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UK 4G bidders revealed: Vodafone, O2, Three & EE all want airwaves

UK 4G bidders revealed: Vodafone, O2, Three & EE all want airwaves

Telecoms regulator Ofcom has announced the seven bidders in the UK 4G spectrum auction, with the process itself set to kick off in January 2013 and networks potentially switching on midway through next year. Vodafone, Hutchinson 3G (aka Three), and Telefonica (aka O2), are all among the bidders, as well as Everything Everywhere which is currently the only UK network to offer commercial LTE service through its EE brand.

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AT&T 4G spectrum buy gets FCC blessing

AT&T 4G spectrum buy gets FCC blessing

The FCC has approved AT&T's purchase of wireless spectrum from Comcast, Horizon, NextWave, and San Diego Gas & Electric, a deal which will see the carrier snap up further airwaves for its LTE roll-out. Describing the wireless frequencies as "long-underutilized" the Federal Communications Commission deemed the transactions as "in the public interest" as they will help support its goals of mobile broadband deployment.

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AT&T expands LTE in four cities, adds on five new markets

AT&T expands LTE in four cities, adds on five new markets

AT&T has announced today that they're expanding its 4G LTE service in five cities, while it's adding LTE to four new markets. AT&T is expanding in Los Angeles, CA; Salt Lake City, UT; Middlesex County, NJ; and Phoenix, AZ. The five new cities getting AT&T 4G LTE service for the first time include Green Bay, WI; Springfield, MA; Melbourne, FL; Tucson, AZ; and Oxford MS.

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Sprint grabs 100% of Clearwire in $2.2bn deal

Sprint grabs 100% of Clearwire in $2.2bn deal

Sprint will acquire 100-percent of mobile broadband network Clearwire in a deal worth $2.2bn, the carriers have confirmed, with Clearwire valued at around $10bn in total and Sprint planning to use the extra spectrum for new LTE roll-out. The deal, which had been rumored for some weeks, sees Clearwire's board accept $2.97 per each share Sprint does not currently own; the carrier was already a majority shareholder in Clearwire.

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EE confirms next UK LTE roadmap

EE confirms next UK LTE roadmap

EE has confirmed the next phase of its LTE rollout, with seventeen more UK towns and cities set to get high-speed mobile data by March 2013. The new locations will also be developed in tandem with increased network coverage in existing locations, with EE saying 4G density is "being increased on a daily basis"; in addition, it continues to upgrade its 3G network to support DC-HSPA.

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T-Mobile improves coverage in Atlanta, Minneapolis, and Seattle

T-Mobile improves coverage in Atlanta, Minneapolis, and Seattle

T-Mobile announced today that they have made some "technology advancements" in three major cities, which include Atlanta, Minneapolis, and Seattle. T-Mobile didn't say what these advancements consist of, but you can be sure that data speeds are now a bit faster in these areas. On top of these cities, T-Mobile is also working on improving coverage in other major cities across the US as we speak.

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Samsung Galaxy Admire 4G arrives on MetroPCS

Samsung Galaxy Admire 4G arrives on MetroPCS

To add to its collection of budget-friendly handsets, regional carrier MetroPCS has announced the Samsung Galaxy Admire 4G. It's available now for only $169 without a two-year contract, and compared to the previous Galaxy Admire, this one comes packing with more power, a larger screen, better battery life, and 4G LTE support.

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iPad mini 4G hits EE’s LTE from £50

iPad mini 4G hits EE’s LTE from £50

Apple's 4G-blessed iPad mini has gone on sale with UK carrier EE today, with the 7.9-inch tablet subsidized down to £50 ($80) if you're willing to commit to two years of LTE. The iPad mini WiFi + Cellular is offered with 3GB, 5GB, or 8GB of LTE data per month, priced at £25.99, £30.99, or £35.99 per month respectively. Alternatively, there's a cheaper way to get online at LTE speeds if you're willing to pay full-whack for the tablet.

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