Nokia posted a solid fourth quarter but warned investors that business will slow this year as LTE buildouts near completion in key markets such as the U.S., China and Western Europe.
After emerging from bankruptcy and settling interference disputes with three GPS vendors, LightSquared is rebranding as Ligado Networks. But Ligado's precise strategy for leveraging its spectrum has yet to be determined.
Smart devices, demand for mobile video, the continued growth of 4G networks and an ever-increasing number of wireless users will drive an 800 percent increase in mobile data traffic during the next five years, according to Cisco's latest forecast.
Verizon still claims the best coverage and fastest speeds among the major carriers' LTE networks, but T-Mobile is hot on its heels in both areas, according to a new report from OpenSignal. AT&T and Sprint aren't far behind in coverage, the network-performance measurement firm said, but their LTE users are tolerating substantially slower download speeds-- particularly compared to users in some foreign markets.
Sprint's network still includes working Huawei equipment despite the carrier's 2013 vow to remove or destroy gear from the Chinese company, according to a LightReading report.
Sprint said it has doubled the number of markets in which it offers "LTE Plus" and cited recent Nielsen data indicating its network is faster than those of Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile. And the beleaguered carrier criticized some other network-measurement methods used by its competitors.
Few details are known about Sprint's reported plans to save $1 billion by moving its towers from space leased by American Tower and Crown Castle to government land where rent is cheaper, as reported by Re/code last week. But analysts agree that it would be a high-risk, high-reward strategy.
Sprint is moving forward with plans of a "radical overhaul of its cellular network," according to Re/code, in a move that could save as much as $1 billion.
The emergence of the Internet of Things is pitting incumbent mobile network operators and infrastructure vendors against a small army of upstarts hoping to leverage newer, alternative technologies and business models created specifically for M2M and other non-consumer use cases.
AT&T and Verizon offer the best mobile coverage at Walt Disney World outside Orlando, Fla., according to a study by Global Wireless Solutions, while the Kingdom is a little less magical for customers of Sprint and T-Mobile.