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#TBT: ’99 products, and a watch phone is one; Right now, WAP’s everything; If AT&T had 10 million subscribers … this week in 1999

Editor’s Note: RCR Wireless News goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate the top headlines from the past. Fire up the time machine, put on the sepia-tinted shades, set the date for #TBT and enjoy the memories! I got '99...

pdvWireless rebrands amid continued focus on private LTE for utilities

The company formerly known as pdvWireless has a new name -- Anterix -- but its focus on using 900 MHz spectrum to support private broadband LTE networks for the utilities industry remains the same. Anterix officially began trading yesterday under a new Nasdaq ticker symbol:...

#TBT: “WiMAX is real”; iPhone boosts mobile gaming … this week in 2009

Editor’s Note: RCR Wireless News goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate the top headlines from the past. Fire up the time machine, put on the sepia-tinted shades, set the date for #TBT and enjoy the memories! Intel: "WiMAX is...

#TBT: Sprint postpaid dogged by iDEN; Comcast looks to wireless … this week in 2006

Sprint dings iDEN for postpaid losses, while Comcast included wireless in content distribution plans … 10 years ago this week Editor’s Note: RCR Wireless News goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate the top headlines from the past. Fire up...

Sprint pays $131M to settle fraud lawsuit tied to Nextel acquisition

Class-action lawsuit claimed Sprint and executives falsified synergy claims Sprint has reportedly agreed to pay a $131 million settlement on a class-action lawsuit that claimed the carrier and executives had defrauded investors going back to its $35 billion acquisition of Nextel Communications. According to Reuters, the...

#TBT: Sprint sticks with iDEN; top tower companies, handset vendors … 6 years ago this week

Editor’s Note: RCR Wireless News goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate the top headlines from the past. Fire up the time machine, put on the sepia-tinted shades, set the date for #TBT and enjoy the memories! Sprint Nextel says...

Time Trippin’: Sprint tightens noose on iDEN; Carrier consolidation coming … 2 years ago this week

Editor’s Note: The RCR Wireless News Time Machine is a way to take advantage of our extensive history in covering the wireless space to fire up the DeLorean and take a trip back in time to re-visit some of the more interesting headlines from...

SouthernLINC set for generational jump to LTE

One take away from the recent Competitive Carriers Association Fall 2013 event was the desire by many rural operators to move into the LTE space, both to cater to customer demand as well as to tap into the spectrum efficiencies inherent in the LTE...

Report: T-Mobile US continues to sizzle, while Sprint fizzles

T-Mobile US’ breakout second quarter looks set to continue as channel checks conducted by a financial analyst showed ongoing momentum for the carrier. According to Jennifer Fritzsche, senior analyst at Wells Fargo Securities, T-Mobile US is seeing strong share growth at the expense of Sprint...

Sprint to cut 800 customer service positions

Sprint is reportedly set to cut 800 customer service jobs as it realigns business segments following its recent acquisition of Clearwire, acquisition by Softbank and shuttering of its legacy iDEN operations. The cuts total just a fraction of Sprint’s approximately 40,000 total workforce. According to...

NII to sell towers in Brazil, Mexico to American Tower for $811M

NII Holdings announced a deal to sell approximately 2,790 towers in Brazil and 1,666 towers in Mexico to American Tower for approximately $811 million. The deal calls for NII, which operates under the Nextel brand across it Latin American properties, to lease back the...

Sprint loses more than 2M subs, better days expected

As expected, Sprint had a rough second quarter with significant customer defections and operational challenges, though its recent acquisition by Japan’s Softbank is expected to help pull the carrier out of its funk. Sprint reported that it lost more than 2 million customers during the...

C Spire updates PTT service

Regional wireless carrier C Spire is looking to tap into the wide-open push-to-talk market, offering up an enhanced PTT service targeting enterprise, government agencies and service organizations. The launch follows Sprint’s move last month to turn off its one-time industry leading PTT service that...

NII, Motorola launch PTT app in wake of Sprint Nextel iDEN shut down

Looking to continue push-to-talk communication capabilities between customers across the Western Hemisphere, NII Holdings and Motorola announced a smartphone application that will allow users in the United States with to connect PTT conversations with NII customers across Latin America. The PRIP application, which is based...

Carrier Wrap: Canadian carriers play spectrum swap; iDEN on the ropes

Editor’s Note: Wireless operators are a busy bunch, and as such RCR Wireless News will attempt to gather some of the important announcements that may slip through the cracks from the world’s largest carriers in a weekly wrap-up. Enjoy! --Canadian telecom operator Rogers announced a...

Sprint Nextel continues customer struggles, finances improve; future remains focus of investors

The first-quarter blues hit hard at Sprint Nextel as the carrier posted sluggish customer growth, though it managed to show improved financial performance. Sprint Nextel said it lost 415,000 customers during the first quarter due to continued defections from its iDEN operations and losses through...

SouthernLINC to provide nationwide GSM/UMTS service

Regional mobile operator SouthernLINC Wireless said it has signed an agreement with mobile virtual network enabler Prepaid Wireless Wholesale to sell “nationwide high-speed data, voice and messaging services” within its current footprint across portions of the Southeast. The services will run across GSM...

Hesse’s 5-year ride on the Sprint Nextel roller coaster

Few wireless companies over the past five years have provided more fodder for news than Sprint Nextel, a time frame that is also the length in which its current leader, Dan Hesse, has been at the helm. Over those 1,800-plus days, Sprint Nextel has...

AT&T launches PTT service via LTE

AT&T has announced a new Push-to-Talk (PTT) service that runs on its LTE network, targeting business and public safety customers with new ruggedized devices and the promise of new perks as well as service quality that is comparable to legacy technologies. The carrier already offers...

Sprint Nextel’s roller coaster ride continues in Q3; Network Vision plans delayed

Sprint Nextel (S) continued to show uneven financial and operational results during the recently completed third quarter, posting some metrics that beat expectations, while others continued to lag. The carrier’s struggles with its iDEN network hounded customer growth, with Sprint Nextel posting a loss of...

Sprint Nextel tightens noose around iDEN network

Sprint Nextel further tightened the noose around the neck of its iDEN network today as the carrier said it has expanded CDMA2000 1x coverage and roaming capabilities that now provide its CDMA-based push-to-talk service with a claimed three-times as much coverage of that provided...

Sprint Nextel to begin iDEN turn down mid-2013; scores $1B credit facility

Sprint Nextel’s Network Vision program added some important numbers today as the carrier announced the date it would terminate service across its iDEN network as well as a new credit facility to purchase equipment for the extensive network upgrade. Sprint Nextel said its current iDEN...

Analyst Angle:The evolution of iDEN operators

During the last decade, Latin America's telecom industry has seen the rise and fall of many challengers to the iDEN "push-to-talk" service. The would-be successors used different technologies

Sprint Nextel continues to ride operational roller coaster

Sprint Nextel’s (S) ongoing operational evolution remains ongoing as the carrier posted yet another quarter of mixed financial results, but promises of better days ahead. During the first quarter, Sprint Nextel’s wireless operations posted a 7% increase in operating revenues to $7.95 billion compared with...

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