ATLANTA-- AT&T Mobility's Ralph de la Vega says he isn't sweating the competition too much. De la Vega, CEO of AT&T's Mobile & Business Solutions Group, said the carrier takes what its competitors do seriously, including aggressive moves by T-Mobile US and Sprint, but is comfortable with its place in the industry and is confident it is ahead of other carriers on connected cars, homes and the Internet of Things.
Verizon Wireless may have scored big in the FCC's recent $45 billion AWS-3 spectrum auction by securing more $10.8 billion in new spectrum in major markets. But one financial analyst believes that the operator is in dire need of more spectrum, because it has over 40 percent of the industry's postpaid customers on its network and controls less than 20 percent of available spectrum.
ATLANTA--T-Mobile US, Sprint and Dish Network continued to push for the FCC to reserve up to 40 MHz of spectrum for smaller carriers to bid on in the incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum. The current reserve is capped at 30 MHz. Yet executives from those companies acknowledged that this is just one of many issues carriers, broadcasters and regulators will need to deal with in the months ahead as the early-2016 start date for the auction draws closer.
T-Mobile US and AT&T Mobility are likely to be the winners in the first-quarter race to score new subscribers and hold onto existing ones, as churn becomes a key area of focus in the industry, according to a research report from analysts at investment bank Jefferies.
If you spend a lot of time in busy U.S. airports, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile US are likely going to offer you better overall performance and mobile data speeds than AT&T Mobility and Sprint, according to the latest bi-annual report from network testing firm RootMetrics.
T-Mobile US' new rate plans and offerings for businesses are likely going to have more success in the small and medium-sized business (SMB) market than with major corporations, where Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility are strongest, according to financial analysts.
AT&T Mobility is partnering with major brands including ExxonMobil, Macy's, Nationwide Insurance, Rite Aid, Direct Energy and Hulu to launch a new loyalty rewards program. The program, called "Plenti" and powered by American Express, will let customers earn and redeem points at any of the merchants in the coalition.
A MVNO called Total Wireless is launching exclusively through Walmart, and it is likely partnering with Verizon Wireless, though the company did not confirm it is a Verizon MVNO. What sets Total Wireless apart from some of its MVNO brethren is that it will let customers purchase data that doesn't expire after a month.
The FCC's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum is scheduled to start in a little under year from now, and many technical rules need to be resolved between now and then. However, wireless carriers and broadcasters seem to be unified on one key issue: They want the FCC to change its plans for dealing with "impaired" spectrum, or spectrum that will have too much interference to be used.
T-Mobile US is bringing its rollover data program, which it calls "Data Stash," to its Simple Choice prepaid customers as of March 22. The offering has only available to T-Mobile's Simple Choice postpaid customers up until now.