Biography for Mike Dano
Mike Dano is the Editor in Chief for the Telecom Group of FierceMarkets, which includes FierceWireless, FierceTelecom, FierceCable and other publications. Mike oversees the Fierce editorial team and all editorial content, as well as Fierce live events, ebooks, webinars and other editorial products. Mike has covered the wireless industry as a journalist for more than 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 @mikeddano on Twitter and find him on LinkedIn.
Articles by Mike Dano
The U.S. mobile internet access market will grow from $85 billion this year to $122 billion in 2020, according to PwC's new "Global Entertainment and Media Outlook 2016-2020" report.
The Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) said it is ending its test of its CurrentC mobile payments product, and it's unclear what MCX's next steps will be. "We will be concluding our Beta on June 28, 2016. Please stay tuned for new information on CurrentC as our future plans evolve."
Sprint's efforts to deploy up to 70,000 small cells in cities across the country -- largely through vendor Mobilitie -- have stalled somewhat due to troubles obtaining permits for the transmitters. Separately, some Wall Street analysts are raising concerns about the hundreds of millions of dollars the carrier is writing off due in part to customers who sign up for Sprint's handset-leasing offer and then walk away with the devices without paying for them.
AT&T confirmed that it is offering a new promotion in select states across the country that will allow its DirecTV customers to get a free iPhone 6s and up to five additional iPhone 6s devices for 50 percent off. The offer launched last month and will run through the end of this month.
T-Mobile US is testing carrier aggregation technology across three different spectrum bands, a move that could significantly improve the speed and performance of the operator's LTE network.
TracFone's Straight Talk Plus launches EIP, will offer leasing on iPhone 6s, Galaxy S7 and other devices
America Movíl's U.S. MVNO, TracFone Wireless, appears to be in the process of launching a handset leasing program for its Straight Talk brand. Straight Talk Plus, which will allow eligible customers to pay for their smartphones in monthly installments, is rolling out in Walmart stores across the country, according to a new report from research firm Wave7.
Some financial analysts don't expect T-Mobile US to receive much of a bump in new subscribers due to its new Un-carrier 11 announcements, including its new Stock Up program. However, the carrier today reported "very high demand" for its T-Mobile Tuesdays app, and that demand appears to have affected some customers' ability to access T-Mobile's new offering.
Verizon's Fran Shammo said he is not concerned about cable operators like Comcast and Charter Communications launching wireless services through MVNO agreements with Verizon. In fact, Shammo said that Verizon would ink an MVNO agreement with Europe's Altice, which has acquired Suddenlink in the United States and is close to closing its agreement to purchase Cablevision.
T-Mobile US today announced it would give its customers free shares in the company, and would use that effort to encourage customers to refer more people to the carrier to earn more shares. T-Mobile's stock was trading at around $43.56 per share immediately after the announcement.
AT&T is unlikely to mount a serious bid for Yahoo, according to the financial analysts at Barclays. Thus, Verizon appears to remain the leading buyer for the internet company.