FierceWireless Editor Phil Goldstein bids goodbye in his final column for the publication and reflects on how the wireless industry has changed during the seven years of his tenure.
It remains to be seen if Go90 will appeal to millennials and become a hit product, which would in turn deliver the audience advertisers want. But what is clear is that Verizon has spent years developing Go90, and hopes it will succeed. For a deep dive into how Verizon created Go90, check out this special report.
T-Mobile US CEO John Legere has wisely phrased T-Mobile's newest Binge On announcement as the carrier giving its customers what they want. But Uncarrier X is just as much about strengthening T-Mobile's business and network management as it is about serving "uncarrier" customers.
Telecom service providers are facing a multitude of challenges right now. Demand for telecom services is growing while networks are stretched for capacity. But help is on the way.
With ATSC 3.0, TV broadcasters might try to steal some wireless business after FCC's incentive auction
What are the nation's TV broadcasters going to do after they give up some of their spectrum to wireless carriers in the FCC's upcoming incentive auction? Why, they might compete directly with those very same carriers, of course. At least, that's how the market may shake out if the nation's TV broadcasters adopt the new ATSC 3.0 transmission standard in the coming years.
The shift to handset leasing and smartphone upgrade plans is dramatically altering the financial models of wireless operators and significantly lengthening the lifespan of the smartphone. It's also creating some confusion in the industry. During every third-quarter earnings call, analysts have peppered wireless executives with questions about their equipment installment plans (EIP) and, in the case of Sprint and Apple, their device leasing programs.
AT&T and Verizon could use the 600 MHz spectrum reserve to pressure T-Mobile - and lots of other smaller carriers
With Sprint choosing to sit out the 600 MHz incentive auction, it has been widely assumed that T-Mobile and other competitive carriers will be able to bid for the "set aside" airwaves -- up to 30 MHz in a given market -- without having to worry about AT&T and Verizon Wireless. However, that likely won't be the case, and in many rural markets AT&T and Verizon will be able to fully bid on reserve spectrum and put pressure on smaller carriers during the auction, and potentially after it as well.
What burning questions do Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon need to answer during the Q3 earnings season?
To get you ready for the third-quarter earnings conference calls, here are the most pressing questions I think the top executives at Tier 1 carriers need to answer over the next few weeks.
Although the economy has rebounded somewhat since the depths of the Great Recession and companies in the wireless industry are no longer shedding jobs on a seemingly weekly basis as firms were in late 2008 and early 2009, not everything is rosy. FierceWireless has compiled a list of the five largest job cutting programs in wireless in 2015 thus far.