Last week, Comcast confirmed plans to launch a mobile service by mid-2017 using Verizon Wireless's expansive nationwide network. Here's what this Comcast/Verizon collaboration could mean for you and the U.S. wireless industry.
So what’s the deal with 5G? The industry is likely queuing up this new technology as a proactive solution for the wireless problems of the future. Frankly, it’s tough to predict how 5G could change the wireless environment on any scale—but we can make some educated predictions.
When making voice calls, users’ phones can utilize a nearby WiFi network instead of using their carrier's network connection. This can bypass the issue of weak carrier coverage in certain areas where users may be unable to get an adequate signal.
The U.S. carrier race for best 4G LTE coverage continues. Last week, AT&T proclaimed itself the king of LTE in North America, with about 355 million people covered under its 4G LTE – more than any other carrier. Meanwhile, despite this recognition, Verizon continues to outperform its competitors with the best overall network performance...
Carrier spending on WiFi equipment grew 23 percent to $336 million globally throughout 2014. And in 2015, experts predict that worldwide WiFi spending will escalate an additional 88 percent, strengthening networks and allowing for enhanced performance and a better user experience.
It’s no secret that with more technology comes less privacy, but most of us are still uneasy about the idea of companies spying on our online activity. Now, it looks like a new service by AT&T could begin a movement to protect consumer privacy -- for a price.
Verizon is focusing on its wireless growth, East Coast landlines, and its FiOS business by consolidating its wireless and wireline networks. As of last week, Verizon announced 2 deals totaling $15.6 billion with Frontier Communications and American Tower Corp.
In the last weeks of 2014, Sprint and T-Mobile became the latest targets of cramming lawsuits by the U.S. government. Sprint was slammed with lawsuits from the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the FCC, while T-Mobile settled with the FCC to pay $90 million in similar penalties for cramming.
Throughout the year, carriers have worked to improve their offerings, including better WiFi performance and expanded LTE coverage. These improvements – and others on the horizon – paint a bright future for network performance in 2015.
Carrier network growth must accommodate rising data usage across the industry -- Continuing its recent “UnCarrier” theme to set itself apart from competitors, T-Mobile is making headlines again with its Q3 earnings.
We know we’ve become attached to our smart devices, but do we know exactly how much our increasing obsession is costing us? Average annual U.S. household spending on cell phone bills has grown by more than four times in the past 13 years.
In the wake of the failed merger between Sprint and T-Mobile, competition is escalated in the wireless industry. Last week, Sprint implemented a new pricing strategy, eliciting a response from T-Mobile.
The U.S. wireless industry has achieved many firsts lately -- but now, It turns out that in Q2, the U.S. wireless industry achieved yet another first – ZERO year-over-year growth in service revenue compared to last year.
Top “cyber-experts” talk about avoiding security threats in the digital world. While they point out that there’s no such thing as a catch-all solution, there are many ways to defend against cyberattacks.
As mobility management becomes an important standard in the workplace, IT managers are becoming more willing to outsource mobility management to a third-party managed mobility services (MMS) provider. Here's why that could be a smart decision...
Earlier this month, Sprint signed low-cost LTE roaming agreements with a dozen rural operators. This will broaden Sprint's LTE presence while simultaneously providing rural carriers with the necessary tools to successfully deploy LTE.
An infographic comparing U.S. carriers’ 2G/3G, 3G+ and LTE network coverage (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon). Based on speed tests of working 4G LTE signals and networks across the U.S., we can get a good view of 4G connectivity.
The price of the merger is about $40 per share for Sprint to purchase T-Mobile, resulting in a total mega-deal of around $32 billion. The intended merger is expected to officially be announced within the next few months.
Thanks to aggressive data promotions for tablets, the growing popularity of data sharing plans and progress in the tablet market, tablets boasted some of the most promising numbers for carriers from Q1.
T-Mobile closed a $2.4 billion buyout of A-Band 700MHz spectrum from Verizon Wireless, a low-band spectrum deal that will open the door for better in-building, suburban and rural coverage by the end of 2014.
Ever since wireless carriers first began offering mobile data services, widespread data consumption in the mobile industry has skyrocketed, exceeding 50 percent and surpassing voice revenue for the first time.
As more users utilize 4G LTE capabilities, the overall quality of networks around the world is rapidly improving. But in terms of good coverage and fast speeds, LTE still has a long way to go to achieve its full potential.
Verizon's $130 billion deal with Vodafone is finally complete, leaving Verizon as the sole proprietor of Verizon Wireless. The acquisition is part of Verizon's overall plan to gain independence and build a more integrated environment.
In light of the 2013 study revealing that mobile data usage is happening at an unprecedented rate, research also revealed that a mere 0.1 percent of LTE subscribers are responsible for as much as half of 4G data usage.
According to recent studies, we're consuming data faster than ever. Operators are turning to “offloading” to handle the data traffic crowding their mobile networks, particularly as technology like LTE continues to steadily flourish.
You might be shocked to see that select telecom bills have increased this month, and you won’t be the only one. As of this month, carriers are hiking up surcharges like the notable increase of AT&T’s Federal Access Recovery Fee (aka FARF) for internet services.
Thanks to an intervention last month by the FCC, cell phone users will soon have the freedom to unlock devices after their contracts expire. Unlocking lets users move seamlessly between networks or use their devices while traveling overseas.
When it comes to wireless, speed is everyone’s number one priority -- but there’s more to this lightning-fast technology than just speed. Wireless network latency plays a considerable role in maintaining the speed of LTE and other high-speed wireless technologies.
Ever since mobile devices entered the business world, mobility has become valuable in the workplace. And according to research conducted by Cisco Systems, it’s up to enterprise CIOs and IT executives to facilitate the next phase of business mobility.
At the beginning of the week, Verizon announced its most recent deal to shell out $130 billion to own Verizon Wireless, aka Britain's Vodafone, its own wireless unit and business partner. And on Tuesday, Microsoft revealed plans to buy out the once dominant phone maker, Nokia, for the equivalent of $7.2 billion.
As the U.S. top wireless carriers begin the homestretch of deploying upgraded LTE systems, it’s becoming clear that the future for LTE is limitless. The current infrastructure being built by mobile carriers is based on FD (frequency-division) LTE – the earliest version of the wireless broadband system.
After years of domination in the US, top wireless carriers might finally have to start watching their backs. A more evenly-distributed base of customers would ultimately increase the need for all carriers to have a competitive edge, which could mean better pricing, better devices, better contract terms – or maybe even eliminating contracts altogether.
According to a recent telecom industry report by Moffett Research, of the thousands of tablets purchased every day, only 20 percent have wireless capabilities. Consumers purchasing the other 80 percent of tablets choose to make do with only Wi-Fi – and more in-depth research shows why.