Japanese operator SoftBank's proposed $20.1 billion purchase of 70 percent of Sprint Nextel has cleared a major hurdle: The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, an interagency body headed by the Treasury and charged with overseeing deals in which a foreign entity gains control of a U.S. company, said "there are no unresolved national security issues" in SoftBank buying 70 percent of Sprint.
CTIA Wireless 2013 this year was, by virtually all accounts, a relatively quiet show. Big headlines were few and far between, and even the appearance of celebrities like Jennifer Lopez and Ashton Kutcher did little to raise the overall outline of the event.
Broadcasters asked a federal judge in Washington, D.C., to block Alki David's Aereokiller service from operating there. The move could hurt Aereo, the Barry Diller- backed service which allows customers to lease small, remote TV antennas and DVRs to watch over-the-air TV shows online.
The European Commission has sent questions to operators in Europe to determine whether Apple's sales tactics for the iPhone in Europe are shutting out smartphone rivals.
The latest figures from French telecoms regulator Arcep provide a stark reminder of the pressures being faced by France's operators, which spent €2 billion more in 2012 than in 2011 but recorded a 3.3 per cent drop in revenue to €50.9 billion.
Fibertech Networks, a regional fiber-centric service provider, has joined a growing list of service providers that have earned the Metro Ethernet Forum's (MEF) Carrier Ethernet 2.0 (CE 2.0) certification.
Huawei said revenue from its business in the Middle East increased by 18 per cent to $2.08 billion (€1.6 billion) in 2012, and emphasised that its future business growth in the region will come from the rollout of LTE networks and IT outsourcing.
If Japan's SoftBank wins control of Sprint Nextel, it has pledged to remove network gear from Huawei that Clearwire uses in its network, a step that, according to a Wall Street Journal article, could cost up to $1 billion. The report, citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter, said the U.S. government wants Sprint to remove Chinese gear from Clearwire's network.
CenturyLink is now eligible to receive about $90 million from the FCC's Connect America Fund (CAF), enabling it to extend broadband services to more rural homes that are located in areas where it was too expensive to build the necessary facilities to serve them.
Morocco plans to launch tenders for LTE licences by the end of the year according to the Telecommunications Regulatory National Agency (ANRT), Reuters reported. The move would help fulfil Morocco's ambition to be one of the first African countries to offer the higher-speed mobile services.