Verizon Wireless indicated that it thinks it has enough spectrum for the foreseeable future and is taking a "wait and see" approach to the FCC's 600 MHz incentive auction of broadcast TV spectrum. However, some analysts think that Verizon is playing coy as a way to get auction rules that it finds more favorable or to delay the auction.
Verizon yesterday appointed John Stratton as the new chief of its wireless business, replacing Dan Mead, who had been the CEO of Verizon Wireless since 2010. Mead will stay with the company to oversee the sale of Verizon's wireline operations in California, Florida and Texas to Frontier Communications, and will retire after that.
Verizon Wireless entered the AWS-3 spectrum auction with at least 40 MHz of AWS airwaves covering around 70 percent of the U.S. population, but ended the auction with that figure around 95 percent. According to a senior Verizon executive, Verizon now has a combination of at least 40 MHz of AWS-1 or AWS-3 spectrum in 92 of the top 100 U.S. markets, which will help the carrier meet capacity needs as more traffic shifts to its LTE network.
As wireless carriers increasingly embrace equipment installment plans (EIPs), they are working to mitigate the risk of those plans to their balance sheet by turning to a variety of financing alternatives, according to a report from investment bank Jefferies.
As part of an agreement between the CTIA and FCC, the nation's largest U.S. wireless carriers agreed to let customers who have fulfilled their contracts unlock their phones and tablets and move to another carrier.
Despite growing smartphone sales, overall handset sales fell in 2014 due to a decline in feature phone sales and growing acceptance of equipment installment plans (EIP), according to a report from research firm Recon Analytics. Consumers' embrace of the EIP model could have negative consequences for carriers, handset makers and mobile networks, according to the report.
Sprint may still have a lot of work to do to in improving its network reliability, but according to a new RootMetrics report, it is making progress.
Ericsson is working with Qualcomm and several major carriers to trial unlicensed LTE service in the 5 GHz band. The carriers, including Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile US and SK Telecom, are at the vanguard of deploying what is known as License Assisted Access (LAA) or LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U).
According to the latest bi-annual report from network testing firm RootMetrics, Verizon Wireless continued to lead in overall performance with AT&T Mobility not far behind. However, thanks to improvements Sprint made in fixing blocked calls and texting reliability, Sprint leapfrogged back over T-Mobile US for third place overall. In RootMetrics' report for the first half of 2014, T-Mobile overtook Sprint for the No. 3 spot.
T-Mobile US said recent filings by AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless that seek to reverse a December FCC ruling on data roaming are "nothing more than untimely renewed attempts" to tilt roaming regulations that favor AT&T and Verizon. The FCC's ruling late last year provided clarification and guidance over what constitutes a "commercially reasonable" data roaming agreement, and was largely a win for T-Mobile and smaller carriers.