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October 11, 2012
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  • Softbank may be interested in Sprint
    Sprint Nextel is holding advanced talks with Softbank for the Japanese wireless carrier to acquire the telecom in a deal that could be worth nearly $13 billion, according to a published report that says it remains unclear if Softbank will buy a majority stake or the entire company. It was also uncertain if the talks would reach fruition. Softbank would offer Sprint enough capital to complete its upgrade to Long-Term Evolution technology, industry observers suggested. The Wall Street Journal (10/11), The Wall Street Journal/Corporate Intelligence blog (10/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Company News 
  • Schmidt not sold on Surface, sees Apple fight intensifying
    Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt is taking a wait-and-see attitude toward competition from Microsoft and its new Windows 8-based Surface tablets, which are coming to market soon. "There are well-funded, smart, well-run companies that have not been able to bring up state-of-the-art products," he said, adding he doubts Microsoft's PC model would work in the mobile market. Schmidt also said Android devices would reach more than 1 billion devices within 12 months and called his company's rivalry with Apple a "defining fight" of the mobile industry. Reuters (10/11), CNET/Internet & Media blog (10/10), All Things D (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sprint said to want more information before pursuing MetroPCS
    Sprint Nextel's directors have decided to bide their time before deciding on whether to pursue MetroPCS following the prepaid carrier's agreement to merge with T-Mobile USA, according to a published report. The board last week opted to review T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom's proxy filing -- a document that describes how the deal came about -- before making a decision. Time is apparently not of the essence yet: Sprint may have up to three months to offer a counterbid. Bloomberg (10/10), CIO.com/IDG News Service (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • RIM gives developers leg up on BlackBerry 10 apps
    Research In Motion's BlackBerry 10 operating system may not launch until early 2013 but Wednesday the company handed out 6,000 prototypes to developers at CTIA's MobileCON show so that they could get a head start on building applications for RIM's App World store. Also, RIM Chief Information Officer Robin Bienfait assured attendees that RIM's mobile device management platform would support Android and iOS devices. Ars Technica (10/10), VentureBeat (10/10), Light Reading Mobile (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Showing At MobileCON, 4G boosters and wireless ankle bracelets
    Wilson Electronics offered a solution to improving weak indoor cellular signals inside tight, energy-efficient buildings with its introduction of a line of 4G boosters at CTIA's MobileCON event in San Diego. Wilson's multiband boosters will jack up the signals emanating from AT&T, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile 4G devices, the company said. Also at MobileCON, Numerex announced its partnership with Alcohol Monitoring Systems in developing a wireless ankle bracelet through machine-to-machine technology. ConnectedWorldMag.com (10/10), ConnectedWorldMag.com (10/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Public Policy 
  • DoD talks up spectrum sharing to skeptical industry
    A Defense Department official offered details Wednesday at CTIA's MobileCON show on how the agency would work to provide spectrum with wireless carriers, painting a scenario of clearing out space as well as sharing frequencies -- a prospect industry officials greeted warily. "We can't share spectrum into perpetuity. That doesn't benefit anyone. Clearing spectrum is the most ideal scenario, and we need to do that as quickly as possible," said John Marinho, vice president of technology and cybersecurity at CTIA-The Wireless Association®. CNET (10/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CTIA News 
  • "Today's Mobile Cybersecurity: Protected, Secured and Unified" white paper
     
    At MobileCON, CTIA released its white paper that explains how the wireless industry works together throughout the ecosystem to protect its infrastructure and consumers from cyberthreats. The paper also explains what policymakers can do to help the industry on cybersecurity and highlights the challenges and barriers that complicate the issue. The white paper was developed by CTIA's Cybersecurity Working Group (CSWG), which is comprised of senior representatives from companies throughout the wireless industry. Download the white paper now (PDF). LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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