The message on the second day of Mobile World Congress from the heads of AT&T, Vodafone, Telefonica, China Mobile and American Movil was unambiguous: competition, open-ness and cross-carrier interoperability are what is needed to take mobile to the next level. (Perhaps in the spirit of interoperability, all five gentlemen were wearing blue ties, mostly with dots.)

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At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today (Feb 15), Aricent announced the launch of its reference software framework for LTE eNodeB development, optimized on Freescale’s high performance QorIQ communications processors. This high performance reference framework provides Telecom Equipment Manufacturers (TEMs) with a strong foundation on which they can build high quality base stations of different form factors.

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We're in romantic Barcelona, it's Valentine's day, and love is in the air. Specifically, if you're Steve Ballmer giving today's keynote, a whole lotta love for: Windows Phone 7, app and development partners, device partners, carriers, ecosystems, design and user experience, and especially love for Nokia. Stephen Elop, CEO of Nokia, returned the love by appearing on stage to give a rousing defense of the new Microsoft/Nokia partnership.

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