FierceWireless The latest wireless industry news from FierceWireless en-us Analyst: Smartphone sales will lead consumer electronics market in 2015 <p>MALTA--Declining smartphone prices will spark demand and result in smartphones being the leading consumer electronics category in 2015, according to global research firm GfK.</p> GfK IFA 2015 Smartphones Smartphones and Devices Sat, 25 Apr 2015 12:29:11 +0000 385181 at Comcast/Time Warner Cable deal dies, as AT&T appears set to close DirecTV combination <p>And then it just died. Comcast said it is ending its $45.2 billion bid to buy Time Warner Cable and create the nation&#39;s largest cable and broadband company. The decision to drop the deal likely clears the way for regulators to approve AT&amp;T&nbsp;$48.5 billion acquisition of DirecTV.</p> AT&T Comcast Content / Programming DirecTV Regulatory News Service Provider Strategies Time Warner Cable Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:31:19 +0000 385076 at Crown Castle now gets 7% of its revenue from small cells, sees strong growth ahead <p>Crown Castle is seeing a strong uptick in its business from deploying small cells. Indeed, the company said small cells now make up 7 percent of the tower company&#39;s site rental revenue.</p> Crown Castle Mobile Networks Network Infrastructure Network Infrastructure Sba Communications small cells Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:23:08 +0000 385071 at América Móvil's TracFone loses 318K subs in Q1, partially due to Lifeline changes <p>Am&eacute;rica M&oacute;vil&#39;s U.S. MVNO, TracFone Wireless, lost 318,000 total customers in the first quarter, which it blamed largely on disconnections it had to make related to its participation in the federal Lifeline phone program.</p> America Movil lifeline quarterly earnings Service Provider Strategies subscriber numbers Tracfone TracFone Wireless Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:56:54 +0000 385041 at Analyst: U.S. carriers and Dish now hold spectrum worth $368B <p>U.S. wireless carriers along with Dish Network sit on wireless spectrum worth around $368 billion collectively, according to a report from a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs.</p> AT&T Mobility AWS-3 AWS-3 auction DISH Network goldman sachs Service Provider Strategies Spectrum News Sprint T-Mobile USA Verizon Wireless wireless spectrum Fri, 24 Apr 2015 15:13:06 +0000 385006 at ZTE's Lam: Company shines in U.S. prepaid device market with 21% share <p><a href=""><img align="right" alt="zte Waiman Lam" hspace="5" src="" vspace="1" width="80" /></a></p> <p>MALTA--ZTE continues to make inroads in the U.S. prepaid device market. Speaking at the IFA 2015 trade show here, Waiman Lam, senior director of technology and partnerships at ZTE, said that the company has 21 percent of the U.S. prepaid device market, making it the No. 2 player in the space. The company commands 7 percent of the overall device market in the United States.</p> IFA15GPC Smartphones and Devices Spro 2 Waiman Lam zte Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:23:36 +0000 384986 at Verizon reintroduces promotional $80/10 GB and $100/15 GB shared data plans <p>Verizon Wireless is bringing back lower promotional pricing for its More Everything shared data plans. The carrier is offering a 10 GB plan for $80 per month, down from $100, and it re-introduced a 15 GB plan for $100 per month.</p> data share data-share plans Fran Shammo More Everything price war promotions Service Provider Strategies Verizon Wireless Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:43:43 +0000 384926 at Turk Telekom bids for remaining 10% of Avea <p>Turk Telekom confirmed this week that it has submitted a non-binding offer for the 10 per cent of mobile operator Avea that it does not already own.</p> Avea Network Infrastructure Service Provider Strategies Turk Telekom Turkcell turkey Vodafone Turkey Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:15:03 +0000 29471 at Apple stays tight-lipped on Skycure claim of iOS security vulnerability <p>Apple remained tight-lipped when asked for its reaction to an announcement by Israel-based security company Skycure that it had discovered a security breach in the company&#39;s iOS 8 platform.</p> Apple Google security Skycure Smartphones and Devices Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:56:18 +0000 29466 at Mobistar surprises with rise in Q1 core profit <p>Orange&#39;s Belgian unit Mobistar reported an unexpected increase in core profit for the first quarter of 2015 and achieved year-on-year EBITDA growth for the first time in 15 quarters.</p> BASE Belgium Belgacom Financial News Liberty Global mobistar Orange Telenet Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:39:35 +0000 29461 at EE readies own brand sub-£100 Wi-Fi calling smartphone <p>EE expanded the range of smartphones capable of accessing its Wi-Fi calling service with the launch of two new own-brand devices that CMO Pippa Dunn said offer premium-level features at low prices.</p> EE Smartphone Smartphones and Devices Vodafone Wi-Fi calling Wi-fi Networks Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:10:34 +0000 29456 at Mallinson: Nokia, Alcatel-Lucent and the last of the network equipment mega-mergers <p>Nokia&#39;s integration of Alcatel-Lucent following the proposed acquisition of its rival will be difficult and messy. Some significant rewards will take many years to achieve, if ever. However, very large research and development demands with economies of scale and scope in 4G, 5G and with fixed-mobile network convergence make this kind of transaction inevitable and indispensable.</p> 4G 5G Alcatel-Lucent LTE Mergers and Acquisitions Michel Combes Mobile Networks Network Infrastructure Network Infrastructure Nokia Nokia Networks Rajeev Suri Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:00:00 +0000 29371 at Carphone's iD hailed as more interesting MVNO story than Google's Project Fi <p>Carphone Warehouse and Google this week unveiled separate plans to launch mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs), yet despite the fanfare that greeted Google&#39;s <a href="">Project Fi</a> some analysts have hailed Carphone&#39;s iD as the more interesting MVNO story.</p> BT Carphone Warehouse Dixons Carphone EE Hutchison Whampoa iD Service Provider Strategies Telefonicam O2 UK The Phone House Three UK Fri, 24 Apr 2015 09:25:36 +0000 29451 at GSA: Commercial LTE Advanced systems reach 64 in 39 countries <p>Around 30 per cent (116) of LTE operators worldwide are now investing in carrier aggregation technology.</p> carrier aggregation LTE Advanced Network Infrastructure Fri, 24 Apr 2015 07:21:19 +0000 29441 at T-Mobile seeks roaming concessions in AT&T's purchase of Plateau Wireless <p>T-Mobile US is asking the FCC to require AT&amp;T Mobility to honor T-Mobile&#39;s existing roaming agreement with Plateau Wireless in the Southwestern United States. AT&amp;T is in the process of acquiring Plateau Wireless, and T-Mobile has warned that AT&amp;T will increase T-Mobile&#39;s roaming costs in the area unless the FCC steps in.</p> AT&T AT&T Mobility data roaming FCC Plateau Wireless Regulatory News roaming Service Provider Strategies T-Mobile USA Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:27:41 +0000 384691 at Google's 'Project Fi' MVNO won't shake up the wireless industry, but it could give it an important nudge <p><a href=""><img align="right" alt="" hspace="5" src="" vspace="1" width="80" /></a></p> <p>Google&#39;s Project Fi MVNO will not be a &quot;game changing&quot; 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.</p> AT&T Mobility family data plans Google mobile data MVNO Nexus 6 pricing Project Fi Republic Wireless Service Provider Strategies Sprint T-Mobile USA Verizon Wireless Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:27:16 +0000 384686 at Summit take-away: Wi-Fi's still got a quality of service issue <p><a href=""><img align="left" border="0" hspace="3" src="" vspace="3" /></a>It was probably apropos that Google&nbsp;would announce its MVNO on the second day of the Wi-Fi Innovation Summit. After all, many of the players at the summit are pioneers in the Wi-Fi-to-cellular handoff business.</p> Google QoS Service Provider Strategies Wi-Fi Innovation Summit Wi-fi Networks Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:16:31 +0000 69606 at Sprint takes aim at AT&T with new global SIM and M2M management service <p>Sprint is seeking to chip away at AT&amp;T Mobility&#39;s position as the leading U.S. carrier providing M2M solutions by expanding the reach of its own portal for letting customers manage connected devices.</p> AT&T Mobility Command Center 2.0 conencted devcies Internet of Things M2M M2M and Connected Devices Service Provider Strategies Sprint Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:54:43 +0000 384651 at Wi-Fi, LTE worlds bump into each other in WIS panel debate <p>SAN MATEO, Calif.--Representing divergent views from the Wi-Fi and LTE industries, panelists from Ericsson, Qualcomm, Ruckus Wireless and CableLabs engaged in a lively debate at the Wi-Fi Innovation Summit here Wednesday about LTE-U/LAA and its impact on Wi-Fi. Or lack thereof, depending on your viewpoint.</p> CableLabs Ericsson LAA LTE-U LWA Network Infrastructure Qualcomm Ruckus Service Provider Strategies Wi-Fi Wi-Fi Innovation Summit Wi-fi Networks Thu, 23 Apr 2015 14:26:55 +0000 69601 at Boingo CTO calls on industry to be more disruptive <p>SAN MATEO, Calif.--Noting the &quot;uncarrier&quot; moves by operators like T-Mobile US&nbsp;that already are making waves, Boingo CTO Derek Peterson told attendees here at the Wi-Fi Innovation Summit that he would like to see more disruption like that from the industry.</p> boingo Service Provider Strategies Wi-Fi first Wi-Fi Innovation Summit Wi-fi Networks Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:34:52 +0000 69596 at South Korean researchers develop app to help those with arm paralysis <p>An app that helps people with arm paralysis use smartphones is expected to be released to the Samsung Apps platform in a few months.</p> Ahn Hyun-jin Dowell Samsung sensor Smartphones and Devices Thu, 23 Apr 2015 00:41:49 +0000 69591 at Google's Project Fi aims to combine the best of LTE, Wi-Fi <p>Finally and officially, Google has unwrapped its &quot;Project Fi&quot; MVNO in partnership with Sprint and T-Mobile US.</p> Google MVNO Project Fi Service Provider Strategies Sprint T-Mobile Wi-fi Networks Thu, 23 Apr 2015 00:25:34 +0000 69586 at AllCity Wireless launches ÜberWi cloud-based Wi-Fi management platform <p>AllCity Wireless, which provides solutions for enterprise-class wireless broadband and Wi-Fi deployments, introduced &Uuml;berWi, a cloud-based solution that allows businesses to manage and monetize their own Wi-Fi networks.</p> AllCity Wireless cloud services Network Infrastructure Wi-fi Networks Wed, 22 Apr 2015 14:45:06 +0000 69576 at Telekom Austria more than doubles Q1 profit as revenue declines slow <p>Telekom Austria more than doubled its quarterly net income year-on-year in the first quarter of 2015, as a cost-cutting programme helped slow down the rate of revenue decline.</p> Earnings Financial News Telekom Austria Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:55:55 +0000 29431 at Vodafone and MTN partner on mobile money services in East Africa <p>Vodafone and MTN plan to collaborate on the provision of mobile money services across East Africa, in what is the latest in a series of international agreements between operators in this field.</p> Airtel East Africa Ecobank M-Pesa Mobile Money MTN Orange Service Provider Strategies Vodafone Wed, 22 Apr 2015 10:20:47 +0000 29426 at Nokia navigating 4 offers for its HERE mapping business <p>Nokia reportedly attracted four potential bidders for its HERE mapping business, after announcing it is reviewing the division&#39;s future alongside a proposed acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent.</p> Here Nokia Smartphone Smartphones and Devices Wed, 22 Apr 2015 09:51:13 +0000 29421 at Google's Loon refines processes, gets close to rolling out 'thousands' of balloons <p>Since launching a handful of balloons in New Zealand at its Project Loon launch in 2013, Google says it has flown millions of test kilometers around the world trying to learn what it will take to provide Internet connectivity with balloons.</p> Google Network Infrastructure Project Loon Service Provider Strategies Wireless broadband Tue, 21 Apr 2015 13:38:42 +0000 69561 at Study: Dual-band Wi-Fi devices surpass single-band 2.4 GHz products <p>The use of dual-band Wi-Fi devices using 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz spectrum has surpassed that of single-band 2.4 GHz devices, according to an ABI Research study.</p> ABI Research Wi-Fi Alliance Wi-fi Networks Tue, 21 Apr 2015 12:00:28 +0000 69551 at New 3.5 GHz rules reveal less control-freaky Department of Defense <p>When the FCC voted to adopt new spectrum sharing rules for the 3.5 GHz band, it acknowledged the hard work the FCC staff, National Telecommunications and Information Administration and U.S. Department of Defense did in order to come up with a workable plan.</p> dynamic spectrum sharing FCC Regulatory News Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:41:41 +0000 69546 at Ofcom identifies potential 5G bands above 6 GHz <p>UK regulator Ofcom has identified a preliminary set of bands in different parts of the 6-100 GHz range that it believes offer the best potential use for 5G in the UK and harmonization of 5G mobile services globally.</p> 5G FCC Ofcom Regulatory News Mon, 20 Apr 2015 14:49:38 +0000 69541 at