Just a few months after closing its merger with Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia announced it will spend roughly $191 million to purchase Withings, a French startup founded in 2008 that makes activity trackers, weighing scales, thermometers, blood pressure monitors, home and baby monitors and other health-related gadgets and services. Nokia said it would add the company to its Nokia Technologies division, which also houses the company's patent-licensing business as well as its new virtual reality camera-making effort.
All four major U.S. carriers ranked in the bottom half of a new study of "the consumer app experience" on 27 mobile networks in seven countries.
Wireless carriers are clearly keen on the dark fiber opportunity. Carriers like T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon are using dark fiber to power their current macro base station backhaul, but are also looking at it for future small cell and C-RAN network deployments.
Dark fiber may be remembered as a product of the.com age where competitive providers built out networks speculatively, but it's clearly back in telecom style. However, unlike the late 1990s build-it-and-they-will-come drive, dark fiber demand is today being driven by new service drivers-- small cell backhaul, data center connectivity and the FCC E-Rate program.
AT&T's marketing campaigns generated more engagement with consumers during a recent 30-day stretch than advertising efforts from any other major U.S. mobile network, according to the ad-measurement company iSpot.
Google Fiber may be in less than a handful of markets today, but it's clear that the service provider's presence is driving incumbent telcos and cable MSOs like AT&T and Comcast to rethink their pricing plans even for their lower speed tiers.
Cable One, a smaller cable operator based in Phoenix, Ariz., has no current plans to build out a public Wi-Fi network or get into the wireless business in a major way. But the company's CEO told FierceCable that the company would willingly follow its larger rivals into the wireless space if they make a move into the business.
AT&T announced it is partnering with the data management company Globecomm to launch a service linking satellites to its cell network. The offering enables IoT devices to automatically switch to satellites when cell connectivity is unavailable, eliminating the need for businesses to purchase cell and satellite service separately and allowing them to use both to manage their devices, networks and applications.
AT&T provided more details about its 5G tests during sessions of the Brooklyn 5G Summit last week, saying it will extend its current lab testing to an outdoor test in Austin, Texas, this summer, predominantly focusing on fixed wireless.
In a new filing with the FCC, a group representing the nation's smaller and rural wireless carriers voiced support for Verizon's agreement with Incompas over special access.