AVONDALE, Ariz.--Qualcomm made the Phoenix International Raceway a test bed for hyper-dense small cell deployment this month during NASCAR's popular Sprint Cup Series, showing how the compay's UltraSON software and Qualcomm Atheros chipsets can be used to lay out small cell networks with minimal or no RF planning.
The U.S. government accused Sprint for over-charging by as much as 50 percent for court-ordered wiretaps the carrier provided to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration and other law-enforcement agencies.
SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son will outline his views on the state of the U.S. mobile industry during a speech next week that will likely be pored over for clues as to whether or how intensely SoftBank-owned Sprint will push for a deal with No. 4 player T-Mobile US.
Longtime Sprint executive Fared Adib has left the company, a Sprint spokeswoman confirmed to FierceWireless, just months after he was given responsibility of a new group following SoftBank's purchase to take control of Sprint.
An appellate court in New York has ruled that a lawsuit filed by the New York attorney general--which claims Sprint deliberately under-collected and underpaid millions of dollars in state and local taxes on its flat-rate wireless data plans--should move forward. If Sprint is found liable in the suit, the company could have to pay the underpaid sales taxes plus penalties totaling more than $300 million.
BARCELONA, Spain--What wireless carriers have been marketing as "HD Voice" may not actually be truly high-definition voice quality, according to an executive heavily involved in the development of the industry's audio codecs. However, carriers that have been using the term HD Voice to describe enhanced call quality stand by their use of it, arguing it has been endorsed by the GSMA.
BARCELONA, Spain--For Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen, it may be a case of "once bitten, twice shy." Ergen said he would stay out of a potential bid by Sprint for T-Mobile US.
T-Mobile US reported adding another 1.6 million new customers in the fourth quarter of 2013, and used its end-of-2013 results to trumpet the progress of its "uncarrier" initiatives, which it launched at the beginning of last year. Specifically, T-Mobile said it was able to garner 2 million branded postpaid net adds in 2013, ahead of its guidance of 1.6 million to 1.8 million, and that it earned 2013 adjusted EBITDA of $5.3 billion, directly in line with its previous guidance range of $5.2 billion to $5.4 billion.
BARCELONA, Spain--Kineto and Taqua announced that their respective technologies will play starring roles in Sprint's new Wi-Fi calling service, which is leveraging the growing ubiquity of Wi-Fi in homes and offices to bring its voice and messaging services indoors.
T-Mobile US beat out AT&T as the LTE wireless operator with the lowest network latency figures in January, according to a joint report conducted by FierceWireless and its partner OpenSignal.