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Verizon offers 20Mbps upload over fibre

US carrier Verizon shook up the broadband market with the launch of a 20Mbps symmetrical fibre offering this week. The FiOS 20/20 service gives subscribers an upload and download speed of up to 20Mbps over Verizon’s all fibre network. This week is has been made available in parts of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. […]

US 700MHz auction delayed

US communications regulator, the FCC, has delayed the forthcoming auction of 700MHz spectrum to give interested parties more time to pull a plan together. Auction 73 will now take place on January 24, 2008, eight days later than originally planned. Bidders must apply for the auctions between November 19 and December 3. The FCC has […]

Verizon buys up Rural Cellular

US mobile operator Verizon Wireless said Monday that it has agreed to buy regional player Rural Cellular for approximately $2.67bn in cash and assumed debt. The acquisition will increase Verizon’s coverage by 4.7 million licensed POPs and will increase its actual customer base by more than 700,000 subs. Rural Cellular uses both CDMA and GSM […]

Verizon, rain dampen Voda AGM

Vodafone’s holding in US cellco Verizon Wireless is expected to be hot on the agenda at the company’s AGM on Tuesday, despite chief exec Arun Sarin’s recent dismissal of calls to offload it. Last week, Vodafone hinted that it would prefer to hold onto its stake in Verizon Wireless, despite shareholder calls to offload the […]

Verizon sidesteps Qualcomm ban

US cellco Verizon Wireless has ceased its attempts to overturn the recent ban on Qualcomm chips and has signed a licensing agreement with US chip shop Broadcom instead. Verizon said it made the deal so it can continue to sell 3G handsets. Last month, the International Trade Commission (ITC) banned the import of new 3G […]

Vodafone to hold onto Verizon stake

Vodafone on Thursday hinted that it would prefer to hold onto its stake in US cellco Verizon Wireless, despite shareholder calls to offload the asset. Arun Sarin, chief exec of Vodafone, said Thursday that the value of the Verizon stake had increased from $10bn to $15bn in 2006 and would continue to increase. He said […]

US awards huge contract, spurns

The US General Services Administration (GSA) has awarded America’s biggest ever telecommunications contract – a ten year deal worth $48bn – to AT&T, Qwest and Verizon. Sprint Nextel was not chosen. Each of the winners will split $525m and pitch against one another with different federal agencies for varying contracts. Each of those government agencies […]

Vonage loses

Vonage Holdings on Thursday lost its patent dispute with Verizon Communications and was ordered to pay it $58m (£30m) plus monthly royalties if it continues to use the proprietary patents.. Immediately after the case, Vonage assured its 2.2 million customers that their service would not be affected by the outcome of the case. The eight-person […]

Vonage v Verizon – Jury will decide today

The jury in the patent dispute between Verizon and Vonage will reconvene this afternoon, after failing to make a decision on the case Wednesday. The jury of eight had, during their deliberations, sent District Judge Claude Hilton notes for clarification on terms used during the hi-tech case. The jury asked had asked if they could be […]

Vonage v Verizon – Jury today?

Vonage and Verizon’s patent dispute could be heard by a jury today according to UBS analyst, John Hodulik. Opening statements were heard in the case on February 21 . Verizon sued Vonage in June, claiming broad patent violation. In January it alleged that Vonage had “appropriated the results of years of research conducted by Verizon and […]

Verizon launches mobile TV in US

US operator Verizon Wireless on Thursday launched a broadcast TV service for mobiles for $15 (£7.70) a month, the company’s first mobile TV venture. Verizon, which developed the service with Qualcomm, said the initial launch will cover about 20 states. Customers have an option to buy the service bundled with Verizon’s mobile Web access and […]

Vonage and Verizon off to court (update)

Verizon and Vonage will later today, present opening statements in a patent-infringement case that focuses on the technology the VoIP firm uses to connect calls from its IP service to phones on the traditional network. Vonage, one of the best-known brands in the VoIP business with 2 million customers, denies any wrongdoing. It claims its […]

Verizon upgrades to Rev. A

US mobile operator Verizon Wireless said Thursday that it has started upgrading its 3G network to cdma2000 1x EV-DO Revision A. The network upgrade will launch initially in parts of Massachusetts, Virginia, Chicago, Indiana, Utah and Florida. Verizon claims that customers in those areas will receive data uplink speeds significantly faster than the company’s existing […]

iPhone turned down by Verizon?

A rumour doing the rounds on the internet on Tuesday morning suggests that US operator Verizon Wireless turned down an exclusive deal on the Apple iPhone two years ago. Whether or not it is true, the suggestion raises some interesting points about the way things might have been. Apparently the second placed US carrier decided […]

Verizon and YouTube in content talks

According to reports, America’s second largest telecommunications company, Verizon, is in talks with online video service YouTube to put its wares on mobile phones. The report comes days after YouTube announced its intention to create a service specifically designed for wireless devices. According to the Wall Street Journal the talks are at an “advanced” stage. […]

Mobile firms to be grilled on spying

The US House Energy and Commerce Committee is to question executives from major US telcos later this week as part of the inquiry into the Hewlett-Packard “pretexting” scandal. Cingular, T-Mobile USA, Verizon, and Sprint-Nextel have all been summoned to face the committee on Friday, which will also interview the former HP director Patricia Dunn, CEO […]

Verizon hit by merger costs

Merger and integration costs with MCI hit US carrier Verizon Communications during the second quarter, with earnings dropping to $1.6bn (£800m), down from $2.1bn a year ago. Consolidated operating revenues for the quarter hit $22.7bn, a 25.6 per cent increase compared with the second quarter 2005. The wireline business added 440,000 net broadband connections, including […]

Verizon adds 1.8 million mobile subs

US cellular operator Verizon Wireless, which is a joint venture between Verizon Communications and Vodafone, today announced second quarter net customer additions of 1.8 million. This takes the operator’s total retail base, or customers that it manages directly, to 52.6 million of its total 54.8 million customers. Verizon Wireless’ financial and operational results for the […]

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