Clearwire reiterated that it is reducing the amount of Huawei equipment it is using in its TD-LTE network buildout as compared with its existing WiMAX network, likely a response to ongoing concerns that Huawei's network gear poses a threat to U.S. national security.
If Japan's SoftBank wins control of Sprint Nextel, it has pledged to remove network gear from Huawei that Clearwire uses in its network, a step that, according to a Wall Street Journal article, could cost up to $1 billion. The report, citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter, said the U.S. government wants Sprint to remove Chinese gear from Clearwire's network.
Sprint Nextel is adding three tri-band LTE mobile broadband devices to its portfolio this summer, as the operator aims to leverage its FDD LTE deployments at 1.9 GHz and 800 MHz as well as partner Clearwire's upcoming TD-LTE network at 2.5GHz.
Sprint Nextel boosted its offer price to acquire the approximately 50 percent of Clearwire it does not already own from $2.97 per share to $3.40, caving to the demands of minority Clearwire shareholders and blocking Dish Network's unsolicited $3.30 per share offer for Clearwire.
The FCC said it requires additional testing of MVNO FreedomPop's iPhone Sleeve, which the company said could "take another couple months and tens of thousands of dollars." As a result, the company is now offering anyone who pre-ordered the company's iPhone Sleeve before February 2012 a FreedomPop Photon mobile hotspot with 2 GB of free data. The company said that "if/when" the iPhone Sleeve does ship, customers will also be eligible to receive a free Sleeve as well.
The following charts the top U.S. wireless carriers in the first quarter of 2013 by subscriber base, according to research firm Strategy Analytics, and includes major metrics--such as churn, ARPU and revenue--of each carrier.
Two leading shareholder advisory firms offered contrasting views on whether Clearwire shareholders should approve Sprint Nextel's $2.97 per share offer, worth around $2.2 billion, to take control of the rest of Clearwire it does not already own. Shareholders are set to vote on the deal May 21.
SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son said his company's experience deploying TD-LTE in Japan will give it a clear advantage over Dish Network, which is competing with SoftBank to take control of Sprint Nextel. Sprint expects to integrate TD-LTE into its network via its pending acquisition of Clearwire, which is building a TD-LTE network.
Clearwire, facing down angry minority shareholders, urged them approve Sprint Nextel's $2.97 per share offer to take control of the rest of Clearwire it does not already own. Shareholders are set to vote on the deal May 21.
NetZero 4G experienced 28 percent growth in mobile broadband accounts during the first quarter of 2013, reaching 41,000 subscriptions.