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
According to data from Counterpoint Research, Samsung surpassed Apple in terms of smartphone market share in the United States, the first time the company has done so in almost a year. Samsung passed Apple based on the sales of its new Galaxy S7 flagship Android smartphone, which is currently sold by AT&T, Verizon and other top U.S. wireless carriers.
Millimeter wave spectrum -- stretching from 28 GHz to 39 GHz to 37 GHz to the 64-71 GHz band -- has been identified as a key element of forthcoming 5G networks. And according to new maps provided by Allnet Insights & Analytics, there is a lot of millimeter wave spectrum currently under control by the FCC.
As expected, Netflix today introduced cellular data controls to its mobile apps that will allow mobile users to adjust the settings of their Netflix video streams. The release of the feature comes just weeks after the disclosure that Netflix throttles the transmission of video it makes available to AT&T and Verizon because of those carriers' data overage charges.
T-Mobile said to be 'comfortable' with $95 unlimited pricing as network strengthens, refarming continues
T-Mobile US executives are content with T-Mobile's $95-per-month price for unlimited talking, texting and data, partially as a result of the carrier's continued efforts to expand and improve its wireless network. Indeed, only 50 percent of T-Mobile's spectrum is currently used for LTE service -- meaning T-Mobile still has a significant amount of spectrum it can refarm for LTE.
There is clear battle brewing between the wireless industry and the cable industry. AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and the rest of the nation's top wireless carriers are increasingly developing products and services that stand as a direct challenge to cable operators like Comcast and Charter Communications. Such actions are doubtlessly causing headaches in the cable industry.
The FCC today announced it will be able to offer a whopping 126 MHz, or 10 paired blocks, of licensed spectrum on a near-nationwide basis in the forward portion of its 600 MHz incentive auction. That's a huge victory for FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, and it potentially creates an opening for a new wireless carrier to launch in the United States.
Apple shows declines in revenues, profits and iPhones sales - and predicts more of the same this year
Apple blamed "strong macroeconomic headwinds" on its surprisingly sluggish quarterly results, in which the smartphone vendor posted revenues and profits below analyst expectations, driven largely by a significant dip in its iPhone shipments. Apple shipped a total of 51.2 million iPhones during its most recent quarter, down from the 61.2 million it shipped during the same quarter last year.
Just a few months after closing its merger with Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia announced it will spend roughly $191 million to purchase Withings, a French startup founded in 2008 that makes activity trackers, weighing scales, thermometers, blood pressure monitors, home and baby monitors and other health-related gadgets and services. Nokia said it would add the company to its Nokia Technologies division, which also houses the company's patent-licensing business as well as its new virtual reality camera-making effort.
Wireless carriers are clearly keen on the dark fiber opportunity. Carriers like T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon are using dark fiber to power their current macro base station backhaul, but are also looking at it for future small cell and C-RAN network deployments.
Cable One, a smaller cable operator based in Phoenix, Ariz., has no current plans to build out a public Wi-Fi network or get into the wireless business in a major way. But the company's CEO told FierceCable that the company would willingly follow its larger rivals into the wireless space if they make a move into the business.