The ranks of mid-tier regional mobile carriers are shrinking. Cincinnati Bell is exiting the mobile business to focus on its wireline operations. The result: more spectrum for Verizon and fewer carrier choices in Cincinnati.
A report from The Information has revived the rumor that Google wants to become a mobile carrier. If it’s true, here’s they type of network we think Google would build.
There’s plenty of consumer data that can be mined in Africa, but it just happens to be controlled by the mobile operators. TA Telecom CEO Amr Shady explains how startups can put that data to use.
Like an eBay(s ebay) listing for a vintage Def Leppard concert T-Shirt, the Federal Communications Commission’s first spectrum auction in six years reached its reserve price of $1.56 billion and then promptly came to a halt with no further bids. Given the lack of carrier interest in Auction 96 and the 10 MHz of PCS spectrum it offered, the lackluster result is hardly a shock. Nor are we likely going to be surprised by the winners when the FCC announces them next month. Dish Network(s dish) had promised to bid the reserve price for this spectrum, and barring any surprises, it likely ran away with these airwaves.
Disney shut down its virtual mobile operator more than five years ago, but now it’s taking another swipe at a branded mobile service, partnering with little-known MVNO Zact.
T-Mobile’s big growth third quarter was driven in part by 344,000 new MVNO connections. Those virtual subscribers are becoming and increasing chunk of T-Mobile’s business as it begins welcome more virtual operators to its network.
Scratch Wireless is a new MVNO with a new business model. Instead of charging you subscription fees to access the cellular network it gives you voice and SMS over Wi-Fi for free.
The country’s first multilevel marketer in mobile Solavei is building a merchant rewards network for its members. It’s the MVNO’s first step — but not its last — toward expanding its Amway-like business model beyond wireless.
With 17 4G bands spread among four different phone variants, the new iPhone 5c and 5s will support LTE networks in dozens of new carriers in dozens of new countries. China Mobile, though, will have to wait.
Brooklyn and the Bronx will get Sprint’s new LTE service next week, but the other three boroughs will have to wait. Sprint is now playing catchup to all three of its nationwide competitors.