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April 18, 2012
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  • Mobile carriers weigh in on spectrum
    Given that mobile data usage more than doubled in 2011, mobile carriers hope to make their case to the government about their need for more radio spectrum. Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel and AT&T have warned that unless more of the spectrum is made available, service may become slow or spotty, and prices will increase. This week, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski tried to persuade broadcasters to participate in spectrum auctions, saying that doing so "presents an unprecedented opportunity ... to improve their financial position." The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (4/17), Wireless Week (4/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • RIM plots affordable BlackBerry in India, Indonesia
    Research In Motion has released its new, lower-end Curve 9220 in India and will soon release it in Indonesia. The phone runs on slower 2G networks, includes BlackBerry Messenger and an FM radio receiver, and gives feature phone users an entrance into smartphones. Reuters (4/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Cellular use expected to grow as smart grid expands
    Smart-grid projects for water, gas and power are increasingly looking to cellular service providers for their communications. Pike Research predicts that 73 million cellular machine-to-machine communication nodes will be shipped from now through 2020 for smart-grid infrastructure. Revenue from such sales is expected to exceed $1 billion by 2020, according to Pike. (4/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tech firms partner to bolster cancer research, treatment
    NantWorks and Verizon are working on a program that will leverage Verizon's 4G Long-Term Evolution broadband network to develop a cloud database called the Cancer Knowledge Action Network. The database will enable physicians to use mobile devices to research standards for the management of certain cancer conditions. eWeek (4/17)
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  • Smartphone payments expected to beat credit cards by 2020
    Most consumers will be using their smartphones to make payments by 2020, many tech experts say. In a Pew Research Center survey, 65% of tech experts said mobile payments would outpace credit card use, though 33% said consumers wouldn't trust mobile technology to replace cash and credit. Even if mobile payments become popular, they will just mean more options for consumers, some said. "When credit cards arrived, checks did not disappear, and neither did money," said Geoloqi CEO Amber Case. Network World/IDG News Service (4/17), VentureBeat/Mobile (4/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • House hearing today: "Avoiding the Spectrum Crunch: Growing the Wireless Industry Through Innovation"
    The House Science, Space and Technology Committee will hold a hearing at 2 p.m. Eastern time today titled "Avoiding the Spectrum Crunch: Growing the Wireless Industry Through Innovation." CTIA's Chris Guttman-McCabe, vice president of regulatory affairs, will be one of the witnesses and will highlight the significant economic benefits that the wireless industry will provide when it gets more spectrum. With bipartisan support from the president, members of Congress, the Federal Communications Commission chairman and commissioners, and other policymakers, more spectrum for the wireless industry means more jobs, investment and innovation so Americans can continue to enjoy the world's best wireless products and services. Independent reports have found that continued 4G deployment will generate as much as $53 billion in infrastructure investments, as much as $151 billion in GDP and as many as 771,000 jobs by 2016. With wireless data traffic continuing to grow at a tremendous rate, the industry and our nation need more spectrum now. Learn more about spectrum and the benefits of getting more to the U.S. economy. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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