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June 28, 2010

Early Bird Registration Extended to June 30 for WCAI Symposium and 4G World
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Those planning to attend the WCAI's International Symposium and 4G World this fall can still save up to $900 by registering with the WCAI Discount Code 4GWMS19. The early bird registration deadline has been extended until Wednesday, June 30. The show will be held on Oct. 18-21 at the McCormick Place in Chicago, U.S. The agenda is available here. More

Obama to Set Ambitious Goal for Wireless Spectrum in US
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The Obama administration is seeking to nearly double the wireless communications spectrum available in the U.S. for commercial use over the next 10 years. President Obama will sign a presidential memorandum today that aims to make available for auction some 500 MHz of spectrum that is now controlled by the federal government and private companies. Most of that would be designated for commercial use in mobile broadband and similar applications, though aspects of the plan will require Congressional approval. The effort embraces recommendations made by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission in its National Broadband Plan, which was released in March. More

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Clearwire Launches CLEAR 4G Mobile Broadband Service in Three More US Cities
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WCAI/GDC member Clearwire announced the launch of the Clearwire network and the CLEAR 4G mobile broadband service in St. Louis, Salt Lake City and Richmond, VA. With today's launches, Clearwire's 4G network serves 37 markets and covers 51 million people in the United States. More

Maxis Conducts LTE Trial Ahead of Spectrum Auction Next Year in Malaysia
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Malaysian cellco Maxis has conducted an LTE trial after collaborating with Alcatel-Lucent and WCAI member Huawei. The company says it achieved peak download speeds of between 60Mbps and 104Mbps, and that it plans to carry out further testing in July ahead of a 2.6GHz spectrum auction next year. More

Digicel Quietly Testing 4G for August Launch in Jamaica
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Digicel Jamaica is now quietly selecting individuals to test the performance of its new 4G WiMAX network, which well-placed sources say will come to market two months behind deadline. The company has about 1,000 persons, mostly staff members, to pilot the new network that the company has pumped billions into building. More

Zain Kenya Obtains 3G License
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Kenyan mobile operator Zain Kenya has been awarded a 3G license by the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) for a fee of KES815 million (USD$10 million). The CCK cut the price from USD$25 million earlier this month in order to boost competition. Zain and rival cellco Orange had sought the reduction for some time. More

MTNL to Take Franchise Route for WiMAX Rollout
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MTNL, a state-run service provider that decided to look at franchises after it found little success at marketing their 3G services, will soon float tenders seeking partners for rolling out BWA services in India. More

Samsung Epic 4G Coming to Sprint
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WCAI/GDC members Sprint and Samsung Telecommunications America introduced the second 4G-capable handset from Sprint, Samsung Epic 4G, a Galaxy S smartphone and Samsung Mobile's first 4G Android-powered device. "Sprint takes another leap forward today, announcing its second 4G-capable smartphone," said Steve Elfman, president, Network Operations and Wholesale. "Samsung Epic 4G joins a portfolio of powerful devices offering an unprecedented simplicity and value to our customers as the only national carrier with a 4G network and devices and applications that can leverage the increased data speeds to provide a high-def entertainment and business experience in the palm of your hand." More

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