Archive for June, 2013

Dish Quits Bid for Clear; SK Telecom Enters US

Posted by Sam Churchill on June 27th, 2013

Dish has called off its bid for Clearwire, reports the AP. The decision, announced on Wednesday, officially put an end to a bidding war between Dish and Clearwire’s majority owner Sprint Nextel. Sprint’s offer of $5 per share trumped the $4.40 per share proposal from Dish and won the support of a key group of […]

Verizon 700 MHz LTE: We’re Done!

Posted by Sam Churchill on June 27th, 2013

Verizon Wireless announced today that its 4G LTE network now covers 500 markets in 49 states and will launch next month in Alaska. It began building out its 700 MHz-based, LTE network in December 2010. Verizon’s LTE network, using 20 Mhz on the 700 MHz band, is now available to more than 99 percent of […]

SK Telecom Launches LTE-A Network with Phones

Posted by Sam Churchill on June 26th, 2013

Korea’s SK Telecom has launched the world’s first commercial LTE-Advanced network, along with the first phone running the faster network technology, the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A. The carrier ordered an initial 20,000 units of the the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A. Samsung said LG also plans to offer a LTE-A phone and Qualcomm announced competitor KT, […]

First Four O3B Satellites Launched

Posted by Sam Churchill on June 25th, 2013

The first four of O3b Ka-band broadband satellites have reached equatorial orbit, the first of three Soyuz flights that startup O3b says could ultimately total up to 120 satellites, reports Space News. The four O3b medium orbit satellites are not “stationary” like Geo orbit satellites. They operate over the equator, but at an altitude of […]

Sprint Shareholders Approve Softbank Deal

Posted by Sam Churchill on June 25th, 2013

Sprint’s shareholders overwhelmingly approved the proposed purchase by SoftBank on Tuesday, with approximately 98 percent of the votes cast at today’s special shareholders meeting voting in favor of the merger agreement, representing approximately 80 percent of Sprint’s outstanding common stock. Earlier this month SoftBank revised its original proposal to counter Dish’s $25.5 billion counterbid. Dish […]

Apple Reports 802.11ac Issues

Posted by Sam Churchill on June 25th, 2013

Apple is investigating new MacBook Air Wi-Fi issues, and customers are receiving replacements, reports 9-5 Mac. WiFi issues are reportedly plaguing the new 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air models released last month. It features faster WiFi thanks to new 802.11ac cards. In the United States, Apple Geniuses and Advisors have been instructed to capture MacBook […]