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Stories by Stephen Lawson

AT&T will pay $18.2B as top bidder in mobile spectrum auction

By Stephen Lawson | 31 January, 2015 07:19

AT&T spent nearly US$18.2 billion on wireless spectrum licenses in a blockbuster mobile-auction spectrum for licenses across the U.S., far outspending the other major U.S. carriers and satellite service provider Dish Network.

AllSeen IoT group acts to head off patent wars

By Stephen Lawson | 30 January, 2015 00:02

Vendors that contribute software to the AllJoyn Internet of Things project will pledge not to sue companies that make use of that code in products.

Wi-Fi growth set to drive sales of new Ethernet speeds

By Stephen Lawson | 28 January, 2015 12:49

Steadily growing demand for faster enterprise wireless LANs in the next four years is expected to drive up sales of both Wi-Fi gear and a new type of Ethernet for connecting next-generation access points.

Quantum bringing public cloud into virtual storage fold

By Stephen Lawson | 27 January, 2015 16:05

Data management specialist Quantum wants to make it easier for enterprises to combine two of the major trends in storage: virtualization and public clouds.

Conference calls a waste of time? In 1915, this one made history

By Stephen Lawson | 24 January, 2015 10:47

These days, making a call across the U.S. is so easy that people often don't even know they're talking coast to coast. But 100 years ago Sunday, it took a hackathon, a new technology and an international exposition to make it happen.

AT&T opens doors between UC platforms and gives enterprises the keys

By Stephen Lawson | 23 January, 2015 11:44

Enterprises want open communication with the people they do business with -- but not too open.

Google looks to become a mobile carrier

By Stephen Lawson | 22 January, 2015 13:54

Google has laid the groundwork for its own cellular service by buying capacity on the networks of Sprint and T-Mobile USA, according to news reports.

FreedomPop launches $5 unlimited Wi-Fi service, plans Wi-Fi phone

By Stephen Lawson | 22 January, 2015 12:19

Upstart mobile carrier FreedomPop is adding an unlimited data, voice and messaging plan for US$5 per month using Wi-Fi hotspots, and it plans to sell a Wi-Fi-only phone to use on the service.

Cisco building switch ports to feed faster Wi-Fi

By Stephen Lawson | 21 January, 2015 00:01

Cisco Systems is forging ahead with LAN switches designed to support faster Wi-Fi access points even while an Ethernet standard for the technology they use is still taking shape.

Internet venture funding hits a post-2000 record last year

By Stephen Lawson | 16 January, 2015 16:04

U.S. venture funding for Internet startups last year rose to its highest level since 2000, as even controversial companies like Uber Technologies attracted big bets on the future.

Samsung buying BlackBerry might be a good idea

By Stephen Lawson | 15 January, 2015 13:31

Samsung's reported offer of up to $US7.5 billion for BlackBerry may turn out to be only a rumor, but such a match might make sense for both sides.

Samsung, BlackBerry flatly deny talking about a buyout

By Stephen Lawson | 15 January, 2015 10:38

Samsung Electronics and BlackBerry have both denied a report that they met to to discuss a proposed US$7.5 billion buyout by the South Korean powerhouse.

Intel-backed OIC advances in fast-moving IoT standards race

By Stephen Lawson | 15 January, 2015 09:54

Internet of Things industry groups are in high gear, driving toward standards they hope will define how connected devices work together for years to come.

Verizon service could turn millions more vehicles into connected cars

By Stephen Lawson | 14 January, 2015 07:59

The owners of more than 200 million cars in the U.S. will be able to monitor their vehicles and get roadside assistance through a service Verizon will offer in by mid-year for US$14.99 per month.

Citrix buys Sanbolic to virtualize storage for VDI, app delivery

By Stephen Lawson | 13 January, 2015 06:31

Citrix Systems has acquired storage virtualization vendor Sanbolic in a move that could make it easier for Citrix users to use applications and virtual desktops spread across data centers and clouds.