AT&T thinks T-Mobile US' push to expand the amount of spectrum smaller carriers can bid on in next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum is more about making sure T-Mobile has less competition in bidding in urban markets than in expanding its rural coverage.
T-Mobile US will likely lead the industry again in the second quarter in handset subscriber additions, while Verizon Wireless could see improvement in its subscriber figures thanks to recent promotions, according to analysts at investment bank Jefferies.
Sprint Chairman and SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son is taking a more active role in planning Sprint's network densification project according to a report from Wall Street firm Macquarie Capital. Further, analysts there think Sprint is going to embark on a plan that will be primarily focused on deploying small cells.
The growth rate of small cells and distributed antenna systems (DAS) is down in 2015 compared to 2014, according to Wells Fargo analysts Jennifer Fritzsche, Caleb Stein and Eric Luebchow. But that will likely change in 2016.
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.