Verizon Wireless and Sprint far outpace AT&T and T-Mobile US when it comes to the percentage of customers with LTE-enabled smartphones who see 91 to 100 percent of their mobile usage going over LTE rather than 3G, according to a new report from Mobidia and Informa Telecoms & Media.
Taqua today unveiled a voice over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) virtual mobile core system that enables a handset to select between Wi-Fi and cellular, using the strongest signal for voice calls as well as messaging.
Rumors of a potential deal between Sprint and T-Mobile US have been swirling for weeks. I'm firmly against such a deal. That's not because I want to see the continued dominance of Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility, telecom giants that are gobbling up revenues and profits. Instead, a Sprint/T-Mobile merger is a horrible idea on policy, operational and technological levels. And the companies themselves--and the wider industry--would be better off if they didn't merge.
Sprint may be bringing back the Nextel brand to lure enterprise customers back into the fold, according to a TechCrunch report. The report, which cited an unnamed source familiar with the company's plans, also said that Sprint may merge its Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile prepaid brands into a new brand dubbed "Sprint Freedom."
Regional flat-rate CDMA operator Revol Wireless announced it is going out of business. The carrier said it has stopped taking payments and will no longer provide service starting Jan. 16.
How close is Verizon Wireless to offering voice over LTE? Pretty darn close, based on the fact that Spirent Communications' announced its 8100 mobile device test system has been selected to ensure that VoLTE/IMS devices destined for Verizon's network will comply with industry standards and the operator's certification requirements.
AT&T Mobility could be required to pay Sprint millions of dollars due to a wholesale MVNO agreement Leap Wireless and Sprint inked in 2010. AT&T earlier this year announced plans to purchase Leap; the transaction is on track to close early next year.
Less than three months after its merger with MetroPCS, T-Mobile US said it has expanded the MetroPCS footprint by 50 million POPs. Along with starting service in 15 new metro areas, T-Mobile also said it is expanding its bring-your-own-device service to all MetroPCS customers.
Qualcomm posted gains in profit and revenue in its fiscal third quarter, and also raised its guidance for the full fiscal year thanks in part to growing demand for LTE devices and its Snapdragon chipsets. The company said it now has at least 500 Snapdragon-powered smartphones in the works.
Sprint is chugging along toward its goal of covering 200 million POPs with LTE by the end of 2013, but the pace of its deployment has lagged its Tier 1 competitors, including late-comer T-Mobile US, which launched LTE in March and now covers 157 million POPs in 116 markets. Sprint's LTE deployment has been hindered by a variety of factors, ranging from not enough fiber backhaul to issues related to its wide-ranging Network Vision network modernization project.