Mexico telecom regulator Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones' (Ifetel) move to give competitors equal access to Telmex's last mile network to other providers could usher in a new era of competition from local providers and even AT&T, which is making a big push into the country via its pending DirecTV deal.
Two vastly different narratives on the state of competition in the U.S. wireless market emerge from various filings carriers and trade associations made with the FCC as it prepares its latest annual competition report. On the one hand, AT&T Mobility argues "competition has gone into overdrive." On the other, the Competitive Carriers Association wants the FCC to find that the industry is not effectively competitive, and take steps to remedy the state of the industry.
CenturyLink has tapped company veteran Jason Bobb to be its new vice president, global sales, for the U.S. East region. In his new role, Bobb will be tasked with increasing the segment's market share and selling hybrid IT solutions to its largest business customers, which are shifting from legacy TDM to IP-based services.
Houston MSO enTouch Systems has asked the FCC to impose restrictions on the amount of program licensing fees a combined AT&T and DirecTV will be able to charge rival operators for access to regional sports networks.
Sprint quickly dropped a throttling limit on its new "All-In" data plans that limited streaming video to speeds of 600 Kbps after customers loudly complained about the policy.
Telenor and TeliaSonera appointed Hilde Tonne as CEO of their future joint venture in Denmark, as the two Nordic giants press ahead with plans to merge their respective businesses in the country.
The European Parliament, Council and Commission reached an agreement this week to eradicate mobile roaming charges across the 28 member states of the European Union by June 15, 2017 and to require telecoms operators to treat all Internet traffic equally with no blocking or throttling of online content or services.
In a new filing with the FCC, Qualcomm is working to address concerns expressed by the cable industry and other groups that services based on LTE Unlicensed (LTE-U) and License Assisted Access (LAA) technology could create radio interference with existing technologies, such as Wi-Fi.
AT&T and DirecTV have announced another short-term extension of their merger agreement, as the two companies enter the 14th month since they first forged their $49 billion deal.
A U.S. Appeals Court for the D.C. Circuit has set the schedule to hear challenges from telcos and industry organizations over the FCC's net neutrality rules that went into effect earlier this month. Traditional ILECs, cable operators and industry organizations such as US Telecom will have to submit their opening briefs, which are not exceed 20,000 words, by July 30.