FierceWireless The latest wireless industry news from FierceWireless en-us Sprint's Hesse: We're testing plans that could drive more equipment installment sales <p>Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said the carrier is testing a variety of new pricing options, including plans that could spur more customers to pay for devices through equipment installment plans.</p> Dan Hesse handset upgrade program installment plan LTE Network Vision Pricing Sprint Sprint Easy Pay Wireless Carrier News Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:34:24 +0000 301456 at Cablevision tops 1 million Wi-Fi hotspots, upping ante in challenge to cellular <p>Cablevision said earlier this year it would reach some 1 million public Wi-Fi access points by the end of 2014. The cable MSO beat its forecast by five months, announcing it has already reached that 1 million hotspot goal.</p> Broadband Carrier News Cablevision cellular Hotspots New York Optimum WiFi Small Cells and Offloading Unlicensed Networks Wi-Fi Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:49:14 +0000 65021 at Report: Consumers accepting of, but confused by, usage-based wireless data plans <p>Consumers are fine with usage-based pricing for wireless data but are confused by their plans nonetheless, according to a new report from a government watchdog.&nbsp;The report, from the Government Accountability Office, found that consumers are generally much more concerned about usage-based pricing and data caps for their home broadband service than for their wireless service.</p> data-share plans Government Accountability Office mobile data Pricing unlimited usage-based pricing Wireless Carrier News Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:43:17 +0000 301441 at IDC: Huawei, Lenovo grew Q2 smartphone market share at Samsung and Apple's expense <p><a href=""><img align="right" alt="" hspace="5" src="" vspace="1" width="80" /></a></p> <p>Continuing a trend that analysts have been tracking for several quarters, several Chinese smartphone vendors grew market share in the second quarter at the expense of Samsung Electronics and Apple, which continue to lead the market, according to a report from research firm IDC.</p> Apple Huawei IDC Lenovo LG quarterly earnings samsung Smartphones Smartphones and Devices Wireless Carrier News Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:08:00 +0000 301396 at FreedomPop brings free calling, texting and data to tablets, will sell the iPad mini, Samsung Tab 3 <p>Sprint MVNO FreedomPop is going to launch the Apple iPad mini and Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 as its first LTE tablets and will enable voice service via the tablets. The company is also going to support customers who bring off-contract Sprint LTE tablets to its service.</p> FreedomPop GalaxyTab 3 iPad mini LTE MVNO Smartphones and Devices Sprint Stephen Stokols Wireless Carrier News Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:00:27 +0000 301076 at Sprint launches personalized Virgin Mobile Custom prepaid brand using ItsOn technology <p>Sprint will launch a new prepaid brand called Virgin Mobile Custom that will use cloud-based billing and service platform technology from ItsOn, allowing customers create a mobile service plan they can customize on the fly.</p> Angela Rittgers Bss Greg Raleigh ItsOn OSS OSS/BSS prepaid Pricing Sprint Virgin Mobile Custom Wireless Carrier News Zact Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:30:00 +0000 301121 at Sprint's Hesse confirms carrier is testing new rate plans <p><a href=""><img align="right" alt="" hspace="5" src="" vspace="1" width="80" /></a></p> <p>Sprint CEO Dan Hesse confirmed on the company&#39;s second-quarter earnings conference call that the carrier is trialing new rates plans in certain markets to determine if it should introduce more competitive pricing nationwide.</p> CDMA Financial News LTE Network Vision quarterly earnings Sprint Sprint Spark subscriber growth subscriber numbers Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:29:34 +0000 301281 at KPN sees light at the end of the tunnel after positive Q2 <p>Dutch operator KPN predicted its financial performance will stablise towards the end of 2014, after its second quarter earnings exceeded analyst estimates thanks to customer gains and cost cuts.</p> America Movil Earnings IPTV KPN LTE Mobile Operator News Operator Strategies Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:28:41 +0000 24066 at Ericsson boosts IoT, XaaS, billing capabilities with MetraTech acquisition <p>Ericsson beefed up its OSS/BSS capabilities with a deal to acquire U.S.-based MetraTech that the Swedish vendor said extends its billing expertise beyond the telecoms sector.</p> Ericsson fibre IoT M2M and Embedded Wireless Metratech NBN Co Network Infrastructure satellite XaaS Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:00:20 +0000 24061 at Nokia Networks trials LTE Broadcast for 'national' services <p>Nokia Networks claimed a world first in the ongoing development of LTE Broadcast technology, after conducting a field trial of wide-area TV broadcasting using a single LTE frequency within UHF spectrum in Munich.</p> Bayerischer Rundfunk BBC KPN LTE Broadcast Network Infrastructure Nokia Networks Vodafone Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:51:56 +0000 24056 at Orange confirms 2014 earnings target after 'encouraging' first 6 months <p>Orange may not yet be fully out of the woods, but the company remains confident that the race to the bottom in terms of pricing is coming to an end and is maintaining its EBITDA target for 2014.</p> Altice bouygues telecom Free Mobile Iliad Mobile Operator News Numericable Operator Strategies Orange Sfr Stephane Richard Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:13:03 +0000 24051 at IDC: Chinese smartphone vendors challenge Samsung, Apple <p>IDC predicted quarterly smartphone shipments will break the 300 million unit mark for the first time in the third quarter of 2014, following strong growth in the April to June period.</p> Amazon Apple Devices Huawei IDC IHS lenovo samsung Smartphone Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:08:59 +0000 24046 at GSA: Over 50 LTE networks launched so far in 2014 <p>Some 51 LTE networks have been launched globally so far in 2014, and the total number of commercial LTE networks is expected to be more than 350 by the end of this year.</p> GSA LTE Network Infrastructure Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:29:18 +0000 24036 at Consumers may threaten regulators' best-laid plans <p><a href=""><img align="left" border="0" hspace="3" src="" vspace="3" /></a></p> <p>The battle over net neutrality and related pushes to rewrite the Telecommunications Act of 1996 are sure to have major impacts, one way or another, on the future of consumers&#39; communications and entertainment options. But those effects will themselves be influenced by ever-changing marketplaces, which are undergoing rapid transformations.</p> Anna-Maria Kovacs broadband cellular Internet Innovation Alliance regulation Regulatory News Wed, 30 Jul 2014 04:39:20 +0000 65006 at Cambium quickly jumps on 5150-5250 MHz bandwagon <p>Cambium Networks announced products designed to operate in the 5150-5250 MHz frequencies that the FCC recently opened for fixed outdoor wireless use.</p> 5 GHz 5150-5250 MHz backhaul Backhaul Cambium Networks FCC Network Infrastructure U-NII-1 Unlicensed Networks Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:56:27 +0000 64991 at Freescale exec: '5G is coming fast and furious' <p><a href=""><img align="right" alt="" hspace="5" src="" vspace="1" width="80" /></a></p> <p>2020 may seem like a long way off, but it is less than six years from now. That means although 5G is still not officially defined, every company on the industry value chain is already working out how its products will fit into this next generation of wireless connectivity, said Tareq Bustami, vice president of product management of Freescale Semiconductor&#39;s digital networking group.</p> 5G chips Chipsets freescale semiconductor Next-generation Network Technology NFV SDN silicon small cell Small Cells and Offloading Tareq Bustami Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:19:58 +0000 64986 at NTelos reduces LTE coverage goal for 2014 thanks to new Sprint network deal <p>Sprint wholesale partner nTelos Wireless has reduced the number of people it plans to cover with its own LTE network thanks to its recently announced network agreement with Sprint, which includes reciprocal LTE roaming.</p> DISH Network James Hyde Jim Hyde LTE Network Infrastructure NTELOS quarterly earnings Smartphones and Devices Sprint Wireless Carrier News Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:30:09 +0000 301071 at Neustar fights to keep number portability contract away from Ericsson's Telcordia <p>Neustar, the telecommunications data service provider, is strongly protesting a recommendation that Ericsson&#39;s&nbsp;Telcordia unit be named as the winner of a major telephone-numbers management contract. The contract, which Neustar has had with the U.S. government since 1997, makes up nearly half of Neustar&#39;s revenue.</p> Ericsson FCC iconnectiv local number portability administrator Neustar Regulation Telcordia Vendor News Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:21:13 +0000 301031 at BlackBerry exec indicates more enterprise-focused devices are in the pipeline <p><a href=""><img align="right" alt="blackberry passport" src=" " width="80" /></a></p> <p>BlackBerry&nbsp;is aiming its forthcoming Passport smartphone squarely at the enterprise market, but has plans for enterprise-focused devices beyond that.</p> BlackBerry BlackBerry Passport Enterprise Mobility John Chen Secusmart Smartphones Smartphones and Devices Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:47:03 +0000 301026 at AT&T AdWorks adds anonymous wireless customer data to TV ad targeting platform <p>AT&amp;T AdWorks, the advanced advertising arm of the telecom giant, said it will use anonymous mobile subscriber information to help advertisers better target their TV ads.</p> advertising AdWorks TV Blueprint AT&T AT&T AdWorks AT&T Mobility privacy Smartphones and Devices Wireless Carrier News Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:02:24 +0000 300941 at Mobile coverage is a core consideration for property buyers <p>A new survey of UK residents commissioned by mobile analytics company RootMetrics found that a decent mobile signal is topping the list of priorities for 18-24 year-old property buyers in the UK.</p> adsl fibre Network Infrastructure RootMetrics Smartphone Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:10:40 +0000 24026 at Jarich: LTE TDD - Looking back to the birth of a standard <p><a href=""><img align="right" alt="" hspace="5" src="" vspace="1" width="80" /></a></p> <p>We all knew the 5G pendulum was going to swing back pretty hard post-Mobile World Congress this year. &nbsp;Sure enough, come mid-year 2014, it&#39;s suddenly fashionable for people in the telecom industry (media, analysts, etc.) to push back on the 5G hype. &nbsp;You probably know the messages I&#39;m thinking of:&nbsp; &quot;There are still plenty of 2G networks supporting M2M and voice in operation.&quot;&nbsp; &quot;3G will be with us for years, so keep investing in those networks.&quot;&nbsp; &quot;LTE and LTE-A are more than capable enough to support millions upon millions of people watching million upon millions of streaming video sessions.&quot;</p> LTE LTE TDD Network Infrastructure Ngmn Peter Jarich Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:52:04 +0000 64956 at Huawei makes inroads into sports events connectivity sector <p>Huawei boosted its credentials as a provider of high-speed connectivity services for sports events through separate deals with FanPlay, a cloud-based digital content provider, and Vodafone.</p> Content Devices FanPlay Huawei Kieler Woche LTE Network Infrastructure Revenue Streams Smartphone Vodafone Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:40:26 +0000 24021 at Mayor of London jumps on '5G' bandwagon <p>The Mayor of London is reportedly the latest politician to exploit the hyperbole surrounding &quot;5G&quot; by pledging to roll out a 5G network in London by 2020.</p> 5G Boris Johnson David Cameron Network Infrastructure Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:18:41 +0000 24016 at Turkcell's controlling shareholder set to retake stake <p>Turkcell&#39;s future ownership looks set to be decided this week, after its majority shareholder agreed a finance deal to end a seven-year ownership dispute.</p> Alfa Group Altimo Cukurova Mobile Operator News Telia-Sonera Turkcell Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:45:15 +0000 24011 at Rumor mill: Sprint laying groundwork for mid-2015 VoLTE launch <p>Sprint has stressed time and again that it is not rushing to launch voice over LTE (VoLTE), but that does not mean the operator is snubbing the technology. Far from it, in fact, given that a &quot;high-level&quot; Sprint executive has shared details regarding the &quot;programming phase&quot; the operator is reportedly in as it prepares to launch a VoLTE network designed for interoperability with domestic and international carriers.</p> Broadband Carrier News CDMA fdd lte HD Voice LTE Next-generation Network Technology Operator Strategies Sprint TD-LTE voLTE Mon, 28 Jul 2014 01:26:40 +0000 64946 at SingTel rolls out commercial LTE Advanced service delivering 300 Mbps <p><a href=""><img align="right" alt="" hspace="5" src="" vspace="1" width="80" /></a></p> <p>Singapore operator SingTel introduced the Huawei 5786 mobile MiFi hotspot device, enabling SingTel to claim it is the world&#39;s first mobile operator to offer commercial 300 Mbps service using LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation.</p> 300 Mbps Broadband Carrier News carrier aggregation Ericsson Huawei LTE Advanced LTE CAT 6 LTE-A Next-generation Network Technology singapore SingTel Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:29:05 +0000 64931 at FirstNet: Costs, deployment details will become clearer in 2015 <p>The bad news is that a comprehensive request for proposals (RFP) for the nationwide public-safety broadband network (NPSBN) being crafted by the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) is not slated to go out until early 2015. But the good news is, at that point states and territories should have a much better grasp regarding their costs to participate in the network.</p> Amanda Hilliard FirstNet LMR Pennsylvania State Police Public Safety Public Safety Scott Neal voLTE Sun, 27 Jul 2014 06:29:33 +0000 64916 at Tripwire researcher takes on Wi-Fi Pineapples, security weaknesses <p>Concern is growing about the vulnerabilities presented by what are called Wi-Fi Pineapple devices, which can be used <a href="">to enable man-in-the-middle attacks</a> on users of unsecured Wi-Fi access points, and this timely topic will be addressed during the upcoming Def Con 22 hacker event.</p> Craig Young Def Con 22 man-in-the-middle Pineapple security Small Cells and Offloading Tripwire Unlicensed Networks Wi-Fi Sun, 27 Jul 2014 05:31:18 +0000 64911 at Qualcomm ramps up marketing push behind LTE Direct <p>Qualcomm has put a more concerted effort behind its push to commercialize LTE Direct, a device-to-device technology that leverages licensed LTE spectrum and can be used to enable a host of proximity applications without severely impacting device battery life. The vendor recently posted a new PowerPoint presentation heralding the benefits of LTE Direct and also released a video about the technology.</p> 3gpp Content location LTE Advanced LTE Direct Next-generation Network Technology proximity Qualcomm Release 12 tracking Sun, 27 Jul 2014 05:00:02 +0000 64901 at