Verizon Supports Wounded Warriors and 4 Telecom Titans Attract Interest

AT&T, Inc. (NYSE:T): As of today, the company’s customers who are located in Auburn, Alabama; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Nashua, New Hampshire; and Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania should start seeing LTE coverage. Additionally, this brings AT&T’s LTE count to 113 markets with coverage extending to more than 160 million people.

Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE:S) and Dish Network continue to battle each other at the FCC regarding technical issues related to Dish’s satellite spectrum, and the companies recently held talks regarding the possibility of Sprint hosting Dish’s spectrum on its network,  Bloomberg reports. The report cited various unnamed sources familiar with the matter, and it claimed that Sprint reached out to Dish and the two recently talked. The arrangement would require that the companies share revenue from customers who sign up for a Dish wireless service, or Dish could possibly pay Sprint a fee for access to its network architecture. Dish CEO Joseph Clayton refused to discuss these arrangements with Sprint except for stating, “We speak with everybody…We are open to spectrum-hosting opportunities with other spectrum holders who can’t or don’t want to build a network for their spectrum,” Sprint spokesman Scott Sloat told Bloomberg.

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Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ): Nearly 400,000 service members must deal with psychological wounds such as combat-related stress, major depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder, but a great number of veterans don’t seek treatment for these issues, often causing substance abuse, domestic violence, homelessness, or suicide. These are the reasons behind Verizon’s $50,000 grant to support of the Wounded Warrior Project’s Combat Stress Recovery Program. The program has been designed as a means to improve mental healthcare for returning veterans and their family members via counseling, support retreats, and online resources.

Vodafone Group plc (NASDAQ:VOD) intends to raise its prices for pre-pay customers next month, which will cause price hikes spanning the mobile phone sector. From January 15, the cost of making a phone call to a landline or mobile for customers on the Advantage Plus tariff, which is currently the most popular plan, will see an increase from 29c a minute to 35c a minute. Furthermore, text messages will increase from 13c to 15c.

Juniper Networks, Inc. (NYSE:JNPR) has made an announcement that Klarna, which is a Swedish e-commerce company providing  payment services for online storefronts, constructed its new data center based on the Juniper Networks QFabric architecture. Klarna deployed a QFX3000-M QFabric System, a high scale network fabric, as a means to ensure that the company will have the ability to manage the raised demand for capacity, scalability, and flexibility with the increase of volume of online payment data by significant amounts each month.

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