Mike Dano

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 mdano@fiercemarkets.com. Follow @FierceWireless or @mikeddano on Twitter and find him on LinkedIn.

Articles by Mike Dano

Analyst: 'No discernable patterns' in the long-term value of spectrum

HOLLYWOOD, Fla.--Despite the massive $44 billion collectively spent on spectrum licenses during the FCC's recent AWS-3 auction, one Wall Street analyst believes that the value of spectrum is not necessarily increasing. Instead, Craig Moffett said that the value of spectrum continues to remain a moving target, making it virtually impossible to predict what will happen during next year's incentive auction of TV broadcasters' 600 MHz licenses.

Crown Castle makes $1B bet on small cells with Quanta Fiber purchase

HOLLYWOOD, Fla.--Tower company Crown Castle said it will acquire Quanta Fiber Networks (called Sunesys) for $1 billion in cash. A wholly owned subsidiary of Quanta Services, Sunesys owns or has rights to nearly 10,000 miles of fiber in major metropolitan markets including Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago, Atlanta, Silicon Valley and northern New Jersey; Crown Castle said the purchase would "further strengthen Crown Castle's leading position in small cell networks by more than doubling Crown Castle's fiber footprint available for small cell deployments."

FCC's Clyburn pushes for additional tower safety steps

HOLLYWOOD, Fla.--FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn urged the wireless industry to adopt additional safety provisions she said might prevent injury and death among tower climbers.

Apple's iPhone beats expectations with 61.2M shipments

Apple reported iPhones sales of 61.2 million in its most recent quarter, well above the 58 million iPhones that analysts had been expecting on average. The company also posted increases in its revenues and profits.

T-Mobile seeks roaming concessions in AT&T's purchase of Plateau Wireless

T-Mobile US is asking the FCC to require AT&T Mobility to honor T-Mobile's existing roaming agreement with Plateau Wireless in the Southwestern United States. AT&T is in the process of acquiring Plateau Wireless, and T-Mobile has warned that AT&T will increase T-Mobile's roaming costs in the area unless the FCC steps in.

Qualcomm cuts revenue outlook, warns of further share losses at Samsung

Qualcomm reported falling earnings in the first quarter, and reduced its 2015 financial outlook from its previous expectations. The company also warned it expects Samsung to continue to move away from Qualcomm chips in future phones--exacerbating a trend Samsung started with its new flagship Android smartphone, the Galaxy S6, which dropped Qualcomm chips in favor of Samsung's own silicon.

Checking out the best--and the worst--of last week's NAB show

The annual NAB show offers a clear look into the inner workings of the pay, broadcast and over-the-top TV market--and this year's show in Las Vegas was no different. Indeed, this year's event drew more than 103,000 attendees, surpassing last year's almost 98,000. Nearly 26,500 attendees were from outside the U.S., representing 164 countries. Nearly 1,800 exhibitors stretched across the Las Vegas Convention Center, taking up over a million square feet of exhibit space.

Dish's spectrum conundrum: Make $40B-$44B now or up to $155B later

Dish Network's spectrum licenses right now could be worth as much--or possibly more--than the spectrum licenses owned by Sprint or T-Mobile US. Dish's spectrum position, bolstered by the incredible increases in Americans' demands for wireless service, makes Charlie Ergen's Dish an incredibly powerful player in the U.S. wireless market. But how exactly will Dish cash in on that position?

Bill Gates: Microsoft 'better positioned than ever' under Nadella

As Microsoft turns 40 years old, founder Bill Gates wrote a letter to employees pointing out the company's progress and hinting at its future. "I believe computing will evolve faster in the next 10 years than it ever has before. We already live in a multi-platform world, and computing will become even more pervasive," Gates wrote.

Samsung's chipset moment: Firm reportedly scores Apple deal, boots Qualcomm modems from some S6 variants

Apple will use Samsung processors in its next iPhone, according to a new report. Further, Samsung is using its own modems in some models of its new Galaxy S6 smartphone instead of those from Qualcomm. The developments could help Samsung turn a $900 million loss last year into a $900 million gain this year in its non-memory semiconductor business, according to HI Investment.