The latest in mobile IT news for March 6, including Alcatel-Lucent's place among small cell and carrier Wi-Fi product vendors, how T-Mobile plans to rollout its LTE services, Amazon's latest app for its sellers, how Disney's Magic Band leaves something to be desired and a revision on IDC's tablet growth forecast.
The most important mobile IT news for Jan. 21, including the increasing reach of mobile advertising, Globalstar's push to popularize satellite telephony, SoftBank's attempt to acquire T-Mobile, AT&T's opposition to the federal government's disaster recovery plan and the year ahead in B2B mobile advertising.
High-speed 4G LTE will account for 50 percent of U.S. wireless connections by end of this year and 79 percent by the end of 2018, predicts Strategy Analytics.
Five U.S. wireless carriers told the FCC they're willing bow to the pressure of customers who want their phones unlocked--but they have a few demands of their own. Chief among them, customers better be ready to pony up some cash.
While it didn't exactly sneak up on anyone who's been watching the wireless mobile space, The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Sprint is close to bidding on the purchase of mobile wireless provider T-Mobile in early 2014. In an odd twist, it appears the Department of Justice's antitrust settlement on the merger of American Airlines and US Airways may have given Sprint the final shove it was looking for.
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Having lost out on its bid to acquire Sprint and/or Clearwire, Dish Network might be looking to buy T-Mobile, Bloomberg is reporting.
As expected, the FCC last week approved the consolidation of T-Mobile USA, Inc. and MetroPCS Communications, Inc. The merger could make T-Mobile and MetroPCS stronger competitors in the wireless market and allow them to bolster service as lower-cost alternatives for smaller enterprises.
Last week in this space I questioned the need for greater government intrusion into private computer networks in the name of cybersecurity, when so little seems to be taking place to fix one of the biggest security culprits: insecure software. This week, I am pleasantly surprised to report on an important first step the government has taken to address that very culprit.