Top Stories of the Week – September 24, 2011

UAE's Etisalat introduces higher speed mobile data service

Emirates Telecommunications Corp (Etisalat) launched a new high-speed mobile broadband network in the United Arab Emirates as the former monopoly ventures on improving its data traffic to boost decreasing profits.

Etisalat’s chief marketing officer Matthew Willsher said that the company will initially deliver the service, based on long-term evolution (LTE) technology and sometimes called 4G, to 70 percent of UAE's urban areas.

AT&T, T-Mobile hire top-notch legal team to save deal

AT&T Inc, Deutsche Telekom AG and T-Mobile USA have amassed an army of former senior government antitrust officials to try to save their US$39 billion deal to combine wireless businesses.

Questions abound for all sides: How strong is existing antitrust law? Can competition survive with the combination of two big wireless carriers? Or if the Justice Department succeeds in blocking it, will AT&T have to pay US$6 billion in cash and wireless airwaves as a breakup fee to T-Mobile?

T-Mobile source says iPhone 5 not coming this 2011

A T-Mobile exec has reportedly denied claims that the wireless operator will land iPhone 5 during 2011, leaving the German carrier as the only major U.S. mobile service provider not expected to participate in Apple's launch next month.

The statements were reportedly made by T-Mobile's chief marketing officer Cole Brodman in a corporate newsletter distributed internally last September 15.

Plantronics pushing deeper into the Unified Communications market with new products

Plantronics recently introduced an expanded product line that that includes a new category of devices designed to help companies migrate from traditional desk phone-only usage to a unified communications (UC) solution.

The product expansion is a sign that the Plantronics is hoping to continue to ride the back of an enterprise UC wave that helped push the global headset market to 19.5 percent growth last 2010.

LightEdge solutions achieves Unified Communications Specialization from Cisco

LightEdge Solutions Inc, has recently achieved the Advanced Unified Communications Specialization from Cisco. According to the company spokesman, this specialization is based on the fact that LightEdge has fulfilled the training requirements and program prerequisites to sell, deploy and support comprehensive Cisco Unified Communications solutions.

In a media release, Travis Thompson, vice president of unified communications for LightEdge, said, “By achieving the Cisco Unified Communications specialization, LightEdge can today expose our extensive Business Continuity experience to companies running Cisco Unified Communications.”

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