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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow @mikeddano on Twitter and find him on LinkedIn.
Articles by Mike Dano
AT&T has submitted a bid for Yahoo and remains active in the auction of Yahoo's core internet business, according to a new report from Bloomberg. AT&T's interest in Yahoo puts the company directly into competition with Verizon, which is also reportedly bidding on Yahoo's business and reportedly remains the frontrunner.
Microsoft today announced it will cut up to 1,350 jobs in Finland and up to 500 jobs globally as part of its further withdrawal from the smartphone business. The company said it would record an impairment and restructuring charge of around $950 million related to the move, of which it said $200 million would relate to severance payments.
T-Mobile US will power a new service from startup Twilio called Programmable Wireless that essentially gives developers the ability to control the operation of voice, texting and data on Twilio's T-Mobile-powered SIM cards. The SIM cards can be installed on phones or into IoT-style sensors and gadgets.
Sprint's CFO said the carrier is working on a financial arrangement where it will sell the rights to some of its spectrum licenses to an unnamed entity that will then lease those rights back to Sprint. Sprint's Tarek Robbiati said the company expects to finalize the money-raising effort within the coming months.
Pacific Crest survey: T-Mobile's gains are slowing, but 'trends are deteriorating further for Sprint'
According to a new customer survey from investment banking firm Pacific Crest Securities, T-Mobile US' momentum in the market will cool during the coming months. "Our survey indicates subscriber trends at T-Mobile are slowing," the analysts wrote in a new report. "This corresponds to what T-Mobile reported for postpaid subscriber porting ratios, where each carrier improved against T-Mobile q/q in 1Q16."
The cable industry's NCTA trade group held its annual INTX show in Boston last week, and wireless -- from Wi-Fi to 5G -- stood as a top theme.
Apple CEO Tim Cook offered his clearest comments yet on the possibility of the iPhone vendor launching its own MVNO service, explaining that Apple typically operates at a global scale and therefore likely wouldn't launch an MVNO in a specific country.
Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam said that the carrier's 5G tests in its Basking Ridge, New Jersey, headquarters have shown speeds of up to 1.8 Gbps, and he hinted that the range of that service could reach up to 1,000 meters. And McAdam said that a fixed deployment of 5G technology could be profitable enough to provide the carrier a complete return on its investment in the technology, irrespective of a mobile 5G service.
AT&T's Ralph de la Vega said he is not concerned about the decline in the number of the carrier's postpaid phone customers because of the growth of AT&T's Cricket prepaid wireless business. And he said that AT&T has a significant cross-selling opportunity following its acquisition of pay-TV company DirecTV.
AT&T today said that it will reduce the number of equipment installment plans (EIP) it offers from four to two. The two remaining plans, AT&T Next and AT&T Next Every Year, essentially will allow customers to upgrade to a new phone either every two years (Next) or ever year (Next Every Year).