France’s Iliad reported to have put in offer for T-Mobile US
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T-Mobile US continues strong growth, this time with improved financials
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Cell Tower News: OSHA updates climber rules; tower data contention

01 August 2014 by Jarad Matula

Welcome to this week’s edition of cell tower industry news, created by Jarad Matula and brought to you by Towercrews.net. OSHA directive on hoisting In a new step towards safer practices on tower work sites, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration has issued a new directive that outlines stricter rules for inspectors to judge safety and […]

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U.S.

Anritsu reports flat revenues, profit impacts from R&D

Anritsu reports flat revenues, profit impacts from R&D

01 August 2014 by Kelly Hill

Anristu saw essentially flat year-over-year revenues for its first fiscal quarter ending June 30, but its profits for the quarter were down nearly 50% to about $8 million. Meanwhile, its revenues were $216 million, down less than 1% from the $218 million reported in the year-ago period. In its financial release, Anritsu noted that mobile […]

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Posted in Test and Measurement, test equipment

U.S.

Test & Measurement: Keysight Technologies begins operations

Test & Measurement: Keysight Technologies begins operations

01 August 2014 by Kelly Hill

Editor’s Note: The ability to test network and device features and functions is an important piece of technology development and deployment. RCR Wireless News looks weekly at the test and measurement space to see what’s afoot. —Agilent Technologies’ electronic test and measurement segment has officially begun operating as its own brand, Keysight Technologies. The spin-off of […]

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Posted in Test and Measurement, test equipment

U.S.

Alcatel-Lucent posts improved Q2 results, plans submarine cable IPO

Alcatel-Lucent posts improved Q2 results, plans submarine cable IPO

01 August 2014 by Sara Zaske

Alcatel-Lucent (ALU), which announced its “Shift Plan” a year ago, is now looking to shift some of its submarine cable business. When the Paris-based telecom equipment company released its 2014 second quarter results, it announced a planned initial public offering for the subsidiary scheduled for the first half of 2015. “Let me tell you right […]

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U.S.

Keeping the promise of bundled offerings

01 August 2014 by Kelly Hill

Liam Maxwell, VP of products for Oracle Communications, spoke with RCR Wireless about how the transition from single-service providers to bundled offerings has affected customer relationship management, BSS and OSS, and Oracle’s place in the ecosystme. “One of the biggest problems that communications service providers have had over the last decade is that they’ve shifted from […]

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U.S.

Reader Forum: Future-proofing the mobile industry in the Internet of everything age

18 August 2014 by Sudarshan Krishnamurthi, Product Management of Cisco Services, Cisco Systems

To power all the IoE’s new revenue gains and improved experiences, the mobile industry will need IT staff who are keeping pace with the demands placed on the network.

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U.S.

Reader Forum: Using intelligent wireless routing to end to in-building over-provisioning

11 August 2014 by Wolfgang Weber, VP Business Development, Dali Wireless

In-building user experience and service quality are powerful differentiators in wireless services and providing reliable indoor coverage and capacity is not only expected, it’s demanded.

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Posted in Opinion, Reader Forum

U.S.

Reader Forum: The ‘5th C’ impact on two-way radios

11 August 2014 by Randy Helm, Director of Product Management, Motorola Solutions

All radios are known for their performance with the four basic “Cs”: coverage, capacity, cost and control.

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Posted in Opinion, Reader Forum

U.S.

Reader Forum: Five ways retailers can leverage the power of mobile

04 August 2014 by Sam Ganga, EVP Commercial Division, DMI

International research firm Latitude reports that 88% of people surveyed agreed that owning a mobile device with real-time information makes them more spontaneous in their shopping decisions. That fact alone

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Posted in Opinion, Reader Forum

U.S.

Reader Forum: The ‘Internet of Things’ ate my network

04 August 2014 by Christina Richards, VP, AOptix

The “Internet of Things" is either going to transform our world – or crush it, depending on who you ask.

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Posted in Opinion, Reader Forum

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Telephone and Data Systems acquires Vital Support Systems

MADISON, Wis., June 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Telephone and Data Systems, Inc., (NYSE: TDS) parent company to TDS Telecommunications Corp., today announced the acquisition of Vital Support Systems, LLC (Vital), headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa for a purchase price of $45 million. Vital generated annual revenues of $76 million in 2011. The acquisition brings deep IT Solution Provider capabilities and strong customer relationships to the portfolio of TDS Hosted & Managed Services, LLC (TDS HMS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fortune 500® company, Telephone and Data Systems.

"The combination of TDS HMS' data center infrastructure, hosting and cloud solutions coupled with Vital Support Systems' core field technology solutions creates a unique and compelling long-term value proposition," says Jeff Sparling, CEO of Vital Support Systems. "Now, our customers can depend on Vital to deliver an infrastructure solution whether it be installed or managed on-site, at a hosted site, or from the cloud. This is a proud moment in our company's history."  

Vital Support Systems, through its team of 140 employees, offers a comprehensive suite of products and services, including: planning, engineering, procurement, installation, and management of IT infrastructure hardware solutions from world-class Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). The breadth and depth of technical certifications held by team members has allowed Vital to achieve the highest level partner status with its vendors, including: Cisco Gold, HP Elite, EMC Velocity Premier, VMWare Premier and Microsoft Gold.  

President of TDS HMS, William Megan, states, "As a Solution Provider, Vital adds a critical dimension to our HMS service offerings and greatly expands our engineering and sales capabilities."

Vital has grown its service offerings beyond its Value Added Reseller (VAR) roots to include hosted and managed IT services that complement the TDS HMS portfolio of products. Vital has leveraged its market leadership position in Iowa to expand within the Midwest region, and now has offices in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, and Davenport, Iowa; as well as Omaha, Neb., Kansas City, Mo., and Rockford, Ill.   

In March, Vital Support Systems was named to CRN's 2012 List of Elite 250 for the second year in a row. The company also won Cisco's prestigious Central Region Commercial Partner of the Year award in 2011.

Sparling and the Vital executive team, along with their employees, will maintain their roles within the organization as TDS HMS seeks to enhance their momentum. 

During the last two years, TDS Hosted & Managed Services, LLC has made multiple strategic acquisitions to position itself in the fast-growing hosted and managed services arena by adding: ERP leader OneNeck IT Services in June of 2011; VISI Incorporated in March 2010; and TEAM Technologies, LLC in Dec. 2010 to build its portfolio of Tier III data center and hosted service operations.

TDS Telecommunications Corp. maintains management responsibility for the operations of OneNeck IT Services, VISI Incorporated and TEAM Technologies LLC through its newly formed TDS Hosted & Managed Services, LLC division.

TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®) is the seventh largest telecom provider in the U.S. For more than 40 years, the company has been connecting people with high-speed Internet, phone, and TV entertainment services in hundreds of rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities across 31 states. Today, TDS has more than 1.1 million equivalent access lines in service and 2,700 employees. Business customers select from the latest technologies, including: VoIP (managedIP) phone service, dedicated Internet, data networking, and hosted-managed services. Visit www.tdstelecom.com or www.tdsbusiness.com for more information.

TDS Telecommunications Corp. also manages the operations of VISI Incorporated, TEAM Technologies, and OneNeck IT Services Corp. through TDS Hosted & Managed Services, LLC. These companies employ more than 400 people who specialize in providing hosted application management, managed hosting, cloud services, and next generation data centers. Visit www.visi.com, www.team-companies.com, and www.oneneck.com for details.

TDS Telecommunications Corp. headquartered in Madison, Wis. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS]. A Fortune 500® company, Telephone and Data Systems provides wireless, local and long-distance telephone and broadband services to approximately 7 million customers in 36 states through TDS Telecommunications Corp. and U.S. Cellular [NYSE: USM], its majority owned wireless subsidiary. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Chicago, Telephone and Data Systems employed 12,300 people as of March 31, 2012. Visit www.teldta.com for investor information.

SOURCE Telephone and Data Systems, Inc.

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