MetroPCS to Win U.S. Race to LTE

Verizon is hard at work to get its LTE high-speed network online late this year, but MetroPCS may be first according to information its LTE network will go live in September. The fifth-largest operator in the U.S. will light up Dallas and Las Vegas next month.

MetroPCS to Win U.S. Race to LTE

Verizon is hard at work to get its LTE high-speed network online late this year, but MetroPCS may be first according to information its LTE network will go live in September. The fifth-largest operator in the U.S. will light up Dallas and Las Vegas next month.

MetroPCS’s Next Challenge: Woo Postpaid Users

MetroPCS’s quarterly profit beat expectations, an indication that the carrier is holding its own in the brutal prepaid market. But if it can begin to lure postpaid consumers instead of poaching users of other prepaid services, it could begin to truly separate itself from the pack.

Mobile Industry Dances Toward Consolidation

Rumors of a merger between Leap Wireless and MetroPCS are flying once again, signaling a rush to consolidation among the second- and third-tier players in the space. But is T-Mobile USA a better fit for MetroPCS than its prepaid rival?

LTE Advances Across Asia

The Asia-Pacific region is getting ever-closer to faster mobile broadband, with network operators in Japan, Singapore, Australia and Indonesia readying their Long Term Evolution networks. Today NTT DoCoMo, Japan’s largest mobile operator, affirmed its plans to deploy LTE in 2010; it also said it would shut off its 2G network in March 2011 since most subscribers now have 3G phones. NTT DoCoMo had previously said it would keep the 2G network running until December 2012. Speaking at the GSM Association’s Mobile Asia Congress 2009, Ryuji Yamada, president and CEO of NTT DoCoMo, said LTE data cards will be ready in 2010 and handsets will be ready in 2011. Read More about LTE Advances Across Asia

Rich Carriers Got Richer in Q3

[qi:083] The rich mobile carriers got a little richer in the third quarter, as the nation’s top two operators increased their leads over the rest of the field. Verizon Wireless (s VZ) added a million subscribers and posted revenue of $15.8 billion, up 24.4 percent year-over-year, while AT&T (s T) reported 2 million net adds — thanks largely to the iPhone — and $13.65 in revenue, up 8 percent over the year-ago period. Meanwhile, the increasingly heated prepaid space took its toll on Leap Wireless and MetroPCS (s PCS), as both service providers saw customer growth slide in the third quarter.  Read More about Rich Carriers Got Richer in Q3