Biography for Sue Marek
Sue joined FierceMarkets in January 2007 and is currently the editor-in-chief of FierceMarkets Telecom Group. In her current position, she oversees the editorial content of several FierceMarkets' newsletters and web sites including FierceWireless, FierceCable, FierceTelecom, FierceOnlineVideo, FierceDeveloper, FierceWireless:Europe and FierceWireless:Tech, and provides editorial guidance for the publications’ advanced products and live events. Sue has more than 20 years of experience reporting on the telecom industry. Prior to joining FierceMarkets, she was the executive editor of Wireless Week. From 1999 to 2001, she worked as an analyst for Paul Kagan Associates, specializing in wireless and broadband technologies. She also was the managing editor of Convergence magazine, a monthly magazine for cable television, phone and wireless network operators. Sue is based in Denver and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow @FierceWireless on Twitter and find her on LinkedIn.
Articles by Sue Marek
LAS VEGAS--AT&T Mobility's Cricket prepaid brand is ramping up its retail presence and preparing to aggressively fight for customers, even if that means quickly making adjustments to its rate plans to respond to competitive pressures.
Speaking at his first investor conference, Sprint's new CEO Marcelo Claure painted a portrait of a fast-acting CEO who is committed to listening to employees, creating value for customers and throwing out the company's stale old practices that were turning away customers in droves.
If T-Mobile's new Cellspot Wi-Fi router proves popular with consumers, the company will not only be enhancing its coverage and call quality with consumers, it might also be positioning itself for future partnerships and for new business opportunities.
SAN FRANCISCO--T-Mobile US is making a big push for Wi-Fi calling by letting customers upgrade to a new Wi-Fi capable smartphone if they don't already have one. In addition, the carrier is offering postpaid customers a free (with a $25 deposit) proprietary "Cellspot" Wi-Fi router for their home to enhance their in-home coverage.
LAS VEGAS--Just two months since launching nationwide HD voice service, Sprint says that 16 million customers have access to HD voice service. Speaking at the 4G World conference held here in conjunction with Super Mobility Week, Dr. John Saw, chief network officer of Sprint said that the improved voice quality offered by HD voice is taking the pressure off the carrier to offering voice over LTE service. "We want a solid VoLTE experience before we push it out," he said.
LAS VEGAS--FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said that it's crucial that wireless carriers participate in the 600 MHz incentive auction that is planned for mid-2015. Speaking at the Competitive Carriers' Association show here, Wheeler said that a segment of the broadcast industry, which has been very vocal in its opposition to this auction, is saying that there are not enough wireless carriers to participate to make it worthwhile for the broadcasters. "It is crucial that you show up. And show up now."
LAS VEGAS--Anticipation is growing for the FCC's upcoming AWS-3 spectrum auction, which will begin Nov. 13. During a panel discussion here at the Competitive Carriers' Association conference, several operators said that they expected the auction to get high participation from a lot of different players.
LAS VEGAS--T-Mobile US is working with multiple partners to enable LTE roaming and will have several LTE roaming deals completed by year-end. Speaking at the FierceWireless breakfast on LTE roaming held at the Competitive Carriers' Association event here, Heather Stacey, director of business development at T-Mobile, said that the company is working with roaming partners using CCA's data roaming hub or through a bilateral roaming arrangement.
LAS VEGAS--AT&T Mobility's Cricket prepaid brand will start selling its service along with smartphones and accessories in more than 2,800 GameStop retail stores nationwide beginning in October.
AT&T's Kris Rinne, senior vice president of network technology for AT&T Labs, will retire at the end of November. AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel said that Rinne will be succeeded by Tom Keathley, who has been appointed senior vice president of network and product planning. Keathley will be based in Atlanta and report to Krish Prabu, president of AT&T Labs and chief technology officer of AT&T Services.