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AT&T, Inc. (NYSE:T): AT&T, Inc. announced the Pantech Flex, a unique Android smartphone with a “dual experience” system that allows you to run a simplified version of the OS for smartphone beginners. Priced at a reasonable $49.99 with a two-year agreement, the Pantech Flex is the first smartphone addition to AT&T’s Simplicity Seeker line of products. It runs the relatively recent Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), and a standard version of the operating system is also available for the experienced smartphone user.
Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ): Since Verizon Communications Inc. launched their 4G LTE in December 2010, it has been deployed in 337 markets, covering more than 200 million people (nearly 75% of the United States population). Verizon expects to expand their 4G networks to the entire nationwide 3G footprint by mid-2013. One of their competitors, AT&T LTE service, is currently available in 47 markets and covers more than 275 million in population. AT&T expects this deployment to reach 80% of the United States population by next year.
Vodafone Group PLC (NASDAQ:VOD): According to Reuters, European Union regulators will approve plans by Vodafone Group PLC (NASDAQ:VOD), O2, and Everything Everywhere, to set up a joint venture that will allow users to make payments and purchases with their phones. The European Commission is expected to approve the plans this week, ahead of the September 19 deadline.
Level 3 Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:LVLT): Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) announced today that they have added content delivery network (CDN) services to their offerings that are available to government agencies under the Washington Interagency Telecommunications System (WITS 3) contract. The WITS 3 contract vehicle provides negotiated prices for telecommunication services on behalf of all federal agencies operating within the National Capital Region (NYSE:NCR).
Alcatel-Lucent, S.A. (NYSE:ALU): Today, Alcatel-Lucent (EURONEXT PARIS AND NYSE: ALU) and Concurrent (NASDAQ: CCUR) will be introducing a joint offering that enables cable TV companies to quickly and cost-effectively expand the number and variety of on demand videos they can offer. Cable operators can then deliver these expanded video offerings to whatever device their customer prefers, from traditional TV sets to tablets, PCs or smartphones. These services will be transmitted using Alcatel-Lucent’s Velocix CDN technology and Concurrent’s MediaHawk Unified Origin and TV-VOD Edge Servers. The two companies have already completed a successful trial of this joint architecture with a large tier 1 cable MSO.
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