Verizon Wireless is partnering with wireless encryption firm Cellcrypt to create a new service called Voice Cypher that will offer enterprise and government users end-to-end encryption for voice calls on iOS, Android, or BlackBerry devices with a specialized application.
The FCC's AWS-3 spectrum auction is crawling along toward its conclusion, with total provisional winning bids now topping $43.7 billion. There are also signs that the auction will end shortly.
Investors last week dumped the stocks of Verizon Communications, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile US in a hurry amid growing concerns that the carriers' wireless pricing battles are unsustainable long term and that rising costs of spectrum will combine with the price war to drive down carriers' profitability.
Vodafone can't seem to get enough of the U.S. market--the company is going to dive back into the market next year by becoming an MVNO of T-Mobile US.
While both Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility have warned their shareholders to expect declining margins in the fourth quarter, analysts don't necessarily believe the wireless business is going to hell in a handbasket. FierceWireless ' Phil Goldstein takes a deep dive into the two giants' dichotomous message in this column.
The Wall Street financial analysts who watch the nation's carriers are in a bit of a tizzy this week because Verizon and AT&T, the two dominant players in the market, are warning of pressure on earnings and margins from promotions and higher subscriber growth in the fourth quarter. The analysts are worried because they think the competition from T-Mobile US and Sprint could get more intense. I think that'd be fine if that happens. If Verizon and AT&T lost profits and customers to Sprint and T-Mobile, I'd say that would be a grand development for the U.S. market and would be broadly beneficial for consumers.
Dark fiber has re-emerged as the latest fashion trend in the wireline telecom industry, and is primarily targeted at wireless backhaul, enterprise customers and traditional carriers. For wireless carriers, dark fiber lets them maintain complete control over their service experience, meaning if they want to increase capacity, they can do it on their own timeline. Special report
Whether it's a traditional carrier that needs to fill in a coverage gap, a content company that wants control over its infrastructure, or a school district that wants to be able to flexibly scale bandwidth to fulfill the growth of digital learning initiatives, we address these issues in our latest special report, Dark fiber creates new fortunes for ILECs, cable and CLECs.
At a nondescript office building here, Verizon Wireless puts devices through a torture test. The carrier's Device Lab, its main device testing facility, is located here, about an hour's drive southwest of New York City. In fact, the complex is Verizon's original headquarters, before it moved a short drive away to Basking Ridge in 2005. The device testing lab still plays a critical role in Verizon's operations, and has likely grown in importance over time as smartphones have grown more complex and integral to the lives of the carrier's customers. Here is a photo tour of that facility.
The FCC is forcing bidders in the AWS-3 spectrum auction to place new bids on 95 percent of the licenses for which they are eligible or face the prospect of not being able to make any more bids. The shift to "stage two" of the auction process, with the attendant change in bidding rules, is another indication that bidding is starting to wind down in the auction, which has gone on nearly a month.