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Wireless operators around the globe are preparing for a big shift in their network architecture with the advent of software-defined networks (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV), two technologies that promise to accelerate innovation and allow them to deploy new services more quickly and efficiently.
Sprint has been talking about the unique benefits of its 2.5 GHz spectrum for years--first when its partner Clearwire owned it, and then after Sprint bought Clearwire. They're still talking about how it's a differentiator. Yet unless and until Sprint fully takes advantage of that spectrum, I don't see it making meaningful market share gains or standing out from its competitors.
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Now that it has completed its $2.5 billion acquisition of Mexican operator Iusacell and its $1.88 billion purchase of Nextel Mexico's wireless assets from bankrupt NII Holdings, AT&T is ready to push ahead with its Mexican agenda. That agenda, specifically, is to create a Mexican stronghold by replicating what the company has done in the U.S.: deploying LTE and selling smartphones. But will the company's investment in Mexico pay off?
The vision of the smart city of tomorrow holds an enormous amount of promise. Picture a densely populated city that is safer, more efficient and much more environmentally conscious than today's urban corridors.
Verizon Communications' $4.4 billion purchase of AOL will mean the telecommunications giant is no longer just competing directly against the likes of AT&T. The deal is all about advertising technology, or ad-tech, and with it Verizon will now be competing against Google, Facebook and others in the digital ad market, especially in video. If Verizon can develop content for its OTT venture, it now has the tools to make money off of that using AOL.
Once again, the Fierce editorial team is busy deciding which companies will be selected for our annual Fierce 15. The Fierce 15 represents the 15 most interesting and innovative startups in the wireless industry--companies that we think have the potential to offer exciting new solutions and change the industry.
Google's 'Project Fi' MVNO won't shake up the wireless industry, but it could give it an important nudge
Google's Project Fi MVNO will not be a "game changing" move in the wireless industry, for a variety of reasons related to its pricing, scope and experimental nature. However, it could push the wireless industry in a new direction and spur carriers provide faster service and introduce more consumer-friendly offerings, which I think would be a net positive for customers and the wider industry.
Sprint has made a lot of news recently about plans to expand its distribution and even bring phones directly to customers. It's all part of an effort to retain the company's customer base and drum up more sales in the hopes of growing net subscriber additions. However, unless Sprint clarifies its brand message and improves its 2.5 GHz LTE network, I fear it will not amount to much.