UTStarcom and Marvell announced a definitive agreement for Marvell to purchase most of UTStarcom's semiconductor design business division for $24 million.
Alltel, Nokia, Sprint, Verizon Wireless, Highland Cellular, Daniels & Associates, Royalcom, Tekelec, Glenayre Messaging, foneGear, Brightpoint North America and Cellon International.
An ABI research report predicts that cell phone subscribers worldwide will reach 3 billion by the end of 2008.
The rumors are true. Vodafone Group is considering making a play for India's Hutchison Essar, the European operator says.
While average revenue per unit (ARPU) from voice is on the decline, operators are trying to make up for it in data. The news on the data front is especially good for Verizon Wireless, whose blended data services ARPU is higher than Sprint Nextel's combined postpaid and prepaid data ARPU, according to researchers at IDC.
Spectrum isn't what it used to be, at least in terms of using it as a yardstick to measure how successful major wireless carriers are – or will be. The "sheer volume of megahertz" out there distributed among carriers, particularly after the FCC's AWS auction this past autumn, is truly astounding, says Rebecca Arbogast, analyst at Stifle, Nicolaus.
Before you look forward, you have to give at least a sideways glance backward. The previous 12 months unleashed countless benchmarks, novel developments and even a few surprises. The RAZR marked the revitalization of a flagging company and the big M was flattered by companies subsequently channeling shades of the same design.
It was the year for online sites such as MySpace and YouTube – and that goes for mobile, too. Time magazine even pronounced You as its person of the year. Late last year, MySpace.com and Cingular Wireless announced an exclusive partnership to offer enhanced MySpace functions to Cingular customers.
This is the year when Qualcomm's MediaFLO gets put to the commercial test. While Verizon Wireless predictably is keeping the launch date close to its vest, a spokesman confirms the carrier hopes to make an announcement in the first quarter. Verizon thus far is MediaFLO's only publicly announced customer, although the Qualcomm subsidiary is talking with operators around the world.
As much as it has been bandied about in the industry, the convergence technology IP multimedia subsystem (IMS) is still a work in progress. Many wireless carriers are moving toward IMS, but few have fully committed. More than any other telecommunications technology, IMS is a journey rather than a destination.
The wall separating telecom services from broadcast and cable TV services has never been thinner. The ability of wireless customers to watch their home TV programming remotely via their wireless devices over a wireless network is raising flags – not only for regulators trying to monitor both content and telecommunications services, but also for wireless carriers that could be involuntaril
Getting details on Apple Computer's plans to integrate the wireless phone with its blockbuster MP3 iPod device is like trying to get verified photos of Bigfoot. Although rumors and even some supporting evidence emerged in the final months of 2006 that the computer maker is about to release an MP3/iPod hybrid, the company has been officially mum on the subject.
The wireless telecom industry may be abuzz with the latest in wide area networking, but consumers and business people are going to find a lot more short-range wireless in their future as well. Think Bluetooth, ultrawideband (UWB), ZigBee, Z-Wave, Wibree and near field communications (NFC). There are going to be a lot more consumer products in retail channels in 2007 using that much-discussed, m
Being a middleman always carries some risk, especially when carriers could go directly to their content partners. That's part of what the wireless content industry experienced last year. By late last year, Bellevue, Wash.-based InfoSpace announced a restructuring that eliminated 250 jobs, while mobile marketing firm Motricity planned to get rid of 50 jobs.