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In previous wireless generations, the US lagged behind Europe and Japan, partly because it was split between two standards, CDMA and GSM. In 4G, the position is reversed, with Sprint/Clearwire and Verizon Wireless among the first carriers to adopt the new technologies. The US operators are converging around LTE, and despite consolidation among the carriers – most recently AT&T’s bid for T-Mobile USA – there are also signs of new competition, from newcomers like LightSquared and Clearwire. The US, however, has seen its position as the largest mobile user base usurped by China, and has lost most of its wireless infrastructure industry with the acquisitions of Lucent, Nortel and Motorola Networks. Conversely, its device makers and web players have led the charge to the new breed of smartphones and mobile internet services, with Apple, Google, Motorola and Microsoft particularly important.

AT&T boosts spectrum with Leap purchase

15 July, 2013

Regulators may resist, but giant cellco is after AWS licences and LTE users - though perhaps not the prepaid base

Sprint set to win twin deals next week

5 July, 2013

FCC said to vote in favor of Softbank buying 78% stake, key Clearwire shareholder backs Sprint's offer

Softbank lures Sprint investors with more cash

11 June, 2013

Seeks to fend off Dish's rival bid by offering an extra $1.5bn, though in return Japanese cellco demands higher stake

IBM and AT&T partner on app efficiency

6 June, 2013

Combine carrier's optimizing tool for mobile apps with IT giant's development platform

Samsung sets up US unit to cash in on display IPR

30 May, 2013

Korean firm gets more proactive about generating revenue from its OLED and LCD innovations, and acquiring new IPR

Softbank may spend $1bn to allay US security fears

24 May, 2013

Aims to reassure US agencies by removing Huawei gear from Clearwire network, but Dish claims risks remain

Sprint raises bid for Clearwire

22 May, 2013

Surprise windfall for Clearwire as Sprint tops Dish's rival offer, even as it opens confidential books to the satellite firm

Vodafone set for M&A spree after Verizon deal?

20 May, 2013

While shareholders want the proceeds of a deal in their pockets, analysts urge cellco to invest in growth markets

Dish lines up quartet of banks behind Sprint offer

16 May, 2013

US carrier under pressure to open up its detailed books to its suitor, which is close to its target of $9.3bn in financing

Clearwire backs Sprint takeover

7 May, 2013

Despite shareholders concerns and rival offer from Dish, operator believes Sprint represents best of limited choices