Top Wireless Stories of the Week Ending in 6/1/2012

C Spire sues AT&T, others for allegedly blocking its 700 MHz plans: C Spire wireless accused AT&T, Qualcomm, and Motorola Solutions of working together to push it and other small regional carriers out of business by manipulating the standards process for creating band classes in the 700 MHz band.

Verizon to acquire Hughes; looks to bolster M2M: The telecom giant announced this morning that it has plans to acquire Hughes Telematics for $12 per share, or a total of $612 million, in a move to bolster its presence in the automotive and fleet telematics space. The price premium over Hughes closing price of $4.35 yesterday shows the level of interest Verizon has for the space, an amount not lost on Hughes’ management.

South Korea’s SK Telecom opens era of 100 Mbps wireless data speeds: SK Telecom, a South Korean wireless telecommunications operator, announced the successful development of Heterogeneous Network Integration Solution, which enables simultaneous use of different types of networks including 3G, LTE and Wi-Fi to ensure high-speed data service of up to 100 Mbps.

Broadcom launches first gigabit speed 802.11ac chips: Broadcom Corp., a semiconductor solutions provider for wired and wireless communications, introduced its first family of 802.11ac (5G Wi-FI) chips designed for a broad variety of product segments. The new IEE 802.11ac chips are three times faster and up to six times more power-efficient than equivalent 802.11n solutions, the company said.

SK Telecom set for LTE spectrum aggregation: South Korean telecom giant SK Telecom said it has launched a multi carrier pilot service allowing the carrier to use its 800 MHz and 1.8 GHz spectrum holdings to offer LTE service. The carrier said the move will result a wider frequency bandwidth and a commercial offerings by July.


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