Archive for December 1st, 2009

Aricent to power ADC WiMax core platform

ADC (NASDAQ:ADCT) has tapped Aricent to supply the packet core technologies behind its ever-increasing line of WiMax base stations. Rather than develop a hardware-based access service network (ASN) gateway from scratch, ADC is choosing to partner, either allowing carriers to hang its micro-cell or pico-cell architecture off of another vendor’s packet core or packaging the ASN as a software component in its radio base stations, as is the case with Aricent’s Access Service Node platform. more

Clearwire CEO: WiMax smartphones by Christmas 2010

Clearwire (NASDAQ:CLWR) wrapped up its 2009 WiMax rollout ahead of schedule today, announcing commercial launches in Seattle and Honolulu. Encouraged by the momentum, the WiMax provider has also put a deadline on its plans for WiMax smartphone introductions – CEO Bill Morrow told MocoNews today that WiMax smartphones would be on the market by Christmas of 2010. more

FCC plans to turn over private data to aid broadband stimulus

The public has until Monday (Dec. 7) to comment on plans the FCC announced the day before Thanksgiving to release its vast database of private telecom services to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration for it to use in evaluating whether broadband stimulus proposals refer to so-called “unserved” and “underserved” areas. more

Clearwire completes 2009 WiMax footprint

With a month to spare, Clearwire (NASDAQ:CLWR) closed out its 2009 WiMax rollout, announcing the commercial launch of its final two markets planned for the year: Seattle and Honolulu. Clearwire has now fulfilled its promise of covering 30 million people with the 4G mobile broadband network by year end. It now has all of December to pave the way for an even larger rollout in 2010 that will see its footprint expand by a factor of four and bring some of the largest metro areas in the US under its umbrella. more

VZW: iPhone for girls, Droid for boys? - video

Verizon Wireless’ (NYSE:VZ, NYSE:VOD) rebuttal to AT&T’s (AT&T:T) latest commercial painted a pretty clear message that the iPhone may be pretty (a “tiara-wearing digitally clueless beauty pageant queen” if you will), but the Droid is fast, not to mention perfect for men who enjoy destruction and explosions.

Since the release of the Droid on VZW, Motorola (NYSE:MOT) has beaten out Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) in brand loyalty amongst men 18 years and up, so VZW is clearly playing up that angle. It may be alienating some of its potential women buyers, but that appears to be its intention.

Whose court is the ball in now?

AT&T & VZW continue to duke it out on the air – video

Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ, NYSE:VOD) and AT&T (NYSE:T) won’t be calling a truce anytime soon. The competing carriers continued their commercial attacks on one another today. For AT&T, actor Luke Wilson shares the value of AT&T’s rollover minutes compared to VZW, a message that AT&T has been driving home in most of its commercials to date. AT&T lets users keep their unused monthly minutes, but they do expire after a year of non-use.

Roll-over minutes are nice, but there seems to be a lot more pressing issues (the network!) that AT&T could be addressing. Is it time to pick a new marketing message, AT&T?

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