HOLLYWOOD BEACH, Fla.--Sprint CTO Stephen Bye said there is no "silver bullet" in terms of what the carrier and its peers are doing to architect their networks to handle increased mobile data.
Sprint, in its first major executive reshuffling since SoftBank acquired control of the company in a $21.6 billion deal, is reconfiguring its sales and marketing organizations with the departure of some senior executives and the splitting up of responsibilities.
Samsung Electronics confirmed that one of its top U.S. mobile executives, Kevin Packingham, has left the company.
Sprint MVNO TextNow, which offers its main IP-based messaging service over Wi-Fi and roams onto Sprint's network when outside Wi-Fi coverage, is launching an LTE smartphone as part of its expanded phone service offering. TextNow said it will now offer Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S III for $200.
Executives from wireless carriers have repeatedly said over the last few years that the connected car represents a massive new opportunity. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson has been particularly vocal about the possibilities: "The way we think about the car is that it's just a big smartphone on wheels," Stephenson said earlier this year at Mobile World Congress. "The connected car will become just as routine as people carrying a smartphone."
Verizon Wireless bested its Tier 1 rivals in attracting the most smartphone sales between June and August, according to a new survey from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech USA.
SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son said that Sprint investors need to be patient as the carrier undergoes the next chapter in its turnaround under SoftBank control, and warned that real progress might take another two years to achieve.
Sprint currently has a total of three operational inbound LTE roaming agreements, and has inked contracts with two providers for outbound roaming, according to internal Sprint documents obtained by FierceWireless.
T-Mobile US CFO Braxton Carter said he thinks further consolidation in the U.S. wireless market is inevitable and held out the possibility of a combination between No. 3 player Sprint and No. 4 player T-Mobile.
Sprint CFO Joe Euteneuer said the carrier remains open to using its multi-mode base stations to host another company's spectrum, provided such a deal was beneficial to both parties.