Digitalk, a mobile virtual network enabler (MVNE), said Vodafone UK will use its cloud-based platform to help improve the service it provides to mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) in future.
Altice, whose €10 billion ($11.2 billion) bid for French operator Bouygues Telecom was rejected this week, a nnounced a restructuring that will see the company merge with its new Dutch company called Altice NV to strengthen its ability to make future acquisitions.
AT&T said it will spend $3 billion during the next four years to cover 100 million people in Mexico with LTE by the end of 2018.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has circulated to his fellow commissioners new competitive bidding rules for spectrum auctions that would block the kind of bidding strategy that Dish Network employed during the AWS-3 spectrum auction. The proposed rules would cap for the first time amount of bidding credits small businesses and so-called "designated entities" could get in auctions at $150 million.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is recommending to his fellow commissioners that the FCC reject T-Mobile US' petition to increase the amount of spectrum set aside for smaller carriers to bid on in next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum. The move is a victory for AT&T and Verizon Wireless and a major blow to T-Mobile, which has argued since last summer that the size of the reserve should be increased from 30 MHz of spectrum in a given market to 40 MHz. T-Mobile has been increasing its lobbying on the issue the last several weeks as a formal decision neared.
Comcast will soon begin streaming EA games to its X1 subscribers, according to DSLReports, which cites an inside source. "The service is in testing now and is slated to roll to a subscriber beta to 100,000 random customers on July 30," the source told the blog.
T-Mobile US' push to increase the size of the spectrum reserve in next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum got a shot in the arm after the Department of Justice urged the FCC to give "considerable weight" to how large the reserve should be. However, according to a Washington Post report, T-Mobile's lobbying efforts on the issue are alienating allies in Washington and could backfire.
Cablevision's significant overlap with Verizon FiOS and its "overvalued" share price make it an "un-acquirable asset," despite rampant speculation that it'll be the next cable company purchased in the ongoing M&A wave, MoffettNathanson analyst Craig Moffett wrote.
BT has asked UK regulator Ofcom to permit it to shutter its traditional POTS (plain old telephone service) network so it can more effectively compete with a growing pool of nontraditional, over-the-top voice providers like Facebook and Apple.
T-Mobile US said its network management policy of throttling the speeds of smartphone customers on its unlimited LTE plans once they hit 21 GB of data usage in a month and are on congested cell sites is permitted under the FCC's net neutrality rules.