Sprint MVNO Scratch Wireless is offering unlimited cellular voice and data for 24 hours on Sprint's network for $4 when customers are out of range of Wi-Fi. The Wi-Fi-first Scratch said it wants to give its customers more flexibility and control to choose the services they want, when they want them, without having to pay for more than what they use.
U.S. LTE subscribers are using almost twice as much data on average than their 3G counterparts, according to a new report from mobile analytics firm Mobidia. The company's research also found that Verizon Wireless and Sprint subscribers are using more LTE data than customers of AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile US.
In a move that could signal major competition for cable companies, New York City has pledged to launch an ambitious public Wi-Fi project in 2015. Dubbed "LinkNYC," the service will provide free Internet service across the New York's five boroughs, as well as no-cost domestic calling and video chatting.
The notion that Wi-Fi is somehow a second-class citizen because it's the "offload" for cellular operators? Well, that just doesn't hold water any longer. If given a choice, most consumers already choose Wi-Fi first and cellular second.
When Carnival Corporation set out a couple years ago to update communications for its fleet of more than 100 ships, it talked to companies like Google, which is making strides with its Project Loon. The Loon project is designed to use balloons launched into the stratospheric for providing Internet access on Earth.
While Gogo President and CEO Michael Small says he doesn't understand why AT&T Mobility wanted to get into the in-flight wireless business in the first place, he's not dismissing the idea that Gogo might one day lease spectrum from the telco.
Mike Murphy, chief technology officer for Nokia Networks' business in North America, is an industry veteran whose experience includes research and development in WCDMA at Nortel Networks. He was heavily involved in the first LTE deployments in South Korea and Japan. He recently talked with FierceWirelessTech Editor Monica Alleven about 5G, Wi-Fi, small cells and the disruptive nature of the open cloud environment.
The increasing appetite for Carrier Wi-Fi solutions will result in revenues growing to nearly $8 billion (€6.4 billion) by 2019. Asia-Pacific is the top region in [terms of the] number of installed Wi-Fi hotspots while Europe and North America continue to grow their networks through the use of community hotspots.
AT&T Mobility is no longer planning to build a nationwide wireless network for airplane passengers, and will instead direct that money toward investment in international and video products.
Deployment of carrier-grade Wi-Fi networks by cable companies will far surpass the rollout of small cells by telecommunications companies, according to U.K. analyst Joe Madden of Mobile Experts, who also says telcos missed a huge opportunity to capitalize on Wi-Fi