U.S. Cellular is trialing Voice over LTE technology in three markets right now and expects to turn the service on commercially sometime later this year, according to CEO Ken Meyers.
Top executives from the nation's tower companies saw lower spending form the Tier 1 wireless carriers in the first quarter, but the carriers and tower firms all expect network densification and buildout activity to ramp up as the year progresses.
Nokia reported stronger sales in North America in the first quarter, and in its networks business overall. However, the underlying profit of the company's networks business fell, and investors grew worried about drooping margins.
Sprint struck a multi-year Wi-Fi offloading agreement with Boingo Wireless to seamlessly offload its customers' data traffic to Boingo's Wi-Fi networks at 35 major U.S. airports. The Boingo deal is one element of Sprint's evolving strategy to make Wi-Fi an integral part of its network as part of an effort to improve the performance of its network.
HOLLYWOOD, Fla.--Tower company Crown Castle said it will acquire Quanta Fiber Networks (called Sunesys) for $1 billion in cash. A wholly owned subsidiary of Quanta Services, Sunesys owns or has rights to nearly 10,000 miles of fiber in major metropolitan markets including Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago, Atlanta, Silicon Valley and northern New Jersey; Crown Castle said the purchase would "further strengthen Crown Castle's leading position in small cell networks by more than doubling Crown Castle's fiber footprint available for small cell deployments."
While Calix reported that first-quarter 2015 revenue was $91 million, up 6.1 percent from $85.8 million for the first quarter of 2014, it said that slow budgets from its largest service provider customers could have an impact on second-quarter revenues.
HOLLYWOOD, Fla.--FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn urged the wireless industry to adopt additional safety provisions she said might prevent injury and death among tower climbers.
Verizon Communications executives are comfortable with the company's wireless spectrum position and the company is employing several strategies to densify its network, including small cells, according to a financial analyst who attended a meeting yesterday with the company's management. Additionally, Verizon is seeing positive results from its early tests of LTE-Unlicensed technology, which the carrier hopes will help augment its licensed spectrum capacity.
Surfline, which launched the first LTE network in Ghana, has received $15 million (€13.6 million) in funding from a German investment company for the expansion of its mobile network.
The Streaming Video Alliance, formed last year by a number of leading online video companies and pay-TV operators--but not Netflix, Amazon or Hulu--is making a start on some of its stated goals, publishing the guiding principles and system attributes of its Open Caching Working Group.