Dick Lynch, EVP and CTO of Verizon, has been appointed to the GSMA’s Board. Lynch’s appointment follows Verizon gaining full membership to the GSMA as a result of its commitment to deploy commercial services based on Long-Term Evolution (LTE), a next-generation technology for Mobile Broadband and part of the GSM family of technologies.?

Under Lynch’s leadership, Verizon Wireless is on track to deploy LTE commercially in 25 to 30 markets across the United States this year. The number of markets is expected to double within 15 months of the initial launch, and by the end of 2013, Verizon’s entire 3G footprint, covering 285 million Americans, is expected to be covered by the LTE technology. Verizon Wireless is simultaneously working with other companies serving less-populated areas to bring the benefits of a coordinated LTE service to rural Americans quickly.??

The world’s first commercial LTE network was launched in Sweden in 2009 by TeliaSonera, with NTT DoCoMo and China Telecom on track to join Verizon Wireless in deploying commercial LTE services by the end of this year.

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Trian Buys Comcast Shares

Hedge fund Trian Fund Management has taken an $870mln stake in Comcast . Trian has now accumulated approximately 20mln shares in the MVPD, according to a WSJ report. “We have recently begun what we believe

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