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Verizon Wireless customers to get HBO Now access; HBO content coming to OTT video service

Verizon Wireless said that its subscribers will be able to access HBO Now, the offering from the premium TV network that lets customers access its content without a TV subscription. Verizon also said that HBO content, though not necessarily HBO Now, will be part of its over-the-the-top mobile video service, which is continuing to get fleshed out.

Report: Verizon's mobile OTT video service to be called 'Go90,' will have some content exclusively for Verizon Wireless subs

Verizon Wireless' forthcoming over-the-the-top mobile video service will be called "Go90" and will offer users both full episodes of TV shows from certain networks as well as music videos and other shorter pieces of content, according to a  Variety  report. The report, citing information from a pre-launch website for the service that was live but has since been taken down, said that initially the service will be entirely free of charge.

Analysts: Verizon could run out of network capacity in 2-3 years

While Verizon's CFO touted the company's network densification plans during the company's second-quarter conference call, analysts are speculating the operator will face LTE network congestion issues over the next couple of years.

Verizon's Shammo: Union negotiation process will take some time

A high level Verizon executive says that the telco expects that, due to the changes they want to make in order to control costs, the negotiation process with union workers represented by the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers will take time to complete.

Verizon's Shammo: We don't have a 'great need' for 600 MHz airwaves, remain focused on small cells

Verizon Wireless is not desperate for low-band spectrum and does not necessarily need to secure a trove of airwaves in next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum, according to Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo. The company may participate in the auction, but in the meantime, it is focused on densifying its network through small cells and refarming some of its 1900 MHz PCS spectrum.  

Verizon's FiOS Internet growth slows in second-quarter 2015 despite uptick in 75 Mbps speed adoption

Verizon reported that while it continued to see an uptick in customers purchasing its 75 Mbps Quantum speed tiers, overall FiOS growth slowed during the second quarter of 2015.

Verizon beats T-Mobile in postpaid net adds in Q2, thanks to tablets

Verizon Wireless edged out T-Mobile US in terms of postpaid subscriber additions in the second quarter, but relied far more heavily on adding tablet customers to do so. Despite losing feature phone and prepaid customers in the period, Verizon said it remains happy with its mix of customers.

Verizon's OTT mobile video service will support sponsored data

Verizon Wireless' forthcoming over-the-the-top mobile video service will support sponsored data, with advertisers subsidizing the cost of consumers' video consumption, according to a senior Verizon executive.

Verizon will lease more fiber to densify wireless network

Verizon Communications plans to use a combination of fiber, distributed antenna systems and small cells to densify its wireless network instead of relying solely on spectrum to meet consumers' growing demand for capacity.

Verizon to focus on ad-based business model for OTT video offering

Verizon Wireless will employ an advertising-based model for its planned over-the-top mobile video service, which a top executive at the carrier predicted could become a multibillion-dollar business over time. And that's the major reason why Verizon Communications just spent $4.4 billion to buy AOL.