Halloween is over, but that doesn't mean the nightmares that plague wireless industry executives are going away anytime soon.
By the middle of next year most Tier 1 carriers' macro LTE buildouts are expected to be largely completed. Some carriers, such as AT&T Mobility, have indicated that the next phase of network evolution, to LTE Advanced, will be largely the result of software upgrades to existing network equipment. However, in an interview with FierceWireless, Crown Castle CEO Ben Moreland contended that despite that trend, there will still be a lot of cell site activity and amendments in the next few years.
The inclusion of Nokia Solutions and Networks as one of the project vendors for Sprint's Spark initiative represents a tremendous win for the infrastructure vendor.
Sprint said the FCC should "carefully scrutinize" Verizon Wireless' proposal to narrow the scope of the agency's anti-collusion regulations for bidding in spectrum auctions.
Sprint announced it will brand its forthcoming tri-mode LTE service as "Sprint Spark," and said it will bring the service to the top 100 U.S. markets during the next three years with speeds capable of reaching 50-60 Mbps and perhaps faster.
Sprint reported that its wireline revenues of $875 million were driven by sequential increases in both Internet and voice segments.
Sprint posted its first quarterly net profit since 2007 in the third quarter under new ownership of Japanese parent SoftBank. However, the carrier still lost subscribers as the hangover from its shutdown of the Nextel network at the end of the second quarter continued to hurt its results.
AT&T is putting plans on hold to increase charges for special access services after facing an outcry from its wholesale competitive carrier customers.
It's no secret that the vast majority of what wireless executives say in public is not surprising. Usually it's a recitation of phrases, talking points and ideas they have made in the past that they are simply reinforcing. However, every once in a while, in an interview or unguarded moment, wireless executives can let loose a whopper.
Sprint has received LTE-enabled small cells from its infrastructure vendors Alcatel-Lucent and Samsung and is testing the devices for planned deployment.