LightSquared is asking the FCC to vacate buildout requirements for its network which mandate it provide service to 100 million people by the end of this year. The company argued in a Monday ex parte filing that since the FCC took steps to block LightSquared from moving forward with its network launch in February, the buildout requirements should no longer apply. LightSquared continues to insist it will find a way to move forward with its LTE network despite seemingly insurmountable problems with GPS interference.
Boost Mobile‘s latest Android smartphone is the LG Venice. The phone sports a slim profile at one-third of an inch thick and weighs just 4.41 ounces. It is loaded with a 1 GHz processor, enhanced user interface, a 4.3-inch display protected by Gorilla Glass, and front- and rear-facing cameras. The Venice hits shelves on Oct. 10 for about $220.
Tecore Networks is growing its government services division with the addition of Kenneth North as the unit’s new vice president. North most recently was director of the corrections investigation division and the Mississippi Department of Corrections in Jackson. One of Tecore’s specialties is managed access technology, which is used to control contraband cell phone problems in prisons.
Sprint MVNO Step Up Mobile has hired Redknee‘s software-as-a-service platform for cloud-based biilling and customer care. Step Up Mobile CEO Joe Mallahan said the company picked Redknee because it “supports our entire business operation for customer acquisition, care and retention.” The platform spans real-time unified billing, rating and charging for the operator’s data, voice and messaging services
Smith Micro Software today announced a new addition to its QuickLink family of connectivity products, QuickLink MiTile. The new product is designed to enhance mobile broadband connectivity for the Microsoft Windows 8 platform. QuickLink MiTile enables mobile network operators to integrate Windows 8 connection management features into their existing device portfolio, including mobile hotspot devices, The company said MiTile will also allow operators new revenue opportunities by adding operator branding and services to Wi-Fi only devices.