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Shentel closes Sprint affiliate amendment, to bolster depth and reach of LTE plans

Sprint and affiliate Shenandoah Telecommunications finalized an agreement that will see Shentel grow in size and move on further LTE expansion. Regional operator Shenandoah Telecommunications said it has closed on an agreement with network partner Sprint altering its affiliate relationship and bolstering the...

Sprint prepaid leadership altered, Virgin Mobile revamp on deck

Sprint prepaid and wholesale business operations to be led by former Ntelos CEO Jim Hyde, with former head of prepaid set to focus on Virgin Mobile Management changes at Sprint continue, as the nation’s No. 4 carrier in terms of customer base announced a new...

Sprint affiliates consolidate as Shentel closes on Ntelos deal

Shentel promises LTE expansion for Ntelos markets and access to Sprint nationwide LTE network for roaming Nearly nine months after announcing the deal, Sprint network affiliate Shenandoah Telecommunications completed its acquisition of fellow affiliate Ntelos in a move bolstering Shentel’s mobile operations across portions of...

Sprint and affiliate Shentel talk spectrum, network plans

In the ongoing machinations of a pending merger between Sprint affiliates Ntelos and Shentel, a new FCC filing sheds some light on the spectrum and network plans the three carriers are considerig. The deal will combine a pair of Sprint network affiliates that has led to...

Another rural carrier bites the dust as Syringa Wireless set to close at year-end

Idaho-based Syringa Wireless cites competition, Sprint set to lose LTE roaming partner Idaho-based Regional wireless operator Syringa Wireless is set to shutter services at the end of the year citing the market’s competitive environment. In a note on its website, the carrier said that while it...

Sprint affiliates Shentel and Ntelos set to merge

$640M deal includes Sprint reworking affiliate agreements, plans to bolster LTE The regional telecommunications market is set to lose one of its players as Shenandoah Telecommunications announced plans to acquire Ntelos Holdings for approximately $640 million. The deal, which had been rumored for months, will combine...

Ntelos market shift shows traction, LTE expansion ahead of schedule

Ntelos reported strong western market growth, with financials in line with estimates A recent shift in market focus looks to be paying off for regional telecom operator Ntelos, which reported second-quarter results slightly ahead of expectations. Late last year Ntelos announced plans to sell off spectrum...

Shentel rumored acquisition of Ntelos questioned

Analyst thinks Shentel lacks funds, does not need Ntelos deal Recent reports about a potential Shenandoah Telecommunications acquisition of fellow regional telecom operator Ntelos may have impacted stock prices, but some investors are not moved. Macquarie Capital analyst Kevin Smithen noted in a recent research report...

Ntelos results impacted by realigned business focus

Ntelos reports steep customer defections, improved financials as it exits markets Ntelos’ recently refocused operating efforts showed in its recently released first-quarter results where a dramatic decrease in its customer base was offset by an improved bottom line. The regional carrier said it lost 34,200 customers...

T-Mobile US closes on Ntelos spectrum deal

T-Mobile US bolsters 1.9 GHz license portfolio, as Ntelos moves to close eastern markets T-Mobile US closed on its $56 million acquisition of 1.9 GHz spectrum licenses covering around 55 million potential customers from regional operator Ntelos. The deal, which was initially announced last December, begins...

#CCAExpo: Sprint, CCA update LTE roaming, device hub progress

ATLANTA – One year after Sprint Chairman Masayoshi Son electrified the Competitive Carriers Association stage in San Antonio with bold partnership opportunities for rural and regional mobile carriers, the organization hosted a luncheon discussion to provide a progress report. The discussion, led by MobileNation CEO...

CCA Global Expo 2015: Auctions, policy and plans for a new focus

The Competitive Carriers Association’s upcoming Global Expo event, like many of CCA’s past events, will surely not lack for topics. Since CCA’s last event in September, the mobile telecom space has witnessed a record-breaking spectrum auction, postponement of the highly anticipated 600 MHz incentive auction...

Ntelos Q4 results highlight operational struggles

The tumultuous times at Ntelos were apparent in the regional wireless operator’s fourth-quarter operating results where net income plunged and customers fled. Ntelos reported the loss of 8,300 total connections during the final three months of last year, with a vast majority coming from its...

Cell Tower News: Ntelos sells; Crown Castle considers

Ntelos sells 85 towers Grain Management announced the closing of a deal to acquire 85 towers from Ntelos Holdings. The towers are said to be worth $2.2 million in cash flow, though the exact cost of the transaction has yet to be disclosed. This deal...

Carrier Wrap: Ntelos expands LTE; GCI completes Alaska consolidation

Regional telecom operator Ntelos expanded the reach of its LTE network to more than 81,000 potential wireless customers in portions of Roanoke, Va., and Charleston, W.Va. The expansion included enabling LTE services on 26 cell sites. The service expansion is part of Ntelos’ recently announced...

Cell Tower News: NATE update on training standard

Progress report from NATE The National Association of Tower Erectors issued an update on the national wireless skills-based training standard discussed last year to be put into place this year. The task force has completed development of a training standard that outlines the minimum competencies and...

Ntelos to sell towers in funding move

Ntelos to sell towers to Grain Management for $41 million Regional telecommunications operator Ntelos announced it has reached an agreement to sell up to 103 of its towers to an affiliate of private-equity firm Grain Management for approximately $41 million. As part of that deal,...

Ntelos to sell spectrum to T-Mobile US in exit from ‘eastern’ markets

More moves possible, including sale of tower, spectrum assets Regional telecom operator Ntelos this morning announced plans to exit some of its “eastern” markets, including the sale of spectrum to T-Mobile US in a move to re-focus its efforts in its current “western” coverage areas. The...

Carrier Wrap: China approves iPhone 6 sales; AT&T Mobility takes GoPhone home

Chinese operators look set to begin offering Apple’s latest iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices, with reports indicating the products have received government approval. According to Reuters, the launch hold up was centered on concerns that the latest Apple products may have included “backdoor”...

Dish launches Sprint-powered fixed-broadband service

Sprint and Dish Network’s “interesting” relationship got a bit closer today as the two companies announced Dish would offer LTE-based wireless broadband services in Corpus Christi, Texas, using Sprint’s network and spectrum. Dish said the service will provide download speeds of 10 megabits per second,...

Carrier Wrap: Verizon Wireless nearly aces J.D. Power survey

—Verizon Wireless has yet again come out on top of a network quality study conducted by J.D. Power, however unlike a similar consumer survey released earlier this year it was not unanimous. According to J.D. Power’s latest U.S. Wireless Network Quality Study, Verizon Wireless scored...

Ntelos CEO quits, Q2 results sag

Regional wireless operator Ntelos upstaged its second quarter financial release by announcing a change of leadership at the carrier effective immediately. Ntelos said that long-time CEO James Hyde had resigned his position today, which also included president and member of the company’s board. Ntelos’ board...

Ntelos, Dish Network expand fixed LTE deployment

Regional telecommunications provider Ntelos has moved forward with a limited commercial launch of fixed LTE services in partnership with Dish Network. The offering is now available to customers in parts of Virginia, including Charlottesville, Waynesboro, Staunton, Harrisonburg and Roanoke. The service, which was initially announced...

Carrier Wrap: Verizon set to test 3.5 GHz interoperability

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! --Verizon Communications threw its support behind...

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