Sprint wholesale partner Shenandoah Telecommunications, better known as Shentel, is buying fellow Sprint wholesale partner nTelos Wireless in a deal valued at around $640 million, including net debt. There had been speculation since May that such a deal would come to pass, and nTelos had been reviewing strategic alternatives.
Tucows CEO Elliott Noss said that his company's Ting Mobile MVNO has worked through most of the problems it had in terms of customer service as a result of changes Sprint made to its rules for devices that customers want to take to MVNOs. Meanwhile, Noss said that since Ting started supporting GSM service in March, likely via T-Mobile US' network, a "solid" chunk of carrier's business is now GSM-based.
Comcast appears to be riding a streak of good fortune in federal courts. The company has managed to sidestep two court cases that would have cost the company a total of $47.6 million.
Now that the second-quarter earnings season is over, what conclusions can we draw about how wireless carriers performed?Thanks to a partnership between Jackdaw Research analyst Jan Dawson and FierceWireless, we're publishing slides Dawson produced on the quarter exclusively for a short time. Special report
The Passpoint standard, introduced in 2012, promised to aggregate the fractured, splintered landscape of W-Fi hotspots into a unified system of connected networks that users could easily and seamlessly move among. And recent actions by T-Mobile US and Sprint indicate that at least some of the nation's biggest wireless carriers are using Passpoint to do just that.
Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile US dominated network spending during the second quarter and boosted tower companies' sales and cell site activity. However, AT&T and Sprint are poised to increase their spending in the second half of the year and into 2016, according to analysts and tower company executives.
Verizon Wireless' new pricing plans, in addition to doing away with subsidized smartphones and contracts, will likely boost profitability for the carrier, according to financial analysts.
The second-quarter earnings season is coming to a close, so now it's time to see how the nation's top wireless carriers stacked up against each other in terms of key metrics. Jackdaw Research analyst Jan Dawson has assembled these slides that provide an in-depth look at how Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile US and Sprint performed in the second quarter of 2015. Dawson's research covers relatively standard metrics including revenue growth and net adds, but also includes deep dives into prepaid vs. postpaid performance, subscriber acquisitions vs. losses, and more.
Boingo Wireless' CEO said the company has received "pretty amazing, pretty awesome" interest in Wi-Fi offloading and wholesaling following the announcement of the company's Wi-Fi agreement with Sprint. "The level of interest I think largely is a result of the Sprint announcement, was pretty amazing, pretty awesome after last quarter," said David Hagan, Boingo's CEO, during the company's quarterly conference call, according to a Seeking Alpha transcript of the event.
AT&T appears to be poised to join Sprint and T-Mobile in supporting Apple's Wi-Fi calling service. As VentureBeat noted, the fifth beta of Apple's forthcoming iOS 9 operating system offers Wi-Fi calling from AT&T. T-Mobile last year began supporting Apple's Wi-Fi calling service, and Sprint joined T-Mobile in April to support the service via a software update.