AT&T Mobility officially launched a new loyalty rewards program in conjunction with major brands including ExxonMobil, Macy's, Nationwide Insurance, Rite Aid, Direct Energy, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Hulu. The program, called "Plenti" and powered by American Express, lets customers earn and redeem points at any of the merchants in the alliance.
Top executives from the nation's tower companies saw lower spending form the Tier 1 wireless carriers in the first quarter, but the carriers and tower firms all expect network densification and buildout activity to ramp up as the year progresses.
Crown Castle is acquiring Quanta Fiber (called Sunesys), a subsidiary of Quanta Services, for about $1 billion in cash, a deal that will immediately bolster the wireless tower company's dark fiber capabilities for small cell backhaul services.
The FCC on Wednesday said that it approved the applications of two designated entities affiliated with Dish Network during the AWS-3 spectrum auction, along with seven other bidders. However, the FCC has not yet decided whether the Dish-affiliated companies will receive bidding discounts worth around $3.3 billion. Instead, the agency has formally opened up the companies' applications for public comment and other third parties can file petitions to deny the companies from getting the licenses or the discounts.
Verizon Communications executives are comfortable with the company's wireless spectrum position and the company is employing several strategies to densify its network, including small cells, according to a financial analyst who attended a meeting yesterday with the company's management. Additionally, Verizon is seeing positive results from its early tests of LTE-Unlicensed technology, which the carrier hopes will help augment its licensed spectrum capacity.
LG Electronics unveiled the G4, its latest flagship phone, and is focusing on both high-end specifications and a refined fashion sense to set itself apart in the crowded premium smartphone market. The G4, like its predecessor the G3, will go head-to-head with flagship phones from Samsung Electronics, Apple, HTC and others.
The FCC may reject bidding credits worth $3.3 billion to two designated entities that were affiliated with Dish Network during the AWS-3 spectrum auction, according to a Wall Street Journal article.
Verizon Communications will move to a software-centric network architecture to reduce costs and deliver new services to customers faster. The company today announced that Alcatel-Lucent, Cisco Systems, Ericsson, Juniper Networks and Nokia Networks will be its five initial software-defined network vendors.
T-Mobile US, Sprint, Dish Network, C Spire Wireless and a group of policy and public interest groups have forged a new alliance intended to pressure the FCC to craft 600 MHz auction rules that they say will benefit smaller carriers and increase wireless competition.
T-Mobile US is likely going to continue to be the leader in gaining wireless market share in the first quarter, according to new estimates from financial analysts at Evercore ISI.