The Sprint Nextel-Clearwire WiMAX-asset merger is now complete after Clearwire's shareholders approved the deal a few days earlier than expected. Sprint has contributed its 2.5-GHz spectrum and WiMAX-related assets to Clearwire, which said its investors had handed over their $3.2 billion investment to continue building out the Xohm national wireless service.
New research predicts that the mobile-TV market will expand to 155.6 million subscribers by the close of 2012. Datamonitor analyst Chris Khouri sees consumer education as the largest driving factor for the service, in addition to innovative marketing and traveling exhibitions.
Rogers Communications will invest an additional $109 million in the province of New Brunswick, which includes the creation of 244 jobs and the expansion of a customer-care center. As part of the investment, Rogers will expand its wireless network by more than 50% in New Brunswick.
India's Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. has asked vendors Nokia and Ericsson to lower their bid for adding 45 million GSM lines to its network. BSNL seeks a price of $100 per line. Ericsson previously quoted a price of $107 per line. When approved, Ericsson will install 60% of the new lines, with the remainder installed by Nokia.
Verizon Wireless will offer its VCast customers an exclusive single from recording artist Prince in the company's latest attempt to promote its mobile music venture. VCast customers can download songs over the air, which Verizon hopes will help it stand out from Apple's iPhone, which will not have over-the-air downloading capabilities.