Archive of the 3G/4G Category

Clearwire packing November with big WiMax launches

Providing a bit more clarity on its WiMax roll out schedule for the rest of the year, Clearwire (NASDAQ:CLWR) indicated this week that it planned to bring the majority of its remaing 2009 deployments online in November, turning up three big Texas markets, three cities in North Carolina and the mammoth Chicago market. Clearwire also said it would officially launch service in Philadelphia in the next few week, opening retail stores to compliment the online sales already ongoing on its Website. more

Apple staying two steps ahead of the competition

apples_shipments1.jpgEven with a slew of competitors coming to market any day now, Apple (NASDAQ:APPL) has a reason for feeling cocky. The maker of the iconic iPhone today reported its best quarterly sales ever for its phones and line of Mac computers. Apple posted a 47% increase in profit in the fourth quarter and sold more than 7.4 million iPhones across 80 countries. more

Enterprises driving growth in mobile data revenue

The economic recession may have caused layoffs and cutting back in the enterprise, but it hasn’t hurt the growth of business use of mobile data services. According to ABI Research, mobile data services revenues will increase 17% next year and continue to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 12% until 2014. more

LTE labs in US multiplying

If you’re a foreign infrastructure vendor looking to gain ground in the highly competitive 4G market, the thing to do is open up up a long-term evolution (LTE)–preferably somewhere on the outskirts of Dallas. ZTE is the latest equipment supplier to do just that, joining Nokia Siemens Networks (NYSE:NOK, NYSE:SI), Huawei and Fujitsu in building new 4G R&D facilities or expanding their current labs in the technoburb of Richardson, Texas. more

VZW unleashes device offensive

Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VOD, NYSE:VZ) is taking on AT&T (NYSE:T), cable companies and anyone else that might stand in its way in a series of confirmed and rumored announcements today. Most notable has been the bevy of device announcements coming from VZW and others that suggest the carrier fully intends to become a smartphone force to be reckoned with. more

Nokia still backing venture with Siemens

Nokia (NYSE:NOK) CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo was upfront today about the reasons for the increasingly poor performance Nokia Siemens Networks. While the economy, competition and even the fluctuation in currency were factors, “It is clear that NSN has lost market share,” Kallasvuo said after announcing Nokia’s Q3 earnings.

NSN reported revenue declines of 21% year-over-year in the 3rd quarter, and 28% drop in profits, which forced its parents to take write downs. Nokia wrote off 908 million Euros (US $1.35 billion), increasing its 3rd quarter loss to Euro 1.11 billion (US $1.66 billion). Siemens (NYSE:SI) hasn’t reported its 3rd quarter numbers yet, but according to the Dow Jones Newswires, its write down could be as high as $1.6 billion Euros (US $2.4 billion).

Despite NSN’s poor performance and declining market share, Kallasvuo said both Nokia and Siemens still have faith in the venture. “Let me be clear,” he said. “We continue to support NSN’s efforts to improve its performance. Both shareholders have continued to make the necessary capital available to NSN, so that NSN can meet the product and services needs of the leading operators around the world.”

Last summer, NSN CEO Simon Beresford-Wylie announced his retirement, turning the reins over to NSN head of services Rajeev Suri, who in a recent interview said he plans to push NSN more in the direction of professional and managed services and software while still maintaining a strong infrastructure portfolio. For Q3, services accounted for 47% of NSN’s total revenues.

Will Android devices take Nokia down?

Smartphone competition continued to take a toll on Nokia (NYSE:NOK) in the third quarter as the handset maker’s market share declined to 30.9% from 34% in Q2. Competition won’t let up going forward either, and it is primarily coming from the same source – devices built on Google’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android operating system. more

Alliance announces WiFi Direct specs

The WiFi Alliance’s certification program for peer-to-peer device connectivity won’t launch until next summer, but the organization is nearing completion of a new specification to enable this hot spot-free WiFi connectivity. Products that achieve certification based on the new standard will be dubbed WiFi Certified WiFi Direct. more

DOJ clears AT&T purchase of Centennial

Nearly a year after announcing the deal, AT&T (NYSE:T) has received US Justice Department clearance to purchase Centennial Communications (NASDAQ:CYCL) in exchange for divesting eight markets in Louisiana and Mississippi, five of which Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ, NYSE:VOD) has already agreed to buy. The FCC still has to sign off on the $944 million deal, but AT&T said it expects to close the transaction this quarter, adding about 1 million subscribers to its rolls in the Midwest, Southeast, US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. more

New optical, Ethernet gear spills out before Supercomm

Equipment vendors are beginning to unveil new optical and carrier Ethernet products in advance of next week’s Supercomm trade show. more


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