US operator Verizon has announced an 8.4 per cent year on year increase in service revenues to its wireless business for 3Q13, generating $17.5bn for the quarter and a 33.8 per cent operating income margin. Total revenues for the firm were $20.4 billion in third-quarter 2013, up 7.2 per cent year on year.
Tech giant IBM has reported that 21.8 per cent of all US online sales on the Black Friday shopping holiday were made from a mobile device. The revenue generated from mobile by retailers rose 43 per cent year on year, and mobile traffic accounted for 39.7 per cent of all online traffic on the day.
The latest version of the Isis mobile wallet service has been launched across the US, following 18 months of testing in Texas and Utah by AT&T, T-Mobile USA and Verizon Wireless.
US operator Sprint has launched its own rich communications service for Android and iOS smartphones, which is compatible with non-Sprint subscribers’ handsets. The app, called Messaging Plus allows subscribers to connect with family and friends via text, instant messaging, group messaging and video chat through a single application.
Chipmaker Qualcomm has announced the appointment of former US ambassador to China to its Board of Directors, at the firm looks to expand its footprint in China.
US operator AT&T is going head to head with Google as it announced that it will roll out a fibre network in Austin, Texas promising speeds of up to 1Gbps. The city is also the next urban metropolitan area in line for Google’s Fiber treatment, following the web firm’s high speed fibre deployment in Kansas.
US operator AT&T has teamed up with Microsoft to offer a cloud solution allowing enterprise customers to connect to Microsoft’s cloud platform using a private network. The solution will use cloud integration technology from AT&T over a virtual private network to pair with Microsoft’s Windows Azure platform.
US carrier AT&T has opened an innovation centre in Atlanta designed to be a launch pad for new ideas and companies with a focus on the digital life and connected car sectors.
US president Barack Obama’s administration has stepped in at the last minute and overturned a ban on the sale of older models of Apple’s iPhone and iPad in the country. Initially, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) had ruled that the devices in question infringed upon 3G patents owned by Korean device maker Samsung.
Operator group Telefonica has signed a deal to allow consumers in the US and Canada to buy mobile airtime in-stores for family and friends who are Movistar subscribers in Latin America.
US carrier AT&T has agreed to acquire the assets of a regional mobile network operator, while rival Verizon Communications is facing opposition amid rumours that it could acquire spectrum in Canada.
US operator Sprint has posted an operating loss of $874m for the quarter ended June 30, 2013. The figure takes into account non-cash charges of $623m related to the shutdown of the Nextel iDEN platform. Accelerated depreciation of assets also accounted for approximately $430m of the loss.
Mobile operators continue to focus on more innovative billing and tariffing models, with US carrier Sprint launching a plan guaranteeing unlimited calls, texts and data for the lifetime of the line of service.
Apple has been found guilty of colluding with book publishers and conspiring to raise e-book prices in the US. The US District Court for the Southern District of New York found that Apple violated Section 1 of the Sherman Act; federal statute to limit cartels and monopolies.
Sprint has filed a lawsuit in a bid to block the acquisition of 49.8 per cent of Clearwire by Dish Networks. The suit, which alleges that Dish’s tender offer for Clearwire is unactionable, is the latest twist in the story of Sprint’s evolution and Dish’s desire for US spectrum assets.
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.
German operator group Deutsche Telekom has submitted what it says is a final offer for US operator MetroPCS. The firm hopes to persuade a number of MetroPCS’s shareholders that voiced objections to the terms of the initial bid.
US operator T-Mobile has revamped its retail offering, abolishing handset subsidies for premium devices in favour of an interest-free scheme that separates the cost of the device from the cost of network service. Annual service contracts have also been withdrawn. The pricing overhaul is expected to be one of a number of announcements made by T-Mobile at a press event later on Tuesday, although the changes have already been made on the operator’s online retail portal.
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved the potential merger between operators T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS.
Much has been made of the perceived spectrum shortage in the US. While operators will arguably never be satisfied with the amount of spectrum they possess and will always welcome more, in terms of MHz available per subscriber in the market, the US does look as though it is lacking in comparison to other major markets.