January 24, 2013
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  Wireless Industry News 
  • Atlantic Tele-Network to sell U.S. retail wireless business to AT&T
    AT&T has agreed to pay Atlantic Tele-Network $780 million in cash for wireless operations -- operated as Alltel -- that cover 585,000 mostly rural-based subscribers, as well as spectrum and retail outlets across its six-state region in Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio and South Carolina. Atlantic, which acquired the operations from Verizon Wireless in 2010 for $223 million, is selling licenses in the 700, 850 and 1900 MHz ranges -- compatible with AT&T's network. "We believe Alltel is best suited to be part of a national network with the scale and resources of a national provider like AT&T going forward," said Atlantic CEO Michael Prior. The Boston Globe (tiered subscription model) (1/23) , Bloomberg (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advocacy Spotlight 
  • FCC ponders how much of airwaves to remain "free"
    Federal regulators are wrestling with an issue with major carriers on one side and technology companies on the other. At a time of crushing bandwidth demand and with incentive auctions on the horizon, the Federal Communications Commission must decide how much spectrum it should retain for free mobile services. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski agrees with companies such as Google and Microsoft, which want to reserve spectrum for future technologies. The carriers say they need the bandwidth to meet future demand. Bloomberg (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Carrier Watch 
  • C Spire joins prepaid carriers in offering phone financing
    C Spire and Virgin Mobile have joined MetroPCS and Cricket Wireless in exploring handset financing programs for subscribers. C Spire launched a test in November with BillFloat covering 11 devices in 12 stores across three markets, under which consumers can put down $170 for an iPhone and finance the remainder for $150 a month over six months. "We're in the early stages of the trial program and are still analyzing data and results," said C Spire's Dave Miller, adding the test is scheduled to end in March. FierceWireless (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Carolina West eyes broader rural N.C. coverage with grant
    Carolina West Wireless is in the planning stages of implementing a $20.7 million federal grant designed to expand cellphone coverage in rural North Carolina counties. "The goal of this grant is to bring these areas up to speed with the rest of the nation over the next two years," said Jackie Mallory, a vice president at Carolina West. Carolina is drawing the funds out of the Federal Communications Commission's $300 million "Mobility Fund" program. Jefferson Post (West Jefferson, N.C.) (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology and Trends 
  • Despite interoperability issues, NFC finds niche beyond mobile wallets
    Some hurdles remain, but near-field communication technology is finding uses beyond powering mobile payments, including completing wireless handshakes and helping share information between devices. "People are talking about putting them in virtually every consumer device," said Broadcom Chairman Henry Samueli. Besides some inherent technological hurdles, NFC is limited by interoperability issues among various smartphone models, which some analysts expect to be solved with new standards this year. CNET (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  CCA News 
  • CCA files comments on hearing aid compatibility (HAC) regulations
    In comments filed on Tuesday with the Federal Communications Commission, CCA highlighted numerous challenges faced by carriers to obtaining access to HAC devices despite the increased number of HAC devices being manufactured and the amount of information made available to consumers concerning those devices. Among other specific suggestions, restoring interoperability in the Lower 700 MHz band will help alleviate challenges faced by smaller providers to remaining HAC compliant. Read CCA's full comment. 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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