As questions swirl about whether Dish Network or Japan's SoftBank will control Sprint Nextel, Sprint heads into its first-quarter earnings report with the focus on more mundane matters: how many postpaid subscribers it gained or lost, how many Apple iPhones it activated in the period, and how far along it is in deploying its LTE network.
Sprint Nextel inked a deal with cellular module provider u-blox to be Sprint's preferred module provider for its 2G (1xRTT) CDMA network. Sprint is seeking to cash in on the machine-to-machine market as AT&T Mobility and others shut down their 2G networks in the years ahead.
Sprint Nextel aims to enable contiguous carrier aggregation (CA) over the TD-LTE Band 41 spectrum held by its partner Clearwire, according to a senior Sprint executive.
Sprint may be a late bloomer in the Ethernet services market, but it has put some bold plans in place that will leverage its Network Vision initiative for its wireless network to deliver a broader set of Carrier Ethernet services this year.
According to a new survey of all of the major North American wireless carriers, smartphones remain incredibly popular among subscribers, who are consuming an average of 694 MB per month in postpaid data. At the same time, voice calling continues to decline from around 720 minutes per month among postpaid users in 2010 to 673 minutes last year. But perhaps the most interesting finding from the PwC survey is that wireless carriers are seeing a dramatic 60 percent slowdown in the growth of traffic on their wireless networks.
Dish Network asked the FCC to pause its review of Japanese operator SoftBank's proposed acquisition of 70 percent of Sprint Nextel while Sprint's board considers Dish's own counterbid for Sprint. Dish said its offer for Sprint "is better for the American consumer, better for Sprint's shareholders, and better for U.S. national security than the SoftBank proposal."
About 27 percent of FiOS Internet subscribers are on one of Verizon's Quantum tiers, which offer download speeds of at least 50 Mbps, Verizon disclosed on its first-quarter earnings call Thursday.
NEW ORLEANS--Dish Network's $25.5 billion bid for Sprint Nextel has evoked questions and concerns from Sprint partners and fellow industry operators.
BlackBerry has not yet detailed U.S. sales figures for its flagship Z10 smartphone, let alone broken it down by carrier, but according to online advertising network Chitika, Verizon Wireless is giving the Z10 a major boost.
Sprint has begun offering its large business customers a new bundled service package that includes managed networking, MPLS transport, and CPE that it says will provide greater simplicity and better visibility into their networks.