Sprint Hulu Deal: Three of the Big Four Now Bundle Video with Wireless

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A Sprint Hulu deal, announced today, will include the over-the-top video provider’s Limited Commercials service at no charge for customers who purchase Sprint’s Unlimited service. Sprint is the third of the four major wireless carriers to make bundled moves on the video front as video...Learn More

Verizon AT&T Cell Tower Deal To Include Hundreds of Sites

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A Verizon AT&T cell tower deal calls for tower company Tillman Infrastructure to build towers for the carriers. The two carriers are not known for making joint deals. They did so in this case, however. Tillman will build hundreds and perhaps “significantly” more towers that...Learn More

During Wireless Competitive Storm, Verizon Sticks With Network Quality

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Verizon network quality will continue to be the company’s key differentiator, said John Stratton, executive vice president and president of global operations for the company, at an investor conference today. “The foundation of our brand is built on the quality and reliability of the network,”...Learn More

AT&T Helicopter Drone Flying COWs Bringing Wireless Service to Puerto Rico

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An AT&T helicopter drone is supporting wireless service in Puerto Rico, the carrier noted in a blog post today.  The company refers to the helicopter drone as a flying COW (for cell on wings). As we previously reported, Hurricane Maria damaged a large part of...Learn More

FirstNet Rural Build Out Opportunities, State Opt Out Controversy Outlined Before Congress

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A Congressional hearing today brought some clarity to open issues regarding the FirstNet public safety network, including FirstNet rural service provider opportunities, as well as interoperability and opt out issues. Interoperability issues pertain to two different aspects of the network, including the radio access network...Learn More

FirstNet Opt Out: With Accusations Flying, AT&T and FirstNet Respond

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As roughly half of U.S. states consider a FirstNet opt out or opt in decision, considerable confusion has arisen about states’ options – confusion resulting, some say, from pressure tactics applied by FirstNet, the government entity created to administer the nationwide mobile broadband public safety...Learn More

On the Path to 5G, Verizon, Ericsson Team Up for Massive MIMO Deployment

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Verizon and Ericsson today announced they have completed their first FDD (Frequency Division Duplexing) Massive MIMO deployment (Multiple Input – Multiple Output) on Verizon’s wireless network in Irvine, Cal., which is seen as a major stepping stone to 5G service. According to the companies, the Massive...Learn More

Verizon OTT Delay Can’t Help Fios Video Declines, So Why the Hold Up?

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Verizon announced quarterly results today, revealing a decline in Fios video subs of 18K. Verizon CFO Matt Ellis directly attributed the losses to cord cutting and competition from OTT services. It’s a 3Q 17 theme we’ve already heard coming from traditional pay-TV operators, including AT&T....Learn More

Verizon E-Rate Settlement: Carrier to Pay More than $17 Million to USF Program

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A Verizon E-rate settlement announced yesterday calls for the carrier to pay $17.68 million to settle cases by the FCC and the U.S. Justice Department for possible violations of FCC bidding rules under the E-rate program. Most of the settlement — $17.325 million will be...Learn More

Qualcomm Announces First 5G NR Chipsets and Verizon Partnership; So What is 5G NR?

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Qualcomm said today that it has achieved gigabit speeds using a 5G NR (5G New Radio) modem chipset that the company is calling Snapdragon X50. The achievement could pave the way for 5G commercialization in 2019. That’s about a year earlier than what developers initially...Learn More

Report: Destination Television Boosts Pay-TV Viewing, Despite OTT Gains

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New research from J.D. Power provides evidence that pay-TV subscribers’ behavior is growing in complexity. The bottom line is that there is good news for everybody and that viewership share likely is not a zero-sum game. Key to traditional pay-TV popularity is what researchers called...Learn More

Verizon Rural Wireless Customer Cancellations Cause Unrest with Rural Carrier Partner

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Verizon has had a change of heart regarding a portion of the 8,500 wireless customers whose service it had planned to cancel and will allow certain customers to keep service on plans providing up to 8 gigabytes of data per month. But, according to a...Learn More

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