The FCC plans to issue a report and order on the planned structure of the incentive auctions of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum sometime this spring, and then start accepting bids from TV stations for the reverse part of the auction in early 2015.
T-Mobile US is buying lower 700 MHz A Bock spectrum from Verizon Wireless for $2.36 billion, but argues that it still needs more low-band spectrum to compete more effectively with Verizon and AT&T Mobility.
The FCC is getting ready to conduct IP service transition tests, a move that was lauded by U.S. incumbent telco AT&T, which says that current regulations don't apply to the emerging IP-based wireline network environment.
Orange has become the latest operator to announce mobile plans that eliminate roaming fees for European consumers, but one analyst said French operators are taking an overly complex approach to "free inclusive roaming" plans that could just confuse users.
Telefónica Deutschland's planned acquisition of domestic rival E-Plus from KPN will not be scrutinised by German competition authorities, after the European Commission declined to relinquish control of a probe into the effects of the deal on the German market.
The Department of Justice's top antitrust official said that any wireless merger among the four Tier 1 carriers would face heightened scrutiny, a strong hint that any potential deal between Sprint and T-Mobile US would face an uphill battle with the DOJ.
Rumors of a potential deal between Sprint and T-Mobile US have been swirling for weeks. I'm firmly against such a deal. That's not because I want to see the continued dominance of Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility, telecom giants that are gobbling up revenues and profits. Instead, a Sprint/T-Mobile merger is a horrible idea on policy, operational and technological levels. And the companies themselves--and the wider industry--would be better off if they didn't merge.
Josh Wein, editor of FierceOnlineVideo, recently talked with Stephane Bourque, CEO of Incognito Software, about the challenges that ISPs face delivering online video, such as the prospect of more OTT providers, the adoption of 4K streaming and the wait-and-see approach ISPs are taking to net neutrality in the U.S.
The auction of the 1900 MHz PCS H Block is one week old but it's already becoming apparent to analysts that Dish Network is set to capture the spectrum in short order, an outcome that many saw as inevitable. The question now is, if and when Dish wins control of the airwaves, what it might do with another 10 MHz chunk of spectrum.
Sprint CEO Dan Hesse and SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son met recently with antitrust officials at the Department of Justice to pitch the idea of a merger between Sprint and T-Mobile US but encountered skepticism and resistance, according to a Wall Street Journal report.