The FCC plans, at the suggestion of Chairman Tom Wheeler, to reject a proposal from T-Mobile US, Sprint and other smaller carriers 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, according to multiple reports
Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile US' implementations of Voice over LTE demonstrate significant improvements in voice quality over legacy circuit-switched voice, with Verizon leading the way in terms of call quality, according to a new benchmarking test by network testing firm P3 Communications.
Verizon Communications has no interest in buying Dish Network, according to Verizon CFO Fran Shammo.
AT&T thinks T-Mobile US' push to expand the amount of spectrum smaller carriers can bid on in next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum is more about making sure T-Mobile has less competition in bidding in urban markets than in expanding its rural coverage.
T-Mobile US will likely lead the industry again in the second quarter in handset subscriber additions, while Verizon Wireless could see improvement in its subscriber figures thanks to recent promotions, according to analysts at investment bank Jefferies.
Verizon Communications shot back at T-Mobile US CEO John Legere, who delivered a broadside at Verizon and AT&T Mobility in his ongoing lobbying effort to get the FCC to set aside more spectrum for smaller carriers to bid on in next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum.
As media and networks are converging, T-Mobile US and Dish Netwiork are reportedly talking about merging. The two companies share a mindset as aggressive challenger brands with a maniacal focus on cost cutting, something both companies have to focus on because they entered their respective markets late.
Reports that Dish Network and T-Mobile US are in merger talks sparked a flurry of speculation from financial analysts about the potential ramifications for the wireless and cable industries. Some analysts think that the deal could increase pressure on Sprint, which would have no clear path to scaling up, and on Verizon Wireless which would be deprived of a source of additional spectrum it might have gotten from Dish. At the same time, analysts think a T-Mobile/Dish combination will be a major bonanza for tower companies.
Verizon Wireless is one of several companies working with NASA on experiments related to monitoring of drones, and Verizon's part of the project is to see whether drones could be monitored via cell towers.
T-Mobile US is continuing to lobby the FCC to increase the size of the spectrum reserve in next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum, arguing that without a larger reserve Verizon Wireless and AT&T will continue to dominate the industry.