In today's spotlight, FierceWireless profiles several up-and-coming executives in the industry. Its 2014 "Rising Stars in Wireless" report includes executives from Verizon, AT&T, Microsoft, Sprint, U.S. Cellular, Microsoft, Intel and Qualcomm.
The backers of Hotspot 2.0 want the mobile industry to know that the technology is ready for prime time, and there probably is no better way to make that point than to deploy Hotspot 2.0 for automatic use by at least a portion of the attendees at next week's Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona.
Comcast may have been one of the last major cable MSOs to enter the business services space, but its bid to acquire fellow cable operator Time Warner Cable will make it an even more dominant force in the traditionally underserved mid-sized market.
AT&T and Verizon continue to enjoy their status as the two top providers in the U.S. Carrier Ethernet market, but it's clear that cable operators are becoming a bigger factor, according to Vertical Systems Group's latest Ethernet Leaderboard.
M2M enabler RACOWireless will work with AT&T Mobility to connect the auto makers A3 line of vehicles to LTE, making it the first M2M deal RACOWireless has inked with AT&T. The company also works with U.S. operators Sprint and T-Mobile US.
Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao said the company could have a war chest of between $30 billion (€21.9 billion) and $40 billion for future mergers and acquisitions, and added that no deal should be too big if it made strategic sense. However, any plans for Spain are up in the air for now as Ono decides to pursue an IPO.
Verizon is no longer going to let customers sign up for its much talked about Home Monitoring and Control product, reports FierceCable. John Columbus, a Verizon spokesman, said it stopped accepting new orders in October.
AT&T and Google Fiber soon won't be the only 1 Gbps fiber to the home (FTTH) game in Austin, Texas, as Grande Communications says it's going to offer its own fiber-based service.
Verizon Wireless is eliminating its $35 activation fee for new customers who sign a two-year contract between now and Feb. 17. The no-activation promotion is just one of several offers the Tier 1 carrier has implemented recently and another sign of the growing competition among U.S. operators.
A federal court ruled that Aio Wireless' use of the color magenta in its marketing and branding efforts infringes upon T-Mobile US' patent on the color. However, Aio said the court's decision won't impact the company because it isn't using that color anymore in its marketing.