FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has been on the job for barely two weeks, but Sprint, T-Mobile US, Dish Network and other smaller carriers are already lobbying him to ensure rules that let them get access to 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum in the forthcoming incentive auctions.
The Department of Justice's proposed settlement allowing American Airlines and US Airways to merge has sparked speculation that the Obama administration might allow a merger between Sprint and T-Mobile US before the next president takes office. However, there are formidable barriers to such a deal, including the administration's own wireless priorities.
U.S. wireless carriers added 2.4 million net new subscribers in the third quarter after a record-low 139,000 in the second quarter, which was due in large part to Sprint's shutdown of its Nextel iDEN network, according to a new report from Chetan Sharma Consulting.
Isis--the mobile payments joint venture from AT&T Mobility, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile US--finally rolled out nationwide, offering a new way for millions of customers to pay for goods and services via their mobile phones.
T-Mobile US indicated it will not participate in the Jan. 22 auction of the 1900 MHz PCS H Block, but said it is still shopping for more spectrum from an unnamed private company.
Verizon Wireless is currently experiencing higher than expected LTE data traffic and network stresses in a few major markets, but expects to have those issues ironed out by year-end, according to Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo.
Vodafone said it will increase its planned investments under its "Project Spring" network upgrade to £7 billion ($11.13 billion), up from £6 billion, over the next two years to strengthen networks and services in major markets and accelerate its strategy of focusing on data, enterprises and emerging markets.
Sprint took another step into the crowded home phone business with the launch of its new Phone Connect System 1, hoping to get cord cutters over to its wireless network.
AT&T Mobility is starting to refarm its 1900 MHz PCS spectrum for LTE service in New York City, according to a GigaOM report.
Ulf Ewaldsson, Ericsson's CTO and senior vice president, spoke to FierceWirelessTech Editor-in-Chief Sue Marek about the company's view of LTE Broadcast technology, Voice over LTE and what exactly 5G will be. "We are looking at tough requirements for 5G with download speeds of up to 20 Gigabits and latency below 1 millisecond," Ewaldsson explained. For more, check out this FierceWirelessTech Hot Seat.