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Capital Markets: BlackBerry Partners focuses on mobile; AT&T buys inCompass assets; and more

The co-managers of BlackBerry Partners Fund announced they have merged their investment teams to focus exclusively on mobile venture capital investment opportunities under the BlackBerry Partners Fund brand. The fund was founded in 2008 with capital commitments from Research In Motion, Thomson Reuters and...

Ericsson buys inCode to boost technical consultancy efforts

L.M. Ericsson (ERIC) said it purchased some assets of inCode's Strategy and Technology Group in an effort to help service providers as their businesses transform.About 45 consultants in the United States and Canada will become Ericsson employees. Ericsson also will gain inCode's existing contracts,...

Controlling the customer by storing their content in the cloud

The battle over who controls the customer, whether it's a battle for the smart pipe or the smart device, is quickly moving into a battle over who controls the customer's content. Today the field is wide open, leaving plenty of room for new winners...

2010 predictions on Net neutrality, OS battles, cloud vs. edge:

The first predictions for 2010 are officially here with inCode Telecom's Top 10 list. This year's list involves a couple of blessing-curse combination predictions, as well as consolidation speculation and regulatory prognosticating, said inCode's Rob Chimsky, VP and CTO of the company. Chimsky said...

10,000 broadband jobs to be created from stimulus package: Towerstream, Clearwire, others examine legislation’s opportunities

The billions of dollars set aside in the government's stimulus bill to promote broadband access across the country may help create thousands of new jobs - and wireless firms are already evaluating the legislation for potential opportunities.The $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act...

AT&T names Donovan CTO

AT&T Inc. appointed John Donovan as its CTO, replacing Chris Rice, who becomes executive VP of the telecom giants Shared Services division.Donovan, who will be based in San Antonio, is charged with overseeing the company's global technology direction, including product development, network and engineering...

GAME ON: Vollee looks to leverage networks to enhance games

It seems the entire mobile gaming industry is scampering to churn out pick-up-and-play, made-for-mobile titles that emphasize simplicity and downplay rich graphics and other sophisticated features.Vollee Inc. is headed the other direction.The San Mateo, Calif.-based firm is hawking a kind of placeshifting technology that...

FMC rollout remains sporadic: Carriers continue to battle technology’s challenges

The U.S. telecom industry appears to largely be treading water when it comes to fixed-mobile convergence-with much talk about the subject and a few tentative sallies in that direction, but not an inordinate amount of action so far. However, many operators are in the...

VeriSign acquires wireless consulting firm in $52M transaction

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.-VeriSign Inc. will spend $52 million to acquire technology consulting firm inCode Wireless. InCode has 14 offices in 10 countries and provides strategy consulting services to wireless and fixed-line operators as well as cable TV providers and telecom manufacturers. The company's investors...

China continues GSM commitment with infrastructure awards: Despite pledge to TD-SCDMA technology

Siemens AG is the latest in a series of vendors to announce new contracts in China, signs that the country continues to stand as a major opportunity for infrastructure makers. Siemens announced two deals with mobile operators for GSM equipment and an order for...

Look for aggressive holiday sales as Cingular, Verizon fight for No. 1

While most will busy themselves with decorations and gifts this holiday season, U.S. carriers and handset makers likely will be caught up in fierce battles over pricing, services and-ultimately-customers. As Halloween makes room for Thanksgiving, wireless executives need to gird themselves for perhaps the...

InCode acquires Northstream

SAN DIEGO-InCode, a wireless technology and business consulting firm, said it has acquired Stockholm, Sweden-based Northstream, which provides advisory services to wireless companies.Northstream co-founders Bengt Nordstrom and Jonas Twingler will become chief strategy officer and managing director of the Technology and Strategy Group EMEA,...

LaForge, Wheeler join BridgePort’s board

CHICAGO-Two high-profile wireless veterans have joined BridgePort Networks' board of advisors. The mobile Voice over Internet Protocol company has added Perry M. LaForge, executive director of the CDMA Development Group, and Thomas E. Wheeler, former president and chief executive officer of CTIA, to its...

Industry eyes OFDM even as it deploys 3G services

Even as it begins serious deployments of third-generation technologies, the wireless industry is hedging its bets on next-generation technology. Since W-CDMA and CDMA2000 someday may reach their tethers, some industry players are eyeing orthogonal frequency division multiplexing -OFDM-as the next big technology.Major vendors say...

InCode partners with European fraud management firm

STOCKHOLM, Sweden-Telecom revenue assurance and fraud management company Visual Wireless and inCode, a wireless technology and business consulting firm, have signed a strategic partnership agreement. InCode brings wireless integration experience to the partnership, while Visual Wireless provides its revenue assurance solution. The two companies...

UMTS TDD Alliance formed

CANNES, France-Some wireless players around the world have come together to form the UMTS TDD Alliance to share information, set requirements for future solutions and foster market growth based on the UMTS TDD standard.The founding members identified operators' demand for technical and marketing insights...

UMTS TDD Alliance formed

CANNES, France-Some wireless players around the world have come together to form the UMTS TDD Alliance to share information, set requirements for future solutions and foster market growth based on the UMTS TDD standard.The founding members identified operators' demand for technical and marketing insights...

Alternate advanced protocols could change migration paths

As the broadband market begins to sizzle, carriers are shifting from the comfort of tried technologies to the speed of alternatives. But challenges abound.So while Verizon Wireless announced its nationwide launch of CDMA2000 1x EV-DO, many carriers, including Verizon, are mulling future services that...

Upbeat 3Q infectious, too soon to tell if it will hold

With upbeat third-quarter results snapping several quarters of melancholy, wireless players may be about to turn their purse strings loose. The good news is infectious, touching not only carriers, but also equipment vendors, chipmakers and startups that are basking again in venture capital. Those...

Tragedy ushered in network improvements

The difference between cellular networks before and after the Sept. 11, 2001, tragedy came in bold relief during the recent power outage in New York and other East Coast states.Wireless networks hummed in spite of the blackouts. People could still communicate. On Sept. 11,...

Priority access may get renewed focus with city blackouts

Heavy call volumes on wireless networks frustrated end users and caused cell sites operating on backup generators and batteries to quickly falter during the massive power outage that crippled the northeastern United States late last week.Given the situation, even the best system would have...

Sprint North Supply, InCode offer indoor coverage boost

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.-Sprint North Supply and InCode Telecom reported plans to roll out the InReach toolkit designed to help carriers improve indoor coverage for corporate clients.The companies said the kit would include strategic and technical assessments; radio-frequency design and architecture; product and vendor selection;...

Tatara makes Wi-Fi roaming easier, Verizon takes service to payphones

With public hot-spot locations popping up faster than reality-based TV shows, companies that provide support services are finding a market ripe for innovations, the most compelling of which is how to help companies operating in the public hot-spot space make money.One of the newest...

SDR technical advances may be outweighed by revenue drops

Software-defined radios may be the answer to today's interoperability issues, but carriers and handset makers do not seem overly enthused about adopting the technology because the technological advances gained from SDR may hurt their business models.Why? Because SDR gives "too much flexibility to the...

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