Archive by Sarah Reedy

Why T-Mobile, Sprint combined is good for competitors

There have been rumors in the past week that T-Mobile parent company Deutsche Telecom (NYSE:DT) is mulling an acquisition of third largest US carrier Sprint (NYSE:S) as part of a spending spree aimed at reviving its struggling T-Mobile brand. UK’s Telegraph reported that DT is working with its banking advisors to bid for Sprint as soon as in the new few weeks. The acquisition would beDT’s second consolidation play after forming a joint venture with Orange in the UK. If it goes through, it could also have the opposite of its intended affect – actually helping out its competitors, AT&T (NYSE:T) and Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ, NYSE:VOD). more

NRTC, NTCA revamp IPTV programming

The National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC) has had a busy year since one of its key partners SES Americom announced it was shutting down its wholesale IPTV programming service, IP Prime. In its latest move to appeal to the rural market, the cooperative announced today it is working with the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA) to improve their programming offer, now renamed “TelcoVideomore

TenBu uses Bluetooth to prevent theft, forgetfulness

Portable devices, including cell phones and laptops, are great until their portability makes them ripe for theft or accidental disappearance. To help forgetful – or paranoid – device owners, British company TenBu today unveiled a Bluetooth-powered personal alarm system to ensure no device goes missing. more

Sprint helps take Android mainstream

Sprint (NYSE:S) become the second carrier today to get in the Android camp, announcing it will start selling the HTC Hero, based on Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android operating system. While all the major carriers have pledged to support Android, Sprint is the second carrier to actually sell a device. To date, only the G1 and the MyTouch 3G are available from T-Mobile (NYSE:DT). With the addition of Sprint, Android will reach a larger audience and could be on its way to the mainstream. more

Verizon joins RVU for true whole-home DVR

Verizon (NYSE:VZ) announced today it is joining the RVU Alliance, a non-profit organization aimed at developing a specification for a new โ€˜pixel accurate’ remote user interface (RUI), as its fifth Founding Promoter and first telco member. The alliance also includes Broadcom, Cisco, DirecTV and Samsung among its members. more

Nokia adds services to devices, creates solutions

Nokia used its Nokia World 2009 event, going on this week in Stuttgart, to introduce new hardware, a slew of new services and a new division aimed at showing the power of combining the two. more

Analyst predicts IP STB revival

IP set-top boxes will generate a market value of more than $3 billion by 2014, according to data today from ABI Research. Spurred by the digital transition, ABI found that STBs now have a more crucial role in the home as they are used to access entertainment and information services provided by pay TV providers. more

FLO TV launches audience measurement system

FLO TV might not be willing to tell exactly how big its audience is, but it will sell second-by-second viewership data of its subscribers to get advertisers on board. The multicast mobile television service, a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM), today announced it has partnered with digital audience measurement company Rentrak (NASDAQ:RENT) to provide comprehensive standard viewership and impression reporting for Qualcomm’s FLO TV live mobile TV service. more

Harris Stratex adds WiMax customer in India

Networks solutions provider Harris Stratex Networks (NASDAQ: HSTX) announced today it has inked a deal with India-based telecom service provider ICOMM to provide an end-to-end mobile WiMax network for its subsidiary, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL). Through the partnership, Harris Stratex will extend BSNL’s public wireless network to enterprise and retail customers in urban areas across the southern Indian state of Kerala. more

No prepaid price war for Boost, just everyone else

Regional CDMA operator Leap Wireless (NASDAQ:LEAP) announced this week it would add unlimited mobile Web surfing and 411 services to its $40 per month unlimited voice and texting plan. Leap’s plan is now comparable to MetroPCS’ (NYSE:PCS) $40 package announced last week, and marks the latest competitive move in the prepaid space, one increasingly defined by industry-wide falling price points. more

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