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.
According to a New York Post report, Deutsche Telekom CEO Timotheus Hoettges is not as interested in a merger between T-Mobile US and Dish Network and would prefer a deal with Sprint.
When it comes to small cells, the Tier 1 U.S. operators have very big differences. Verizon Communications appears to be ramping up its small cell deployments while AT&T Mobility is scaling back on its plans. T-Mobile US, meanwhile has said it has no immediate plans to deploy small cells, while Sprint flat-out refuses to talk about a small cell strategy.
Inteliquent has named former Sprint executive Matt Carter to take over the reins of the company as its new president and CEO, signaling another step in the company's ongoing transition to refocus its efforts on the voice services space.
Sprint confirmed it will deploy hardware from Cisco Systems to construct, own and manage the intelligent Wi-Fi network as part of a smart city deployment in downtown Kansas City, Mo., near Sprint's headquarters in Overland Park, Kan.
Reports that Dish Network and T-Mobile US are in merger talks sparked a flurry of speculation from financial analysts about the potential ramifications for the wireless and cable industries. Some analysts think that the deal could increase pressure on Sprint, which would have no clear path to scaling up, and on Verizon Wireless which would be deprived of a source of additional spectrum it might have gotten from Dish. At the same time, analysts think a T-Mobile/Dish combination will be a major bonanza for tower companies.
The wireless industry and the National Association of Broadcasters are at loggerheads over the FCC's process as it plans for next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum. NAB voiced its strong opposition to a recent public notice the FCC issued on simulations of the auction, while CTIA and several wireless carriers said the notice represented a step in the right direction.