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Sprint confirms 4G LTE network will have unlimited data

April 4th, 2012

Sprint is known for its unlimited data plans and it is currently the only major carrier that doesn’t throttle excessive data use. Following the announcement that Sprint planned to discontinue its WiMAX buildout and switch to the more widely used LTE standard, however, the company never mentioned whether its upcoming LTE network would continue to …

Sprint won’t launch any new WiMAX devices, exec confirms

March 30th, 2012

While speaking at the Competitive Carriers Global Expo, Sprint’s senior vice president of networks Bob Azzi said that while the company has experienced success with its WiMAX handsets, it will not launch any additional WiMAX devices. The announcement comes after Sprint previously confirmed that it would continue to offer 4G WiMAX devices through 2012 and …

NTIA to make 95Mhz of ‘prime spectrum’ available to wireless carriers

March 28th, 2012

The United States Department of Commerce and National Telecommunications and Information Administration on Tuesday announced that the federal government has repurposed 95MHz of “prime spectrum” within the 1755-1850MHz band. As per President Obama’s request, the NTIA has been collaborating with the FCC in an effort to make 500MHz of spectrum available for commercial use over …

The U.S. government is losing the war against hackers

March 28th, 2012

Executive assistant director of the FBI Shawn Henry, who after more than two decades is preparing to leave the bureau, said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal that computer criminals are too talented and current defensive measures are too weak to stop them. “We’re not winning,” he said, claiming that the current public …

Bankruptcy said to be a ‘very legitimate risk’ for Sprint

March 20th, 2012

Shares of Sprint stock fell 4.5% Monday morning after an analyst said there is an increasing risk that the nation’s third largest wireless carrier could file for bankruptcy. The company is facing increased competition, growing debt and steep costs, with flops in Clearwire’s WiMAX technology, a failed LightSquared partnership and a risky $15.5 billion gamble on Apple’s …

Dish Network’s spectrum should avoid GPS issues suffered by LightSquared, analysts say

March 19th, 2012

Philip Falcone’s startup LightSquared planned to deploy a nationwide 4G LTE network in the United States. The firm’s service was found to cause interference with spectrum used by various GPS navigation and tracking solutions, however, forcing the Federal Communications Commission to block the network’s launch. Dish Network is looking to build a similar network and is …

Sprint officially ends agreement with LightSquared

March 16th, 2012

Sprint on Friday announced that it has terminated its agreement with LightSquared. The two companies agreed last June to an 11-year deal that would share network expansion costs and equipment if LightSquared could secure regulatory approval for its 4G LTE network build-out. “Sprint has been and continues to be supportive of LightSquared’s business plans and …

Verizon to launch its 200th 4G LTE market on March 15th

March 14th, 2012

Verizon Wireless on Wednesday announced it will add seven new markets to its nationwide 4G LTE network and expand the service in 17 current markets on March 15th. The company’s 200th LTE market will be Dothan, Alabama, where customers will soon be able to take advantage of the high-speed network. Other markets include Enterprise, Ala.; …