More LiMo Handsets Coming, Possibly to Verizon Wireless
The Linux Mobile (LiMo) consortium has told Reuters to expect more new LiMo-based phones this year from three major operators, and Verizon Wireless may be one. In an interview, Executive Director Morgan Gillis told Reuters that Verizon wireless is among a group of possible new carriers that includes SK Telecom in Korea, France Telecom and Telefonica. Specifically, Gillis said he expects LiMo will be available on three new carriers this year. Vodafone, which owns half of Verizon Wireless with Verizon Communications, recently began selling LiMo handsets in Europe.
Verizon Names New Wireless Exec
Verizon Communications today said it has put former O2 UK executive Ronan Dunne in charge of its wireless business. Dunne will serve as executive vice president and group president of Verizon Wireless, effective in September.
Samsung to Push RCS Messaging On Its Own Handsets
Samsung today said it intends to adopt Rich Communications Services messaging on its smartphones. RCS is a more advanced messaging standard that supports group chats, video messaging, and more.
Verizon Picks Up XO's Fiber Network to Beef Up Backhaul
Verizon Communications today said it has agreed to acquire XO Communications' fiber business for $1.8 billion. The deal, says Verizon, will help it serve its enterprise and wholesale customers, as well as allow Verizon to further densify its cellular network.
Verizon to Test 5G In 11 Cities By Mid-Year
Verizon Wireless today said it plans to trial 5G technology in 11 U.S. markets later this year.
Qualcomm's Snapdragon X50 5G Modem to Connect First 5G Networks and Devices
Qualcomm today said various network operators plan to use its Snapdragon X50 5G modem in trials this year, while a number of device makers have selected the X50 for mobile gear due next year. According to Qualcomm, the carriers committed to the X50 include AT&T, British Telecom, China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, KDDI, NTT DoCoMo, Orange, Singtel, SK Telecom, Sprint, Telstra, Verizon, and others.