The seventeen largest cable and telecoms providers in the US (representing around 93% of the market) acquired 579,521 additional broadband subscribers in the third quarter of this year, according to US firm Leichtman Research Group.
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.
Half of the data traffic on US carrier Verizon Wireless is now carried on its LTE network, its CEO announced last week at CES, marking a significant increase on its October 2012 watermark, when just 35 per cent of its data traffic was LTE.
Kentucky based Bluegrass Cellular has announced the launch of a 4G LTE network, a development that comes out of its 2010 agreement with Verizon as part of the latter’s Wireless LTE in Rural America program.
The US Department of Justice has given qualified approval to the US operator Verizon’s plan to purchase wireless spectrum holdings from the four largest US cable operators, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Cox Communications. But agreements between Verizon and the cable operators to offer one another’s services must change, the DoJ said, because the plan as hatched “would have harmed competition by diminishing the companies’ incentive to compete.”
India-based network operator Tata Communications has this week launched a low latency, pure multipoint Ethernet network to connect major financial capitals in Asia, the UK and the US.
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.
Leading US Carrier Verizon Wireless has no concerns over the proposed merger of AT&T and T-Mobile USA, as long as it does not result in increased industry regulation. The company’s CFO Fran Shammo made the revelation to a Morgan Stanley conference in Spain last week,
US carrier Verizon Wireless has announced a promotion that doubles the data allowances for its LTE subscribers. From now on, customers on the 2GB for US$30 package will receive 4GB a month, while 5GB for US$50 move to 10GB and 10GB for US$80 hits 20GB. The new allowances will be given automatically to new subscribers, while existing customers will receive it upon request from customer services.
US carrier Verizon Wireless this weekend suffered an outage that affected its LTE network across the country. According to reports, the service went down early Sunday evening, and had only been partially restored across the country on Monday morning. Some users reported that 3G services were affected as well, leaving customers replying on 1xRTT for data access.
US carrier Verizon should think of itself as a hub for all internet connectivity and not just a service provider, the company said to an audience at the Broadband World Forum on Tuesday. Aparna Khurjekar, executive director of business solutions group at Verizon said: “We could be providing a gamut of services that could be supported by Verizon and monetising them. You have to extend beyond cellular.”
Verizon Wireless has confirmed that its 4G phones will not work on other US LTE networks.
US operators could be forced to state the capabilities and coverage of their networks more clearly if a bill introduced into the senate this week becomes law. The confusion over the blanket marketing of all types of next generation networks as 4G has long been a contentious issue in the industry, with all the major networks touting 4G services, regardless of the technologies on which they are based and the speeds they actually deliver.
Verizon Wireless, the US network carrier, has announced that it is expanding its LTE network into an additional nine different metropolitan markets, taking the total up to 55.