Ever wonder what it takes to change the direction of an entire industry? If so, you might want to take a cue from some of the players we have featured here, on our Most Powerful People in U.S. Wireless and Wireline 2014 list. In this list, we've included men and women from all areas of the telecom industry (wireless, wireline and even a few from the video side) because we believe these areas are rapidly converging and those who exert influence in one area of the business typically have just as much power on the other. Click here for the list.
Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure shook up the carrier's executive team and further put his stamp on the organization by hiring new executives to his senior management group. Meanwhile, Sprint announced that several longtime executives will be leaving the company, including CMO Jeff Hallock, enterprise chief Matt Carter and communications director Bill White. FierceWireless Editor Phil Goldstein has a complete report here.
AT&T Mobility is keeping the pressure on in the data plan promotion battle among wireless carriers by offering up its 15 GB shared data plan for $100 per month, which had been the price of its 10 GB plan. The 15 GB plan had previously started at $130 per month.
Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure shook up Sprint's executive team and further put his stamp on the organization by hiring new executives to his senior management group. Meanwhile, Sprint announced that several longtime executives will be leaving the company, including CMO Jeff Hallock, enterprise chief Matt Carter and communications director Bill White.
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.
Nokia expects sales and profits in its core Networks business to continue to grow. The company is also anticipating higher sales from its mapping and patent licensing units.
T-Mobile US CFO Braxton Carter said he does not think that rival Sprint needs to fail in order for his company to succeed in the market, arguing that they are both training their sights on market leaders Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility.
Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said "you ain't seen nothing yet" in terms of how aggressively and clearly Sprint intends to push its message that it offers the best value in the U.S. wireless market. Claure indicated that new executives will be joining the company in the next 60 to 90 days to replace ones who are leaving, and said that while "it's just the beginning of a very long journey" he is encouraged about the carrier's turnaround prospects.
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.