Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen has generated a notable amount of attention as Dish competes against Japan's SoftBank for control of Sprint Nextel, the nation's third largest wireless carrier. However, Ergen's right hand man in wireless is Tom Cullen, a Dish EVP who heads up corporate development.
Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen hit back against SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son, and asserted that Dish's $25.5 billion bid to take control of Sprint Nextel would be better for the United States.
SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son said he does not see a need for Sprint Nextel to raise its $2.97 per share offer to take control of Clearwire, and that Sprint would be happy owning merely 65 percent of the company.
Sprint Nextel's announcement last week that it had inked a deal with module provider u-blox to be Sprint's preferred module provider for its 2G (1xRTT) CDMA network caught my attention for a few reasons, mainly because it's clearly designed at winning away machine-to-machine business from AT&T Mobility, which plans on shutting down its 2G network by 2017. I think Sprint can steal some of this business, and even though the customers and connections are low-bandwidth and provide low average revenue per user.
The battle between Japan's SoftBank and Dish Network for control of Sprint Nextel is getting nastier, with Dish warning the FCC that it should take into account SoftBank's ties to UTStarcom, which settled bribery allegations in 2009 with the Department of Justice.
T-Mobile USA is bringing its new "Simple Choice" no-contract plans to the B2B market, hoping that its "uncarrier" rebranding effort will also translate into more enterprise sales. The plans are priced from $50 per month to $70 per month and are essentially exactly the same as what T-Mobile offers on the consumer side.
Sprint may today be known as one of the largest wireless operators, but it is just as strong on the wireline side, where it has found a "sweet spot" in serving mid-sized businesses that have been often ignored by larger players. I spoke with Mike Fitz , vice president, wireline and solutions engineering, on what sets Sprint apart in the business services segment.
SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son said his company would not raise its $20.1 billion offer for 70 percent of Sprint Nextel to compete with Dish Network's unsolicited $25.5 billion counterbid because SoftBank's offer is already superior.
Mike Fitz, vice president, wireline and solutions engineering for Sprint, said that what separates Sprint from the pack is its simple approach to serving businesses. What has driven that simplicity is having an integrated team that supports both wireless and wireline services. One of the key initiatives Fitz and his team are driving in 2013 and into 2014 will be the introduction of Carrier Ethernet service. Sean Buckley, Senior Editor of FierceTelecom , spoke with Fitz about the trends he's seeing in Sprint's wireline segment.
In today's spotlight, FierceTelecom talks to Sprint ( NYSE: S ) VP of Wireline Solutions Mike Fitz about the company's Carrier Ethernet service.