CTIA shrugged off a federal appeals court decision that will let the FCC's net neutrality rules go into effect today and said it was confident that the FCC had overstepped its bounds in issuing the regulations. While Verizon Wireless and AT&T toed the line set by CTIA and other telecommunications trade groups, Sprint said it was fine complying with the net neutrality rules.
Remember ringback tones? They're making a comeback, at least with Sprint MVNO RingPlus, which said it will launch a free cell phone plan that will be supported by advertising in the form of ringback tones.
Sprint is considering partnerships with other cities on smart city deployments similar to the one it has struck with Kansas City, Mo., according to Sprint CTO Stephen Bye. However, Bye declined to say which other cities Sprint might choose to partner with for deployments.
As media and networks are converging, T-Mobile US and Dish Netwiork are reportedly talking about merging. The two companies share a mindset as aggressive challenger brands with a maniacal focus on cost cutting, something both companies have to focus on because they entered their respective markets late.
Charter Communications' $56.7 billion bid to buy Time Warner Cable could spur more widespread Wi-Fi deployments and potentially lead to a new wireless competitor. All of that sounds like great news to Boingo Wireless CTO Derek Peterson.
Sprint could look to sell some of its 2.5 GHz spectrum but a sale would not deliver a huge funding cushion for the carrier because of the declining market value of those airwaves, according to MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett.
According to a New York Post report, Deutsche Telekom CEO Timotheus Hoettges is not as interested in a merger between T-Mobile US and Dish Network and would prefer a deal with Sprint.
When it comes to small cells, the Tier 1 U.S. operators have very big differences. Verizon Communications appears to be ramping up its small cell deployments while AT&T Mobility is scaling back on its plans. T-Mobile US, meanwhile has said it has no immediate plans to deploy small cells, while Sprint flat-out refuses to talk about a small cell strategy.
Inteliquent has named former Sprint executive Matt Carter to take over the reins of the company as its new president and CEO, signaling another step in the company's ongoing transition to refocus its efforts on the voice services space.
Sprint confirmed it will deploy hardware from Cisco Systems to construct, own and manage the intelligent Wi-Fi network as part of a smart city deployment in downtown Kansas City, Mo., near Sprint's headquarters in Overland Park, Kan.