Sprint believes that by transitioning from wholesale fiber- to microwave-based backhaul it will be able to save up to $1 billion.
Few details are known about Sprint's reported plans to save $1 billion by moving its towers from space leased by American Tower and Crown Castle to government land where rent is cheaper, as reported by Re/code last week. But analysts agree that it would be a high-risk, high-reward strategy.
The FCC has removed Cuba from its exclusion list, opening up opportunities for U.S.-based communications service providers to offer traditional telephone and Internet services to the country without needing to get separate approval from the regulator.
Karma said it will restore network speeds of its Neverstop data service and instead will throttle speeds only when a user's consumption exceeds 15 GB in any particular month.
Sprint is moving forward with plans of a "radical overhaul of its cellular network," according to Re/code, in a move that could save as much as $1 billion.
Sprint announced it hired another six new regional presidents-- executives charged with running the company's operations in locations stretching from Denver to New York-- a move that pushes Sprint one step closer toward completing the upper-level management for its new corporate structure. Most of the company's newest regional presidents are new Sprint employees.
U.S. carriers say they support the FCC's effort to expand its emergency wireless alert (EWA) system, but they're urging the agency not to make any hasty moves.
LAS VEGAS-- Wi-Fi and DAS network provider Boingo Wireless found that Wi-Fi calling requires hotspot download speeds of around 160 Kbps for audio connections and 2.5Mbps for video connections, and latency of less than 200 ms. As a result, the company said it had to significantly increase the number of Wi-Fi hotspots it operates in major U.S. airports in order to support mobile Wi-Fi calling services.
Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint will all report relatively solid postpaid subscriber adds in the fourth quarter, according to a forecast from Wells Fargo Securities, while AT&T will see a net loss in postpaid handset subscribers.
Investor interest in junk bonds continues to wane, according to a piece in The Wall Street Journal. And that could spell trouble for heavily indebted companies such as Sprint.