T-Mobile US shed some additional light on its launch of Rich Communication Services (RCS) technology, noting that Samsung upgraded its native messaging app to include support for T-Mobile's new RCS-based Advanced Messaging service. "Generally, T-Mobile Advanced Messaging replaces the existing messaging app on RCS-capable phones and offers enhanced messaging features right out of the box, without the need to download and configure an over-the-top application," explained a T-Mobile representative.
Verizon wireline workers represented by the Communications Workers of America union said they will reveal the results of the strike authorization votes taken over the last two weeks during a rally to be held on Saturday.
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.
Telecom Italia confirmed plans to cut about 1,700 jobs and delay a scheme that would have seen the Italian operator hire up to 4,000 young people under a government proposal.
AT&T Mobility added fewer postpaid customers in the second quarter than analysts were expecting and many fewer than it gained in the year-ago period. AT&T notched 410,000 postpaid subscribers in the quarter and the company relied heavily on connected cars and prepaid customers for subscriber growth in the second quarter.
AT&T is confident that its 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-home is on track and is happy with the subscriber take rates it is seeing thus far in the markets where it is delivering the service. That's according to CFO John Stephens, who said the carrier is sticking to its buildout commitments.
Hawaiian Telcom is seeing more service providers and content providers continue to purchase capacity on its portion of the South-East Asia-United States (SEA-US) submarine cable system, coming close to $30 million in sales.
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.
Verizon and the Communications Workers of America union continue to be at odds over how to structure pension benefits for a new labor contract. The current contract expires on Aug. 1.