The Communications Workers of America union, which represents wireline employees for telcos including AT&T and Verizon, gave mixed reviews to the FCC's newly adopted Tech Transitions Order, which includes action to streamline telecom providers' requests to discontinue legacy voice services.
Verizon said that its new pricing plans, introduced last week, are more popular among new and existing customers than either the "Verizon Plan" it introduced in 2015 or the "Share Everything" plan Verizon introduced in 2012. Specifically, the carrier said that nearly 95 percent more customers signed up to be on the new Verizon plans during the past week than during the first week of availability of Share Everything in 2012. Verizon added that customers during the past week brought more than double the amount of lines than they did on Share Everything during that plan's first week of availability.
It looks as though Comcast is getting more serious about establishing itself in the mobile biz, confirming a series of executive moves, including the promotion of Greg Butz to head up a new Comcast Mobile division.
As the FCC continues to debate the business data services (BDS) market, analysts at Wells Fargo warned that AT&T could be significantly affected if the agency eventually decides to cut special access rates.
Comcast has confirmed a series of executive moves, including a promotion for Greg Butz, executive vice president of sales and marketing, who will now head up a new Comcast Mobile division.
Verizon confirmed to FierceWireless that it is currently planning to shut down its CDMA 1X network by Dec. 31, 2019. However, the carrier said it would work with its current CDMA 1X customers and would consider operating its CDMA 1X network into 2020 if those customers need more time to move onto Verizon's LTE network.
T-Mobile killed two birds with one stone this week in an FCC filing that hammered Verizon's new price plans as it said competition in the U.S. wireless market is thriving.
Verizon could soon challenge cell siting rules in Lane County, Oregon, which the carrier's legal representation called "burdensome and unusual."
Verizon's CIO Radhika Venkatraman said the carrier doesn't plan to hire thousands of additional workers to virtualize its network functions. Instead, Venkatraman said Verizon is hoping to work with its suppliers on the transition – as long as those suppliers can make the move simple and cheap.
T-Mobile is tethering the cost of a new handset with service for new and existing customers of its Simple Choice plans in a counter-punch to the plans Verizon unveiled last week.