Kentucky-based Bluegrass Cellular, which already offers mobile broadband service as part of Verizon Wireless' rural LTE initiative, launched a fixed LTE service called GetSetGo.
Dish Network has filed several trademark applications to utilize the brand Otto for voice recognition software that could be used to power both its satellite TV service and the mobile phone product it is developing.
The addition of 169,000 FiOS video subscribers--and 188,000 total broadband subscribers--drove Verizon wireline revenues up 15.1 percent year-over-year to $2.6 billion. The subscriber gains easily topped fourth quarter numbers where Verizon gained 134,000 new FiOS subscribers.
About 27 percent of FiOS Internet subscribers are on one of Verizon's Quantum tiers, which offer download speeds of at least 50 Mbps, Verizon disclosed on its first-quarter earnings call Thursday.
Verizon's wireline results in Q1 2013 were once again dominated by the growth of its FiOS Internet and TV offerings, which helped to drive up overall wireline consumer revenues 4.3 percent to $3.6 billion.
As a reporter who has earned a living for the last 17 years writing about cable, it's not easy to admit that I no longer subscribe to ESPN and HBO, two of the earliest cable programmers responsible for driving the most subscriber growth and profits for the industry.
Verizon, according to financial analyst estimates, is expected to report that Q1 2013 earnings per share will rise 11.8 percent on strong wireless and FiOS services revenues. The telco will report its earnings before the opening bell rings on Wall Street tomorrow at 8 a.m. ET.
I've been watching for signs of a Dish Network get-together with Sprint Nextel since late 2011, due to a conversation I had with an acquaintance who did not work in the telecom or cable industries but knew a number of Dish employees. Those folks had been talking about Charlie Ergen's plans to build a new wireless network using satellite spectrum he had acquired, and they also mentioned that Sprint Nextel was probably going to be a player in this network.
Convergys Corp., which handles outsourced customer service calls from several cable MSOs, said it plans to hire 60 full-time customer service representatives within the next 60 days.
Verizon is scheduled to report first-quarter earnings tomorrow, and AT&T will detail its U-verse performance during the first quarter on Friday.