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LightSquared scrambles amid spectrum troubles

LightSquared has reportedly received a six-week extension from Sprint Nextel to gain approval to use its 1.6 GHz spectrum assets from the Federal Communications Commission, which are currently mired in interference issues with the GPS community. The six-week delay follows a one-month extension granted by Sprint Nextel, which was to give LightSquared additional time to fix its interference issues that have so far prevented it from accessing its 1.6GHz spectrum assets. LightSquared had signed a network and spectrum hosting agreement with Sprint Nextel last year that relied on LightSquared’s access to its spectrum assets. Sprint Nextel touted LightSquared’s spectrum assets for allowing the carrier to expand its traffic capacity from 2014 with its own holdings through 2015 when the LightSquared spectrum is included. However, the airline has since moved closer to its subsidiary Clearwire as a potential home base for future spectrum needs. LightSquared held a media conference call earlier this month to retaliate against leaks from tests showing that using mobile devices on its network would disrupt some GPS systems. … Read more

AT&T shakes up executive lineup

AT&T (T) reconfigured some of its leadership roles, a move that followed a fiscally difficult fourth quarter highlighted by a failed bid to acquire rival T-Mobile USA. The telecom giant reported that John Stankey has transitioned from president and CEO of AT&T’s Business Solutions business to a new position of group president and chief strategy officer. In his new role, Stankey will be “responsible for developing the roadmap to maximize future growth opportunities, including business development, addressing long-term wireless capacity needs, capital allocation strategies and identifying the best strategic paths for low-growth and non-strategic assets.” The current head of AT&T Mobility, Ralph de la Vega, appears to have lost control of AT&T’s wired consumer broadband business and will now focus exclusively on the company’s mobile business as president and CEO of AT&T Mobility. De la Vega’s previous position as head of AT&T’s wired consumer broadband business was transferred to Andy Geisse, who was named senior EVP of AT&T Business and Home Solutions. In that role, Geisse will be responsible for “serving the enterprise segment — from global enterprise customers to small businesses,” and will also lead AT&T’s Home Solutions team that provides U-verse, broadband and voice services. the company operates AT&T’s local phone line in 22 states. activities. … Read more

Senators ask FCC to address call quality issues in rural areas

Twenty-four U.S. senators from across the country recently wrote to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to address the problem of the loss of incomplete, poor-quality phone calls to rural America. The senators called on “the FCC to continue investigating the issue, which is preventing a growing number of calls from reaching national telephone company customers, with complaints rising by as much as 2000%.” “As you know, representatives of national carriers have reported a staggering 2000% increase in complaints between April 2010 and March 2011 from consumers who have experienced calls that were not completed, were delayed, have poor voice quality, no correct caller -Have ID information, or where the original carrier simply refuses to call certain rural areas. Commonly referred to as ‘call termination’, ‘dropped calls’ or ‘call rounding’, this issue is widespread and has been reported by local telephone exchanges in 36 states,” the letter said to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. The letter states that despite growing reliance on high-speed Internet and mobile communications, it’s important to recognize that many Americans still use their traditional landline phones to conduct business, communicate with friends and family, and call emergency services. … Read more

Obama campaign’s embrace of technology includes Square payments

Obama’s re-election campaign will equip its staff in the field with Square, the fast-growing system for collecting payments via Android or iOS mobile devices. Media observers so far have focused on the move as a symbol of Obama’s embrace of tech innovation, but perhaps more importantly, Square makes it fun to give someone money. Founded less than three years ago, more than 1 million merchants now accept payments through Square, at a rate of $11 million per day. People marvel at the attractive little plastic card readers that plug into the headphone ports of phones and tablets. After the first time you pay with a Square, whether that be with a taxi driver, a professional or an independent provider of another service, the system has registered your email and the process is even smoother. Square CEO, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, is considered by some to be the heir to Steve Jobs’ design throne. … Read more

Samsung gains ground in the smartphone race

Samsung Electronics was neck-and-neck with Apple in the fourth-quarter race for top spot in the scorching smartphone market. Estimates based on Samsung’s fourth-quarter earnings report put the company’s smartphone sales at 36.1 million, just below Apple’s 37 million reported earlier this week. Samsung said mobile phone sales were up “about 30%” in the fourth quarter. (Based on Reuters’ estimate of 27.8 million Samsung smartphones sold in the third quarter, smartphone sales in the fourth quarter would be 36.1 million units, but the company did not provide a specific number.) throughout 2011, Samsung says sales were $146.5 billion, making it the largest company in Korea by a wide margin. Operating profit was $14.4 billion, a slight decrease from 2010, mainly due to higher cost of goods sold in 2011. Samsung also took the number one spot in smartphone sales for 2011 as a whole. “Samsung made progress in 2011 through its strategy to offer a complete line of smartphone products, with a variety of price points, features and operating systems,” said Wayne Lam, senior wireless analyst at IHS iSuppli. “This enabled Samsung to move past perennial market leader Nokia and slightly outpace Apple’s total for the year.” … Read more

Nokia positions Lumia as a cheaper smartphone

The world’s largest mobile phone maker ended weeks of speculation today about sales of its Lumia smartphones and what those sales would mean for its financial results. Nokia Corporation (NYSE: NOK) lost $1.4 billion in the fourth quarter, and the struggling Finnish company says it has sold “more than a million” of its Windows-based Lumia smartphones so far. That number pales in comparison to the 37 million iPhones Apple sold in the fourth quarter, but Lumia has only been on the market for a few months. “iPhone only sold 2 million units in its first year, and you saw the same thing for Android phones,” said Argus Insights analyst John Feland. Feland welcomes Nokia’s strategy of positioning its Lumia 710 (the cheapest model) with T-Mobile, which is marketing the phone as a cheaper alternative to the estimated 60% of Americans who have not yet upgraded from feature phones to smartphones. Nokia has dominated the feature phone market for years, so switching to a Nokia smartphone could be a natural progression for many consumers. But those attractive sales prices naturally put Nokia’s operating margins under pressure. “They are under some pressure on the profitability of their handsets. Average selling price has fallen in recent quarters,” said Wayne Lam, senior analyst at IHS iSuppli. … Read more

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This post #TBT: LightSquared spectrum issues; Complaints about the call quality in rural areas; Samsung gains ground in the smartphone race…this week in 2012

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