Biography for Sue Marek
Sue joined FierceMarkets in January 2007 and is currently the editor-in-chief of FierceMarkets Telecom Group. In her current position, she oversees the editorial content of several FierceMarkets' newsletters and web sites including FierceWireless, FierceCable, FierceTelecom, FierceOnlineVideo, FierceDeveloper, FierceWireless:Europe and FierceWireless:Tech, and provides editorial guidance for the publications’ advanced products and live events. Sue has more than 20 years of experience reporting on the telecom industry. Prior to joining FierceMarkets, she was the executive editor of Wireless Week. From 1999 to 2001, she worked as an analyst for Paul Kagan Associates, specializing in wireless and broadband technologies. She also was the managing editor of Convergence magazine, a monthly magazine for cable television, phone and wireless network operators. Sue is based in Denver and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow @FierceWireless on Twitter and find her on LinkedIn.
Articles by Sue Marek
Sprint and AT&T executives discounted T-Mobile US' newly announced Binge On streaming video service that the operator will offer to all its customers who subscribe to 3 GB or higher data plans for no extra charge.
U.S. Cellular is currently testing VoLTE in three markets but the company has not set a timeframe for commercial deployment of the service. U.S. Cellular President and CEO Ken Meyers told investors at the Wells Fargo Securities Technology, Media & Telecom conference that he expects VoLTE will have a multi-year rollout similar to the company's LTE service, which it deployed over a four-year time period.
The shift to handset leasing and smartphone upgrade plans is dramatically altering the financial models of wireless operators and significantly lengthening the lifespan of the smartphone. It's also creating some confusion in the industry. During every third-quarter earnings call, analysts have peppered wireless executives with questions about their equipment installment plans (EIP) and, in the case of Sprint and Apple, their device leasing programs.
Ad blocking has become a significant issue for online video companies that derive their revenue from advertising. If ads can't be seen, they won't get paid. In fact, PageFair, which tracks ad-blocking of display and video ads in partnership with Adobe, found that advertisers stand to lose as much as $21.8 billion in revenue in 2015 from ad blocking.
Cable powerhouse Comcast will execute on its MVNO deal with Verizon and will launch some sort of wireless offering -- most likely a Wi-Fi-first service -- sometime next year, according to analysts from New Street Research.
The move away from device subsidies and the longer lifespan of smartphones is creating a booming business for device distributor Brightstar Corp. The company, which was founded by Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure back in 1997 and received a $1.26 billion investment from SoftBank in 2014, originally made a name for itself handling reverse logistics and distribution for wireless dealers and some regional operators, but now is at the center of the used phone supply chain. The company claims to have 200 operator customers and 40,000 retail customers.
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. -- A Dish Network executive said the satellite firm may participate in the FCC's upcoming 600 MHz spectrum auction but is still evaluating the opportunity. She also said that FCC's recent decision to deny $3.33 billion in discounts to two Dish affiliates that won spectrum in the AWS-3 auction will not impact Dish's eligibility to participate in the upcoming incentive auction.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly sided with Qualcomm and T-Mobile US in the debate over whether or not the FCC should regulate LTE Unlicensed (LTE-U) and related technologies.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- North America needs to be on the forefront of 5G standards development if it wants the next generation of wireless network technology to cater to the needs of consumers here in the U.S., said a top T-Mobile US executive.
Stephen Bye, Sprint's former chief technology officer, will become CTO of Tier 2 carrier C Spire on Nov. 1. Bye left Sprint in July amid the company's network densification efforts.