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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...

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...

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...

VCs may use Modeo spectrum for music

CROWN CASTLE INTERNATIONAL CORP. cut its losses in mobile video last week, agreeing to lease its Modeo L.L.C.'s nationwide spectrum for a dedicated mobile broadcast network to a pair of venture capital firms. What will become of that spectrum, though, is far from clear....

Crown Castle bails from mobile TV effort, Modeo’s fate unclear

Crown Castle International Corp. is spinning off its Modeo business, agreeing to lease Modeo's nationwide spectrum for a dedicated mobile broadcast network to a pair of venture capital firms.The Houston-based tower company said it will rent the spectrum for $13 million a year to...

AT&T begins Cingular store rebranding in Houston

AT&T Inc. is retooling the look and feel of its wireless retail stores to reflect a multi-faceted product offering, and introduced its first super-sized, flashy AT&T Experience Store in Houston.The company called the 5,000-square-foot store "the first to demonstrate the benefits of housing AT&T's...

AT&T integrates Cingular with new ‘Experience Store’

AT&T Inc. is retooling the look and feel of its wireless retail stores to reflect a multi-faceted product offering, and introduced its first super-sized, flashy AT&T Experience Store in Houston.The company called the 5,000-square-foot store "the first to demonstrate the benefits of housing AT&T's...

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...

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...

WiMAX vendors rage over XM transmissions in 2.3 GHz band

WASHINGTON—The wireless broadband industry lashed out at XM Radio Inc. over the satellite radio operator’s admission that 221 land-based repeaters were operating above authorized power levels and 19 repeaters were transmitting outside the scope of XM’s Federal Communications Commission permit. The terrestrial components of...

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...

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...

Universal dives deeper into wireless as Congress wrestles with DRM issues

WASHINGTON-Universal Studios is the latest mainstream media giant to go wireless in a big way, establishing a division dedicated to mobile content. Universal, which already has more than 60 licensing deals worldwide with mobile entertainment publishers, announced plans to launch 30 games as well...

Rokr E2 leaves Apple for iRadio

LAS VEGAS-Motorola Inc.'s next music-centric phone will support its new iRadio service but not Apple Computer Inc.'s iTunes software, the company announced. The handset manufacturer said its upcoming music subscription service will launch nationwide later this year on the Rokr E2, with other handsets...

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XM Satellite Radio quietly launched an application to bring its radio service to Windows-powered mobile phones. The largest U.S. satellite radio provider launched Pocket XM Radio, which streams commercial-free XM content directly to Windows Mobile devices. The software sells for about $20 through distributors...

XM radio available on select handsets

WASHINGTON-XM Satellite Radio last week quietly launched an application to bring its radio service to Windows-powered mobile phones. The largest U.S. satellite radio provider launched Pocket XM Radio, which streams commercial-free XM content directly to Windows Mobile devices. The software sells for about $20...

XM Satellite Radio spends $200M on 2.3 GHz licenses

XM Satellite Radio will spend nearly $200 million on wireless spectrum licenses in 15 of the top 20 U.S. markets, the company announced last week. The nation's No. 1 satellite radio service agreed to acquire WCS Wireless L.L.C., which controls 10 megahertz of spectrum...

XM Satellite spends $200M on 2.3 GHz licenses

XM Satellite Radio will spend nearly $200 million on wireless spectrum licenses in 15 of the top 20 U.S. markets, the company announced after Wednesday's closing bell. The nation's No. 1 satellite radio service agreed to acquire WCS Wireless L.L.C., which controls 10 megahertz...

Sirius to offer streaming audio to Sprint PCS

NEW YORK-Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. will power a streaming audio service for Sprint PCS subscribers, the companies said. The country's No. 2 pay-radio service said it has agreed to make some of its music channels available for the service, which may launch later this...

Sirius to offer streaming audio to Sprint PCS

Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. will power a streaming audio service for Sprint PCS subscribers, the companies said Tuesday. The country's No. 2 pay-radio service said it has agreed to make some of its music channels available for the service, which may launch later this...

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