , CNET/Dialed In blog (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • FirstNet Summit at CCA's Global Expo
    In February 2012, Congress enacted The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, containing provisions to create a much-needed nationwide interoperable broadband network. The "First Responder Network Authority" (FirstNet) is a result of this legislation. In pre-Expo sessions on April 17, CCA will present an overview and share information on the role of our member companies in FirstNet. Register today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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