What will happen next in wireless? That’s definitely the big question. Within these pages, we hope to provide at least a few answers. In this, our second annual Predictions Special Report, we’ve again collected four of the industry’s leading, veteran, independent analysts to ask them what is going to happen next year and beyond.
Verizon’s $1.4 billion acquisition of Terremark in 2011 was based on a simple mission: establish a cloud services presence with a broad network of data centers. But Verizon met the grim reality that telcos lack the scale to really challenge cloud heavyweights like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft and Google.
To fully understand the calamity that was LightSquared, you have to go back to around 2010, when the company launched with the goal of building a wholesale nationwide LTE network that customers could use to provide their own wireless services.
FairPoint’s $2.7 billion purchase of Verizon’s Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont wireline network in 2007 is an example of how serious network consequences can emerge if a network cutover is not implemented properly. A series of regionwide issues affecting network operations and customers quickly ballooned after FairPoint moved Verizon’s operations onto its own back office systems.
The thing about Clearwire and Xohm’s (pronounced “zoam”) WiMAX network wasn’t that it was a terrible technology. Its performance was lauded—but the hype factor was over the top for an ecosystem that never transpired.
Before Disney/ESPN put what could be the final nail in the coffin for bundled pay-TV programming with a spectacularly expensive $1.9-billion-a-year rights deal for 16 “Monday Night Football” games a year, the erstwhile Time Warner Cable exceeded the limits of consumer price tolerance on the local level.