Verizon is preparing for a possible work stoppage in its wireline division after members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) voted to authorize a strike, should current talks remain stalled.
The just-consummated merger between AT&T and DirecTV has created the largest pay-TV operator in the U.S. with around 28 million subscribers. But Evercore ISI doesn't believe that scale will enable the combined company to overcome endemic pay-TV problems.
Now that the two largest wireless operators have reported their second-quarter earnings, it's a good time to start speculating how they might spend their budgets the rest of this year.
The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office last week published a patent application that Verizon filed in January 2014 that describes a method for determining quality of service (QoS) policy based on requested bandwidth.
Retail and online video streaming giant Amazon once again surprised analysts, this time by doing something it hasn't done in several quarters: posted a profit. Revenue for the second quarter jumped 20 percent year over year to $23.2 billion, with a profit of $92 million, coming to 19 cents per share.
Wi-Fi first service provider Republic Wireless kicked off a several week initiative, which it is calling Project Salsa, to test in-call two-way handover between cellular and Wi-Fi networks.
Although AT&T appears poised to close its $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV any day now, some see the move by the telecom giant as a step backwards rather than forwards.
FirstNet, which has been tasked with building a nationwide LTE network for emergency workers, is working to create portable cellular base stations that can ride inside police cars and other vehicles, thereby allowing emergency workers to quickly and easily deploy wireless networks in remote areas. However, FirstNet said the technology likely won't be deployed for several more years.
While Verizon's CFO touted the company's network densification plans during the company's second-quarter conference call, analysts are speculating the operator will face LTE network congestion issues over the next couple of years.
Driven partly by a 35 percent uptick in the deployment rate of its next-generation X1 video platform, Comcast's video subscription losses slowed to 69,000 in the second quarter, the MSO's best second-quarter performance in nine years.