William Ho

William Ho

William Ho is a leading industry analyst, consultant, and commentator at <a href="http://556ventures.com/">556 Ventures</a>. He has over 25 years experience in the fixed, internet and wireless sectors. Follow him on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/billho888">@billho888</a&gt;

Stories by William Ho

Ho's Perspective: Can Sprint get any respect?

For the last couple of years, some have viewed Sprint as the Rodney Dangerfield of wireless. Indeed, the carrier has seen mostly negative press and perception ranging from subscriber losses to poor network execution to unfortunate technology selection, to M&amp;A problems, and the list goes on. Add in a negative macroeconomic environment, unprecedented competition and some bad luck contributed to keeping Sprint down. Here&#39;s how I think Sprint got to its &quot;no respect&quot; predicament.

Ho's Perspective: Arms and arms dealers in the wireless switching war

There&#39;s a war going on out there in the wireless space and it&#39;s for switchers. Longtime industry veterans will note that the business of switching isn&#39;t new but lately has been more pronounced than in years past. Carriers know that pricing and network play dominant roles in the switching war. What are some of the arms that carriers employ and who are the arms dealers that fuel and benefit from the situation?

Ho's Perspective: As T-Mobile and Sprint catch up to Verizon and AT&T on LTE coverage, capacity comes into focus



Carrier aggregation will pick up as the speed war, fueled by the never ending RootMetrics reports and the subsequent carrier press releases and earnings call citations. AT&T and Verizon&#39;s network transformations are "skating to where the puck will be" in an effort to become more agile and drive down costs. So far smaller Sprint and T-Mobile haven&#39;t seen this need. There&#39;s no doubt that more changes will come about this year.

Ho's Perspective: How will Verizon and AT&T battle Sprint and T-Mobile in 2015?

2014 is nearly at and end and it&#39;s the time of the year when there are countless year-end review articles and 2015 predictions. While there were many highlights of 2014, I choose to hone in on network and competition. Instead of predictions, my 2015 expectations have been laid out with technology paths and the previous year&#39;s events.

Ho's Perspective: What happens to wireless carriers when there is network parity?

The newest instance of network parity isn&#39;t around the corner. It&#39;s looking like we&#39;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.

Ho's Perspective: Is prepaid still relevant? Yes!


Postpaid competition has been dominating mainstream and industry press headlines. Postpaid device and double data promotional moves by all rivals set the competitive tone as we enter the all-important fourth quarter. On Verizon&#39;s third-quarter 2014 earnings call, CFO Fran Shammo noted that the prepaid sector growth has slowed relative to previous years, and given entry price points are so close to postpaid, some of those subscribers are moving to postpaid.

Ho's Perspective: Sprint needs to step up its 2.5 GHz LTE deployment

Rather than network improvement, Sprint needs network acceleration. Just as he was aggressive in pricing and promotions, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure has the opportunity to step on the gas to expand the 2014 2.5 GHz target and accelerate the 2015 rollout with at least 250 million POPs covered before the end of next year.