Wireless carriers have always battled with each other to encourage customers to switch to a new carrier. But that fight is now starting to heat up in select markets across the country because of a confluence of network shutdowns, technology transitions and smaller carriers exiting the business. Although these market-by-market battles don't get much national attention, they're still worth watching--after all, millions of subscribers scattered across dozens of markets are up for grabs.
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Ericsson reported third-quarter sales that beat analysts' expectations, but falling revenue in the North American market cast concerns over the vendor's forthcoming fourth-quarter results. North America is the company's largest region by revenue and carrier spending in the market has traditionally been a growth driver for Ericsson--but that could be starting to shift.
Rock Wireless, a division of Standing Rock Telecom, has launched LTE service on an American Indian reservation straddling remote parts of North and South Dakota thanks to funds awarded via the FCC's Mobility Fund. Rock Wireless, the first tribally-owned wireless carrier, is aiming to give Verizon Wireless some competition for service in the high plains.
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Verizon Communications lead a $9.4 million investment round in Flint Mobile, a mobile payments service that uses software to process transactions instead of hardware, giving the company a boost from a major carrier.
T-Mobile US has upgraded parts of its 2G GSM network with enhanced encryption technology, which could provide a stronger defense against government eavesdropping and other network intrusions. The changes come after revelations of widespread surveillance of phone calls and Internet traffic by the National Security Agency.
Nokia reported growing sales in the third quarter, thanks in part to booming business in its Network unit, which was driven by a strong performance in North America. The company reported its first year-over-year growth in quarterly revenue since the first quarter of 2011.
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Juniper said it plans to conduct additional cost reductions after reporting that third-quarter 2014 revenues fell 5 percent year-over-year and 8 percent sequentially to $1.13 billion amidst falling U.S. service provider sales.
EE hinted that its plan to launch new TV services in the UK market is something of a defensive strategy against an expected increase in converged offerings from rival operators, with BT regarded as a particular threat.