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Apple teams with Pentagon on military wearables

Apple is one of the key partners the Pentagon is calling on to help build the next generation of wearables for the military. The U.S. government is reaching out to private entities including Apple, Boeing and others to develop flexible sensory gear that can be...

LightSquared continues satellite support; Sprint Nextel deal reportedly dead

Perhaps looking for at least some bit of positive news, LightSquared reported that its satellite operations will remain intact despite the dim prospects that it will be bolstered with a terrestrial-based component. LightSquared said that it has extended the “emulation” phase of its current voice...

TAM to offer Wi-Fi connections in international flights

Brazilian airline TAM is preparing to offer Wi-Fi service to its customers, and allowing them to use their mobile devices to make phone calls during international flights. The initiative may be launched within about one year in both Airbus and Boeing aircrafts, and is...

LightSquared snags Open Range as network partner

LightSquared said it has entered into a multi-year network partnership agreement with Colorado-based rural telecommunications provider Open Range Inc. The deal calls for Open Range to lease capacity from LightSquared's satellite operations to provide wireless broadband services as well as a nationwide reciprocal roaming...

LightSquared completes initial satellite/terrestrial tests

LightSquared Subsidiary L.L.C. said that it has completed post-launch testing and acceptance of its recently deployed SkyTerra 1 satellite with its Space-Based Network platform from Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems. The testing included the transmission of data between the satellite and four terrestrial gateways...

Boeing to build 3-satellite system for government of Mexico

Boeing | Press Release | December 20, 2010 EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Dec. 20, 2010 -- Boeing today announced that it has received a contract for approximately $1 billion from the government of Mexico to deliver an end-to-end satellite communications system. The system, known as...

Boeing says LightSquared satellite glitch fixed

Boeing said it fixed the antenna glitch in LightSquared's satellite, which was shot into space Nov. 14. The company now is continuing a series of checks over the next few months before handing the SkyTerra 1 satellite and its space-based network over to...

LightSquared rollout on schedule despite satellite glitch

LightSquared said its LTE network rollout is expected to proceed on schedule, despite a glitch with its recently deployed satellite.Boeing, which built and launched the satellite for LightSquared, said the satellite is “stable and healthy.” “The L-band antenna reflector on the SkyTerra 1 satellite...

LightSquared satellite successfully launched

LightSquared reported the successful launch of its SkyTerra 1 satellite today, which once activated will provide the soon-to-be wholesale wireless network provider with nationwide voice and data capabilities. The company said the Boeing 702HP satellite was launched by International Launch Services via a Proton...

Analyst Angle: CIOs moving too slowly with smart phones and tablets

Editor's Note: Welcome to our weekly feature, Analyst Angle. We've collected a group of the industry's leading analysts to give their outlook on the hot topics in the wireless industry. John Chen loves his iPhone. Like many of his colleagues at Sybase Inc....

Bits and Bytes: Ericsson hits 2M base stations; Inmarsat buys new satellites; and more

Ericsson announced it has delivered its 2 millionth radio base station. The company noted it hit the 1 millionth base station delivery in 2007, after selling radio base stations for about 20 years. It took only three years for the company to double that...

United Airlines to offer Aircell’s Gogo wireless Internet service: Airline expects to launch in-flight Internet offering later this year

United Airlines has become the latest carrier to agree to offer Aircell L.L.C.'s Gogo in-flight Internet services to its passengers.The airline will offer the air-to-ground broadband service in the second half of this year on some transcontinental flights between New York and California, Aircell...

Aircell hooks ZTE, Qualcomm to bolster Gogo

Aircell has teamed with ZTE USA Inc. and Qualcomm Inc. to create a networking platform for Aircell's Gogo in-flight Internet service.Since August passengers on some transcontinental American Airline flights have been able to surf the Internet using the Aircell service. More airlines are planning...

ICO wins $707M in Boeing court battle

ICO Global Communications said a Los Angeles Superior Court jury verdict could force Boeing Co. to pay up to $707 million in damages in a lawsuit brought by the mobile satellite service company."We appreciate the sacrifices made by the jury in performing their civic...

AirCell flying high with airline Internet service

A decision to show up in Washington, D.C., nearly two years ago is starting to pay off for AirCell Inc. as it attempts to revolutionize the way people stay connected through air travel.Last month, American Airlines launched its Internet program powered by AirCell's Gogo,...

American Airlines launches Aircell service

Passengers on coast-to-coast American Airlines flights can now sit back and surf the Web.The world's largest airline said it has teamed up with Aircell to provide Internet access to passengers on flights between New York and San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles and...

Boeing aligns with AT&T in $400M deal

The Boeing Company selected AT&T Inc. as its primary telecommunications provider, in a 5-year contract, valued at $400 million. The nation's largest wireless carrier is required to provide wireline and wireless services, with a goal of enhancing Boeing's business processes and productivity.The plan is...

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NTT DoCoMoNTT DoCoMo Inc. named Seiji Kawamura as the head of the Japanese telecommunications operator's Washington, D.C., office.Kawamura previously served as treasurer and head of the finance office at DoCoMo's headquarters in Tokyo, and also served in the Washington, D.C., office while serving as...

Boeing shuts down Connexion

CHICAGO-Boeing Co. grounded its money-losing, in-flight communications offering known as Connexion, saying it plans to "facilitate an orderly phase out" of the service. "Over the last six years, we have invested substantial time, resources and technology in Connexion by Boeing," said Jim McNerney, chairman,...

Boeing shuts down Connexion

CHICAGO—Boeing Co. grounded its money-losing, in-flight communications offering known as Connexion, saying it plans to "facilitate an orderly phase out" of the service. "Over the last six years, we have invested substantial time, resources and technology in Connexion by Boeing," said Jim McNerney, chairman,...

Lucent bets on federal contracts

MURRAY HILL, N.J.—Lucent Technologies Inc. announced it is in the running to supply part of a multi-billion dollar contract for the Integrated Wireless Network program, which is sponsored by the U.S. Departments of Justice, Homeland Security and Treasury. Lucent is competing as part of...

3 ATG champions must re-file to bid for in-flight spectrum

WASHINGTON-Three of the main champions to use air-to-ground spectrum in the 800 MHz band for in-flight broadband communications filed incomplete applications for the scheduled May 10 auction and must refile within the next week if they want to participate, according to the Federal Communications...

Will MSS spectrum holdings attract cellular carriers?

The advent of ancillary terrestrial component, or ATC, will revolutionize the mobile satellite services industry in the long run, according to a new report from Northern Sky Research, a market research firm that focuses on the mobile satellite sector. The prospects have brought renewed...

Wireless Matrix, MSV extend partnership

RESTON, Va.-Wireless Matrix Corp., which provides enterprise wireless data services, extended its contract with satellite provider Mobile Satellite Ventures through January 2008.Wireless Matrix uses satellite services as part of its wide area wireless communications network, which also makes use of terrestrial wireless services to...

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