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May 11, 2012

Wireless carriers eye solutions to spectrum crunch

NEW ORLEANS, May 11 (Reuters) – Top U.S. mobile operators
are turning to a new type of equipment known as small cells to
boost network capacity in the face of a shortage of wireless
spectrum.

With consumer demand for wireless data services like mobile
video streaming growing sharply, network operators say they need
access to more wireless airwaves soon or they will risk running
out of capacity to support their customers.

May 11, 2012

Nvidia revenue, outlook beat Street; shares jump

May 11 (Reuters) – Nvidia Corp’s quarterly revenue
and outlook were ahead of low Wall Street estimates on
better-than-expected sales of its latest graphics chips, sending
its shares up 9 percent.

The chipmaker reported strong demand for its newly launched
chips for desktop computers and contract wins for its Tegra
smartphone chips but said revenue and profit is still being
limited by supply constraints and macro economic issues.

May 9, 2012

MetroPCS’ shares jump after T-Mobile merger report

May 9 (Reuters) – Shares in MetroPCS Communications Inc
surged as much as 29 percent on Wednesday after
Bloomberg reported it was discussing a merger with Deutsche
Telekom subsidiary T-Mobile USA.

Deutsche Telekom was considering a stock-swap that would
give the German company control over a combined entity,
Bloomberg cited two unidentified sources as saying. Other
options included an initial public offering or an outright sale
of T-Mobile USA, Bloomberg cited its sources as saying.

May 8, 2012

FCC’s Genachowski defends AT&T deal opposition

NEW ORLEANS/WASHINGTON, May 8 (Reuters) – The top U.S.
communications regulator on Tuesday defended his opposition to
AT&T Inc’s failed bid for T-Mobile USA last year and fired
back at claims that the decision caused price increases for the
wireless carrier’s customers and more inefficient use of
wireless spectrum.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius
Genachowski blasted AT&T for suggesting that U.S. regulators
worsened the spectrum crunch or prompted higher prices, during a
keynote speech at the CTIA annual wireless industry conference
in New Orleans.

May 8, 2012

Genachowski promises spectrum sharing tests

NEW ORLEANS, May 8 (Reuters) – The head of the Federal
Communications Commission said on Tuesday that the telecoms
regulator will move ahead with tests for sharing spectrum
between the government and commercial wireless operators.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced the plan in a
keynote speech focused on improving network capacity in the U.S.
wireless market at the CTIA annual wireless industry conference
in New Orleans.

May 8, 2012
May 8, 2012

Mobile USA tower process may take months-exec

NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – T-Mobile USA, the No. 4 U.S. mobile provider, has received a lot of interest in the wireless broadcast towers it is looking to sell but a top company executive said on Monday that the process could take “several months to pan out.”

T-Mobile USA had previously said it would explore the sale of its 37,000 wireless towers in an effort to make the company more financially independent of its parent Deutsche Telekom after its attempt to sell T-Mobile USA to rival AT&T Inc failed last year due to regulatory opposition.

May 7, 2012
May 7, 2012
May 7, 2012

AT&T making big investment in home monitoring

NEW YORK, May 7 (Reuters) – AT&T Inc is making a big
investment in a nationwide wireless home monitoring service that
could potentially add $1 billion to its annual revenue as part
of the No. 2 U.S. mobile operator’s ongoing effort to expand
beyond cell phones.

It is planning a service called “Digital Life” to monitor
homes for everything from water damage to burglaries and to let
customers remotely do things like adjust temperature or unlock
doors, using an Internet connection.

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      "Sinead is a telecommunications industry correspondent. Her coverage area spans U.S. service providers, cellphone makers and chip makers. Before joining Reuters in 2002, she covered technology and telecoms for various trade publications."
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