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December 24, 2012
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  • Will the wave of wireless M&A deals end next year?
    Analysts believe the wireless mergers and acquisitions currently in play will bring the flurry of industry consolidation to a close next year as viable competitors to industry leading-carriers emerge. "What all of this is aiming at is strengthening T-Mobile and Sprint," Recon Analytics analyst Roger Entner said about T-Mobile USA's merger with MetroPCS and Softbank's bid to buy 70% of Sprint Nextel. CIO.com/IDG News Service (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Addressing Security Challenges with LTE
With more IP connectivity, more traffic, more bandwidth, more apps and new protocols like SIP and diameter, LTE provides new security challenges for mobile operators. Among the tools to deal with it are better leveraging of security policy and service chaining. Download F5's infographic for a snapshot of new LTE security challenges and how to address them.

  Company News 
  • Acer is said to prep $99 tablet, mainly for developing markets
    Acer is expected to introduce a $99 Android tablet in early 2013, according to a published report, which says the device is aimed at competing with white-label products made by Chinese rivals for emerging markets. Acer will reportedly load the 7-inch "Iconia B1" with specs similar to Amazon's Kindle Fire HD with the price expected to vary depending on the country. It remains uncertain whether Acer will sell the cheaper tablet in the U.S. The Wall Street Journal/Digits blog (12/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Get Creative: 10 Ways to Think Outside the Box
No matter your business, smart solutions come from out-of-the-box thinking. We all know creativity is king, but are you doing all you can to inspire and encourage creativity in your staff? Read the article and learn 10 ways to inspire creativity at your office.

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  • In D.C., parking garages fill empty spots with help of apps
    Washington, D.C., parking garage operators are helping to boost their businesses on slow nights and weekends by providing mobile applications to drivers that provide them information about cost, location and availability of parking spots. The idea is to persuade drivers to use garages before they start circling the block looking for spaces. The Washington Post (12/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Combating Identity Theft in a Mobile, Social World
Mobile connectivity threats extend from consumers to the business environment. But who is really responsible for securing sensitive information? Smart business leaders are becoming proactive on the matter. Learn how to get protected in this white paper. Download the white paper now.

  Technology 
 
  • Motorola is slowed by obstacles in state-of-art "X Phone" design
    Google's Motorola Mobility has had to scale back its efforts in designing and developing a smartphone dubbed "X Phone" that was aimed at competing with more popular models from Apple and Samsung Electronics, according to a published report. After seven months of development, Motorola has been forced to reconsider some cutting-edge features, such as a flexible screen, due to supply-chain and manufacturing issues. The report describes Motorola's multifront mobile-device strategy. The Wall Street Journal (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
How to Achieve IT Agility: A Survival Guide for IT Decision Makers
When business teams add new apps and services to already-strained networks, IT departments are accountable for making everything work. Is your team ready for this challenge? Read this eGuide to learn how IT teams are automating their networks, why they're utilizing Ethernet fabrics and SDN, and what success looks like as they regain network control and business relevance.

  Trends & Research 
  • New wave of MVNOs offer fresh competition to carriers
    A second generation of wireless wholesale carriers known as MVNOs have adopted a new, low-cost, more flexible business model that has brought fresh pressure on the first wave of mobile virtual network operators as well as the four major U.S. carriers, according to a report which chronicles the efforts of such such upstarts as Ting, Republic Wireless, FreedomPop, Voyager Mobile and Solavei. These companies are leasing excess capacity from the likes of Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile USA. GigaOm (12/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 50 quick facts about the U.S. wireless industry
     
    Test your knowledge or learn something new by reviewing CTIA's 50 Wireless Quick Facts. We provide facts on the wireless industry's impact on the economy as well as facts on innovation, demographics, usage, competition, the environment, and taxes and fees. The facts also feature third-party projections for how wireless technology is transforming other industries, including health care, transportation, agriculture and the public sector. Read the 50 Wireless Quick Facts now. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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