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Sep 11, 2014

BlackBerry buys UK mobile technology start-up Movirtu

TORONTO/LAS VEGAS, Sept 11 (Reuters) – BlackBerry
has acquired a U.K-based mobile technology start-up whose
software allows users to have multiple phone numbers on the same
device, the Canadian tech firm said on Thursday.

The purchase of Movirtu helps BlackBerry ramp up its
portfolio of services to cater to the needs of its core base of
corporate and government clients. Terms of the transaction were
not disclosed.

Sep 11, 2014

BlackBerry buys Movirtu in bid to woo more corporate customers

TORONTO/LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – BlackBerry Ltd said on Thursday it has acquired Movirtu, a provider of virtual identity solutions, as part of its move to continue building out its portfolio of value-added services that cater to the needs of its core base of corporate and government clients.

Waterloo, Ontario-based BlackBerry said Movirtu’s virtual SIM technology allows an individual to have both a personal and business number on a single mobile device, with separate billing for voice, data and messaging usage on each number.

Sep 9, 2014

U.S. FCC chair expresses worries over 2015 spectrum auction

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – The top U.S. communications regulator on Tuesday warned that next year’s auction of valuable radio airwaves could be at risk if wireless carriers don’t show broadcasters they plan to commit significant money.

The Federal Communications Commission is planning a so-called incentive auction for mid-2015, the first opportunity for wireless carriers to buy highly coveted low-frequency spectrum, which hinges on TV stations first giving up those airwaves.

Sep 9, 2014

Tech, equipment makers join U.S. ‘net neutrality’ debate

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Regulating internet providers more like public utility companies could hurt the Internet and the U.S. economy, more than two dozen network technology and equipment makers have told U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker.

Thirty-three companies including Cisco Systems Inc, Intel Corp and International Business Machines Corp joined the chorus of citizens, activists, lawmakers and companies debating how the U.S. government should regulate Internet service providers (ISPs).

Sep 8, 2014

Telefonica trials to take AT&T home security technology overseas

Sept 8 (Reuters) – AT&T Inc on Monday said Spain’s
Telefonica SA will license its home security technology
for limited trials in Europe as the U.S. carrier hopes it has
found a new way to profit from its nascent connected-home

Telefonica will offer European customers a version of
Digital Life, AT&T’s home monitoring and automation system, for
three to six months before evaluating results of the trial, said
Steven Bartholomew, a Telefonica spokesman.

Sep 8, 2014

At U.S. wireless convention, spectrum is on everyone’s mind

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – This year’s top U.S. wireless convention descends on Las Vegas on Monday and will no doubt be abuzz with massive telecom mergers and major policy undertakings of the industry’s new top regulator.

But the less glamorous, though no less monumental, subject of spectrum, or radio airwaves, will serve as a backdrop to every conversation at the “Super Mobility Week” trade show thrown by the wireless industry association CTIA.

Sep 5, 2014

Sprint expands rural roaming program, adding 15 new carriers

WASHINGTON, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Sprint Corp said on
Friday it was adding 15 new rural and regional wireless
providers to its U.S. roaming program, a move bolstering the
company’s efforts to cheaply expand its footprint as it fights
to stay competitive as a national carrier.

The program allows Sprint and its smaller partners to use
each other’s networks for roaming at a mutually attractive
price. A total of 27 carriers, covering 565,000 square miles and
a population area of more than 38 million people, have now
entered into roaming agreements with Sprint.

Sep 4, 2014

U.S. FCC chief: Internet speed critical in broadband competition

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. market for broadband Internet connections is not competitive enough because many providers do not offer the speedy connections that consumers increasingly demand, the top U.S. communications regulator said on Thursday.

Though most U.S. consumers have multiple options when it comes to picking a company to wire their homes for basic Internet, the choice is markedly limited if a consumer is looking for truly high-speed Internet, according to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler.

Sep 1, 2014

Detained Americans in North Korea seek U.S. help, in interviews with CNN

SEOUL/WASHINGTON, Sept 1 (Reuters) – Three American citizens
detained in North Korea appealed on Monday to the U.S government
for help returning home, speaking in rare interviews set up by
the North Korean government.

The three men, one serving a 15-year sentence and two
awaiting trial in the isolated country, spoke to a visiting CNN
reporting crew in tightly controlled circumstances. One of them
said his health was failing and another described his situation
as “urgent.”

Aug 29, 2014

Sprint grabs lifeline with rural U.S. roaming deals

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With plans for a T-Mobile US Inc merger in tatters, Sprint Corp is expanding a roaming program with rural cellphone companies that could provide a much-needed way for the debt-laden wireless carrier to cheaply increase its footprint.

In March, Sprint Chairman Masayoshi Son struck a roaming deal with the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA), which represents many U.S. rural and regional carriers, to use each other’s networks for roaming at a mutually attractive price.

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