After years of reverse-engineering electronics gadgets and looking for infringing products, a patent consortium owned by Apple, Microsoft, Ericsson, Sony, EMC and BlackBerry has filed a battery of lawsuits against Google and Android manufacturers like Samsung, HTC, Huawei and others. The action opens another, major front in the patent-infringement war that has engulfed virtually all of the world's major mobile players.
Finland achieved its goal of raising more than €100 million ($137.4 million) from its auction of spectrum in the 800 MHz frequency band, although the auction itself dragged for nine months.
The Senate on late Tuesday unanimously confirmed Tom Wheeler to be the next FCC chairman and also unanimously confirmed Michael O'Rielly, a staffer for Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), as one of the two Republican commissioners on the five-member panel.
Recent reports suggest cable operators are considering building their own version of Aereo--or potentially partnering with Aereo itself. The thinking, expressed by cable industry veteran and investor Leo Hindery, goes something like this: If Aereo can carry local TV stations without paying for the privilege, can't cable operators do it too?
Tom Wheeler was confirmed by the Senate on Tuesday as the FCC's new chairman. A former telecom lobbyist and investor, Wheeler was nominated by President Barack Obama in May and will replace acting FCC Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn, who took over the post when Julius Genachowski left earlier this year.
Xavier Niel, the billionaire founder of Iliad and the man who almost singlehandedly sparked a price war on France's mobile market by introducing low-cost tariffs under start-up mobile operator Free Mobile, is currently assessing deals for operators across Europe, Bloomberg reported.
Vodafone filed for regulatory approval to fully acquire its Indian unit in a deal worth 101.41 billion rupees ($1.66 billion or €1.21 billion), as the company seeks to take advantage of new direct foreign investment rules in the country.
The FCC is addressing service providers' need to resolve long-distance call completion in rural areas by requiring them to record, retain and report rural call completion data.
The FCC approved an order to implement a 700 MHz interoperability solution that will eventually give smaller carriers access to the same 700 MHz LTE devices AT&T now uses.
AT&T is putting plans on hold to increase charges for special access services after facing an outcry from its wholesale competitive carrier customers.