Nokia reported higher profit than expected in the fourth quarter, and grew its sales as well thanks in large part to a surge in revenue from its Network business, particularly in North America.
Ericsson posted tepid sales in the fourth quarter and although the company's gross margin was higher than expected the Swedish vendor is facing continued weakness in North America, its largest market by revenue.
Google has not confirmed it is launching an MVNO, though reports seem to indicate it is planning to do so. We don't know what Google's go-to-market strategy would be or how much money it would invest. Yet we do have some outlines of how and why Google would launch a wireless service--and so far it does not seem that promising.
T-Mobile US CEO John Legere is not giving his rivals a holiday break, vowing to compete head on with Verizon Wireless in terms of network quality and surpass Sprint in subscribers to become the nation's No. 3 carrier in 2015.
Sprint executives said throughout 2014 that they planned to launch carrier aggregation technology on the company's 2.5 GHz TD-LTE service by the end of this year. However, the company now expects to miss that goal will instead launch the technology sometime in early 2015.
2014 is nearly at and end and it's the time of the year when there are countless year-end review articles and 2015 predictions. While there were many highlights of 2014, I choose to hone in on network and competition. Instead of predictions, my 2015 expectations have been laid out with technology paths and the previous year's events.
The FCC did not conclude that the U.S. wireless industry is "effectively competitive" and in a new report declared that the market remains highly concentrated among the four Tier 1 carriers. In its 17th "Mobile Wireless Competition Report," the FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau notes that consolidation is continuing.
A top Verizon Communications executive said the carrier doesn't plan to reduce spending on its wireless network, despite the fact that it has largely completed its nationwide macro LTE buildout. At the same time, Verizon CFO Fran Shammo said the carrier plans to increase its margins in its wireless business over time.
T-Mobile US is selling stock in an offering that is likely going to raise $1 billion. The carrier indicated it will use the proceeds for capital expenditures and spectrum purchases beyond what it may acquire in the ongoing AWS-3 auction.
After drooping revenues in 2014, coming deployments of LTE Advanced technologies and small cells are expected to drive the microwave equipment market back to growth, according to a new report from Infonetics Research.