Sprint's network spending is slowing down in advance of its announcement of a major new network densification project, but will ramp up later this year and into 2016 and beyond, according to a research note from analysts at investment bank Jefferies.
CTIA said that a group of wireless carriers and smartphone makers had implemented a set of voluntary principles aimed at stopping smartphone theft. The announcement came just as a California law requiring smartphones sold in the state to have a "kill switch" went into effect.
T-Mobile US likely has lost the fight over the size of the spectrum reserve in next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum. But the carrier is now proposing the FCC change a rule on when bidding for that reserve will kick in.Meanwhile, AT&T is concerned that carrier that bid on the reserved spectrum will manipulate bidding.
Two vastly different narratives on the state of competition in the U.S. wireless market emerge from various filings carriers and trade associations made with the FCC as it prepares its latest annual competition report. On the one hand, AT&T Mobility argues "competition has gone into overdrive." On the other, the Competitive Carriers Association wants the FCC to find that the industry is not effectively competitive, and take steps to remedy the state of the industry.
LTE networks will become more ubiquitous and popular in the years ahead, with the number of LTE subscriptions ballooning from around 210 million this year to around 387 million in 2020, according to a new report from research firm Strategy Analytics.
In a last-gasp effort to boost its second-quarter subscriber and smartphone sales numbers, AT&T Mobility said customers can get a $200 bill credit when they buy a smartphone through its Next equipment installment plan and activate a new line of service. The offer applies to both new and existing customers--but the two-day only deal ends today.
U.S. carriers' embrace of equipment installment plans, and consumers' newfound appetite for such plans, helps operators' bottom lines. But analysts say that as consumers hold onto their phones for longer than they used to under two-year contracts, it is likely going to cause pain for smartphone makers that had grown accustomed to consumers upgrading to new phones more often.
AT&T Mobility's Cricket prepaid brand struck deal with Meijer stores to expand its distribution into 213 of the chain's supercenter grocery stores throughout the Midwest. Sales of the carrier's service in the stores started on Saturday.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is recommending to his fellow commissioners that the FCC reject T-Mobile US' petition to increase the amount of spectrum set aside for smaller carriers to bid on in next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum. The move is a victory for AT&T and Verizon Wireless and a major blow to T-Mobile, which has argued since last summer that the size of the reserve should be increased from 30 MHz of spectrum in a given market to 40 MHz. T-Mobile has been increasing its lobbying on the issue the last several weeks as a formal decision neared.
T-Mobile US' push to increase the size of the spectrum reserve in next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum got a shot in the arm after the Department of Justice urged the FCC to give "considerable weight" to how large the reserve should be. However, according to a Washington Post report, T-Mobile's lobbying efforts on the issue are alienating allies in Washington and could backfire.