FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told Verizon Wireless CEO Dan Mead he is "deeply troubled" by the carrier's decision to start slowing down the speeds of some customers who still have legacy unlimited data plans and who cross into the top 5 percent of heavy data users on Verizon's LTE network when they are on high-traffic cell sites.
T-Mobile US said it added 1.47 million total net new subscribers in the second quarter, including 908,000 branded postpaid net adds. While T-Mobile didn't report quite as many postpaid net adds in the period as Verizon Wireless, it did have more total new subscriber additions and it showed strong growth in phone subscriber additions. T-Mobile also said it now expects to add between 3 million and 3.5 million branded postpaid net subscribers in 2014, up from its previous estimate between 2.8 million and 3.3 million.
Alcatel-Lucent capped off the second quarter of 2014 with a narrower loss. Yet sales in the United States fell and investors have grown worried that the company's reliance on large contracts from U.S. carriers could hurt it if network activity drops.
Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said the carrier is testing a variety of new pricing options, including plans that could spur more customers to pay for devices through equipment installment plans.
Sprint MVNO FreedomPop is going to launch the Apple iPad mini and Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 as its first LTE tablets and will enable voice service via the tablets. The company is also going to support customers who bring off-contract Sprint LTE tablets to its service.
Sprint CEO Dan Hesse confirmed on the company's second-quarter earnings conference call that the carrier is trialing new rates plans in certain markets to determine if it should introduce more competitive pricing nationwide.
Dutch operator KPN predicted its financial performance will stablise towards the end of 2014, after its second quarter earnings exceeded analyst estimates thanks to customer gains and cost cuts.
Some 51 LTE networks have been launched globally so far in 2014, and the total number of commercial LTE networks is expected to be more than 350 by the end of this year.
Sprint wholesale partner nTelos Wireless has reduced the number of people it plans to cover with its own LTE network thanks to its recently announced network agreement with Sprint, which includes reciprocal LTE roaming.
We all knew the 5G pendulum was going to swing back pretty hard post-Mobile World Congress this year. Sure enough, come mid-year 2014, it's suddenly fashionable for people in the telecom industry (media, analysts, etc.) to push back on the 5G hype. You probably know the messages I'm thinking of: "There are still plenty of 2G networks supporting M2M and voice in operation." "3G will be with us for years, so keep investing in those networks." "LTE and LTE-A are more than capable enough to support millions upon millions of people watching million upon millions of streaming video sessions."