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.
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According to app-tracking company App Annie, Verizon's Go90 mobile video service landed at No. 14 in the "entertainment" category of Apple's U.S. App Store in its first 24 hours of availability, behind the likes of Netflix (No. 1), Hulu (#2), Kylie Jenner Official App (#8), Recolor - Coloring Book For Adults (#9) and Triller - Music Video Maker (#13). However, the app did end up ahead of Comcast's XFINITY TV Go (#19) and HBO NOW (#28).
According to new findings from network testing firm Global Wireless Solutions (GWS), AT&T provided the most reliable service during Pope Francis' two-day tour of Philadelphia. "The other networks fared well but overall AT&T had the best performance," the firm said.
Wi-Fi vendor Boingo recently launched a new $19.95 per month "skinny" bundle of TV services for its military users that sports a handful of TV channels specifically targeted at millennial men. Boingo said its new Core TV offers in-home streaming video, "which is important for this universe because their primary screen is a mobile device (laptop, tablet, smartphone)," the company said.
Dish Network's designated entities (DEs), in which Dish holds an 85 percent economic stake, agreed to give up around a third of the paired AWS-3 spectrum licenses they won earlier this year in an FCC auction -- mostly spectrum licenses covering New York, Chicago and Boston. Analysts from Jefferies noted that the companies' abandoned licenses dovetail with AT&T and T-Mobile coverage areas, but leave open the prospect of a transaction with Verizon.
Sprint is embarking on a new cost-cutting effort geared toward reducing expenses by as much as $2.5 billion during the next six months. The cuts "inevitably will result in job reductions," Tarek Robbiati, Sprint's new CFO, said in a memo obtained by the Wall Street Journal. Robbiati also noted that Sprint is instituting an external hiring freeze.
T-Mobile data breach: Hacker steals names, birthdates, Social Security numbers and more from 15M people
An unidentified "unauthorized party" accessed the personal information of around 25 percent of T-Mobile US' customer base, around 15 million people. Experian, the company that handles T-Mobile's credit applications, announced its systems were breached and that all its data "may have been compromised."
AT&T said it is currently testing fixed wireless local loop technology in select areas of the country with local residents who want to try the service, including in Alabama, Georgia, Kansas and Virginia, and is seeing speeds of around 15 to 25 Mbps.
5GPPP has "done the best job of disseminating a lot of information, and they've also been able to bring in a lot of players," said Daryl Schoolar, a principal analyst at Ovum and a Fierce contributor. Schoolar's claim is evidenced by the 5GPPP's litany of sub-groups, including METIS-II, mmMAGIC and 5GNORMA, each of which focuses on a singular element of 5G.
AT&T said that it wants to offer Wi-Fi calling services on the iPhone via Apple's new iOS 9 software, but that it is still waiting for an FCC waiver on rules that require calling services to also offer options for deaf and hard-of-hearing users. In a new filing today with the FCC, the carrier reiterated its request for a waiver and blasted Sprint and T-Mobile US for offering Wi-Fi calling services without requesting waivers from the FCC's rules.
Digicel, a wireless carrier that counts roughly 13 million customers across 31 markets in the Caribbean and South Pacific, said it will begin blocking display and video ads in mobile web pages and in apps. The carrier said the move will reduce its customers' data usage by 10 percent. And, importantly, the carrier said it will charge companies like Google, Yahoo and Facebook to bypass the block so they can deliver their ads to Digicel customers.