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AT&T said Friday afternoon that it bought some of Verizon Wireless’ rural spectrum and assets for $2.35 billion as part of mandated divestitures associated with Verizon’s acquisition of Alltel. Customers will have one year to give up their CDMA-based phones, and AT&T will spend about $400 […] Read more »

[qi:045] Meraki, the wireless access point maker, today sent out emails informing its customers than it’s launching two enterprise access points that can be managed via the web (Meraki, in an attempt to hop on the cloud buzzwagon, calls this a cloud controller). That means Meraki is […] Read more »

The Wall Street Journal today notes how the iPhone, which makes it easier for consumers to access data-intensive applications such as video, results in users consuming a lot more bandwidth than they would for texting and email. The carriers know this, which is why they’re investing in next-generation networks that will enable more data to travel more cheaply through their pipes, while at the same time offering plans and phones aimed at luring customers away from other carriers. Read more »

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Updated: MPEG LA, a creator of patent pools, today announced a third attempt to create a patent pool around the fourth-generation Long Term Evolution wireless standard. The MPEG LA licenses the collection of patents around the MPEG-2 video standard, and competes with Via Licensing, which last […] Read more »

As it becomes ever easier to get both video and voice over a broadband connection, telecommunications providers increasingly appear to have a one-way ticket to commodity status as a dumb pipe. Consolidation of services on the part of consumers alone has the potential to reduce a […] Read more »

AT&T, with its new $3-a-day, unlimited cell phone plan, appears to have gotten the prepaid religion that’s spread among wireless companies as consumers in this uncertain economy question the high prices of cell phone contracts. But The New York Times sees a more interesting motive that I’m […] Read more »

Nvidia may have reported a loss of $201.3 million for its fiscal 2010 first quarter after the markets closed yesterday, and a 42 percent drop in revenue from the same period a year ago, but the company still has quite a few things going for it. […] Read more »

Last night at the Austin Tech Happy Hour, I ran into William Hurley, who showed me his plan to create a new web site for the City of Austin with help from crowdsourcing experts IdeaScale, and input from citizens and open-source developers, and $10,000 all at […] Read more »

Via Licensing, the group that manages patent pools for the tru2way cable standard and the Near Field Communications radio standard, yesterday issued a call for all patents related to the Long Term Evolution 4G wireless standard — the second such attempt to create an LTE patent […] Read more »

When it comes to the way people interact with technology, the lines between business and personal have been erased, according to Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers. Speaking on his third-quarter earnings conference call yesterday, Chambers said: I carry the same two devices in my business […] Read more »

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[qi:___wifi] Qwest, the nation’s third-largest phone company, has teamed up with AT&T to offer Wi-Fi access to Qwest’s phone and broadband subscribers. Qwest is the latest ISP to add Wi-Fi to its product line, as mobile computing and connectivity become more important to consumers. AT&T has […] Read more »

Network operators that are geographically diverse are more likely to see continued growth in their mobile businesses, compared with providers that focus on a single country, according to a study out today from TeleGeography. The research firm says that while wireless and broadband subscriber growth will […] Read more »

[qi:083] It’s been a rough first three months of the year for the economy, but while overall subscriber growth at wireless carriers stayed pretty stable, wireless data revenue continued to climb. AT&T’s reliance on the iPhone was once again made clear, as was Sprint’s difficulty holding onto […] Read more »

[qi:112] Qualcomm Ventures, the strategic capital arm of the wireless chip powerhouse, has unveiled its QPrize competition, which will award up to $550,000 to four startups from around the world. The competition is open to startups with business plans related to wireless technology in areas that […] Read more »

Cisco today reported sales of $8.2 billion for the third quarter of fiscal 2009, down 17 percent from the same period a year ago. Net income fell to $1.3 billion, down 24 percent from $1.8 billion a year ago. But the company also managed to boost […] Read more »

A group of big-name technology companies including Intel, Dell, Broadcom and Marvell have joined together to promote a new wireless standard that could deliver between 1 gigabit per second to 6 Gbps inside the home. Chipmaking startup Wilocity is also part of the effort. The Wireless […] Read more »

Amazon today unveiled a large-screen version of its Kindle e-reader, fulfilling the predictions of hundreds of tech bloggers. The Kindle DX has a 9.7-inch electronic paper display, a built-in PDF reader, an auto-rotate capability like that of the iPhone, the same 3G wireless technology as the […] Read more »

It’s only a pilot program, but UK broadband provider Virgin Media said today it’s begun testing a 200 Mbps broadband service with 100 lucky people in Ashford in Kent, a town in Southeast England. Virgin will use DOCSIS 3.0 technology to offer the speeds, and claims […] Read more »

Updated: Qwest has become the latest ISP to be accused of having an undisclosed bandwidth cap. The Consumerist quotes a user who thinks a friend’s Qwest connection was throttled while watching YouTube videos. The user was reportedly told by a representative of the third-largest phone company […] Read more »

[qi:086] The people running the world’s telecommunications carriers are facing a threat to their core businesses due to convergence and a perception of their networks as dumb pipes, according to a report from IBM. As a result, 70 percent of telecom CEOs are concentrating on defending […] Read more »

Carriers are building out long-haul network capacity like it was 2001, but they’re not going to break the bank this time around, according to a report out today from TeleGeography Research. The firm’s Global Bandwidth Research Service says the growth in submarine cable and long-haul transport […] Read more »

Smartphones are becoming more like PCs in many ways, especially if you think of netbooks or mobile Internet devices as cheap computers. The underlying hardware is becoming more similar, connectivity is crucial, and the tasks people use them for are converging. But a key difference between […] Read more »

I’ve long been skeptical of netbooks, but clearly, I need to reassess my elitist attitude toward them. I wasn’t a fan partially because I don’t like using them and partially because I didn’t believe that consumers would really go for a machine that seems to call […] Read more »

SpringSource, an open-source development platform provider, said today it’s purchased Hyperic, a move that will allow it to offer its corporate customers the ability to build, run and manage their applications together. The companies share the same investors — Accel Partners and Benchmark Capital — but […] Read more »

Nvidia today unveiled a system for high-performance computing that uses four graphics processors to provide 1 teraflop of computing power, and multiple units can be easily combined to form a GPU-based computing cluster. The system competes with CPU-based clusters that employ Intel or AMD chips, but […] Read more »

Google’s participation in the cloud relies less on offering raw computing power and more on offering applications such as email and a platform for coders to use. Depending on your point of view, Google has chosen to offer one of the simpler cloud experiences or is […] Read more »

[qi:107] The cable industry, in an effort to boost sales, is looking to business customers. As broadband growth slows, revenue from consumer households is fairly flat, and as a new report out today shows, most consumers aren’t willing to pay more for their Internet service, which […] Read more »

We know many of our readers have strong opinions about the idea of consumption-based broadband, and we’ve come out against plans that constrain folks’ access to broadband, especially by way of metered packages that consist of low ceilings and high overage fees. But Rob Pegoraro over […] Read more »

The Semiconductor Industry Association said today that global chip sales reversed course during the month of March, rising to $14.7 billion from $14.2 billion the month before. But while there are encouraging signs that we may have reached the bottom in some industries — that chip […] Read more »

The practice of deep packet inspection has raised privacy concerns among several organizations, including The Free Press and Center for Democracy and Technology. Congress recently heard testimony about ISPs using the technology to target advertising at web surfers. But DPI vendors reveal that advertising is a […] Read more »

I hope broadband competition in the New York City area is the wave of the future. The region, which is densely populated, has three Internet service providers vying for customers. And since Time Warner Cable announced yesterday that it will deploy DOCSIS 3.0 to the city, […] Read more »

Comcast today reported a 5.4 percent boost in profits — to $778 million on sales that rose 5.3 percent, to $8.84 billion — and was the latest carrier to report a rise in the number of broadband subscribers over the previous three-month period. The cable provider […] Read more »

WildBlue Communications, the Greenwood Village, Colo.-based satellite broadband provider, today demonstrated how it can deliver download speeds that are up to 12 times faster than its current speeds if it gets a new high-capacity satellite. Satellites are pricey (it can cost around $500 million to build, […] Read more »

BT Group introduced packages earlier this week that add mobile broadband to home services such as voice, web and video that it provides to customers. By coming out with a combined mobile and fixed broadband package, it’s mirroring a trial plan offered by AT&T and recognizing […] Read more »

[qi:115] The venture model is ailing, and folks in the industry are promoting two different diagnoses for the sickness. One group says the industry needs more exits and should promote the return of smaller initial public offerings, while the other says the industry has grown too […] Read more »

Updated: Amazon said today it would offer grants to allow educators, academic researchers and students to access its Amazon Web Services such as its compute cloud and cloud storage. It plans to spend about $1 million, and offers grants starting at $100 of credit per student. […] Read more »

[qi:086] If you want to hear what the death of copper phone lines sounds like, don’t just listen to AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson or Verizon Communications CEO Ivan Seidenberg talk about their landline losses over the last few quarters, come over to my house and lift the receiver on my landline phone. You’ll hear the crackle of static that grossly interferes with your ability to enjoy a call. Read more »

Talk about the fox guarding the hen house. Britain’s Home Office is accused of collusion with former spyware vendor Phorm after emails surfaced showing the department seeking Phorm’s approval for the UK’s targeted advertising rules, the BBC reported this morning. That revelation came just one day […] Read more »

When it comes to the number of applications smartphone users download, iPhone owners by far have the biggest appetite. A greater percentage of iPhone owners download more apps than other smartphone users, according to a study by Compete.  Some folks are debating whether or not this […] Read more »

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