While the number and breadth of network rollouts are clearly still far behind those in Europe, North America and Asia, Africa is providing a fertile breeding ground not only for different types of LTE players but also for different LTE service propositions, such as mobile as an alternative to fixed-line services. Special report
Orange Business Services is examining how software-defined networking (SDN) and network-function virtualization (NFV) could play a role in the small-to-medium-sized business (SMB) market by conducting a pilot test with local businesses in France.
U.S. Cellular is killing off its "Rewards" program for its customers this summer, presumably so that it can save money to keep expanding its network and maintain its pricing.
A National Labor Relations Board judge ruled that T-Mobile US' employment practices violated U.S. labor laws by making it difficult for workers to organize and talk about their salaries. After years of complaints from watchdogs, settlements with workers and a push by Communications Workers of America to get T-Mobile workers unionized, the judge's ruling is a major victory for labor advocates and especially the CWA.
AT&T Mobility is working with several smaller carriers, likely including T-Mobile US and U.S. Cellular, to prepare for interoperability between their different band classes in the 700 MHz band. In a filing with the FCC, AT&T revealed the progress it has made in following through on a commitment it made in September 2013 to support interoperability between Band Class 17 and Band Class 12 in the 700 MHz band.
EarthLink has taken advantage of this week's 2015 Multi-Unit Restaurant Technology Conference (MURTEC) to introduce a new bundled franchise offering targeting multilocation businesses that span hundreds of restaurants.
Windstream continues to make progress in building the management team of its Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), naming a new general counsel and president of investor relations.
MTN Ghana CEO Serame Taukobong told investors that the company plans to pump GHS460 million (€115 million/$123 million) into network expansion during 2015 to meet growing demand for mobile data services.
Starting in February 2014, when it first publicly proposed its $45.2 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable, Comcast has framed its regulatory pitch on the fact that its video services footprint have little, if any, overlap with that of TWC. However, a group of California deal opponents say Comcast has plans to launch a broad-reaching, national online video service that render those supposedly safe battle lines moot.
T-Mobile US MVNO Solavei, which is seeking to emerge from bankruptcy protection in the next few weeks, plans to expand to Mexico and other Latin American markets later this year, according to CEO Ryan Wuerch. The company also plans to launch new offerings on its Solavei Marketplace program by the end of June.