Dish Network and Sprint wholesale partner nTelos Wireless are close to launching a trial network for fixed wireless TD-LTE service. The companies hope to add commercial users to the network in July, later than they initially expected when the plans for the trials were first unveiled last fall.
Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen reiterated his decision not to get into a bidding war with Sprint over T-Mobile US, but indicated that he would be ready to move if Sprint tried to make a bid for T-Mobile and failed.
Deutsche Telekom CEO Timotheus Hoettges held the door open to a possible combination between Sprint and its T-Mobile US unit, but said that U.S. regulators have clearly signaled their skepticism of such a deal.
Sprint's pledge of unlimited data is looking increasingly less sustainable, as the carrier maneuvers to rein in network traffic generated by its heaviest data users and ensure quality of service for the majority of its customers.
Competitive Carriers Association President Steve Berry said he is confident that next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast spectrum will draw wide participation from smaller carriers and that the auction will be successful.
Sprint MVNO FreedomPop is considering a partnership with either AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile US, though the company has no firm timeline yet for striking a deal.
Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said that, without a stronger No. 3 U.S. wireless carrier, Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility will continue to gobble up the lion's share of profit in the industry. However, he said that in any hypothetical merger between Sprint and No. 4 player T-Mobile US, Sprint would have to work hard to convince regulators to approve it.
Sprint prepaid brand Boost Mobile cut its pricing and introduced three new plans, including an entry-level $40 option that challenges T-Mobile US and its MetroPCS brand. The moves indicate increased competition in the prepaid space.
EarthLink reported that it narrowed its business service revenue losses to 4.3 percent to report a total of $234.3 million in revenues as its sales team made progress with extending the contracts with existing customers. This was an improvement over the 7.0 percent year-over-year decline the service provider reported in the fourth quarter of 2013.
Sprint argues that including the vast majority of its 2.5 GHz spectrum in the FCC's spectrum screen without distinguishing between low-band and high-band spectrum will put it at a competitive disadvantage to Verizon Wireless and AT&T.