CAPE TOWN--Orange has ambitious plans for its operations across the Middle East and Africa (MEA) and said it is in a position to invest in its 20 businesses in the region to drive growth.
Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said "you ain't seen nothing yet" in terms of how aggressively and clearly Sprint intends to push its message that it offers the best value in the U.S. wireless market. Claure indicated that new executives will be joining the company in the next 60 to 90 days to replace ones who are leaving, and said that while "it's just the beginning of a very long journey" he is encouraged about the carrier's turnaround prospects.
After years of buildup and preparation, on Nov. 13 the FCC will formally kick off Auction 97, better known as the AWS-3 auction. It will be the largest and most consequential auction of airwaves since the 700 MHz auction in 2008. 65 MHz of spectrum is going to he be auctioned. Who is going to bid? Who is going to win? And how much money are they going to spend? FierceWireless has compiled a handy primer to consult as the auction gets underway.
Claiming that Verizon Communications has always operated under an open Internet policy, company EVP and CFO Fran Shammo said today that he is confident the FCC will make the right decision regarding net neutrality. However, he added that if the regulation should pass, he is concerned that it will create a very litigious environment.
Sprint said it will reduce the cost of its 12 GB and 16 GB shared data plans by $10, another move by the carrier to juice its subscriber additions as it enters the critical fourth-quarter holiday shopping season.
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said he is enthusiastic about the growth prospects for the company in Mexico following the company's announcement of a $2.5 billion deal to purchase Mexican operator Iusacell. He also said that a large portion of the customer base of AT&T's Cricket prepaid brand has personal connections to the Mexican market, and there will be synergies between Cricket and Iusacell.
Sprint MVNO FreedomPop is launching free international calling as part of its service, even to customers who do not have FreedomPop as their primary carrier. The company's salvo is aimed not just at traditional wireless carriers but also VoIP providers like Skype and Vonage that have made international calling their hallmarks. FreedomPop also announced new plans for its expansion into Europe.
Vodafone flaunted its converged service provider credentials, stating it is now one of Europe's largest fixed broadband providers as it revealed earnings in the six months to end-June stabilised on improved performances in its domestic region.
CAPE TOWN--MTN South Africa CEO Ahmad Farroukh said the operator's focus is now on next-generation networks for both mobile and fixed access, with LTE and fibre networks in the process of being rolled out across the country.
NEW YORK--While a new generation of cord nevers may be willing to put up with occasional poor streaming quality of online video, cord cutters--that coveted group of past pay-TV subscribers who have ditched linear video service for Internet viewing--might return to the pay-TV fold if their streaming experience is bad.