Ericsson is upgrading MetroPCS' LTE network with enhanced capabilities to support services such as Voice over LTE and Rich Communication Services. The news comes as MetroPCS works toward completing its planned merger with T-Mobile USA.
A group of House Democrats urged the FCC to ensure that T-Mobile USA will accept measures to protect jobs as a condition of the FCC's approval of T-Mobile's merger with flat-rate player MetroPCS.
MetroPCS is facing pressure on multiple fronts from minority shareholders over its proposed merger with T-Mobile USA, with its largest single investor coming out against the deal and another one urging the company to update its regulatory filings ahead of a shareholder vote on the deal.
The GMSA will create an end-to-end implementation guide to help mobile operators better understand how to deploy VoLTE on their networks, according to a senior executive in the organization.
MetroPCS (NYSE:PCS) Chairman and CEO Roger Linquist said the company's LTE subscribers now top 3 million, accounting for 35 percent of the company's customer base. That's an increase of 800,000 over the 2.2 million the company reported as of the end of 2012, which means the company's LTE base is growing at a rate of about 100,000 per week.
BARCELONA, Spain--To help seed the market for Rich Communications Services (RCS), MetroPCS will enable its customers to invite friends and family to access the operator's joyn-branded services, regardless of which wireless network they are on.
The largest single MetroPCS shareholder, hedge fund Paulson & Co., said it may vote against MetroPCS' merger with Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile USA, adding a new voice to shareholder unrest over the deal.
AT&T Mobility users enjoyed the fastest LTE connections in the country, according to new data from OpenSignal, with average speeds of 13 Mbps.
AT&T can claim the U.S. LTE speed title with its customers enjoying average download speeds of 13 Mbps, far outpacing data speeds experienced by customers of its leading LTE rivals. Regional operator MetroPCS, on the other hand, limped along in last place with LTE download speeds of 1.2 Mbps, according to an industry vendor.
The National Association of Broadcasters is backing the merger of T-Mobile USA with MetroPCS, arguing that it is indicative of a robust market for wireless spectrum and that carriers are remaking themselves to get the airwaves they need.