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    by Published on 01-19-2012 11:09 AM
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    Verizon Wireless will launch a nationwide Voice over LTE service in early 2013, according to a report in Light Reading. Previously, Verizon executives had said the carrier would launch VoLTE in 2012.

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    by Published on 11-03-2011 09:46 AM
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    A federal judge ruled Wednesday evening that Sprint Nextel Corp. and a regional cellphone company can sue AT&T Inc. over its acquisition of rival T-Mobile USA.

    AT&T had asked U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle to dismiss the case because Sprint and Ridgeland, Miss.-based C Spire Wireless did not have the right to sue over the deal that would create the nation's largest wireless phone carrier.

    Dallas-based AT&T already is fighting an antitrust lawsuit brought by the Obama administration that claims the AT&T-T-Mobile merger would lead to higher wireless prices, less innovation and fewer choices for consumers. AT&T says the deal will allow it to better serve customers and expand its wireless network.

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    by Published on 10-27-2011 06:20 PM
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    Verizon has indicated that it plans a residential LTE broadband service that could roll out in the fourth quarter, a fixed antenna that would challenge AT&T, Comcast and others for a home broadband connection.

    Verizon also reiterated that it plans to concentrate its FiOS investments in areas it already serves.

    Verizon executives said that a national rollout of a fixed broadband LTE voice and data package could be based on the "cantenna," a fixed antenna that it has already deployed with DirecTV, according to comments made by Francis J. Shammo, Verizon's chief financial officer, during Verizon's earnings call last Friday.

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    by Published on 10-17-2011 09:07 AM
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    Geeky vehicle spotters are already on the lookout for the Google Street View car. Now keep your eyes peeled for a white van with a bunch of things stuck to the back windows—the Verizon Wireless test car.

    At the CTIA Wireless trade show today, I got a tour of one of Verizon's test vans, the vehicles they use to monitor not only their own coverage but their competitors' networks, too.

    That means going to the stores to buy Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile, and even Cricket and MetroPCS modems and phones – and paying a lot of overage fees as Verizon's test software pumps data through their competitors' networks day after day.

    "We pay what normal consumers pay," laughed Tom Badger, director of network system performance for Verizon's southern California region. "We're some of our competitors' best customers."

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    by Published on 10-05-2011 11:14 AM
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    To pressure the telecommunications giant to ease off demands for concessions from workers in its deteriorating landline division, the employees will ask customers not to buy the next iPhone.

    A day before Apple is scheduled to unveil its iPhone 5, two major labor unions announced a nationwide campaign to encourage Verizon Wireless customers not to upgrade to the new device until Verizon and Verizon Wireless agree on a contract with 45,000 workers.

    Several national advocacy groups are joining the “iWont” initiative, including MoveOn.org, which will spread the word to millions of members. In addition to the online outreach, union members and supporters will leaflet Apple and Verizon Wireless outlets across the country to ask customers to delay their iPhone 5 purchases. ...
    by Published on 10-01-2011 08:57 PM
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    AT&T promises no job layoffs at sites such as its 500-worker call center in Pueblo if its bid to buy rival T-Mobile is successful, the company's Colorado president says.

    Bill Soards, who visited Pueblo this week, said the merger also would allow AT&T to move quickly on adding upgraded broadband services — including 4G service — in Southern Colorado and other under-served areas, taking advantage of wireless spectrum T-Mobile now owns.

    AT&T recently committed to make billions of dollars of major infrastructure upgrades across the country if the sale goes through, he said. The system upgrades would generate an estimated 60,000 to 90,000 jobs in the U.S. in coming years, he said. ...
    by Published on 09-22-2011 10:00 AM
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    Speaking at a Goldman Sachs investor conference here Wednesday, Lowell McAdam, Verizon's CEO said that his company hasn't taken a stance in the debate whether AT&T should be allowed to buy T-Mobile. AT&T announced its plans to buy T-Mobile in March for $39 billion. But the U.S. Department of Justice sued AT&T last month to block the deal, stating that it would harm consumers to lose one of the four major competitors in the wireless market. AT&T has vowed to fight the DOJ in court. Sprint Nextel, the No. 3 wireless carrier in the U.S. has been among the most vocal opponents to the deal.

    But Verizon, which owns the largest wireless carrier in the U.S. and is AT&T's biggest rival, has remained silent on whether it feels the U.S. should block the deal. ...
    by Published on 08-31-2011 12:34 PM
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    The Department of Justice has moved to block AT&T's purchase of T-Mobile.

    The government sued to block the deal in a Washington, D.C. federal court, arguing that combining the two wireless companies will "substantially lessen competition" in the market. Ultimately, the agency wants the court to also find that AT&T purchasing T-Mobile would violate U.S. antitrust laws and hand down a court order blocking the deal.

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