FierceWireless The latest wireless industry news from FierceWireless en-us Analysts: Verizon scored in Q2 thanks to $80/10 GB and $100/15 GB shared data plan pricing <p>Verizon Wireless likely added more postpaid customers in the second quarter than analysts at Wells Fargo had previously thought, as the carrier scored thanks to promotions it launched in April.</p> Financial News More Everything postpaid promotions quarterly earnings Service Provider Strategies subscriber growth subscriber numbers T-Mobile USA tablets Verizon Wireless Wed, 01 Jul 2015 19:29:03 +0000 395386 at Report: MediaTek gains ground on Qualcomm in LTE baseband market <p>Qualcomm has been the leader in the LTE baseband chipset market, and it still is, but it now has a clear strong competitor in the form of MediaTek, according to a new report from research firm Strategy Analytics.</p> Baseband Baseband Processors Chipsets chipsets LTE Marvell MediaTek Qualcomm samsung Spreadtrum Communications Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:54:41 +0000 395376 at LightSquared to GPS industry: Work with us on interference testing or stop complaining <p>LightSquared is serving notice to the GPS industry, its longtime nemesis: participate in new tests on interference between LightSquared&#39;s spectrum and GPS receivers or waive your right to complain, according to a lawyer representing LightSquared.</p> bankruptcy FCC GPS GPS interference LightSquared Reed Hundt Regulatory News Service Provider Strategies Spectrum News wireless spectrum Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:41:40 +0000 395371 at Kantar: Samsung's Galaxy S6 helps cut into Apple's share of U.S. smartphone market <p><a href=""><img align="right" alt="" hspace="5" src="" vspace="1" width="80" /></a></p> <p>Thanks in large part to the introduction of Samsung Electronics&#39; Galaxy S6 smartphone, Google&#39;s Android platform saw its market share in the U.S. inch up at the expense of Apple&#39;s iOS, according to a new report from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.</p> Android Apple Galaxy S6 Google Kantar Kantar Worldpanel LG samsung Smartphones Smartphones and Devices Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:24:11 +0000 395366 at AT&T: Competition in U.S. wireless 'has gone into overdrive;' CCA says not so fast <p>Two vastly different narratives on the state of competition in the U.S. wireless market emerge from various filings carriers and trade associations made with the FCC as it prepares its latest annual competition report. On the one hand, AT&amp;T Mobility&nbsp;argues &quot;competition has gone into overdrive.&quot; On the other, the Competitive Carriers Association wants the FCC to find that the industry is&nbsp;<em>not</em>&nbsp;effectively competitive, and take steps to remedy the state of the industry.</p> AT&T Mobility Competitive Carriers Association competitive industry CTIA FCC mobile data Price Competition Regulatory News Service Provider Strategies Sprint wireless spectrum Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:05:16 +0000 395361 at Strategy Analytics: U.S. to have 387M LTE subscriptions in 2020 <p>LTE networks will become more ubiquitous and popular in the years ahead, with the number of LTE subscriptions ballooning from around 210 million this year to around 387 million in 2020, according to a new report from research firm Strategy Analytics.</p> AT&T Mobility LTE mobile data Mobile Video Service Provider Strategies Sprint Strategy Analytics Susan Welsh de Grimaldo T-Mobile USA Verizon Wireless Wireless Carriers Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:32:57 +0000 395356 at Sprint ditches 600 Kbps streaming video speed limit after outcry <p>Sprint quickly dropped a throttling limit on its new &quot;All-In&quot; data plans that limited streaming video to speeds of 600 Kbps after customers loudly complained about the policy.</p> data throttling FCC Marcelo Claure Mobile Video Regulatory News Service Provider Strategies Sprint Sprint All-In throttling Wed, 01 Jul 2015 14:43:14 +0000 395351 at Report: Adult video usage forecast to grow to 136B views globally by end 2015 <p>Over 136 billion adult videos will be watched in 2015 alone, with the figure set to grow to 193 billion by 2020.</p> 4G Adult content Content / Programming Smartphone Smartphones and Devices Wed, 01 Jul 2015 10:46:08 +0000 30811 at TeliaSonera and Telenor pick CEO for planned Danish JV <p>Telenor and TeliaSonera appointed Hilde Tonne as CEO of their future joint venture in Denmark, as the two Nordic giants press ahead with plans to merge their respective businesses in the country.</p> denmark European Commission Regulatory News Service Provider Strategies Telenor Teliasonera Wed, 01 Jul 2015 10:35:21 +0000 30801 at Nokia Networks leads new 5G RAN and core network research consortium <p>Nokia Networks, Alcatel-Lucent, Deutsche Telekom, Orange and Telef&oacute;nica are among 13 telecom industry players that teamed up to develop a 5G mobile network architecture as part of the 5G Infrastructure Public Private Partnership (5GPPP) initiative.</p> 5G Alcatel-Lucent Deutsche Telekom Network Infrastructure Network Software Nokia Networks Orange Telefonica Wed, 01 Jul 2015 10:15:27 +0000 30796 at Operators under pressure to innovate as EC signals end of roaming fees <p>The European Parliament, Council and Commission reached an agreement this week to eradicate mobile roaming charges across the 28 member states of the European Union by June 15, 2017 and to require telecoms operators to treat all Internet traffic equally with no blocking or throttling of online content or services.</p> Digital Single Market European Commission European Union net neutrality Regulatory News Roaming Wed, 01 Jul 2015 09:31:30 +0000 30786 at MTN Swaziland prepares cross-border mobile finance service using Ericsson platform <p>Ericsson said some 275,000 MTN Swaziland mobile wallet customers and 3,000 agents are set to benefit from a deal to provide a mobile financial services platform in the African market.</p> Ericsson Financial News Mobile Money MTN Service Provider Strategies Wed, 01 Jul 2015 08:55:25 +0000 30781 at Orange sets terms to end brand-licensing deal in Israel within 2 years <p>Orange agreed new terms to end a brand-licensing agreement with Israeli mobile operator Partner Communications within two years, although the France-based operator insisted that it remained committed to Israel.</p> Israel Orange Partner Communications Service Provider Strategies Wed, 01 Jul 2015 07:10:03 +0000 30776 at Qualcomm runs more tests to prove LTE-U, LAA are not Wi-Fi's enemy <p>Responding to claims that LTE Unlicensed (LTE-U) will interfere with Wi-Fi under certain conditions, Qualcomm ran additional tests to show that LTE-U not only plays nice with Wi-Fi, but it also protects Wi-Fi to a greater degree than Wi-Fi protects itself.</p> CableLabs LAA LTE-U LWA NCTA Network Infrastructure Public Knowledge Qualcomm Service Provider Strategies Small Cells and Offloading Wi-Fi Tue, 30 Jun 2015 23:10:41 +0000 70751 at NTT DoCoMo outlines phased approach to 5G, 5G+ <p>Japan&#39;s NTT DoCoMo shared an update on its plans for launching 5G in 2020, and it will be split into two phases, one termed 5G and another dubbed 5G+.</p> 5G Ericsson Network Infrastructure Network Software NTT DoCoMo Tue, 30 Jun 2015 21:23:50 +0000 70746 at NENA 'aggressive' in making sure FirstNet, NG911 work together, official says <p>As FirstNet moves forward, it must be compatible with next-generation 911, said a National Emergency Number Association official. The next-gen 911 system will be IP-based to improve the flow of emergency information (including texts, videos and pictures) from the public to safety responders.</p> FirstNet NENA Network Infrastructure Network Software next-generation 911 Public Safety public safety network Tue, 30 Jun 2015 19:30:39 +0000 70736 at Fastback Networks deploys NLOS gear with nod to VoLTE, LTE-A <p>Fastback Networks&#39; hyper-focus on latency is starting to pay off as more and more advanced technologies rely on super-low latency.&nbsp;</p> Network Infrastructure Network Software Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:14:20 +0000 70731 at Meet the big winners in pay-TV industry's executive compensation <p>Despite all the talk about competition from over-the-top and consumers&#39; increasing desire to cut the cord, 2014 was a pretty good year for pay-TV executives.&nbsp;<em>FierceCable</em>&nbsp;created a list of the highest-paid executives in the cable and pay-TV industry.&nbsp;<a href=""><strong>Special report</strong></a></p> Comcast compensation Financial News Rob Marcus SEC Time Warner Cable Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:51:29 +0000 70726 at Meet the highest-paid execs in the pay-TV industry <p>For all of their fears of the threats posed by over-the-top players, the top executives in the pay-TV industry aren&#39;t doing too bad for themselves. Our sister publication&nbsp;<em>FierceCable</em>&nbsp;has a roundup of the highest-paid executives in the cable and pay-TV industry.&nbsp;<a href=""><strong>Special report</strong></a></p> Cable Companies Comcast executive compensation Service Provider Strategies Time Warner Cable Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:20:49 +0000 395211 at LightSquared hires advisers to help overcome GPS industry concerns <p>LightSquared has hired a wireless consultancy and other advisers and is angling to work with the GPS industry to resolve any concerns GPS device makers have over interference with LightSquared&#39;s spectrum, according to an FCC filing.</p> bankruptcy FCC GPS GPS interference Ivan Seidenberg LightSquared Reed Hundt Regulatory News Service Provider Strategies Spectrum News wireless spectrum Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:09:57 +0000 395206 at AT&T offers $200 bill credit for new and existing customers who choose Next plan <p>In a last-gasp effort to boost its second-quarter subscriber and smartphone sales numbers, AT&amp;T Mobility said customers can get a $200 bill credit when they buy a smartphone through its Next equipment installment plan and activate a new line of service. The offer applies to both new and existing customers--but the two-day only deal ends today.</p> AT&T Mobility AT&t Next iPad iPad mini promotions Service Provider Strategies Smartphones Smartphones and Devices Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:49:32 +0000 395201 at Coming to terms with the Uber effect <p>Burning tyres on roads; blocking traffic; causing mayhem--all typical reactions by taxi drivers to the UberPop service. However, innovative apps like Uber are opening up new opportunities in traditional industries that are now impossible to ignore.</p> Content / Programming Smartphone Smartphones and Devices Uber Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:22:27 +0000 30751 at SK Telecom, Nokia Networks open 5G R&D centre in South Korea <p>SK Telecom and Nokia Networks opened a 5G research and development centre at the Finnish equipment manufacturer&#39;s South Korean office.</p> 5G Nokia Networks sk telecom Mon, 29 Jun 2015 11:24:52 +0000 30746 at Samsung Electronics develops technique that almost doubles smartphone battery life <p>Samsung Electronics&#39; researchers unveiled a new process for constructing Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) batteries that they said could almost double the life of the power sources for smartphones and electric cars.</p> Dyson Samsung Electronics Smartphone Smartphones and Devices Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:49:45 +0000 30736 at TeliaSonera reshuffles management, CTO to leave this week <p>TeliaSonera announced a number of senior management changes that will see group CTO Sverker Hannervall leave his full-time position at the company on Wednesday this week (Jul.1).</p> Service Provider Strategies Teliasonera Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:43:52 +0000 30731 at SK Telecom, Ericsson team up for 5G small cell demo <p>Super-low latency is expected to be one of the cornerstones of 5G, and SK Telecom and Ericsson are paving the way with a successful demonstration of small cell technology with super-low latency.</p> 5G CRS Ericsson LTE Network Infrastructure SK Telecom small cells Sun, 28 Jun 2015 19:53:20 +0000 70691 at Apple inventions could signal new geofencing features for iPhone <p>Two Apple patent applications were published last week that demonstrate Apple&#39;s ongoing interest in mobile device location sharing, including one that details a new form of indoor request-and-answer location notifications reliant on node-based triangulation, according to&nbsp;<em>AppleInsider.&nbsp;</em></p> Apple FCC location M2M and Connected Devices nodes patent Regulatory News Smartphones and Devices Wi-Fi Sun, 28 Jun 2015 19:51:53 +0000 70686 at Gogo: Antenna is important component for in-flight communications <p>In case there was any doubt, executives at in-flight connectivity provider Gogo made it clear during their analyst day that the design of their antenna makes a big difference in how the company will serve the aviation industry now and into the future.</p> 2Ku gogo Network Infrastructure satellite Wi-Fi Wi-fi Networks Fri, 26 Jun 2015 23:37:09 +0000 70661 at AT&T remains mum on LTE-Advanced, VoLTE for network in Mexico <p>AT&amp;T&nbsp;is talking about investing $3 billion to build an LTE network in Mexico that will tie into its U.S. wireless network, but so far it&#39;s not saying much about whether it will deploy LTE-Advanced or VoLTE.</p> AT&T LTE LTE-Advanced Mexico Network Infrastructure NFV SDN Service Provider Strategies voLTE Fri, 26 Jun 2015 20:28:31 +0000 70676 at Huawei successfully demos its SDN-based Open Network Hypervisor <p>Chinese telecommunications company Huawei successfully demonstrated its Open Network Hypervisor (OpenNH) solution at California&#39;s Open Networking Summit 2015, held June 15-18. The solution is an independent tenant virtual network based on software-defined networking (SDN).</p> Huawei Network Software NFV Open Network Hypervisor Open Networking Summit 2015 OpenNH SDN Fri, 26 Jun 2015 19:33:41 +0000 70671 at