Canadian Government Won't Block Ericsson-Nortel Deal
from Fierce Wireless
The Canadian government declined to review the $1.13 billion sale of Nortel Networks' CDMA and LTE assets to Ericsson, clearing out a potentially major obstacle to the deal. The announcement by Canada's Industry Minister, Tony Clement, brings to a close months of speculation over whether the government would intervene in the sale of the bankrupt firm's wireless assets, as Canadian BlackBerry maker Research In Motion had urged. Details.
New Zealand Unveils Broadband Investment Details
from Telecom Paper
The New Zealand communications ministry has unveiled details of its NZD 1.5 billion broadband investment initiative. The initiative aims to roll out ultra-fast broadband to 75% of New Zealanders over ten years, concentrating in the first six years on priority broadband users such as businesses, schools and health services. Next month, the government will establish a Crown-owned investment company, Crown Fiber Holdings, to carry out a partner selection process and manage the investment in fiber networks. Details.
Sprint Touts 4G's 'Halo Effect' on Mobile Data Services
Sprint Nextel's Keith Cowan focused on the operator's 4G efforts during his keynote appearance at 4G World. Cowan, the carrier's president of strategic planning, corporate initiatives and CDMA, said: "We're finding that 4G has a huge halo effect on our existing 3G business in terms of attracting new and existing customers. Many of our 3G customers are upgrading to 4G plans. We're also seeing a lower churn rate on our dual 3G/4G customers than on our standalone 3G customers." Details.
AT&T Purchases Airwaves to Support 4G Rollout in U.S.
WCAI/GDC member AT&T has purchased the rights to some 700 MHz airwaves in Washington and Oregon (U.S.) from Paul Allen, the billionaire Microsoft co-founder. The sale was disclosed in government filings, but terms of the deal are unknown. Details.
VoLGA Forum Releases Complete Voice over LTE Specifications
from Business Wire
The VoLGA Forum announced today it has published the first complete set of
approved specifications for delivering mobile voice and SMS messaging services over LTE access networks.
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