Wireless service for customers at a variety of carriers was disrupted yesterday across parts of the Southeast due to a hardware issue in AT&T's wireline network. The issue affected customers in parts of Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee, according to media reports.
Charter Communications CEO Tom Rutledge said the cable company is looking to launch some kind of mobile wireless product and is willing to explore working with T-Mobile US or any other wireless carrier.
The nation's wireless carriers are expected to put the finishing touches on their respective LTE coverage buildouts, and then will use techniques including small cells and carrier aggregation to add density and capacity to their networks, according to industry experts. Specifically, Sprint and Verizon Wireless have pointed to both small cells and carrier aggregation as elements of their respective network buildout strategies for the remainder of this year.
Verizon Wirelesa and T-Mobile US forged a $173 million deal to transfer a slew of AWS-1 and PCS spectrum licenses between them in various markets across the country. The deal, which is expected to close in the fourth quarter, includes spectrum swaps in parts of Arkansas, California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee and Virginia.
Comcast and Verizon Communications are discussing whether and how they should renegotiate a contract dating from 2011 that lets Comcast operate as an MVNO of Verizon Wireless, according to a Wall Street Journal article. The wireless industry has shifted significantly since the deal was struck, and Comcast is exploring how much flexibility it would have to sell shared data plans.
Sprint is going after T-Mobile US and other carriers with a new family plan promotion that offers unlimited voice, texting and 10 GB of shared data for $100 per month. The carrier also said that families can choose Sprint's 40 GB shared data plan for just $20 more per month, or $120 in total.
Verizon considers Sprint's 2.5 GHz airwaves something that could fit into its spectrum portfolio, but has not made any moves to look into buying that spectrum, according to a report from J.P. Morgan analyst Philip Cusick.
The number of tablets with mobile data subscriptions will basically double over the next years to more than 200 million, according to a new report from research firm Strategy Analytics. The forecast comes as many U.S. carriers continue to rely on tablet subscriptions for growth, with a long runway of tablet subscriber additions potentially ahead of them.
Verizon Wireless said that its subscribers will be able to access HBO Now, the offering from the premium TV network that lets customers access its content without a TV subscription. Verizon also said that HBO content, though not necessarily HBO Now, will be part of its over-the-the-top mobile video service, which is continuing to get fleshed out.
Crown Castle offered a positive outlook on the U.S. tower industry, with CEO Ben Moreland predicting that "over the next several years, we believe that the current level of investment by U.S. wireless carriers will be sustained." He added that Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile US have been the most active carriers in 2015 in spending on their networks, but he said AT&T and Sprint are expected to increase their own spending this year as well.