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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow @FierceWireless or @mikeddano on Twitter and find him on LinkedIn.
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Nikesh Arora, the former Google executive who is now president of SoftBank, said that he's not worried about the continued concerns over the future Sprint, of which SoftBank is the majority owner. "I'm very relaxed," Arora told Bloomberg. "I'm here for at least the next 10 years."
In a new, lengthy filing with the FCC, AT&T reiterated its proposed changes to the agency's Lifeline program. Specifically, AT&T urged the FCC to offload most of the management functions of the program to the Universal Service Administrative Company, and to also allow Lifeline recipients to use the program to pay for their Internet access, whether that's wireless or wireline.
Samsung Electronics flatly denied a recent report that the company is considering the sale of its wireless networks business.
AT&T predicted to dominate 600 MHz incentive auction with $10B in bids, outshining T-Mobile's $8B spend
The financial analysts at Wells Fargo predicted that AT&T will outspend its rivals on licenses during the FCC's incentive auction next year of TV broadcasters' 600 MHz spectrum, dropping up to $10 billion on a 2x10 MHz block of spectrum with nationwide capability. The analysts predict T-Mobile will come in second with bids of up to $8 billion, while Verizon will clock in last among the nation's largest wireless carriers with a total of $5 billion in bids.
As the holiday shopping season kicks into high gear, T-Mobile US, Verizon and other carriers are moving to cut prices and introduce promotions to goose their fourth quarter subscriber additions. Among the most interesting offerings is T-Mobile's offer to give $200 to every Sprint customer who switches to T-Mobile, a promotion that does not require a handset trade-in and stands in addition to the $650 that T-Mobile offers to cover the cost of early termination fees.
AT&T is reportedly using equipment from Australia's NetComm Wireless and services from Ericsson for its fixed wireless local loop (WLL) technology tests. AT&T confirmed recently it is testing fixed WLL 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.
Report: AT&T beats Verizon with most effective ads, leads with latest 'strongest 4G LTE signal' commercial
According to a new report from advertising measurement company iSpot, AT&T delivered the most effective ads during the past 30 days, narrowly beating out Verizon for the wireless industry's top spot. AT&T topped iSpot's chart mainly on the strength of its 30-second "Sort of Birthday" commercial, which the firm said generated about 12.4 percent of the industry's total "digital response."
In meetings with investment analysts, executives from tower company Crown Castle reiterated their belief that top wireless carriers will continue to densify and expand their nationwide wireless networks through a combination of new spectrum, small cells and standard macro cell buildouts.
T-Mobile US is asking the FCC to prevent Verizon from bidding on reserved spectrum in a dozen markets across the United States. The action again underscores the behind-the-scenes clashes between the nation's biggest wireless carriers as they work to improve their position going into next year's 600 MHz incentive auction of TV broadcasters' unwanted spectrum.