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Verizon details US LTE launch plans

US carrier Verizon has unveiled plans to launch commercial LTE services in 38 major metropolitan areas, providing coverage for around 110 million Americans by the end of the year. The 4G technology will also be deployed in 60 or so airports nationwide by other key cities.

FCC moves to open up ‘white spaces

US regulator the FCC has taken the first steps to opening up the vacant airwaves between TV channels, so called ‘white spaces’. This is the first significant block of spectrum made available for unlicensed use in more than 20 years. The Second Memorandum Opinion and Order adopted this week resolves numerous legal and technical issues, eliminating the requirement that TV bands devices that incorporate geo-location and database access must also include sensing technology to detect the signals of TV stations and low-power auxiliary service stations.

Clearwire mulls LTE options

US operator and WiMAX pin up Clearwire is to trial LTE and examine coexistence scenarios between the 4G technologies. The announcement was accompanied by much bravado about how Clearwire is better placed to do LTE than any other US carrier.

Icahn boosts Motorola stake amid TV tablet rumours

Billionaire investor and corporate activist Carl Icahn is once again making his presence felt at US handset vendor Motorola, after buying up enough stock to become the company’s biggest shareholder.

NSN wins $7bn LTE contract from new US player

Forthcoming US 4G wholesale network LightSquared said Tuesday it has tapped Nokia Siemens Networks in a deal worth $7bn to deploy infrastructure for its LTE/satellite combination network.

Sprint extends WiMAX reach; considers LTE

US carrier Sprint this week launched WiMAX in a handful of new metropolitan areas amid speculation that the firm is also considering an LTE strategy that could pave the way to a merger with T-Mobile USA.

Obama plans to free up 500MHz of spectrum

There may be another spectrum auction on the horizon as US president Barack Obama on Monday outlined a plan to free up and release 500MHz of spectrum for wireless broadband.

Droid X makes appearance as iPhone 4 launches

Keeping up the pace with its successful Android-based handset foray, Motorola on Thursday announced the latest addition to its Droid portfolio – the Droid X. The forthcoming device will see the US vendor continue its partnership with local CDMA carrier Verizon Wireless, which will offer the device from July 15.

Femtos win more support in US

Expect to hear plenty of news about femtocells this week as the Femto World Summit kicks off in London. Telecoms.com had a briefing with what felt like the entire femto ecosystem on Monday morning ahead of the conference and came away with the sense that the technology and the business model are winning acceptance and adoption. The latest carrier to fly the femto flag being US rural player Mosaic Telecom.

HTC WiMAX handset breaks sales record in US

4G is taking off big time among US consumers, according to Sprint Nextel, which this week trumpeted the launch of its first WiMAX-enabled handset, the HTC Evo 4G.

Verizon favours Android for tablet device

By Thursday morning the internet was abuzz with speculation that US carrier Verizon Wireless is collaborating with Google on the development of an iPad rival.

Droid goes Incredible

HTC continues to fly the flag for Android, this time with a CDMA2000 1xEV-DO handset designed for the Verizon Wireless network in the US.

FCC has teeth pulled in net neutrality debate

The ongoing dispute over net neutrality was dealt a serious blow this week as a US federal court ruled that the FCC does not have the authority to force all service providers to treat internet traffic the same.

Sprint: “Put us down for the Nexus One too”

Not to be outdone by the announcement that North American operators AT&T and Rogers (and Bell and Telus) will be getting the Google-branded Nexus One, US carrier Sprint has revealed similar plans.

Sprint signs four new MVNOs

Could the vim be coming back to the US MVNO market? Sprint’s on a roll at the moment having singed four virtual network operator contracts in the six months since it launched a turnkey MVNO package.

Skype makes quick exit from US Ovi Store

Internet telephony player Skype has demonstrated the importance of its newfound relationship with Verizon Wireless, by pulling the Symbian version of its VoIP app from the US Ovi Store.

Verizon cosies up to Skype

Internet telephony provider Skype and US carrier Verizon Wireless have joined forces to create a global mobile calling community.

Ericsson wins AT&T LTE deal

Swedish kit vendor Ericsson is to be a key supplier of LTE infrastructure to US carrier AT&T, with commercial deployments scheduled to take place in 2011.

Verizon to cut 13,000 fixed line workers

US carrier Verizon Communications announced plans to cut a further 13,000 fixed line staff this year, as operating income for the fourth quarter of 2009 dropped 11.5 per cent year on year.

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