Vodafone UK hits out at poor network quality rating


A report on the performance of UK mobile operators that named Vodafone as having the poorest overall network performance of the country’s four operators has drawn strong criticism from the firm. Network performance monitoring specialist RootMetrics published its UK mobile network performance review Thursday, ranking Vodafone in last place for network reliability, mobile internet performance and call and text performance.

T-Mobile USA takes on “ridiculous” bank fees with mobile money service

T-Mobile USA has launched a mobile money service in a bid to convince subscribers to use the operator for their personal finance needs

T-Mobile USA has launched a mobile money service that claims to do away with charges levied on US bank customers for accessing their funds.

AT&T, T-Mobile offer to pay off switching subscribers

AT&T and T-Mobile have entered a war over customers with each offering to pay the costs for customers to switch to their network

US operators AT&T and T-Mobile have entered into a war of incentives, with each offering to pay the termination fees for customers willing to switch networks.

T-Mobile offers free data to all US tablet users

US operator T-Mobile USA is offering 200MB of free LTE data each month to tablet users across the States, even if they are not already a T-Mobile subscriber.

US operator T-Mobile USA is offering 200MB of free LTE data each month to tablet users across the States, even if they are not already a T-Mobile subscriber.

Hip(CEO)s don’t lie


For an industry run for the most part by grey-suited conservatives, it’s curious that the mobile sector never ceases to tire of attempts to hitch itself to trendy bandwagons driven by even trendier bands. What’s more curious however is that none of those collaborations in recent memory (the Informer’s memory hasn’t been that great since the last days of the Grateful Dead however) have amounted to much.

US DoJ calls on FCC to limit spectrum to big players

The DoJ fears that in the meantime, the spectrum shortage could lead to operators being incentivised to acquire spectrum for the wrong reasons

The US Department of Justice’s (DoJ) Antitrust Division has called on telecoms regulator the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to more aggressively regulate the amount of spectrum that the country’s larger operators are able to own.

LTE to arrive imminently on T-Mobile USA

T-Mobile USA will soon join the LTE party

T-Mobile, the last major US carrier not to offer LTE, will correct this with a Las Vegas launch, according to reports coming out of CES. T-Mobile’s CTO Neville Ray told journalists at a Citi Global conference at CES that LTE would be turned on in Las Vegas in a week or two. He hinted that T-Mobile has tried to get the network ready in time for a CES launch, but has just missed the mark.

AT&T and T-Mobile team up in hurricane crisis

Hurricane Sandy is causing destruction across the East Coast of the US

US operators AT&T and T-Mobile USA have allowed customers heavily impacted by Hurricane Sandy this week to roam across their networks where capacity is available, in order to ensure they can stay in touch during the natural disaster.

T-Mobile USA acquires MetroPCS

Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS have announced plans to merge with DT owning 74 per cent of the combined company and MetroPCS the remaining 26 per cent. The deal will strengthen T-Mobile’s position in the US, increasing total subscribers by 28 per cent to 43 million and increasing market share from 10 per cent to 13 per cent.

T-Mobile USA appoints Global Crossing man as CEO

John Legere, CEO at T-Mobile USA

The US arm of Deutsche Telekom, T-Mobile USA, has appointed a new CEO. John Legere, a 32-year veteran of the US and global telecommunications and technology industries, succeeds Jim Alling, who has served as interim CEO since June, and will now return to his position as the firm’s COO.

T-Mobile USA offers unlimited HSPA+

T-Mobile USA launches unlimited data plan for HSPA+

In a move that goes against the grain of US operators introducing tiered or shared data plans, T-Mobile USA has announced the return of an unlimited HSPA+ data plan for its customers after killing off a similar service about 12 months ago.

T-Mobile USA and Verizon reach spectrum swap deal

­US carriers T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless have agreed to exchange Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum. T-Mobile has also given up its opposition to a prospective deal that would see Verizon Wireless acquiring spectrum from a group of US cable companies.

US operators to introduce shared data pricing plans

US operators are gearing up to launch shared data price plans

Operators in the US are preparing to launch shared data plans, allowing multiple devices owned by an individual or members of a family to draw data from a single monthly allotment. The move is one of the first examples of innovation in data pricing, as operators struggle to reap dividends from an increase in consumer data usage.

Deutsche Telekom results: T-Mobile USA in recovery

T-Mobile USA's financials are recovering following the breakdown of its proposed takeover

Deutsche Telekom’s results for the first quarter of the year show that the operator group has seen more than a 50 per cent decline in net profit and a 1.1 per cent reduction in revenue. Net profit fell from €480m to €238m, year-on-year for the first quarter of 2012, while revenue fell to €14.4bn. Adjusted net profit fell 17 per cent year-on-year to €581m.

T-Mobile USA signs up NSN and Ericsson for LTE rollout

T-Mobile USA has selected NSN and Ericsson to provide solutions for its LTE network

Having received a swathe of AWS spectrum and $3bn cash from rival AT&T following the breakdown of a proposed merger, T-Mobile USA has signed agreements with Ericsson and Nokia Siemens Networks to support its $4bn network modernisation project, including the rollout of an LTE network.

FCC approves AT&T’s spectrum transfer to T-Mobile

AT&T will transfer $1bn worth of spectrum and $3bn cash to T-Mobile USA after their merger collapsed

US authority The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) has approved the transfer of $1bn worth of radio spectrum from AT&T to T-Mobile USA as part of the break-up fee owed following AT&T’s failed $39bn takeover bid.

T-Mobile USA to cut 1,900 jobs

T-Mobile will reduce its workforce by 1,900 as it looks to cut costs

T-Mobile is inviting employees from the seven call centers, planned for closure, to transfer to another facility, and has offered them relocation assistance. It employs approximately 3,300 people at the seven affected facilities. Philipp Humm, CEO and president of T-Mobile, explained that the closing of the call centres is an important step for the carrier to remain competitive.

AT&T pulls out of T-Mobile merger

AT&T and T-Mobile have dropped their proposed $39bn merger

US carrier AT&T has ended its bid to acquire rival T-Mobile USA, after a nine-month pursuit. The firm announced that it has agreed with T-Mobile’s parent company Deutsche Telekom AG to terminate the bid, which involves paying the company $4bn in break-up fees.

AT&T and T-Mobile withdraw FCC merger filings, as $4bn is set aside for breakup fee

AT&T has admitted that it has set aside $4bn to cover a potential charge to cover the breakup fee and cost of assets to be paid to T-Mobile parent Deutsche Telekom if the merger deal falls through

North American carriers AT&T and T-Mobile USA have withdrawn their filings to the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regarding their proposed merger.

AT&T suffers slight sales dip but will T-Mobile deal change its fortunes?

AT&T 's fortunes suffer, but how likely is the T-Mobile USA acquisition to go ahead?

US carrier AT&T’s earnings for the third quarter of 2011 have fallen slightly short of Wall Street expectations as revenues hit $31.5bn, down $103m – or 0.3 per cent – on the same period a year earlier.