Crown Castle CEO Ben Moreland said the tower company thinks that small cells represent a similar growth opportunity to what the industry saw with regular cell towers in the early 2000s.
T-Mobile US said 92 percent of MetroPCS' customers on its legacy CDMA network in Boston, Hartford, Conn., and Las Vegas moved onto T-Mobile's GSM/HSPA+/LTE network after T-Mobile shut off MetroPCS CDMA service in those markets. The carrier next plans to shut down MetroPCS' CDMA network in Philadelphia sometime later this year.
Huawei reported that its first half-revenue jumped 19 percent thanks to growth in its LTE network infrastructure and smartphone businesses outside China.
Ericsson reported strong results for the second quarter, with its sales and profit margins beating analysts' expectations. The Swedish vendor expects a better sales and business mix in the second half of this year and is riding stronger growth in network-capacity projects, which are more profitable than network buildouts.
T-Mobile US said it launched LTE service in Las Vegas on "Wideband" 15x15 MHz channels, making it one of 17 markets where T-Mobile is touting more capacity and faster speeds.
Sprint has been seeding the market with devices that can support the 4x2 MIMO antenna technology the carrier disclosed it will start deploying, a company spokeswoman confirmed. The new technology is expected to improve Sprint's LTE network performance, especially at the cell edge.
ItsOn, the cloud-based mobile services provider behind the Sprint MVNO Zact Mobile, said it will shut down Zact. However, Sprint will be using ItsOn's technology and platforms to power a new, no-contract service it will launch in the coming months.
Nokia Networks said it will buy SAC Wireless, a wireless network equipment installation specialist. The companies did not disclose the financial terms of the deal.
FierceWireless has partnered with AllNet Labs, a wireless consulting firm, to map out exactly how much spectrum each of the four Tier 1 carriers currently has that they could deploy for LTE service, broken down on a county-by-county basis. T hese maps show how much spectrum each of the nation's Tier 1 carriers currently has for LTE based on their stated LTE deployment plans. It doesn't show actual LTE deployments, only the spectrum that likely is used or will be used for LTE deployments.
Ericsson and Huawei each hold around 30 percent of the $13 billion telecom network managed services market, according to a new report from ABI Research. However, Nokia's networks unit is not far behind with 25 percent of the market.