Long-Term Evolution (LTE)

Audi first carmaker to launch 4G vehicles

German carmaker Audi has begun selling cars with in-built LTE connectivity across Europe and it plans to introduce the technology into US vehicles next spring.

The 4G technology is now available in the Audi S3 Sportback and will be introduced into other vehicles in the manufacturer’s premium compact range in November.

According to the GigaOm website, the company also plans to release an LTE-equipped version of its A3 Sedan in the US market, but not until spring 2014.

Canada's telecoms to change tack in anti-Verizon crusade: sources

Reuters

Canada's three biggest wireless companies plan to attack Verizon Communications Inc's role in the U.S. government's electronic spying scandal, as they scramble to force Ottawa to rethink rules that encourage Verizon to set up in Canada, according to four sources.

The Canadian government has so far spurned an intense lobbying effort from the trio - Rogers Communications (Toronto, Canada), BCE Inc (Montreal, Canada) and Telus Corp (Burnaby, Canada) - by insisting its policies will cut Canadians' wireless bills.

New iPhone, 4G technology may mean Apple, China Mobile tie-up closer

Reuters

The stars may be aligning for a long-awaited deal between Apple Inc and China Mobile Ltd, the world's biggest mobile carrier, that could help the iPhone maker claw back lost ground in its most important growth market.

Apple (Cupertino, CA, USA) is expected to unveil its redesigned iPhone next month and may also release a cheaper, emerging market smartphone.

Czech authorities to kick off 4G auction in November

Czech regulatory authorities have announced plans to hold an auction of 4G spectrum by mid-November after a previous sale was suspended over concern about the high prices companies were offering for licenses.

In a statement published on its website, the Czech Telecommunications Office (CTU) said companies would be able to register their interest in bidding for spectrum until 30 September.

The CTU plans to sell frequencies in the 800MHz, 1800MHz and 2.6GHz bands but has stoked controversy by proposing to reserve some of the 800MHz and 1800MHz airwaves for a new entrant.

Sprint completes trial of 400Gbps technology

US operator Sprint says it has successfully carried out a trial of 400Gbps technology that could help to support the rising demand for data services on both fixed and mobile networks.

The operator has been working with network equipment vendor Ciena (Hanover, MD, USA) on the deployment of the high-speed technology, and says the two companies completed the 400Gbps trial in the Silicon Valley area in July.

Scartel acquisition to give MegaFon the 4G edge: Fitch

MegaFon’s planned takeover of Scartel will put it at the top of a three-tier market for the provision of next-generation mobile services in Russia, according to a statement from ratings agency Fitch.

Scartel (Moscow, Russia) had originally set itself up with the intention of building a 4G LTE network that could be used by all of Russia’s main cellular operators, but it has failed to attract any customer besides MegaFon (Moscow, Russia).

Harbinger sues Deere and GPS companies for $1.9 billion in damages

Reuters

Philip Falcone's Harbinger Capital on Friday sued agricultural equipment maker Deere & Co and Global Positioning System companies and groups for damages of $1.9 billion as it looks to recoup its investment in bankrupt wireless company LightSquared.

Vodafone joins KPN in Netherlands 4G market

UK-headquartered mobile operator Vodafone has become the second company to launch 4G LTE services in the Netherlands using frequencies awarded in December 2012.

The operator this week announced the availability of the high-speed technology in the Randstad region, including the major cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht.

Falcone's Harbinger sues Dish Network's Ergen over LightSquared

Reuters

Phil Falcone's hedge fund sued satellite TV mogul Charlie Ergen and his Dish Network Corp (Meridian, CO, USA) for $4 billion on Tuesday for an alleged loan-trading scheme aimed at stripping Falcone of his control over LightSquared Inc, a bankrupt wireless communications business.

The lawsuit in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan was filed on Tuesday at the same time as Ergen was confirming on an earnings call with Dish investors that the company was interested in acquiring LightSquared (Reston, VA, USA).

Sierra Wireless narrows losses in first quarter as "M2M pure-play"

M2M module maker Sierra Wireless has reported a narrowing of its net loss from continuing operations in its first quarter as a “pure-play” M2M company on the back of strong growth in revenues.

In GAAP terms, the company’s net loss from continuing operations was $6.74 million for the three months ending June 2013, compared with a loss of $8.87 million for the same period last year.

Revenues, meanwhile, grew by an impressive 14.9% over the same period, to $109.6 million.

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