Sprint announced it achieved speeds of more than 300 Mbps using the new Samsung Galaxy S7, one of the first handsets on the market able to support the operator's three-channel carrier aggregation network technology.
Verizon inked a direct connection agreement with Cuba's government-run telecommunications carrier Etecsa, Reuters reported, illustrating how eager U.S. carriers are to expand to a market that was off limits until recently. The deal will allow voice services to connect directly between the two countries once the technical testing requirements are completed, Etecsa said, eliminating the need for third-party networks that can be costly and reduce quality.
FairPoint said it is entering the dark fiber market in part to offer backhaul connections to the small cells being deployed by Verizon, Sprint and others. Chris Alberding, VP of product management at FairPoint Communications, said the company has not seen a large amount of small cell networks in Northern New England yet, but the provider wants to be prepared.
Incumbent carrier FairPoint Communications is changing its tune on dark fiber services, advocating the technology as the changing E-Rate program for schools and opportunities around small cell technologies are too good to pass up.
Sprint isn't participating in the FCC's upcoming incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum, but its parent company SoftBank might bid. So the U.S. operator may score some of the prized low-band spectrum after all.
Sprint quietly changed its in-store activations policies, lowering prices and charging customers at the point of sale rather than billing them later for the initial fees.
Sprint CFO Tarek Robbiati provided more details on the carrier's network buildout, saying the carrier simply doesn't have enough tower sites to sufficiently densify its network as it plays catch-up with rival operators and prepares for 5G.
Illinois' treasurer's office said it has filed a lawsuit against Sprint claiming the operator failed to pay $2.7 million in unclaimed rebates between 2003 and 2005, The Chicago Tribune reported.
Smith Micro Software has been doing some downsizing over the past several years, but now it's in an acquisition mode with a definitive agreement to acquire Birdstep Technology's software development and marketing arm based in Stockholm, Sweden.
Google said it is opening its Project Fi MVNO program to all comers, and will ditch the invitation-only policy it had employed since the offering launched 10 months ago.