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SK Telecom gains momentum on LTE

SK Telecom reports 17.44 million LTE subscribers; up 18% since last year South Korea's largest mobile telephony operator SK Telecom reached 17.44 million subscribers in the LTE segment by the end of the first quarter of 2015, climbing 18.1% compared to the same time a year...

BASTA standard being pushed for use

The Next-Generation Mobile Networks Alliance has created a standard approach to reporting the specifications for base station antennas, and now companies that supported the development of the standard are trying to get it more widely adopted across the industry. Kevin Linehan, VP and CTO of...

Global Telecom: Scandinavian operator deploys LTE Networks

AINMT Holdings, which operates as Ice.net and Net1 deploys LTE networks in Norway, Sweden and Denmark. •The company has hired Alcatel-Lucent to start the process by first completing a mobile broadband access network. The LTE network will be rolled out across Norway next year and will replace the...

Reality Check: How to choose the optimal base station antennas

The choice of antennas for base stations rarely receives any attention. Antennas are regarded as a cheap commodity that will “do its job” regardless of which antenna you choose. Nothing could be further

2013 Predictions: Smarter mobile infrastructure

Mobile operators are being squeezed by decreasing revenues per user, and a seemingly insatiable demand by users for more data. To efficiently manage the rapidly growing

Texas Instruments launches new wireless audio chip

Texas Instruments Incorporated (TXN) today announced its second device in the family of PurePath Wireless audio products which can be used for anything from consumer music players to mobile phones, to high end multimedia systems.The multi-channel CC8530 radio frequency (RF) SoC for wireless headsets...

Reader Forum: Smart networking solutions start at the silicon core

Editor's Note: Welcome to our weekly Reader Forum section. In an attempt to broaden our interaction with our readers we have created this forum for those with something meaningful to say to the wireless industry. We want to keep this as open as possible,...

Texas Instruments unveils most powerful digital up and down converter

Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) doesn’t just make chips, it also makes software-defined digital up and down converter (DUC/DDC), and today the firm has announced its most powerful to date.Dubbed the GC6016, TI says its converter is perfect for narrow and wideband 2G,...

Guest Opinion: Building a better future based on mutual trust and understanding

Q: What is Huawei's reason for doing this interview? We would like to provide the basic facts behind the recent 3Leaf matter that has been the subject of much attention and discussion about Huawei. These facts will not only help understand the real...

@ MWC: An industry first: Freescale Semiconductor unveils innovation at MWC

BARCELONA, Spain – In a leap in the infrastructure field, Austin-based Freescale Semiconductor, one of the 10 largest chip makers worldwide, unveiled the industry's first multimode wireless base station processor family that scales from small to large cells.The announcement arrived at 6 a.m. on...

An industry first: Freescale Semiconductor unveils innovation at MWC

BARCELONA-In a leap in the infrastructure field, Austin-based Freescale Semiconductor, one of the 10 largest chip makers worldwide, unveiled the industry’s first multimode wireless base station processor family that scales from small to large cells. The announcement arrived at 6 a.m. on February 14 in...

Featured Video: Freescale doubles performance with new DSPs

AUSTIN, Texas--Freescale Semiconductor introduced two new products into its family of DSPs, one designed to support 3G and 4G wireless networks, while the other is cost-optimized for W-CDMA rollouts. Both DSPs are based on Freescale's SC3850 core that runs at 1.2 GHz. That core...

Court in holding pattern on challenge to FCC’s backup power rule

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today said it will not rule on wireless providers' challenge to the Federal Communications Commission's backup power rule until Bush administration budget officials complete their review of controversial guidelines designed to respond to...

Democrats, consumer groups sour on McDowell’s participation in AT&T-BellSouth vote

WASHINGTON-Key House Democrats and consumer groups said Federal Communications Commission member Robert McDowell should remain on the sidelines of AT&T Inc.'s stalled $79 billion acquisition of BellSouth Corp., arguing the agency's general counsel offered feeble legal reasoning for authorizing McDowell to participate in reviewing...

McDowell could be drawn into AT&T-BellSouth debate

WASHINGTON-Federal Communications Commission member Robert McDowell could be drawn into the AT&T Inc.-BellSouth Corp. merger debate as early as today in order to break a 2-2 deadlock on the $79 billion deal, according to telecom analysts at Stifel, Nicolaus & Co. Inc. "Barring a...

GAO report could boost resistance to AT&T/BellSouth deal

WASHINGTON-Top mobile-phone carriers may have gained leverage to have stringent conditions imposed on AT&T Inc.'s $79 billion acquisition of BellSouth Corp., with the Government Accounting Office concluding competition in the special access market is generally lacking in major U.S. cities.Jessica Zufolo, a telecom analyst...

AT&T/BellSouth concessions do little to eliminate competitive concerns

WASHINGTON-Consumer groups and wireless carriers last week said AT&T Inc.'s proposed conditions to its $79 billion purchase of BellSouth Corp. are inadequate, creating uncertainty over whether the Federal Communications Commission can pull off a planned Nov. 3 vote on the deal. "AT&T's concessions are...

Opponents rage at AT&T-BellSouth merger conditions

WASHINGTON—Consumer groups and wireless carriers said AT&T Inc.’s proposed conditions to its $79 billion purchase of BellSouth Corp. are inadequate, creating uncertainty over whether the Federal Communications Commission can pull off a planned Nov. 3 vote on the deal. "AT&T's concessions are nothing more...

FCC’s Martin forgoes conditions in proposed AT&T-BellSouth merger vote

WASHINGTON—Federal Communications Communication Chairman Kevin Martin is pushing for an Oct. 12 vote on the proposed $67 billion merger of AT&T Inc. and BellSouth Corp.—owners of No. 1 wireless carrier Cingular Wireless L.L.C.—and apparently has rejected urgings from the wireless industry and consumer advocates...

Powerwave modifies details of Filtronic purchase

SANTA ANA, Calif.—Powerwave Technologies Inc. reworked its $336 million acquisition agreement with Filtronic plc, paring the deal down to $185 million in cash along with 17.7 million in shares of Powerwave common stock. In June, the two companies struck an agreement to transfer Filtronic's...

Powerwave modifies details of Filtronic purchase

SANTA ANA, Calif.—Powerwave Technologies Inc. reworked its $336 million acquisition agreement with Filtronic plc, paring the deal down to $185 million in cash along with 17.7 million in shares of Powerwave common stock. In June, the two companies struck an agreement to transfer Filtronic’s...

Size defines net neutrality

WASHINGTON-While the network-neutrality issue holds up telecommunications reform, fissures in the telecom industry between big and little carriers are forming. Generally large carriers-both wireline and wireless-oppose any attempts to legislate or regulate network neutrality. Wireless trade association CTIA in June officially came out against...

Flashbacks to Judge Greene?

WASHINGTON—A confluence of legal, technological and political forces could slow or significantly alter mega-merger mania that has raged largely unabated in the wireless and wireline telecom sectors in recent years, with AT&T Inc.'s $67 billion bid for BellSouth Corp. materializing into a grand test...

Changes to 700 MHz auction, special access sneak into telecom reform bill

WASHINGTON-The drama that took place during the Senate Commerce Committee's markup of telecom reform measures paled compared to what happened behind the scenes. In at least two instances, issues of importance to the wireless industry-small geographic licenses and special access-were decided in backroom deals...

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