Now that the fourth-quarter earnings season is coming to a close, FierceWireless, in partnership with Jackdaw Research, is taking a look at how the top wireless operators performed in terms of key metrics like churn and ARPU.
T-Mobile US CEO John Legere may be crowing about how his company passed Sprint in total number of subscribers, but what does that mean exactly? Jackdaw Research analyst Jan Dawson breaks down key U.S. operator metrics for an in-depth look at how Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility, Sprint and T-Mobile performed in the fourth quarter.
AT&T Mobility thinks that the record-shattering AWS-3 auction proved that going forward the FCC should more skeptical of companies like Dish Network that bid for spectrum but have not commercially deployed it. AT&T also thinks Dish manipulated the FCC's designated entity system in its bidding strategy for the auction to get discounts on airwaves.
Level 3 Communications' acquisition of tw telecom continues to have a rippling effect as it has enabled the service provider to surpass Verizon for the No. 2 spot in Vertical Systems Group's 2014 U.S. Carrier Ethernet Leaderboard.
Most everyone knows industry household names like Tim Cook, Tom Wheeler, Randall Stephenson and John Legere, but how about the less obvious innovators who are shaking things up behind the scenes?
AT&T may be offering customers the option to purchase its 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) service in cities like Kansas City, Mo., on a standalone basis for $70, but that low price comes with a catch: The telco will track users' Web surfing activity.
Verizon Wireless indicated that it thinks it has enough spectrum for the foreseeable future and is taking a "wait and see" approach to the FCC's 600 MHz incentive auction of broadcast TV spectrum. However, some analysts think that Verizon is playing coy as a way to get auction rules that it finds more favorable or to delay the auction.
For Verizon, LTE Broadcast (which it has dubbed LTE Multicast) is a critically important emerging technology. With it, streaming content can be sent to a large number of viewers at the same time.
AT&T made it official that Kansas City is the next stop in its ongoing fiber-to-the-premises journey, putting it in direct competition with Google Fiber and Consolidated Communications for fiber-based broadband service.
If you're trying to find the next source of pay-TV market growth, look no further than IPTV, one that ABI Research says will grow 14 percent.