Quality One Wireless Finalizes PCD Acquisition
Quality One Wireless today announced that it has finalized is acquisition of Personal Communications Devices. Quality One made a stalking horse bid for PCD, which declared bankruptcy in order to facilitate the deal, in August. According to Quality One, it paid "in excess of $125 million" for PCD's assets. PCD is responsible for facilitating the relationship between handset designers, handset manufacturers, and Tier 1 carriers in the U.S. Q1W does much the same thing, but for smaller companies across a larger geographical footprint. The two companies believe that they'll be able to offer carriers and phone makers a much broader and more complete set of services. Now that the acquisition is complete, the combined entity will operate as Quality One Wireless.
AT&T Finalizes Iusacell Acquisition
AT&T today said it has finalized its purchase of Iusacell, Mexico's third-largest wireless network operator. Mexico's regulatory bodies approved the deal in December.
Twitter to Expand Availability of Quality Filter
Twitter is allowing people take more control over their experience with the help of tools and filters. Twitter is expanding the availability of a quality filter from a subset of users (e.g., celebrity accounts) to all users.
Wireless Companies Form Alliance to Pressure FCC
A handful of wireless companies and public policy groups have formed an alliance meant to pressure the FCC as it drafts rules for the upcoming 600MHz reverse spectrum auction. The alliance is called SaveWirelessChoice.com.
Republic Wireless Debuts Bonding Calling to Improve Quality
Republic Wireless today said it is launching a new technology called Bonded Calling in order to boost the quality voice calls. Republic is a WiFi-first carrier in that customers most often connect via WiFi for calls and data and fall back to cellular when WiFi is not available.
FCC Keeps Auction Reserve at 30 MHz
The FCC today finalized its proposed rules for next year's 600 MHz spectrum auction and kept the reserve for smaller carriers at 30 MHz. T-Mobile and others petitioned the FCC to raise the reserve to 40 MHz, but FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler believes the 30 MHz cap offers plenty of opportunity for those who may bid.