AT&T said an issue with its wireline network was the culprit behind spotty wireless service coverage for it and a number of area wireless operators in its Southeast markets. Joined by fellow wireless operators Sprint, T-Mobile US, and Verizon Wireless, the issue affected AT&T customers in parts of Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee last night.
T-Mobile US has the fastest LTE network in the U.S. market, according to a new report from Ookla's Speedtest.net, edging out Verizon Wireless.
Wireless service for customers at a variety of carriers was disrupted yesterday across parts of the Southeast due to a hardware issue in AT&T's wireline network. The issue affected customers in parts of Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee, according to media reports.
Former Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said he regrets causing so much disruption to Sprint customers' service as Sprint plowed through its Network Vision network modernization in 2013 and into 2014. However, he said despite the pain for customers, which was more than he had anticipated, Sprint's network upgrade laid the foundation for what will be a "spectacular" network.
Sprint (NYSE: S) revealed a few more details about its network densification efforts but did not disclose its vendor partners for the project or exactly how many macro cell sites and small cells it will add to its network. However, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said that "nearly all" of Sprint's existing macro cell sites will be upgraded to support 800 MHz, 1900 MHz and 2.5 GHz for LTE, which he said will improve coverage and capacity across the network.
Sprint lost its spot as the No. 3 carrier in the U.S. market to T-Mobile US in terms of total subscribers during the second quarter. However, Sprint also noted it is continuing to make progress on its turnaround and said it added postpaid phone customers in May and June and recorded its best-ever Sprint platform postpaid churn.
Sprint shook up its senior executive team and said that CFO Joe Euteneuer will be leaving the company and will be replaced by Tarek Robbiati. The carrier also brought in a new executive, Günther Ottendorfer, to be COO of technology. Sprint also promoted John Saw to be CTO, replacing Stephen Bye, who left the company late last month.
A hacker said that he was able to break in to OnStar's RemoteLink mobile app and use it to locate users' cars, unlock their car doors and start their engines. The news serves to yet again underscore the challenges in the connected car market and the potential pitfalls companies in the space face.
Comcast and Verizon Communications are discussing whether and how they should renegotiate a contract dating from 2011 that lets Comcast operate as an MVNO of Verizon Wireless, according to a Wall Street Journal article. The wireless industry has shifted significantly since the deal was struck, and Comcast is exploring how much flexibility it would have to sell shared data plans.
Sprint is going after T-Mobile US and other carriers with a new family plan promotion that offers unlimited voice, texting and 10 GB of shared data for $100 per month. The carrier also said that families can choose Sprint's 40 GB shared data plan for just $20 more per month, or $120 in total.