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FCC Gets its Wish Fulfilled –  Sprint and T-Mobile Kick off 4G Price Wars that Could Draw in AT&T and Verizon Wireless

FCC Gets its Wish Fulfilled – Sprint and T-Mobile Kick off 4G Price Wars that Could Draw in AT&T and Verizon Wireless

The collapse of the Sprint and T-Mobile merger has caused a sharp and quick turnaround in the relationship between the two carriers, resulting in an aggressive battle for customers. Now that Sprint and T-Mobile USA have walked away from their merger talks, they have launched…

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4G Wireless Broadband to  Transform Emerging Market Economies in Latin America

4G Wireless Broadband to Transform Emerging Market Economies in Latin America

With the current focus on expanding Mobile Broadband Networks and services in mature markets, many operators are leveraging 4G technology to provide essential Broadband Internet services in Emerging Markets. These operators are looking to leverage TD-LTE and WiMAX Advanced technologies along with Wi-Fi to connect…

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Net Neutrality: How Sponsored Data Plans Would Promote Competition on the ‘Edge’

Net Neutrality: How Sponsored Data Plans Would Promote Competition on the ‘Edge’

I’ve previously explained how the theory of ‘gatekeeper control’ underlying the FCC’s 2010 approach to Net Neutrality is applicable to any Internet intermediary that is capable of blocking, degrading, or favoring particular Internet services, applications, or content — a category of ‘non-ISP gatekeepers’ that includes…

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Wireless Net Neutrality:  Of Selective Memory and Blind Tenacity

Wireless Net Neutrality: Of Selective Memory and Blind Tenacity

In 2010, the now overturned FCC Open Internet Order specified various exceptions from the newly enacted Net Neutrality rules for mobile service providers that allowed them to reasonably manage their network traffic. While mobile bandwidth capacity has expanded since then, the problems with managing capacity…

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Is it Finally Time for the Telecom Tower Industry to Focus on Small Cell Deployment in the US?

Is it Finally Time for the Telecom Tower Industry to Focus on Small Cell Deployment in the US?

I attended the Wells Fargo 2014 Small Cell Symposium to take a deep dive on small cell technology as “the next big thing” in the evolution of wireless infrastructure and the telecom tower industry. It seemed like a good time to do reality check on…

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After Abandoning its Bid for T-Mobile USA, Sprint Names New CEO Marcelo Claure to Replace Dan Hesse

After Abandoning its Bid for T-Mobile USA, Sprint Names New CEO Marcelo Claure to Replace Dan Hesse

Last week Sprint announced the end of its Odyssey to acquire T-Mobile USA and replaced Dan Hesse as it CEO effective August 11, 2014. Hesse has led the third largest US mobile operator since 2007 and is expected to receive a severance package exceeding $40…

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Sprint’s Odyssey Ends As Iliad Launches its Campaign for T-Mobile USA and Deutsche Telekom Patiently Considers its Options

Sprint’s Odyssey Ends As Iliad Launches its Campaign for T-Mobile USA and Deutsche Telekom Patiently Considers its Options

Iliad launched its surprise campaign with an offer to acquire a controlling interest in T-Mobile USA on August 1. This bid of $15 billion in cash for 56.6% of T-Mobile USA made by the largely unknown French telecom operator Iliad introduced new uncertainty into the…

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Mobile Broadband and LTE Stokes Growth in the Telecom Tower Industry

Mobile Broadband and LTE Stokes Growth in the Telecom Tower Industry

The telecom tower industry is expanding globally as mobile service providers seek opportunities to monetize “non-strategic” assets, and reduce network expansion costs with shared infrastructure. The tower industry was pioneered in the United States with companies like American Tower, Crown Castle and SBA, before being…

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Where is Mobile Offload to Carrier Wi-Fi?

Where is Mobile Offload to Carrier Wi-Fi?

Over the last few years, there has been much discussion about major mobile network operators (MNOs) using Carrier Wi-Fi as a tool in their arsenal to provide broadband capacity to their customers. And yet we have seen very few actual agreements between Wi-Fi service providers…

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Over-the-top and Wi-Fi First will Change the Definition of the MVNO

Over-the-top and Wi-Fi First will Change the Definition of the MVNO

One of the interesting by-products of the dramatic rise of over-the-top service providers will be the redefinition of the MVNO, and the way it contributes to the mobile operator’s business case. The MVNO – mobile virtual network operator, which offers cellular services by leasing capacity…

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