Wireless patches fixed line shortfall for Verizon

US carrier Verizon Communications reported Monday that its fixed line division lost ground during the second quarter, although the carrier’s wireless business managed to help close the gap. Net income jumped from $1.68bn in the second quarter of last year, to $1.88bn this year, while operating revenues increased from $23.3bn to $24.1bn over the same […]

Verizon, Mozilla take seat in LiMo

Open mobile Linux initiative, the LiMo Foundation, opened its doors to a handful of new players on Wednesday, including another heavyweight carrier, Verizon. New additions to the forum also include browser platform Mozilla, as well as Infineon, Kvaleberg, Red Bend Software, Sagem Mobiles, SFR, and SK Telecom, expanding LiMo’s membership to 40 since the foundation’s […]

US 700MHZ spectrum auction draws 266 bidders

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a list of 266 bidders for the forthcoming 700MHz spectrum auction. Among those companies listed as having accepted applications is Google Airwaves. Other interested parties include Alltel, AT&T, MetroPCS, Qualcomm, Verizon and investment company Vulcan Spectrum, which is headed up by Microsoft co-founder, Paul Allen.  Google has said […]

Vodafone to enter Qatar

A Vodafone led consortium was awarded the second mobile telecoms licence in Qatar on Monday, beating rival bids from Verizon and Etisalat. ictQatar, the country’s telecoms regulator said the Vodafone and Qatar Foundation Consortium had been successful, submitting the highest bid in the second round auction. Other eligible consortiums submitting bids were the Verizon led […]

Verizon backing LTE

US CDMA carrier Verizon Wireless has announced that it is to embark upon a 4G LTE deployment plan in the US, with trials beginning in 2008. Vendors involved in the trial include Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Motorola, Nokia Siemens and Nortel. Vodafone, a minority but significant stakeholder in Verizon, has publicly declared its technology neutrality going forward. […]

Verizon opens ups to any device, any app.

US mobile operator Verizon Wireless said Tuesday that it will allow customers to use any wireless device, software and applications, even those not offered by the company itself, on its network by the end of 2008. Early next year, Verizon said it will publish the technical standards developers will need to design products to interface […]

Vonage settles with Verizon for $120m

Troubled internet telephony company Vonage said Thursday that its settlement with US carrier Verizon over a patent dispute would cost the company $120m. Vonage said that the cost of its settlement will be effectively capped at a maximum of $32m, in addition to the $88m already accrued and held in escrow. The final terms of […]

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 […]


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