The newest instance of network parity isn't around the corner. It's looking like we'll achieve network party in 2016 and beyond. This could perhaps give us a two-to- three-year period of network parity. In this period, we should expect the carriers to heavily market their networks as being just as good as any other carrier in the market, if not better.
Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility, Sprint, and T-Mobile US agreed to team with the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials and the National Emergency Number Association to improve the indoor location accuracy of 911 calls over the next six years.
AT&T Mobility has stopped adding an undetectable and undeletable tracking ID into its customers' mobile Internet browsing activity that could be used by the carrier or advertisers to build up a profile of a users' mobile Web usage. Verizon Wireless is still using the program, which has been dubbed a "super cookie" because it is more powerful than a regular Web tracking cookie that users can delete.
The FCC's AWS-3 spectrum auction has yielded a little more than $4.7 billion in bids through its first seven rounds over the opening two days of the auction. However, the bidding so far has been concentrated around a few blocks of spectrum.
The AWS-3 spectrum auction, the FCC's first major auction since 2008, kicked off with a bang. The first round of bidding drew provisional winning bids on 1,012 licenses. That totals around $1.767 billion in bids, or around 16.7 percent of the total $10.587 billion reserve price the FCC has set for the auction. A total of 1,614 licenses are up for grabs across 65 MHz of spectrum, including 15 MHz of unpaired uplink spectrum in the 1695-1710 MHz band.
Verizon Wireless has entered into a multiyear research partnership with the Georgia Institute of Technology, with the objective of fostering development of new technology solutions in for the Internet of Things, including the areas of telematics, wearables and LTE network enhancements.
After years of buildup and preparation, on Nov. 13 the FCC will formally kick off Auction 97, better known as the AWS-3 auction. It will be the largest and most consequential auction of airwaves since the 700 MHz auction in 2008. 65 MHz of spectrum is going to he be auctioned. Who is going to bid? Who is going to win? And how much money are they going to spend? FierceWireless has compiled a handy primer to consult as the auction gets underway.
Sprint said it will reduce the cost of its 12 GB and 16 GB shared data plans by $10, another move by the carrier to juice its subscriber additions as it enters the critical fourth-quarter holiday shopping season.
As the third-quarter earnings season comes to a close, FierceWireless is taking a deeper look at the revenue trends at the top 8 U.S. wireless operators.
Emerging news that Sprint is considering selling off its struggling wireline business should be of no real surprise, particularly as its new owners at Softbank have made it clear that becoming a bigger threat to AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless in the wireless market is their key priority.