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Dish aims for 5G beta launch in Las Vegas during Q4: Chairman

Dish Network expects to launch 5G wireless services in Las Vegas in a beta phase during the fourth quarter of the year, the company’s Chairman Charlie Ergen said during a conference call with investors.   The executive said that the 5G network in Las Vegas...

Kagan: How Altice USA can be successful with Optimum Mobile

Why is the third largest cable TV company, Altice USA, changing the brand name of their wireless service from Altice Mobile to Optimum Mobile? Is it to stay in-sync with Xfinity Mobile and Spectrum Mobile? If so, why didn’t they start with that...

Breaking down the AT&T/Dish network services deal

The $5 billion, 10-year deal involves an MVNO arrangement, AT&T providing 5G transport for Dish, and more Dish Network and AT&T recently struck a $5 billion deal to move Dish's wireless customer traffic — including customers of its Boost Mobile, Ting Mobile and Republic Wireless...

UK regulator provisionally clears Virgin Media/O2 JV

The U.K.’s competition authority dismissed concerns that a merger of mobile operator O2 and fixed operator Virgin Media would have negative implications on wholesale services, provisionally clearing the proposed deal without conditions. In a statement, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said its investigation concluded...

Kagan: Is Cox getting ready to re-enter mobile wireless?

Rumor is Cox, the cable television company, may be getting ready to re-enter the wireless marketplace. Let’s take a look at whether they will, and if they do, when and what kind of impact it will have on their company and for the wireless...

Walmart Mexico launches MVNO

The new mobile service was created to help connect those living in rural areas, according to Walmart Mexico Walmart revealed this week that its Mexican unit — known as Walmex — has launched a mobile phone service available throughout the country. The service, called "Bodega...

Liberty Global, Telefonica agree to merge UK operations

  Liberty Global and Telefonica have reached an agreement to merge their U.K. operations in a 50-50 joint venture. This move brings together the country's largest mobile operator, O2, with cable operator Virgin Media and its MVNO Virgin Mobile. The combined subscriber base of the two companies,...

CBRS: Understanding the operator and enterprise opportunities

  New mid-band spectrum allows operators to add capacities, enterprise to invest in private networks A consummate theme of telecom discussions is the desperate need for additional spectrum dedicated to mobile services; in the context of 5G, that refrain tends to focus on mid-band spectrum, which...

Tesco Mobile launches 5G in 24 UK cities via O2’s network

  Tesco Mobile has officially launched its 5G network in 24 towns and cities across the U.K., using infrastructure from mobile operator O2. Some of the cities in which the company is already offering its 5G service includes Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Leeds, Liverpool,...

Boost founder wants to buy prepaid business of merging Sprint/T-Mo

Boost Mobile founder Peter Adderton has put in an offer to buy the mobile virtual network operator back from the New T-Mobile, which must divest Boost and Sprint's other prepaid brands as part of required conditions to merge T-Mobile US with Sprint. However, Dish...

Virgin Media to launch 5G in the UK via future MVNO deal with Vodafone

  U.K. company Virgin Media has signed a five-year deal with Vodafone UK to provide mobile services,  including 5G, to more than three million mobile customers, the former said in a release. Virgin Media’s current MVNO agreement with BT Enterprise, which has been in place since...

Must MVNOs be more than that to turn out large and successful? (Analyst Angle)

While mobile virtual network operators may appear to be back in fashion, none of them are significant players among US wireless carriers.  The largest of what are commonly—but incorrectly—called MVNOs, including Boost and Metro in the US, have long since ceased to be MVNOs,...

Verizon Consumer Group CEO on shifting market dynamics

Verizon focused on execution as Sprint/T-Mo merger looms, DISH preps entry and Altice Mobile goes live Cable companies entering the wireless market via mobile virtual network operator arrangements and the looming mega-merger of Sprint and T-Mobile US, along with implications that deal has for DISH's...

The Sunday Brief: Third quarter earnings–what could dislodge wireless?

Greetings from Charlotte, North Carolina (picture is, from left, Frank Cairon, formerly of Verizon Wireless and Ryan Barker, currently with Verizon Wireless enjoying some good Mexican food on Friday in the Queen City with yours truly).   This week’s TSB examines the short-term dynamics that...

Kagan: What to expect as Altice Mobile enters wireless

First, Comcast entered the world of wireless a few years ago with Xfinity Mobile. Then, a year later Charter entered with Spectrum Mobile. Since that time, we have been waiting for Altice to enter and that’s just what they did recently with Altice Mobile....

Customer satisfaction with wireless services not as cut and dried as it may appear (Reader Forum)

Consumers love to complain about their wireless phone service, but when you look at the data, it tells a different story. Analytics for customer satisfaction show which factors matter most to consumers and which have less of an impact (price, for example, is not...

Sprint details 5G NR initial deployments, partners — and 5G for the Google Fi MVNO

Sprint to offer 5G access to Google Fi MVNO users with compatible phones BARCELONA -- Sprint laid out the plans for its initial 5G roll-out in the second half of 2019 that will include more than 1,000 square miles of coverage across its first nine...

Kagan: Visible is a new wireless service from Verizon

Visible is a new wireless brand using a great wireless network, but I’ll bet you never heard of them before. Well, if you are a young adult, you will very likely be hearing about Visible as they are getting busy marketing on social networks....

With Spectrum Mobile launch, Charter joins Comcast in MVNO space

Charter and Comcast are both using Verizon spectrum for mobile services As traditional cable companies increasingly enter the wireless area and wireless companies look to leverage their networks to provide mobile video content, Charter Communications entered the fray June 30 with the launch of its...

What would a Sprint/T-Mo merger mean for prepaid, wholesale?

What would a Sprint/T-Mo merger mean for prepaid, wholesale? While T-Mobile US has emphasized the importance of 5G and spectrum as it has made its case for regulators to allow it to purchase Sprint, there hasn't been much talk about the impact to the prepaid...

#TBT: MVNO madness (Voce! Helio!); the Razr’s cool factor; MediaFLO abroad … this week in 2006

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! Moto makes bank...

Charter Communications to launch mobile services by mid-year: CEO

  Charter Communications aims to to launch a MVNO through a partnership with Verizon U.S. cable operator Charter Communications expects to launch mobile services through a mobile virtual network operator by mid-year, the operator’s chairman and CEO, Thomas Rutledge, said during a recent conference call with...

Can Artificial Intelligence give the MVNO business model wings? (Reader Forum)

The Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) business model first emerged in Japan in 1997. Since then, the global MVNO subscriber base has steadily grown and is expected to exceed the 300-million landmark soon. It is currently growing five times faster than the operator segment. The...

Altice spins off U.S. business as Sprint relationship develops

French cable provider Altice is reorganizing its corporate structure, including separating its operation in the United States into a standalone business called Altice USA. The move is subject to approval from regulators and shareholders. In a Jan. 8 presentation to investors, Altice described the thinking...

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