FierceWireless The latest wireless industry news from FierceWireless en-us Verizon follows T-Mobile's Binge On with zero-rated streaming video through Go90 <p>Verizon waded further into sponsored content, issuing an update to its Go90 app this week that enables Verizon&#39;s postpaid users to stream content through the app on the carrier&#39;s LTE network without incurring additional data charges. Other Go90 activity such as browsing, downloading, clipping and sharing content will continue to incur data charges.</p> Go90 Mobile TV Mobile Video net neutrality Service Provider Strategies T-Mobile Verizon zero-rated data Fri, 05 Feb 2016 21:45:48 +0000 406876 at Cheaper wholesale prices drive a thriving MVNO market <p>The MVNO market has grown at an impressive clip over the last several years as customers seek alternatives to tier-one carriers and as costs of operating a virtual network have declined. Citing Strategy Analytics data,&nbsp;<em>Bloomberg</em>&nbsp;reports that U.S. MVNOs have roughly doubled their subscriber numbers since 2009, while the four major network operators have seen subscriptions grow by only 28 percent.</p> Consumer Cellular MVNOs Service Provider Strategies Ultra Mobile Fri, 05 Feb 2016 18:07:17 +0000 406871 at T-Mobile urges FCC to 'tread lightly' regarding net neutrality <p>T-Mobile continued to defend its Binge On program and urged the FCC to &quot;tread lightly&quot; while attempting to address net neutrality concerns in mobile, according to a report from&nbsp;<em>The Hill</em>.</p> Binge On FCC net neutrality Regulatory News Sponsored Data T-Mobile zero-rated data Fri, 05 Feb 2016 17:50:57 +0000 406866 at Charter unlikely to participate in incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum <p>Charter Communications is the latest cable company to take a lukewarm view of the FCC&#39;s upcoming 600 MHz spectrum auction, saying it&#39;s unlikely to participate. Like some other wireline service providers, Charter had been seen as a potential dark horse to leverage the spectrum sale to elbow its way into the mobile market.</p> 600 MHz Charter Communications Comcast FCC incentive auction MVNOs spectrum Spectrum News Tom Rutledge Verizon Fri, 05 Feb 2016 16:59:38 +0000 406856 at Report: Apple to accept damaged iPhones for upgrades, installing screen protectors in stores <p>Apple&nbsp;is preparing to launch a trade-in program for damaged iPhones and will soon offer to install screen protectors on the handsets in its retail stores, according to a report from&nbsp;<em>9to5Mac</em>.</p> Apple iPhone mobile retail Smartphones and Devices Fri, 05 Feb 2016 16:01:03 +0000 406851 at Virgin Media CEO lends support to O2/Three UK deal <p>CK Hutchison&#39;s plan to buy O2 UK from Telefonica and merge it with Three UK has received support from a somewhat unexpected ally: the CEO of Virgin Media, Tom Mockridge.</p> Canning Fok CK Hutchison O2 Uk Regulatory News Service Provider Strategies Three UK Tom Mockridge Virgin Media Vittorio Colao Vodafone Fri, 05 Feb 2016 12:15:13 +0000 35056 at Cisco's Jasper acquisition raises questions over Ericsson partnership - analysts <p>Cisco&#39;s $1.4 billion (&euro;1.2 billion) acquisition of Internet of Things specialist Jasper Technologies raises questions about the workings of the U.S. vendor&#39;s recently announced partnership with Ericsson, analysts at Machina Research said.</p> Cisco Ericsson Jasper Technologies M2M and Embedded Wireless Merger and acquisition Fri, 05 Feb 2016 12:07:27 +0000 35051 at Orange overhauls European leadership as Bouygues talks continue <p>Orange unveiled a raft of changes to its management structure in Europe as it continues to discuss a possible deal with Bouygues Telecom that would have a profound impact on its positioning in France.</p> bouygues telecom Orange Service Provider Strategies Fri, 05 Feb 2016 11:42:55 +0000 35046 at Mobistar to take on Orange brand as EU clears Liberty Global's Base deal <p>The Belgian mobile market faces significant changes ahead after Mobistar confirmed plans to adopt the Orange brand in future, and the European Commission (EC) conditionally approved a proposed &euro;1.33 billion ($1.48 billion) acquisition of KPN-owned Base Belgium by Liberty Global&#39;s Telenet.</p> European Commission KPN Liberty Global mobistar Orange Proximus Regulatory News Service Provider Strategies Telenet Fri, 05 Feb 2016 10:55:59 +0000 35041 at Ericsson MWC plans cover 4 new products designed to ease operators' path to 5G <p>Ericsson released details of four new products designed to ease operators&#39; path to 5G, the Internet of Things and cloud technology that it will demonstrate at the forthcoming Mobile World Congress.</p> 5G Ericsson LTE M2M and Embedded Wireless mwc Network Infrastructure Network Software Fri, 05 Feb 2016 10:24:01 +0000 35036 at IDC: Global data centre SDN market to be worth almost $12.5B in 2020 <p>IDC predicted the worldwide software-defined networking (SDN) market to increase by a CAGR of 53.9 per cent from 2014 to 2020 and be worth nearly $12.5 billion (&euro;11 billion) in 2020.</p> Network Infrastructure Network Software SDN Fri, 05 Feb 2016 09:21:46 +0000 35031 at Former Virgin Mobile execs launch MVNO Mast Mobile, offering business users 2 numbers on 1 phone <p>Mast Mobile launched today with an MVNO service that enables customers to use two numbers -- one for work and another for personal use -- on a single phone. The New York-based company uses Sprint&#39;s network and allows customers to port an existing number and get a new one, or launch service with two new numbers. It markets its service as an affordable and convenient alternative for users who either carry two phones or use a call-forwarding service to differentiate between work and play.</p> David Messenger Mast Mobile Mobile Enterprise MVNOs Peter Lurie Service Provider Strategies Thu, 04 Feb 2016 21:52:12 +0000 406811 at AT&T seeks experimental license for 5G tests in Austin <p>AT&amp;T&nbsp;is asking the FCC for a three-year experimental license to conduct fixed and mobile tests in the 3400-3600 MHz, 3700-4200 MHz, 14500-15350 MHz and 27500-28500 MHz bands with &quot;various types of experimental wireless equipment&quot; in Austin, Texas. The operator isn&#39;t revealing who is supplying the equipment.</p> 5G AT&T Service Provider Strategies Thu, 04 Feb 2016 21:03:23 +0000 73856 at Verizon, Consolidated top wireline broadband network rankings <p>Latency, throughput and availability are major concerns in wireless, of course, partly because quality can vary greatly based on geography, weather, and other factors. But those are also big concerns in the world of fixed-line broadband, where performance can vary greatly depending on the service provider and technologies being used.</p> Network Infrastructure Thu, 04 Feb 2016 18:06:27 +0000 406806 at Google boots Samsung-backed ad blocker from Google Play <p>Google removed Samsung&#39;s ad blocker from its Play Store just days after the plug-in made its Android debut,&nbsp;<em>The Verge</em>&nbsp;reported. Adblock Fast, a plugin developed by Rocketship Apps that worked within Samsung&#39;s mobile browser, was reportedly found to violate Play Store guidelines that forbid offerings that interferes with or disrupts &quot;devices, servers, networks&quot; or third-party apps or services.</p> ad blockers Android Content / Programming Google Google Play Thu, 04 Feb 2016 17:47:47 +0000 406801 at AT&T wants a 'realistic' repacking schedule for FCC's upcoming 600 MHz incentive spectrum auction <p>AT&amp;T said it wants a &quot;realistic&quot; schedule for repacking spectrum following the FCC&#39;s upcoming incentive auction of TV broadcasters&#39; 600 MHz spectrum, signaling it would be willing to extend the deadline for the program beyond 39 months, Bloomberg BNA reported.</p> AT&T auction CCA FCC incentive auction Joan Marsh NAB repacking spectrum Thu, 04 Feb 2016 16:58:10 +0000 406796 at Jury orders Apple to pay $625M to VirnetX in patent case <p>Apple was ordered to pay more than $625 million to VirnetX Holding Corp. after an East Texas jury ruled the iPhone maker had infringed on four patents.</p> Apple FaceTime Financial News iMessage patent litigation Patents VirnetX Thu, 04 Feb 2016 15:53:47 +0000 406776 at Qualcomm gives preview of its MWC demos, talks new concepts for 5G <p>Amid new demos that Qualcomm will use to lure attendees at Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona later this month, its engineers are discussing a concept in 5G that represents a transition never to have been done before.</p> 5G Enhanced LAA LAA Network Infrastructure Qualcomm Service Provider Strategies Wi-Fi Thu, 04 Feb 2016 00:36:16 +0000 73841 at Intel, Qualcomm collaborate on 802.11ad WiGig interoperability <p>The 802.11ad WiGig community looks to be getting even stronger thanks to an agreement between Intel and Qualcomm where the two companies are laying the ground work for interoperability in the 802.11ad ecosystem.</p> 802.11ad Intel Qualcomm Wi-fi Networks WiGig Wed, 03 Feb 2016 22:31:57 +0000 73836 at Ericsson pushes Gigabit-LTE for faster video downloads, mission-critical apps <p>Ericsson is touting a new version of LTE that will make 1-Gigabit speeds possible for LTE networks. Called Gigabit-LTE, this version of LTE will allow operators to deliver extremely fast speeds for tasks such as downloading video or for enterprises looking for fast network access for mission-critical applications.</p> Ericsson Gigabit-LTE Network Infrastructure Wed, 03 Feb 2016 21:45:03 +0000 73831 at U.S. latency report: How did AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile perform in Q4? <p><a href=""><img align="right" alt="" hspace="5" src="" vspace="1" width="80" /></a></p> <p>While the industry awaits 5G standards that will address latency like never before, it&#39;s worth noting how network operators fare today in terms of their latency records.&nbsp;<em>FierceWireless</em>&nbsp;teamed up with OpenSignal to shed some light onto the issue.</p> AT&T Network Infrastructure Service Provider Strategies Sprint T-Mobile Verizon Wed, 03 Feb 2016 21:21:53 +0000 73821 at Qualcomm, Deutsche Telekom complete test of LAA in Germany <p>Qualcomm Technologies and Deutsche Telekom (DT) announced the successful testing of LTE Licensed-Assisted Access (LAA) in Germany, but don&#39;t expect that to narrow the gap between the arrival of LAA and LTE-U in the U.S.</p> 3gpp deutsche telekom LAA LTE-U Network Infrastructure Network Software Qualcomm Service Provider Strategies Verizon Wed, 03 Feb 2016 14:41:10 +0000 73816 at Telekom Austria rebuffs DDoS attack on its mobile, fixed broadband networks <p>Telekom Austria said no customer data was compromised by a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on its mobile and fixed broadband infrastructure that took place over the weekend.</p> Cyber attack Network Infrastructure Talktalk Telefonica Telekom Austria Wed, 03 Feb 2016 11:29:08 +0000 35016 at KPN profit growth in 2015 masks underlying declines in revenue, EBITDA <p>KPN CEO Eelco Blok said the operator will focus on increasing consumer revenues and expanding its service offerings during 2016 after it recorded a steep fall in earnings in 2015.</p> Earnings Financial News KPN Wed, 03 Feb 2016 10:14:56 +0000 35011 at EC seeks greater European harmony on 700 MHz for mobile services <p>The European Commission stepped up efforts to coordinate the use of 700 MHz spectrum for mobile services only, proposing that more spectrum is made available for mobile services in this frequency band across the European Union (EU) by 2020.</p> Ec G√ľnther Oettinger Network Infrastructure Regulatory News WRC Wed, 03 Feb 2016 09:54:24 +0000 35006 at Tele2 launches 4G in Croatia, secures new spectrum licences in Lithuania <p>Tele2 is close to offering 4G services in all markets where it operates a mobile network after launching an LTE network in Croatia, with promised data download speeds of up to 150 Mbps.</p> Network Infrastructure Service Provider Strategies Tele2 Croatia Tele2 Lithuania Wed, 03 Feb 2016 09:13:47 +0000 35001 at Wireless ISP Infiniti Broadband is building a network from scratch with Huawei's help <p>Infiniti Broadband is getting ready to launch its fixed wireless broadband service and it has signed on Huawei to help get its network off the ground.</p> Huawei Infiniti Broadband Network Infrastructure Tue, 02 Feb 2016 20:43:10 +0000 73806 at AT&T in process of upgrading Wi-Fi in NYC parks with Passpoint <p>Not only does AT&amp;T have New York City&#39;s parks covered with Wi-Fi, but it&#39;s in the process of rolling out AT&amp;T Wi-Fi Passpoint that incorporates Hotspot 2.0 technology.</p> AT&T New York City parks Passpoint Service Provider Strategies Wi-Fi Wi-fi Networks Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:29:34 +0000 73801 at Verizon engineers will be counting gigabits during Super Bowl 50 <p>The&nbsp;preparations that AT&amp;T and Verizon made&nbsp;for Super Bowl 50 have been well documented, but a peek inside Verizon&#39;s Super Bowl command room shows just how much the high-profile game will test cellular networks like no other NFL game.</p> AT&T Levi's Stadium Service Provider Strategies super bowl 50 Verizon Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:08:51 +0000 73796 at Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile pick apart FCC's millimeter wave proposals <p>The nation&#39;s largest carriers still argue for more spectrum for licensed use -- no surprise there &ndash; but they&#39;re also fully behind the commission&#39;s efforts to identify new spectrum above 24 GHz.</p> AT&T FCC Regulatory News T-Mobile Verizon Sun, 31 Jan 2016 23:28:04 +0000 73781 at