Every reporting season has its share of mixed messages, and the third quarter was no exception for the wireless telecom industry. Still, the overriding theme for wireless is "full-speed ahead," with carriers and manufacturers posting positive numbers. There also seems to be plenty of investor interest in wireless.
Alltel Wireless and Verizon Wireless announced the launch of their respective CDMA 1XEV-DO wireless networks in new markets. These latest market unveilings are representative of the overall commitment the wireless sector has made to next-generation networks.
Fastmobile has teamed with Globe Telecom of The Philippines to launch myGlobe IMEVRYWHR, which the companies call an integrated communications service. The service enables connections across mobile communities.
Alvarion is expanding its portfolio with the introduction of two new converged solutions that combine Wi-Fi functionality with WiMAX and pre-WiMAX products. Specifically, the company unveiled BreezeMAX WI2 and BreezeACCESS WI2.
Vodafone is calling on Motorola to enhance the operator's GSM network in Turkey and ensure it is 3G-ready in key markets. The contract will cover a span of eight years.
Intel, Verizon Wireless, Palm, Rogers Wireless, Xirrus, Redback Networks, Guangdong Telecom, VeriFone Holdings, Verizon Wireless, Knewtrino, NootMobile, ABI Research, Nortel and Blue Vector Systems.
Palm, Iusacell, Novatel Wireless, Adobe Systems, Actimagine, EVNTelecom, Lucent Technologies, Third Screen Media, Verizon Wireless, Telekom Austria, Alcatel, Amdocs, Cingular Wireless, Rave Wireless, Bridgewater, Pirelli Broadband Solutions, Arcor, Renesas Technology America and GlobeTel Communications Corporation.
U.S. Cellular posted second quarter revenue gains of 14 percent and managed to surpass analysts' average per share earnings forecasts. The company attributes the results in part to new customer adds.
Airwide Solutions is making a play to make SMS more personalized with the launch of its AirMessenger Personal, which is designed to allow operators to enhance their SMS offering.
The mobile bug has bitten Showtime Networks. The company announced plans to introduce an off-deck WAP portal that will give wireless users access to Showtime content for the first time.
Wherify Wireless has found another online outlet to potentially reach more customers. In its latest retail move, the company signed a distribution agreement to make its Wherifone GPS Locator Phone available through the Discovery Channel's online site, discoverystore.com.
Broadcom has reached a settlement, at least in principle, to end a class action lawsuit brought against the chipmaker by a group of shareholders.
Once the Sprint-Nextel merger deal closes, Nextel Partners plans to urge its shareholders to vote in favor of being acquired by a combined Sprint and Nextel entity.
Digicel Group submitted the winning offer for spectrum in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. The amount of the winning bid, which will enable Digicel to again expand its Caribbean network, was not disclosed.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) rejection of two more NTP patents could be positive for Research In Motion (RIM), but it is too early to tell.