February 28, 2013
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  Wireless Industry News 
  • CCA, CTIA 2014 shows will deliver a complementary experience
    The Competitive Carriers Association and CTIA-The Wireless Association have announced a cooperative effort to bring their 2014 Las Vegas shows together. Attendees and journalists will have access to the keynote sessions and exhibits to both shows: CCA's Annual Convention on Sept. 8 to 10, 2014, and CTIA's "Super Mobility Show" on Sept. 9 to 11. "This ground-breaking cooperative effort between CCA and CTIA will bring together the two shows and provide attendees with distinct experiences to illustrate the breadth and diversity of the rapidly-growing mobile marketplace," CCA said in a statement. Wireless Week (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Find out more:   Read CCA's statement on the complementary shows. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Advocacy Spotlight 
  • FCC issues signal-booster rules, gives carriers more control
    Federal regulators last week sought to minimize the potential for interference from cellphone signal boosters by issuing new signal-booster-focused rules and requiring consumers to obtain permission from wireless carriers before deploying them. Wilson Electronics, a signal-booster developer, contends the devices in question will meet interference requirements before they hit the market. Ars Technica (2/21) , eWeek (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • T-Mobile CTO: LTE compatibility is not close
    A top T-Mobile USA executive has warned that it could be years before interoperability comes to phones that support Long-Term Evolution services. Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray said 4G technology has added a new layer of complexity: the inability of phones to work together on different parts of the same band of spectrum. Qualcomm took a step forward this week by announcing that it would release a chipset this year that can run across a large number of frequencies. CNET (2/27) , Computerworld/IDG News Service (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Carrier Watch 
  • Clearwire will draw funds from Sprint
    Clearwire took a step in Sprint Nextel's direction on Wednesday saying that it will dip into $80 million in notes Sprint Nextel offered as part of its bid to take control of the wireless service provider. The move could complicate DISH Network's efforts to convince Clearwire to accept its bid: Clearwire said DISH had warned that if would withdraw its proposal if the company tapped into the Sprint financing. Dissident Clearwire shareholder Crest Financial told the Federal Communications Commission that the Sprint bid undervalues the value of Clearwire's spectrum. The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (2/27) , The Washington Post/The Associated Press (2/27) , All Things D (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • MetroPCS expands access to joyn service, sets merger vote
    MetroPCS Communications said that shareholders would vote on the carrier's proposed merger with T-Mobile USA on March 28 and CEO Roger Linquist predicted the deal would close in early April. The prepaid carrier also moved to expand access to its joyn-branded array of Rich Communications Services to friends and family of its subscribers -- even those from competing carriers. And MetroPCS posted revenue gains in the fourth quarter from a year ago, but the costs involved in expanding its 4G service as well as a loss of 450,000 subscribers sent profit tumbling by 65%. Reuters (2/25) , FierceBroadbandWireless (2/26) , The Wall Street Journal/Dow Jones Newswires (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • T-Mobile posts net sub gain in Q4
    T-Mobile USA reported today a net subscriber gain for the fourth quarter compared with a year ago -- 0.6% -- but revenues fell by 5.2% because of losses among contract customers. Gains in its prepaid business enabled T-Mobile to add 61,000 subscribers, and the carrier said that it was looking forward to the closing in the next several months of its merger with MetroPCS as well as the ability to sell Apple products this year. In 2012, T-Mobile's contract base fell slightly to 20.3 million while its prepaid total grew to 5.8 million subscribers. All Things D (2/28) , TechCrunch (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Technology and Trends 
  • Open-source OS firms make plea for iOS, Android alternatives
    CEOs from three companies offering open-source alternatives to the wireless industry's two main platforms made a plea this week for carriers to support their efforts. The top executives from Ubuntu, Firefox and Jolla told attendees at an industry event in Spain that they had the power to provide competition to Apple's and Google's platforms. Mozilla announced that 17 carriers, including Sprint Nextel, will carry phones equipped with its Firefox software. FierceWireless (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  CCA News 
  • CCA supports allowing devices to be legally unlocked
    Over 100,000 consumers signed a petition asking the Librarian of Congress to reconsider its previous decision preventing consumers from unlocking their wireless devices, requiring the White House to formally address the issue. CCA strongly supports competitive choices and is hopeful the Administration's response will once again allow consumers to unlock their devices. Find out more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CCA's 2013 Global Expo
    Join us in New Orleans, April 17 to 19 to hear keynote remarks from Dan Hesse, CEO, Sprint; Steve Bourgeois, vice president, Cloud Strategy, Ericsson North America; and Marcus Weldon, Corporate chief technology officer, Alcatel-Lucent. 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. Register today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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