While competition for pay-TV services is pushing subscriber fees down worldwide, both pay-TV revenue and subscribers are expected to grow significantly over the next five years.
Netflix has become such a powerful programming force, MVPDs are now using it to market their wares instead of their own programming bundles. That's the compelling thesis of a Monday BTIG Research blog post from analyst Richard Greenfield, who takes aim at a new Verizon FiOS promotion that puts Netflix at the heart of a triple-play service offering.
Birch Communications has enhanced its status in the cloud services market for business customers by being named a Polycom Platinum Level Choice Partner.
Postpaid competition has been dominating mainstream and industry press headlines. Postpaid device and double data promotional moves by all rivals set the competitive tone as we enter the all-important fourth quarter. On Verizon's third-quarter 2014 earnings call, CFO Fran Shammo noted that the prepaid sector growth has slowed relative to previous years, and given entry price points are so close to postpaid, some of those subscribers are moving to postpaid.
T-Mobile US' "un-carrier" moves over the past year have pushed all the U.S. Tier 1 operators into a world of no contracts and no device subsidies. And the result is that carrier brand loyalty has taken a hit--at least that's what research firm Market Strategies found in its latest "Brand Love" report that queries consumers on their loyalties to their wireless carriers, their smartphones and their mobile operating systems.
Although the new Apple SIM card for its new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 promises to let customers switch between different carriers' service plans on the tablets, there are a number of caveats to the service that have recently come to light. Most notably, AT&T Mobility confirmed that if customers purchase an iPad with the new Apple SIM card and activate cellular service via AT&T, the Apple SIM card will be locked to AT&T's network and customers will need to purchase a new SIM to activate the device on another carrier.
Millenicom, a mobile Internet provider that has resold Verizon Wireless service, is ceasing its relationship with Verizon and its operations as a service provider. Verizon is proactively looking to keep serving Millenicom customers but is not acquiring them directly. Meanwhile, Millenicom's owner said that the company has invented an "energy coil" and wants to use it to deliver services to the energy and telecoms sectors.
Telecom Italia plans to sell only part of its stake in Telecom Argentina and the rest once it has received regulatory approval for the full sale to Fintech, after agreeing to a request by the New York-based fund to amend the original sale agreement for the unit.
Vodafone continues to be dogged by taxation problems as the operator confirmed it is probing a potential fraud at Spanish unit Ono just weeks after finally making progress in a long running tax dispute in India.
Phone Family is to start selling mobile services under its own brand after signing a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) agreement with Three Sweden, as the Stockholm-based mobile phone and broadband services retailer seeks alternative revenue streams following the loss of key network operator partners this year.