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AT&T Mobility’s spectrum focus turns to 2.3 GHz band; challenges remain

AT&T Mobility’s desire to secure spectrum resources has turned to the 2.3 GHz band, which is currently dominated by satellite radio operator Sirius XM. In a joint filing with the Federal Communications Commission, AT&T and Sirius XM laid out plans to open up some...

Euteneuer officially takes over CFO reins at Sprint Nextel

Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) officially has a new CFO on the job starting today as the carrier said outgoing CFO Bob Brust has retired and incoming CFO Joseph Euteneuer has joined the team. Sprint Nextel originally announced the succession plan late last year.Euteneuer joins...

Bits & Bytes: Telefonica launches BlueVia; Ericsson announces money service; and more

Telefonica SA announced that it has launched a developer community, BlueVia, which will operate across Telefonica's global footprint. BlueVia will build upon the foundations of Telefonica's existing developer programmes, O2 Litmus in the United Kingdom, Open MovilForum in Spain, Movistar Developers Platform in Mexico...

Euteneuer to replace Brust as CFO at Sprint Nextel

Sprint Nextel Corp. (S) announced that current Qwest Communications International Inc. (Q) executive Joseph Euteneuer will replace Bob Brust as the carrier’s CFO. Euteneuer is currently EVP and CFO at Qwest and is expected to join Sprint Nextel following the pending CenturyLink Inc.’s...

Globecomm uses wireless, satellite to solve complex network challenges

Globecomm Systems Inc. (GCOM) has found a niche in the wireless space by solving complex communications problems using wireless and satellite technologies. The Hauppauge, N.Y.-based company was a finalist in the RCR 4G Ecosystem Awards announced last month. The company specializes in deploying...

Analyst Angle: AT&T disrupting SiriusXM – monetizing wireless

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.As I was driving to daycare this morning, listening to CNBC on Sirius, a few...

FLO TV moves beyond carriers to build awareness

LOS ANGELES--FLO TV President Bill Stone is moving beyond carrier agreements with Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility to try to drive awareness to the mobile TV space and increase consumer adoption of the nascent TV service. Stone, who took over the reins of FLO...

Network interference issues could decide XM-Sirius deal

Perhaps lost - but apparently not forgotten in the Federal Communications Commission's extended consideration of the proposed merger of XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. and Sirius Radio Holdings Inc. - are long-standing allegations of illegal operation of terrestrial repeaters by both companies and the...

Mobile radio hits right notes with cellphone users

Ringtone sales are flat and full-track mobile download services are falling on deaf ears. But streaming wireless music offerings may be hitting the right notes.A recent study from TNS Global Telecoms found that 43% of all mobile users listen to some form of music...

FCC set to clarify 2.3 GHz spectrum band rules: Move expected to prevent interference between terrestrial radio, wireless broadband services

The wireless broadband industry hailed a new Federal Communications Commission effort to write rules to prevent satellite radio terrestrial repeaters from interfering with WiMAX services planned in the 2.3 GHz spectrum band.The FCC recently decided to update the public record to better ascertain how...

Cellfish taps DJ Envy

Hip-hop celebrity DJ Envy is teaming with Cellfish Media to offer a weekly mix tape for mobile users.The New York-based host of the Hot 97 radio show and Sirius Satellite Radio's Hip-Hop Nation, DJ Envy will compile collections of seven new singles that will...

Changing the channel

TV is on the move. It's everywhere. It's pervasive in the most insidious sense of the word. You simply can't escape it anymore.See, there was a time when TVs were locked in living rooms, doomed to get covered in dust and cat hair. There...

Sprint Nextel plans tweaks to music, video services

Sprint Nextel Corp. will bulk up its music and video offerings for its Vision and Power Vision data subscribers beginning next month.The carrier, in a billing insert to its customers, said it will drop its Sirius Hits streaming music service in favor of 10...

XM, Sirius tie-up to face FCC scrutiny

After months of rampant speculation, the nation's only two satellite radio companies, XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. and Sirius Satellite Radio Inc., announced plans to merge as each aims to fend off mounting losses through an expanded blend of music, talk and sports. Predictions...

FCC extends construction deadline for 2.3 GHz spectrum holders

WASHINGTON-The wireless broadband industry embraced the Federal Communications Commission's extension of construction deadlines for 2.3 GHz licensees, but remains angry over the agency's response thus far to terrestrial deployment of allegedly unauthorized satellite radio repeaters with the potential to undermine huge capital investment in...

WiMAX vendors bemoan satellite radio interference

WASHINGTON—A group of wireless broadband companies complained that Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio Inc. should not be allowed to continue operating unauthorized and over-powered terrestrial repeaters in the 2 GHz band.The WCS Coalition, a group including Sprint Nextel Corp., BellSouth Corp., NextWave...

Sirius operating out of bounds

WASHINGTON-Fresh revelations of terrestrial repeaters being improperly operated by a satellite radio company further fueled a mushrooming controversy at the Federal Communications Commission, one with potentially major implications for wireless broadband companies planning to invest millions of dollars in coming years on U.S. WiMAX...

Alltel to offer XM radio

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-XM Satellite Radio Corp. notched its first deal with a U.S. carrier, teaming with Alltel Corp. to offer 20 channels of commercial-free music. The service, available for $8 a month, offers several music genres including pop, alternative, country, hip-hop and Latin. Users...

Alltel to offer XM

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—XM Satellite Radio Corp. notched its first deal with a U.S. carrier, teaming with Alltel Corp. to offer 20 channels of commercial-free music. The service, which is available for $8 a month, offers several music genres including pop, alternative, country, hip-hop and...

XM offers satellite radio to Canada’s Telus

VANCOUVER, British Columbia-XM Canada is teaming with Canadian operator Telus Mobility to deliver real-time streaming satellite radio to mobile subscribers. Telus users with a Spark 25 data package can access 20 channels of commercial-free music, talk and comedy for no charge, and other subscribers...

XM offers satellite radio to Telus subscribers

VANCOUVER, British Columbia—XM Canada is teaming with Canadian operator Telus Mobility to deliver real-time streaming satellite radio to mobile subscribers. Telus users with a Spark 25 data package can access 20 channels of commercial-free music, talk and comedy for no charge, and other subscribers...

MapQuest Mobile tops Telephia’s list of popular applications

SAN FRANCISCO—Directions and map services are proving to be popular among wireless users who download mobile applications, according to a new study from Telephia. The report found MapQuest Mobile was the top revenue-generating downloadable mobile application during the first quarter with 21.9 percent of...

WCS looks for 2.3 GHz spectrum alternatives as XM deal unravels

WASHINGTON-XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. and WCS Wireless L.L.C. said they terminated an agreement that called for XM to buy WCS after the companies failed to secure government approval for the transaction. The companies announced the agreement last July. The deal called for XM...

XM acquisition of WCS falls apart, WCS looking for 2.3 GHz spectrum alternatives

WASHINGTON—XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. and WCS Wireless L.L.C. said they terminated an agreement that called for XM to buy WCS after the companies failed to secure government approval for the transaction. The companies announced the agreement in July of last year. The deal...

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