January 31, 2013
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  Wireless Industry News 
  • DISH won't block Sprint-Softbank merger
    DISH Network announced it will not oppose Softbank's acquisition of Sprint Nextel, two weeks after asking federal regulators to suspend their investigation of the deal. In a letter, the satellite provider told the Federal Communications Commission that it has decided to let the deal proceed and that it was in "continued negotiations" to buy Clearwire. The Department of Justice has stepped in, however, to ask the FCC to suspend its Softbank proceedings while it reviews the deal, a step that Sprint termed as routine. Verizon Wireless has also weighed in on Sprint's bid to buy Clearwire, asking the FCC to determine if the arrangement would result in Sprint accumulating too much 2.5 GHz spectrum. Bloomberg Businessweek (1/29) , Wireless Week (1/29) , All Things D (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advocacy Spotlight 
  • CCA urges wireless holdings cap, access to fiber networks
    The Competitive Carriers Association mirrored concerns voiced by Sprint Nextel in responding to a Federal Communications Commission inquiry on proposed incentive auctions. Sprint asked regulators to cap a carrier's holdings below the 1 GHz range. In its comments, CCA said a screen would "more accurately identify instances of spectrum aggregation and should use every tool at its disposal to ensure pro-competitive outcomes at future auctions." The CCA also weighed in on the FCC's role in regulating fiber-optic networks saying the agency must ensure that incumbent carriers provide access to their networks on "just, reasonable, and cost-based terms and conditions." Bloomberg BNA (free content) (1/29) , Bloomberg BNA (free content) (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Carrier Watch 
  • Apple adds LTE to 3 small U.S. carriers in iOS update
    Apple added support for Long-Term Evolution service for the iPhone 5 to three U.S. carriers this week as part of its upgrade to the iOS 6.1 operating system. Alaska Communications, Bluegrass Cellular and Pioneer Cellular joined 33 overseas carriers in gaining 4G access. In taking iOS 6.1 out of beta, Apple patched 27 security holes and added several new features, including the ability to buy movie tickets from Fandango through Siri as well as for iTunes Match users to download individual songs from iCloud. Computerworld (1/28) , All Things D (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • T-Mobile USA reportedly ready to take prepaid GoSmart national
    T-Mobile USA has successfully tested the GoSmart Mobile service in several markets and is reportedly gearing up to launch the prepaid brand nationally in February, although the carrier declined to comment on its plans. During the test, which began in December, T-Mobile offered three plans ranging from $30 to $45 a month with the high-end package providing unlimited voice, texting and "high-speed" Internet service. FierceWireless (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sprint expands LTE reach, now serves 58 markets
    Sprint Nextel on Monday extended its Long-Term Evolution network to Boston and Austin, Texas, making the 4G service available in 58 markets. The carrier also added seven small markets, including western Puerto Rico. Sprint has concentrated largely on modest-size towns but recently brought LTE to Chicago and Indianapolis and has New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Washington in its sights in the coming months. GigaOm (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  CCA News 
  • FCC should preserve interconnection rights of competitive carriers
    CCA urged the Federal Communications Commission to reaffirm ILECs' obligation to interconnect their networks and exchange traffic on just, reasonable and cost-based terms and conditions. Both AT&T's and the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association's petitions offer suggestions for how the Commission should manage the transition from networks based on time-division multiplexing (TDM) technology to those based on Internet Protocol (IP) technology. Find out more. 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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