T-Mobile US is joining the Competitive Carriers Association's LTE data roaming hub, giving small and rural carriers another partner to work with as they seek to expand their network coverage.
Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure, who took the helm at the carrier a little more than a year ago, is giving himself three to five years in total to turn around the company.
Sprint CTO John Saw said that Sprint's network densification, which will include thousands of new macro cell sites and tens of thousands of small cells, will not be "a traditional slow and expensive build."
Verizon Wireless stayed slightly ahead of AT&T Mobility in terms of overall network performance, while Sprint maintained its lead over T-Mobile US in overall performance thanks to improvements in mobile data performance and speeds as well as call and texting reliability, according to network testing firm RootMetrics.
American Tower sees a strong future ahead for its portfolio of cell towers it acquired earlier this year from Verizon Wireless, according to an American Tower executive. T-Mobile US, in particular, has been looking to co-locate its network gear on those towers as it expands its LTE network.
Verizon Wireless has nearly 4 million customers using its Voice over LTE service, which it launched in September 2014, according to a senior Verizon executive. Although a tiny fraction of the 103.7 million total retail postpaid connections Verizon had at the end of the second quarter, it is the first time Verizon has disclosed how widely VoLTE has been adopted on its network.
Sprint wholesale partner Shenandoah Telecommunications, better known as Shentel, is buying fellow Sprint wholesale partner nTelos Wireless in a deal valued at around $640 million, including net debt. There had been speculation since May that such a deal would come to pass, and nTelos had been reviewing strategic alternatives.
Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile US dominated network spending during the second quarter and boosted tower companies' sales and cell site activity. However, AT&T and Sprint are poised to increase their spending in the second half of the year and into 2016, according to analysts and tower company executives.
Wireless service for customers at a variety of carriers was disrupted yesterday across parts of the Southeast due to a hardware issue in AT&T's wireline network. The issue affected customers in parts of Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee, according to media reports.
Sprint (NYSE: S) revealed a few more details about its network densification efforts but did not disclose its vendor partners for the project or exactly how many macro cell sites and small cells it will add to its network. However, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said that "nearly all" of Sprint's existing macro cell sites will be upgraded to support 800 MHz, 1900 MHz and 2.5 GHz for LTE, which he said will improve coverage and capacity across the network.