Archive by Kevin Fitchard

Sprint adds WiMax to WiFi router as it prepares to expand 4G coverage

As Sprint (NYSE:S) prepares to expand its 4G footprint beyond Baltimore, it is tweaking its product portfolio to take advantage of the enhanced speeds of Clearwire’s WiMax network. It has begun selling dual-mode WiMax-EV-DO versions of Novatel’s MiFi personal hotspot and the business-targeted CradlePoint wireless broadband router, both of which redistribute capacity from mobile broadband connections to multiple WiFi devices. more

Clearwire’s latest 4G wave targeting smaller cities

Clearwire (NASDAQ:CLWR) has launched its WiMax service in 10 new markets, but they aren’t the big cities like Chicago, Philadelphia and Seattle listed on Clearwire’s earlier announced deployment schedule. Instead it’s turning on its Clear 4G service in Killeen, TX, and Bellingham, WA, smaller cities that individually don’t add much to its total tally of pops covered, but taken collectively could grow substantially its footprint. more

ALU CEO hints at business unit sales, more co-sourcing deals

Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE:ALU) CEO Ben Verwaayen isn’t done tinkering with his company yet. After selling off its stake in defence contractor Thales and entering into a major alliance with HP (NYSE:HPQ) to sell integrated communications and IT solutions, Verwaayan said there are plenty more plans in the works for more co-sourcing deals, the possibility of outsourcing some of its own product development and even the sale of some of its product divisions. more

iPhone still a boon (and a curse) for AT&T

AT&T’s wireless results last quarter were the mirror image of those the quarter before. In Q1, AT&T (NYSE:Tsaw a meager increase in wireless data revenues but saw a healthy expansion to its wireless operating margins. In Q2, the opposite occurred: AT&T’s data revenues shot up $200 million and its data ARPU’s increased by $1.24 per month, but its margins dropped back down below 40% to 38.3%. The explanation for this flip-flopping? The Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone, of course. more

ZTE touts CDMA upgrade path to LTE

While major CDMA operators like Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ, NYSE:VOD) and Sprint (NYSE:S) are moving directly to 4G, the CDMA Development Group and other CDMA proponents have long stressed there is an alternative, EV-DO Revision B, which would allow operators to boost capacity without building new networks or acquiring new spectrum. ZTE, however, isn’t taking sides in the argument. Instead, it’s splitting difference, annoucing today a new base station that will support both the Rev. B upgrade and LTE on the same platform. more

RIM, an infrastructure vendor?

The most surprising revelation from Research in Motion (NASDAQ:RIMM) today was not that it’s bid for Nortel Networks’ wireless assets was blocked, but that it was interested in those assets in the first place. RIM apparently isn’t content with its sizable share of the high-end wireless handset market anymore. It wants to be a wireless infrastructure vendor. more

NSN on a roll in Canada

Nokia Siemens Networks (NYSE:NOKNYSE:SI) may be bidding on Nortel’s CDMA assets to expand its North American market share, but in Nortel’s home turf NSN is having no trouble gaining business. The vendor today announced its 4th 3G customer win in Canada, adding new entrant Globalive to its growing list of high-speed packet access (HSPA) contracts north of the border. more

TerreStar goes geosynchronous

TerreStar (NASDAQ:TSTR) successfully launched its broadband communications satellite into orbit on Tuesday. TerreStar-1 now joins ICO Global (NASDAQ:ICOG) and Globalstar’s (NASDAQ:GSAT) communications hubs in geosynchronous orbit, each waiting to link up with promised terrestrial broadband networks back on Earth. more

Boost pushes $50 unlimited plan to CDMA customers

Driven by the success of Boost Mobile’s unlimited $50 prepaid plan, Sprint is now offering its CDMA prepaid customers the same deal in an effort to reconcile prepaid plans across its two networks. Boost CDMA customer are small in number compared to iDEN customers, and Sprint said it would continue to focus Boost services on the iDEN network, but Sprint may also be walking a dangerous line. Sprint is now offering two plans that both essentially offer unlimited voice, SMS and data, UNLTD by Boost at $50 a month Sprint’s Simply Everything plan, priced at $100 a month. more

Fight over Nortel’s assets begins

Nortel’s creditors weren’t pleased with Nokia Siemens Networks’ $650 million offer for Nortel’s CDMA and LTE assets, and now they appear to be doing something about it. According to the Financial Times, BusinessWeek and several other publications, creditor MatlinPatterson Global Advisers is trying to spark interest among investors to recapitalize the vendor, raising the possibility that Nortel Networks just may emerge from the ashes of bankruptcy intact. more

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