USA

Trailblazing US operators coming close to using up available spectrum

Much has been made of the perceived spectrum shortage in the US. While operators will arguably never be satisfied with the amount of spectrum they possess and will always welcome more, in terms of MHz available per subscriber in the market, the US does look as though it is lacking in comparison to other major markets.

AT&T buys rural CDMA player Alltel

US carrier AT&T said Tuesday it has agreed to acquire the retail wireless operations of Atlantic Tele-Network, which operates under the Alltel brand for $780m in cash.

ZTE hits back at allegations over US security

A US House Intelligence Committee report warned the country’s operators that Chinese infrastructure vendor ZTE and its domestic rival Huawei, pose a threat to the country’s national security. In the wake of the report, David Dai Shu, ZTE’s director of global public affairs, spoke to Telecoms.com to give his comopany’s side of the story.

T-Mobile USA acquires MetroPCS

Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS have announced plans to merge with DT owning 74 per cent of the combined company and MetroPCS the remaining 26 per cent. The deal will strengthen T-Mobile’s position in the US, increasing total subscribers by 28 per cent to 43 million and increasing market share from 10 per cent to 13 per cent.

Google moves Wallet to cloud, adds more cards to offering

In an attempt to ignite take up of its m-wallet offering, Google has launched a cloud-based version of its wallet for its US users. As a result, users can now add Visa, American Express and Discover credit and debit cards, as well as MasterCard, to their wallet.

AT&T to buy NextWave

US operator AT&T has announced that it is to acquire NextWave Wireless, which holds spectrum licences in the US AWS and WCS bands. AT&T will pay $650m NextWave, $600m of which covers NextWave’s debt.

Russia escapes broadband crunch as others falter

While many markets around the world have seen lower than expected growth over the past three years in terms of broadband adoption, Russia has bucked the trend by posting big growth figures, according to UK research firm Point Topic.

T-Mobile USA cuts 900 more jobs

Deutsche Telecom’s US mobile operation, T-Mobile USA, is to cut a further 900 jobs, following the unit’s failed $39bn purchase by AT&T late last year. The latest cuts come on top of around 1,900 job losses announced earlier this year.

LightSquared files for bankruptcy protection

US wholesale player LightSquared has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection amid efforts to resolve regulatory issues that have prevented it from launching its satellite service.

Deutsche Telekom results: T-Mobile USA in recovery

Deutsche Telekom’s results for the first quarter of the year show that the operator group has seen more than a 50 per cent decline in net profit and a 1.1 per cent reduction in revenue. Net profit fell from €480m to €238m, year-on-year for the first quarter of 2012, while revenue fell to €14.4bn. Adjusted net profit fell 17 per cent year-on-year to €581m.

FCC approves AT&T’s spectrum transfer to T-Mobile

US authority The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has approved the transfer of $1bn worth of radio spectrum from AT&T to T-Mobile USA as part of the break-up fee owed following AT&T’s failed $39bn takeover bid.

US denies Huawei bid due to fears over national security

Chinese network vendor Huawei has been refused permission by the US government to bid for a contract to work on the nationwide emergency network. A government spokesperson said that permission was refused due to national security concerns. The firm as now asked the government to elaborate on its reasons.

Sprint files suit against AT&T/T-Mo merger

US operator Sprint Nextel has brought a lawsuit against AT&T, seeking to block its rival’s proposed $39bn acquisition of T-Mobile’s US operation. The suit follows a civil antritrust lawsuit from the US Department of Justice, which claimed the deal was anticompetitive.

T-Mobile USA chief to quit

The head of T-Mobile USA has announced his resignation from the company, stepping down after 15 years with the carrier. Robert Dotson, president and chief executive officer, will leave within 12 months, sticking around in some capacity until May 2011 to ensure a smooth transition for his successor.

T-Mobile USA not hacked after all

T-Mobile USA is assuring its 33 million customers that their information and the company’s information is safe, following claims that the operator’s systems were hacked earlier this week.

US: double standards

The world’s most powerful nation is also one of the largest cellular markets on the planet, and looks likely to play host to multiple standards going forward.

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