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Reality Check: M2M: Driving exponential growth in connections

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. Over the past year, the wireless industry has given a lot more attention to connecting “things.”...

Verizon Wireless to credit customers for billing errors

Verizon Wireless (VZ) said it will begin crediting the accounts of about 15 million customers beginning this month due to wrongly charging customers for data services on their mobile devices. The carrier said the refunds would on average be between $2 and $6, though...

Vodafone, VZW, nPhase form M2M alliance focused on multinational businesses

Vodafone, Verizon Wireless and nPhase formed an initiative to make it easier for global businesses to integrate machine-to-machine communications into their enterprises. Specifically, the alliance will make remote monitoring and managing of devices in the United States and Europe easier.“The alliance is designed to...

Worst of the Week: Metric System: Part Deux

Hello! And welcome to our Friday column, Worst of the Week. There's a lot of nutty stuff that goes on in this industry, so this column is a chance for us at RCRWireless.com to rant and rave about whatever rubs us the wrong way....

Reality Check: Overcoming the challenges of delivering high-speed wireless data services

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.High-speed wireless data applications are exploding in popularity. The Wireless Federation noted in late 2008 that “mobile...

Digital TV transition to be delayed until June 12: Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility forced to delay 700 MHz buildout plans

Congress approved legislation to postpone the digital TV transition from Feb. 17 to June 12, capping a fiercely-partisan House debate today that forces wireless carriers to wait another four months to get 700 MHz licenses they paid nearly $20 billion to acquire in a...

DTV delay to impact access to 700 MHz licenses: Spectrum tie-up could impact LTE, FLO deployments

The wireless industry suddenly faces a delay of its own, with digital TV legislation likely headed to the White House soon that will force wireless carriers to wait about four months longer to access 700 MHz spectrum licenses purchased for nearly $20 billion from...

With new guidelines, products, Wi-Fi vendors hope to guard against credit card theft: Moto, Aruba shill new WLAN products to securely conduct wireless transactions

With new restrictions in place for businesses that use wireless local area networks to process credit card transactions, two rivals are now offering solutions that meet the security guidelines issued by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council. Aruba Networks Inc. and Motorola Inc....

Numerex touts ‘DNA’ in winning fleet-tracking business: Wireless M2M market set to boom to $57B in 2014, firm predicts

With the machine-to-machine market projected to boom in the coming years, Numerex Corp. is finding a simple way to sell its services to potential customers: The "Numerex DNA" stands for device, network and applications. The company aims to deliver all three to customers, regardless...

U.S. broadcasters to launch mobile DTV across 22 markets: ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates back the plan

The Open Mobile Video Coalition said it will launch mobile DTV services across 63 stations in 22 markets, covering 35% of U.S. television markets.The group of U.S. broadcasters plans to provide live, local and national over-the-air digital TV services from affiliates of ABC, CBS,...

FCC AWS-3 vote possibly in jeopardy after congressional heavyweights urge overhaul of Dec. 18 agenda: Spectrum auction in doubt

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin suddenly faces congressional pressure to pare down the Dec. 18 meeting agenda, a development that could blow up a scheduled a vote on a free, family friendly wireless broadband plan.Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.),...

Bush, Martin at war over AWS-3 spectrum auction: White House argues for auction ‘without price or product mandates’

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin and the Bush administration are on a collision course over a possible Dec. 18 vote on a free, family-friendly wireless auction plan, uncharacteristically bringing into public view a high-stakes policy dispute between the Republican White House and...

TV broadcasters begin testing rival mobile TV technology: Offering to go up against MediaFLO, cellular-based services

It seems all the pieces are in place for traditional television broadcasters to tap the perennially hyped mobile video space. Well, all the pieces except the business models, anyway.An association representing more than 800 U.S. TV stations this week will announce successful broadcast trials...

Et tu, Brute?: Julius Knapp, chief of FCC’s Office of Engineering and Technology, is under fire

He is one of the most respected, accomplished and well-liked public servants ever to grace the Federal Communications Commission. Now, mobile phone carriers, TV network moguls and others want his head. Julius Knapp, chief of the agency's Office of Engineering and Technology, has a...

Martin steps closer to AWS-3 bids : T-Mobile USA calls analysis flawed

FREE, FAMILY-FRIENDLY WIRELESS broadband for the masses may be on the way. So may messy litigation to keep it grounded. The Federal Communications Commission tentatively concluded operations in the advanced wireless services-3 band will not interfere with T-Mobile USA Inc. and others licensed in...

25 YEARS: Generational changes highlight evolution of wireless technology

Editor's Note: Welcome to our coverage of 25 years in wireless. RCR Wireless News is celebrating with a package of stories detailing the advances of the past three decades. For full coverage please visit RCRWireless.com/25years. The wireless industry's evolution from that first call placed 25...

FCC tests find no interference, AWS-3 auction draws closer : T-Mobile USA disputes findings while M2Z pops cork

The Federal Communications Commission tentatively concluded that nationwide broadband operations in the advanced wireless services-3 band will not interfere with T-Mobile USA Inc. and others in the advanced wireless services-1 band, possibly signaling the agency is close to issuing final rules for an auction...

Intel throws weight behind M2Z in AWS-3 dustup: Chip maker claims regulations could hurt WiMAX deployments

In an unexpected twist, chipmaker giant Intel Corp. urged the Federal Communications Commission to keep intact proposed interference safeguards that T-Mobile USA Inc. insists are inadequate to prevent interference from wireless broadband operations in the advanced wireless services-3 band. Moreover, Intel warned the...

100 WiMAX deployments and counting, despite downturn in economy

CHICAGO - WiMAX vendors, chipmakers and operators are all ready to take on the wireless market at a time when economic hardship has shocked Wall Street, pushing the United States to the brink of a recession. The financial downturn the U.S. economy is experiencing...

VIDEO: Conventions boost in-building business: ADC big winner from election coverage

RCR Wireless News reporter Gary Salazar spoke with ADC, which both the Republican and Democratic Parties hired to help increase wireless coverage during their conventions.; wireless; DNC; RNC; ADC; RCR Wireless News reporter Gary Salazar spoke with ADC,...

Mobile video surprise

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.The rollout and consumer uptake of mobile video has been slower than expected for wireless carriers. But...

FCC set to again test white-spaces devices

The Federal Communications Commission said it will begin field testing prototype TV white-spaces devices next week, a strong signal that agency chairman Kevin Martin remains committed to opening up more airwaves to Wi-Fi and other unlicensed wireless devices if interference to digital broadcast signals...

Summer school

It won't be long until Congress breaks for its August recess (are they there now?), only to return for a short spell before taking off for the rest of this presidential election year.But the Federal Communications Commission and mobile-phone industry will be keeping their...

FCC details plans for free nationwide wireless broadband: T-Mobile USA worries over interference

The Federal Communications Commission is seeking feedback on new options to auction a nationwide wireless broadband license with requirements to provide free Internet service, content filtering and open access to third-party devices and applications.While the agency's move is not apt to assuage fierce critics...

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