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Dish, FirstNet, tower companies and FCC are the early winners in wildly successful AWS-3 auction

The FCC's AWS-3 auction, which is still going on, is now more successful than anyone ever dreamed. As of this morning, the auction has raised a total of more than $24 billion in provisionally winning bids after just six days of bidding. But beyond the big, round numbers, what other conclusions can we draw from the AWS-3 results so far?

Why Samsung and Apple should be worried about Xiaomi and Lenovo

We are now entering a new phase of competition in the global smartphone market and the likes of Lenovo and Xiaomi are poised to make life a lot more difficult for market leaders Samsung Electronics and Apple. How Samsung and Apple respond will go a long way to determining whether they can maintain their status as market leaders, though I think Samsung has a lot more to worry about right now than Apple does.

Consumer brand loyalty is taking a hit thanks to T-Mobile's un-carrier moves

T-Mobile US' "un-carrier" moves over the past year have pushed all the U.S. Tier 1 operators into a world of no contracts and no device subsidies. And the result is that carrier brand loyalty has taken a hit--at least that's what research firm Market Strategies found in its latest "Brand Love" report that queries consumers on their loyalties to their wireless carriers, their smartphones and their mobile operating systems.

As MetroPCS, Leap and Cincinnati Bell networks shut down, it's regional trench warfare for carriers

Wireless carriers have always battled with each other to encourage customers to switch to a new carrier. But that fight is now starting to heat up in select markets across the country because of a confluence of network shutdowns, technology transitions and smaller carriers exiting the business. Although these market-by-market battles don't get much national attention, they're still worth watching--after all, millions of subscribers scattered across dozens of markets are up for grabs.

There's no clear business model for LTE Broadcast

Phil GoldsteinLTE Broadcast has potential, but I think it will be at least a few years before it takes off commercially. Even then, it's not clear how it will be monetized. For now LTE Broadcast is more about hype than reality.

T-Mobile's Cellspot could help bridge gap between wireless and cable operators

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.

T-Mobile, Sprint will seek to feast on iPhone 6, 6 Plus release

LAS VEGAS--Now that Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have been announced, U.S. carriers are getting down to brass tacks to try to take advantage of consumer excitement. The launch is shaping up to be the most dynamic, unpredictable and hard-hitting iPhone release U.S. carriers have ever seen.

Changing of the guard: The new CEOs of wireless now poised to take the gloves off

LAS VEGAS--It's a new day in the wireless industry. This year's Super Mobility Week is ground zero for a battle among the new guard in the wireless industry. Three of the nation's top four wireless carriers have relatively new CEOs, and attendees here at this fall show are getting a front-row seat to the opening bouts of what promises to be an interesting confrontation among them.

After VoLTE, what is the future of the telephone call?

The introduction of IP calling technology in mobile sets the stage for real change in how and when people will use telephony. According to those in the industry, we might see some significant changes to some parts of the calling experience, but phone numbers and regular old phone calls appear to be here to stay.

Super Mobility Week's success will depend upon member support

Next week is the debut of Super Mobility Week, CTIA's merger of its two annual trade shows into one "super" wireless industry event. Super Mobility Week's success is dependent upon support from CTIA members and the entire North American wireless industry. Will it have that support?