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Dish to acquire Republic Wireless and its wireless customers

Dish will acquire Republic's 200,000 wireless customers Earlier this week, Dish Network revealed plans to acquire Wi-Fi-first mobile virtual network operator Republic Wireless, a move that will transfer about 200,000 wireless customers over to Dish’s care. While the financial terms of the deal have not yet...

T-Mobile/Sprint merger will benefit smaller carriers and consumers (Reality Check)

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s recent announcement that he supports the merger of Sprint and T-Mobile with their commitments is welcome news. The merger will create a better-resourced combined company with a renewed focus on disrupting wireless with competitive prices and new innovations, and I...

FreedomPop adds AT&T LTE connectivity to current Sprint access

MNVO FreedomPop is now offering AT&T LTE access to customers through either a SIM card or mobile hot spot device, which includes 2 GB of free data. Mobile virtual network operator FreedomPop struck a deal to offer its unique service offering via...

Republic Wireless leans on Wi-Fi in battle against Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T

On this week’s Carrier Wrap we speak with Republic Wireless on some of its latest service advances and use of Wi-Fi to compete against established wireless carriers The mobile virtual network operator business has been through numerous highs and lows over the past decade as...

Republic Wireless leans on Wi-Fi in battle against Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T

On this week’s Carrier Wrap we speak with Republic Wireless on some of its latest service advances and use of Wi-Fi to compete against established wireless carriers The mobile virtual network operator business has been through numerous highs and lows over the past decade as...

Republic Wireless touts new smartphones, hints at GSM expansion

MVNO Republic Wireless said it plans to add 7 GSM-based smartphones in July, to go along with plans for a GSM-based cellular partner Wi-Fi-first mobile virtual network operator Republic Wireless continues to bolster its service offering, announcing plans to add new smartphones to its device...

Republic combines Wi-Fi and cellular to boost service quality and coverage

MVNO Republic Wireless said its ‘bonded calling’ technology can weave in cellular coverage when Wi-Fi connectivity lags Wi-Fi-first mobile virtual network operator Republic Wireless unveiled a “bonded calling” technology it says can combine cellular and Wi-Fi signals in real time to improve service quality. The carrier...

Wi-Fi Now 2016: Wi-Fi enabling diverse business models

VIENNA, Va.--Wi-Fi is enabling new market entrants and business models, and a wide range of businesses are capitalizing on unlicensed spectrum. A few of those approaches were highlighted at the Wi-Fi Now event this week, with companies ranging from start-ups to Time Warner Cable...

Boosting the bars: buildings search for better signal

It's 5:15 pm and your 4:30 conference call is showing no signs of closure. Your son's Little League game starts across town at 6:00, but you're chained to your desk, watching the traffic pile up outside and imagining the look on his face when...

RCRtv Weekly Recap: Warriors 4 Wireless, IoT and 5G

RCR Wireless News' weekly video shows touch on towers, IoT, 5G, NFV and SDN On this episode of Cell Tower News, host Joey Jackson talks with Trey Nemeth, VP of Operations for Stealth Concealment, about the growing concealed tower market. Towers are increasingly taking root...

Wi-Fi First, Project Salsa and how Carriers are using Wi-Fi – Wi-Fi Now: Episode 4

Is Wi-Fi first the access model of future? This week on Wi-Fi Now, host Claus Hetting digs into Wi-Fi First with David Morken of Republic Wireless, as well as takes a look at Project Salsa, LWA, Google Project Fi and more.     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSCz2NSXMm0 Is Wi-Fi First the access...

Republic Wireless launches cellular-to-Wi-Fi voice support

'Salsa' software update begins rolling out to select devices Republic Wireless has begun to rollout an update to its service that the mobile virtual network operator claims supports the handoff of voice calls between a cellular and Wi-Fi connection. The company, which announced work on the...

Google MVNO works great, needs device options

Project Fi, a Wi-Fi-first mobile option, is supported by T-Mobile US and Sprint networks Early reviews are in and it looks like Google’s Project Fi, the tech giant’s entrance into the mobile virtual network operator space, is a success, particularly with Wi-Fi calling, but lacks...

Republic Wireless expands cellular data refund

MVNO Republic Wireless credits cash for unused cellular data Following up on a trial earlier this year, mobile virtual network operator Republic Wireless expanded the availability of new rate plans that refund costs associated with unused cellular data as a credit on a customer’s bill. Republic...

Republic Wireless scurries to stay ahead of Google Fi

For a successful startup, finding out that Google is the newest competitor in the space could be a little bit like learning that the "Jurassic World" Indominus rex is out of its cage. Escape may seem like the only option, but not for North Carolina's...

Editorial Webinar: Strategies for effective Wi-Fi offloading

Agile operators no longer view Wi-Fi as competition; instead they look at unlicensed spectrum as a tool that can be used to help build a truly heterogeneous network offering users a truly homogenous experience. This webinar will look at carrier-grade Wi-Fi and at ways that...

Voice over Wi-Fi: smaller operators lead the way

As Wi-Fi hot spots proliferate and mobile operators transition to IP-based networks, voice over Wi-Fi is emerging as a viable way for service providers to increase coverage. Regional operators and mobile virtual network operators are looking at Wi-Fi as a way to compete with...

Voice over Wi-Fi on operator roadmaps

Voice over Wi-Fi has been of interest to operators ever since the move toward IP networks began, but Apple created a new sense of urgency when it announced support for VoWi-Fi as part of iOS 8. Since that time, all four major U.S. carriers...

Report: Google MVNO announcement imminent

WSJ reports the Google MVNO could be announced this week Google’s plans to launch a commercial mobile service could begin as early as this Wednesday, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. The report suggests that the mobile service will allow customers to only...

Carrier Wrap: Sprint MVNOs expand, bolster device portfolio

Sprint added a new mobile virtual network operator to its stable, announcing that mobile virtual network enabler partner Unified Signal is powering a new service under the ITalk brand. The service will target the “data device/hot spot” industry. The ITalk service will tap into Sprint’s...

Big Data and Analytics: Espresso Logic API enables mobile app access to big data

Editor's Note: The ecosystem of big data and analytics, and its intersection with mobile networks and cloud computing has increasing relevance to wireless in areas that include service assurance, customer experience management, mobile marketing, location-based services and more. Here is a look at the week's news...

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