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#TBT: Sprint and Nextel announce merger deal; Verizon’s first EV-DO phone; Tight jeans are a handset hazard … this week in 2004

Editor’s Note: RCR Wireless News goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate the top headlines from the past. Fire up the time machine, put on the sepia-tinted shades, set the date for #TBT and enjoy the memories! Sprint and Nextel...

EV-DO Advanced – NSN shows CDMA some love

Nokia Siemens Networks announced enhancements to its CDMA portfolio with the launch of EV-DO Advanced capabilities today. The company positions the new release as providing up to 40% more data capacity in heavily loaded cells. The company pointed out that the new solution enhances spectral...

Alcatel-Lucent scores profit, but stock declines

Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) shares dropped 9% after the infrastructure vendor released positive second-quarter earnings results that failed to meet expectations. CEO Ben Verwaayen reiterated that the company expects a strong second half of the year. Nevertheless, the stock was down nearly 19% at press...

Indian operator SSTL focuses on data innovation

GUANGZHOU, China – While India has seen a rapid increase in the number of subscribers on its networks, the operators delivering service have not seen the same increases in revenues, said Vsevolod Rozanov, President and CEO of Sistema Shyam Teleservices (SSTL), speaking during the...

CDMA World Forum: Devices bring 100,000 jobs to Chinese province

GUANGHZOU, China – More than 100 CDMA handset manufacturers have a presence in Guanghzou, China, contributing more than 100,000 jobs to the province, said CDMA Development Group COO James Person. The CDG held its CDMA World Forum in conjunction with China Telecom's Device Trade Fair...

KDDI's Okinaka, China Telecom, Sprint and others win CDG awards

GUANGZHOU, China — Dr. Hideo Okinaka, VP of emerging technologies and industry standards at KDDI Corp., was recognized for his industry leadership with an award from the CDMA Development Group.The organization honored individuals and companies as part of its 2011 CDG Industry Achievement Awards...

U.S. Cellular to launch LTE by year end

Adding some bite to its LTE plans, regional operator U.S. Cellular Corp. (USM) said it now plans to launch LTE services covering more than 25% of its network by the end of the year.The carrier said the network would cover 24 markets in parts...

Alcatel-Lucent narrows Q1 loss

Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) narrowed its first-quarter loss driven by strong wireless sales in North America. However, the company's stock slid nearly 5% in trading as analysts worried the infrastructure provider needs more contracts outside North America. The stock price was improving at press time,...

Manitoba Telecom posts flat Q1 wireless growth; new network, iPhone expected to reverse trend

Citing the impending launch of its HSPA+-based “4G” network, Canadian operator Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. reported flat customer growth results for the first three months of the year. The telecom provider said its wireless customer base was at 483,722 subscribers at the end of...

1.2 GHz BlackBerry Bold unveiled

Research in Motion Ltd. (RIM) used BlackBerry World 2011 to unveil two powerful new BlackBerry Bold smartphones on Monday, sporting a touchscreen and a 1.2 GHz processor.RIM hopes the move will bring its phones up to date with its competitors' smartphone offerings and...

USA: Verizon Wireless' LTE network glitch fixed

Verizon Wireless (VZ) announced earlier today that technical issues that had crippled its LTE network have been solved and that the network was “up and running.”The announcement came via the carrier’s Twitter page.The carrier noted yesterday that the network was experiencing “issues” that were...

Ntelos taps Alcatel-Lucent, RUS for Rev. A upgrade

Just days after announcing completion of a LTE network trial, regional telecommunications provider Ntelos Holdings Corp. (NTLS) said it has selected Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) to expand and upgrade its current CDMA network in Hagerstown, Md., with EV-DO Revision A technology. The expansion and upgrade is...

Sprint Nextel sheds more light on PTT plans

Following up on comments made earlier this month, Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) said it plans to begin rolling out an updated CDMA-based push-to-talk service later this year. The offering will be branded as Sprint Direct Connect, include a more diverse handset lineup and be...

PTT big part of Sprint Nextel's network upgrades

Despite the continued hemorrhaging of postpaid customers from its iDEN operations, Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) is highlighting the benefit its current Network Vision initiative will have for services that were the cornerstone of the former Nextel Communications Inc. operations.Speaking at the Raymond James Annual...

Did CDMA smooth Verizon Wireless' iPhone launch?

Has Verizon Wireless’ (VZ) technology choice allowed the carrier to avoid the iPhone-related network headaches incurred by AT&T Mobility? Well, according to Verizon Communications Inc.’s EVP and CTO Tony Melone, the carrier’s use of CDMA technology while derided by some as outdated could be...

@ UTF: Connected home, grid to change energy management

HERSHEY, Pa.—There may be disputes about what the connected home will look like, or how utilities will use wireless technologies to better manage their networks, but most everyone agrees that both the connected home and the smart grid will redefine how people manage their...

Russian govt. invests $600M in Indian network

The Russian conglomerate Sistema has received $600 million from the Russian government for a 17% stake in MTS India. Following the deal's close, Sistema will hold a 57% share interest in the Indian CDMA mobile operator. The combined 74% ownership is just under the...

Qualcomm, Ericsson demo LTE TDD in India

Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) reported that its India-based Wireless Broadband Business Services Private Ltd. venture has in partnership with Ericsson successfully demonstrated LTE TDD mobility using the 2.3 GHz spectrum band in an outdoor environment in India.Qualcomm noted that the demonstration streamed multiple high-definition video...

Reality Check: With spectrum challenges, operators look to alternative frequency bands and technologies

Editor's Note: Welcome to our weekly Reality Check column. We've gathered a group of visionaries and veterans in the mobile industry to give their insights into the marketplace. As operators continue to invest in 3G technologies and examine options available for 4G, three things...

CEO Insight Series: Roger Linquist of MetroPCS

Editor's Note: This is the first in a new series by RCR Wireless News that will seek to interview C-level executives from around the world to gain insight into their challenges and successes. To nominate someone for the series, please e-mail Tracy Ford [email protected]

Review: Network speed test – WiMAX vs. 3G

Last week's 4G World event in Chicago gave me the opportunity to try a commercially launched WiMAX network for the first time and for the most part I came away impressed. Coverage from the Clearwire Corp./Sprint Nextel Corp. network was fairly robust on the...

AT&T Mobility, Verizon Wireless boast about Q3 accomplishments

AT&T Mobility (T) and Verizon Wireless (VZ, the nation’s two largest wireless operators, posted third quarter results late last week that showed some interesting results for both operators. AT&T Mobility managed to handily win the customer growth adding 2.6 million “connections” to its network...

AT&T Mobility, Verizon Wireless boast about Q3 accomplishments

AT&T Mobility (T) and Verizon Wireless (VZ, the nation’s two largest wireless operators, posted third quarter results late last week that showed some interesting results for both operators. AT&T Mobility managed to handily win the customer growth adding 2.6 million “connections” to its network...

Sprint Nextel to offer Galaxy Tab Nov. 14

Hot on the heels of Verizon Wireless (VZ) announcing it would begin offering Samsung Telecommunications America’s Galaxy Tab device beginning Nov. 11, Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) said it will begin offering the same device on Nov. 14.Sprint Nextel said it will price the device,...

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