Sprint offers AT&T spectrum solution without merger

Reuters

AT&T Inc (Dallas, Texas) could greatly expand its network capacity for a fraction of the cost it plans to shell out to buy T-Mobile USA, Sprint Nextel (Overland Park, Kan.) said on Monday.

Sprint, a vocal opponent of the deal, said it would present the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) later on Monday with a technical analysis detailing the actions AT&T could take to improve its network without acquiring T-Mobile USA.

Huawei unveils tablet computer in hopes of taking on Apple, Samsung

Reuters

China's Huawei Technologies (Shenzhen, P.R.C) unveiled a new tablet computer called the MediaPad on Monday that it hopes could take on market leaders Apple (Cupertino, CA) and Samsung Electronics (Seoul, South Korea).

The launch would be part of an aggressive push by Huawei, the world's second-biggest supplier of telecommunications equipment behind Ericsson, into the consumer space.

"With the Huawei MediaPad, we are demonstrating yet again that design, functionality and performance is within anyone's reach," Victor Xu, chief marketing officer of Huawei Device, said in a statement.

LightSquared finds alternative to network after GPS interference reported

LightSquared (Reston, Va.), a wholesale-only integrated wireless broadband and satellite network, on Monday outlined an alternative to the problem of interference with Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers.

Early test results with the GPS industry indicated that one of LightSquared’s 10MHz blocks of frequencies poses interference to many GPS receivers. This block was the specific set of frequencies that LightSquared planned to use for the initial launch of its network.

Sprint reduces voting rights in Clearwire

Reuters

Sprint Nextel (Overland Park, Kan.) reduced its voting rights in Clearwire Corp (Kirkland, WA) to 49.8 % from 54 %, potentially giving it more flexibility to raise new debt or refinance existing debt.

Under their previous ownership structure Sprint would have risked breaching its own debt agreements in the event of a default by Clearwire, which was viewed by debtholders as a Sprint subsidiary.

Actelis deploys broadband into Northwestern Canada; allows access to critical health care

Actelis Networks (Fremont, Calif.), an Ethernet over copper provider, on Wednesday announced it has deployed broadband across a 440-thousand-square-mile region in the Northwest Territories of Canada, connecting a community of more than 40,000 people to schools, health care centers and other public services.

According to Actelis, the key to providing such a scattered population with these communications services was to establish a fast, reliable broadband communications network that leveraged the existing copper network.

Huawei rejects China financial aid claim

Reuters

Telecom equipment manufacturer Huawei Technologies (Shenzhen, P.R.C) on Thursday rejected a U.S. government official's suggestion that its rapid growth was due to Chinese government financial aid.

"It is fundamentally and utterly incorrect," said Bill Plummer, vice president of external affairs for Huawei.

He was responding to a comment by U.S. Export-Import Bank President Fred Hochberg on Wednesday that one reason Huawei's "growth has been so dramatic is that it's backed by a $30 billion credit line from the Chinese Development Bank.

Telit debuts M2M module for 3G CDMA networks

Telit Wireless Solutions, Inc., the U.S.-based mobile technology arm of Telit Communications (Trieste, Italy), announced on Wednesday the debut of the DE910-DUAL module, designed to let M2M developers use 3G CDMA networks for applications such as consumer electronics, mobile health devices, as well as telematics and mobile computing.

Telstra invests $800 million to further grow its cloud

Telstra (Melbourne, Australia), a network carrier, on Thursday announced it would invest more than $800 million in cloud computing over the next five years to support the growing demand from Australian organizations for cloud services.

As part of the announcement, Telstra CEO David Thodey unveiled more corporate customers who use Telstra cloud computing including Australian Vintage Limited, The Salvation Army Employment Plus, Oz Minerals, Tabcorp, and Tristar Medical Group.

FCC extends LightSquared deadline

Reuters

U.S. regulators granted Harbinger Capital-backed LightSquared (Reston, Va.) a two week extension on its report explaining GPS interference issues related to a high-speed wireless network it wants to build, the company said on Wednesday.

Before it can go ahead with its proposed network, LightSquared must show the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that it can avoid interference with GPS devices, which use wireless airwaves next to those licensed to LightSquared.

U.S. Legislation introduced to ensure all Americans have access to affordable internet services

The U.S. Congress was introduced to The Broadband Affordability Act on Tuesday, which will aim to help bridge the digital divide by making in-home broadband services more affordable for lower-income American families. The Act was introduced by Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA), a member of the House of Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) estimated in 2010 that 28 million Americans do not subscribe to broadband services because of affordability barriers.

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