Biography for Mike Dano
Mike Dano is the executive editor for the Telecom Group for FierceMarkets, which includes FierceWireless, FierceTelecom, FierceCable, FierceWirelessTech and other publications. In his role, Mike oversees all editorial content for the publications, and acts as a point of contact for such content. Mike has covered the wireless industry as a journalist for the better part of a decade, and remembers writing a story about the transition from black and white to color screens on cell phones. Mike is based in Denver and can be reached at email@example.com. Follow @FierceWireless or @mikeddano on Twitter and find him on LinkedIn.
Articles by Mike Dano
Sprint will not renew its sponsorship of Nascar when its current contract with the auto-racing series ends in 2016, the carrier said. "As we look to the future, Sprint is focused on investing in maintaining a competitive edge and providing consumers with the best value in wireless," Steve Gaffney, Sprint's VP of marketing, told USA Today.
Ting, which currently operates as a mobile virtual network operator of Sprint, said it purchased a majority stake in a small, independent Internet service provider (ISP) in Charlottesville, Va., called Blue Ridge InternetWorks (BRI). "Just like that, we're starting our new mission to bring the things that people love about Ting for mobile to the world of fixed access," the company said.
Roku, Amazon and Google are competing in a new and potentially significant market opportunity this holiday season: streaming TV sticks. Roku is offering its Roku Stick, Amazon is selling its Fire TV Stick and Google is offering its Chromecast gadget. All three devices allow TV owners to access streaming video services from their existing UBS-enabled TVs. Check out this new feature.
Sprint reached its Spark buildout target of covering 100 million POPs with its tri-mode Spark LTE service this year, the company announced today. And, according to Wells Fargo analyst Jennifer Fritzsche, Sprint plans to rely heavily on small cells to densify its Spark service next year.
T-Mobile is relatively well positioned in the battle for network capacity, according to a recent investor note from analysts at Macquarie Capital. Citing a recent meeting with T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray, the firm wrote that "T-Mo has several years of additional capacity on existing spectrum and current growth rates." The firm also raised its expectations for T-Mobile's fourth quarter performance from 939,000 postpaid net adds to fully 1.2 million postpaid net adds.
A top Verizon Communications executive said the carrier doesn't plan to reduce spending on its wireless network, despite the fact that it has largely completed its nationwide macro LTE buildout. At the same time, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo said the carrier plans to increase its margins in its wireless business over time.
Two years and five months after its initial launch in Boston, Comcast's X1 set-top box has been deployed in about 5 million homes. But a similar product from Charter Communications shows how such products can offer many of the same services through a significantly different setup. For more on this topic, check out this FierceCable feature.
According to new documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and reported by The Intercept, the NSA for years has been spying on the GSM Association and other wireless companies in an effort to improve its ability to monitor communications over cellular networks worldwide.
According to credit ratings and research firm Moody's, the U.S. wireless industry will continue to see growth in subscribers and revenues next year, though EBITDA growth will slow slightly from its previous levels. The firm said Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility will maintain their position at the top of the industry, while T-Mobile US will continue to enjoy positive momentum. The firm said Sprint likely will stabilize its position after years of difficulties with its financials and its subscribers, but that smaller carriers like U.S. Cellular will "remain under pressure."
AT&T Mobility has ended its promotion that offered 15 GB of shared data for $100 per month. The company launched the promotion on Nov. 18 and ended it Nov. 30.