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Bell Canada expands 5G coverage to 28 more communities, adds US roaming

According to Bell, its roaming partner networks cover more than 90% of the U.S. national population with 5G service Bell Canada has taken the opportunity of being labeled Canada's fastest 5G mobile network in Ookla’s latest network benchmarking report to stake its claim on being the...

Telcos use blockchain for mobile payments, insurance claims and more

A closer look at some more recent advances in blockchain adoption made by CSPs Blockchain, a technology that establishes a shared, immutable record of transactions within a network, has been on the radar of communication service providers (CSPs) for some time now, and according to...

Vodafone’s 5G service already available in 100 places in the UK, Europe

  U.K. telecommunications group Vodafone said that its customers can use 5G services in more than 100 places in the U.K. and other European countries. Specifically in the U.K, the telco said that its 5G offering has been recently activated in Belfast , Edinburgh and Leeds....

GTP and the evolution of roaming (Reader Forum)

Mobile traffic using GPRS Tunneling Protocol (GTP) has exploded over the last couple years, largely due to elimination of international roaming price barriers that previously discouraged subscribers from using the service. Global international roaming traffic – voice and data – is expected to grow...

#TBT: Galaxy S5 debuts; smartphone market starts to slow; what’s hot at MWC ’14 … this week in 2014

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! Smartphone market starts...

#TBT: Roam if you want to; Welcome to the Digital Age; e911 ramps up … this week in 1998

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! Words to live...

#TBT: Samsung’s “Blast” from the past; Sprint and Clearwire map WiMAX plans … this week in 2007

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 struggles (aka,...

Analyst Angle: Wi-Fi roaming–from old school to new opportunities

Interoperability, architecture and framework for Wi-Fi roaming The global mobile workforce is set to increase from 1.3 billion in 2014, accounting for 37.4% of the global workforce, to 1.75 billion in 2020, according to various sources. Globalization will continue to drive the growth of mobile...

#TBT: Sprint picks AT&T, Nortel for $3B build; carriers look at in-building … this week in 1996

Sprint awarded $3B in contracts to AT&T and Nortel for CDMA network build, while carriers targeted in-building services to bolster revenues … 21 years ago this week. Editor’s Note: RCR Wireless News goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives...

2017 Predictions: The age of collaboration and interoperability

Changes in roaming, the impact of IoT and continued M&A activity will require greater collaboration and interoperability in 2017. Editor’s Note: With 2017 virtually upon us, RCR Wireless News has gathered predictions from across the mobile telecommunications space on what they expect...

T-Mobile 5G plans gain color, speed; offers LTE roaming, VoLTE support

T-Mobile said it has expanded 5G work with vendor partners Ericsson and Nokia, while telling CCA members it wants greater LTE roaming, offers VoLTE support SEATTLE – T-Mobile US continues to flesh out its “5G” network plans, with CTO Neville Ray noting recent trials with...

Pioneer Cellular gains LTE roaming access in TNS deal

Regional carrier joins TNS LTE Roaming Hub; gains access to CCA Data Services Hub, which also includes T-Mobile and Sprint Oklahoma-based regional wireless operator Pioneer Cellular is set to support LTE roaming for its customers through an agreement with Transaction Network Services. The deal sees Pioneer...

Sprint joins T-Mobile with free ‘high-speed’ data for Olympic travelers

Countering similar promotions from T-Mobile and AT&T, Sprint customers traveling to Brazil to have unlimited ‘high-speed’ data throughout August Sprint is the latest domestic carrier to launch a new promotion targeting the upcoming 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil. The carrier said domestic customers traveling to the...

T-Mobile throws unlimited LTE across (most of) Europe, in-flight Wi-Fi for all

Citing the summer travel season, T-Mobile is set to offer unlimited LTE data across most of Europe, add roaming in Belize and in-flight Gogo Wi-Fi for all Coming off a rocky “Un-carrier 11” event, T-Mobile US today looked to regain some marketing momentum with a...

T-Mobile targets tourists with domestic service offer

Tourists visiting the US can access T-Mobile services, including 2 GB of LTE data, for three weeks at $30 T-Mobile US is looking to attract short-term visitors to the U.S., announcing plans to launch its Tourist Plan beginning June 12. The plan offers 1,000 domestic calling...

AT&T taps assets to bolster Mexico, Canada roaming vs T-Mobile

Select AT&T customers provided with free roaming into Mexico and Canada as the carrier taps acquired assets and more aggressively targets T-Mobile and rivals AT&T furthered asset integration, offering up free roaming in Mexico on select rate plans and throwing in Canada roaming for its...

T-Mobile claims superiority to Sprint, AT&T and Verizon in Cuba connection

T-Mobile claims biggest benefit from Cuba connection with more than one-third of Cuban-born wireless customers on its network Domestic telecom operators continue to pour into Cuba, with T-Mobile US the latest to announce a connectivity agreement with the country’s telecommunications operator. T-Mobile US said the interconnect...

Reality Check: On-demand roaming in the digital age

On-demand roaming options could help telecom operators unlock new revenue streams International mobile roaming and more specifically, data roaming, has witnessed major changes in terms of regulation, pricing, offers and overall customer experience in recent years. Several recent instances of bill shock, a known barrier...

Telcos looking to Cuba; AT&T reportedly in talks with state

President Barack Obama has taken on a normalization of relations with Cuba and, among the first waves of activity are deregulation of telecom services by the Federal Communications Commission. As part of the move, new reports suggest U.S. mobile giant AT&T is trying to...

Telefónica pushes for e-SIM; LatAm countries collaborate on international roaming

Telefónica pushes support for e-SIM standard, and other LatAm news from MWC BARCELONA, Spain – Telefónica's German unit is set to be the first carrier to launch a device embedded with an electronic SIM card with the Samsung Gear S2 Classic 3G, which is expected...

Bluegrass completes build on Verizon rural LTE program

Bluegrass claims completion of 5-year build tied to Verizon rural LTE program Regional wireless operator Bluegrass Cellular said it completed the build out of its LTE network, which now covers its entire operating footprint. The deployment is part of a partnership with Verizon Wireless under...

Verizon international roaming options expand with TravelPass program

Verizon keeps international roaming pressure on rivals T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T with daily option Verizon Wireless has yet again tweaked its international roaming options, now allowing customers to tap into their current rate plans for a daily fee when traveling abroad. The new TravelPass option provides...

Sprint expands Cuba roaming arrangement

Sprint claims it’s the first U.S. carrier with a direct roaming agreement in Cuba Sprint furthered its incursion into Cuba, announcing it signed a wireless roaming agreement with the country’s Telecommunications Company of Cuba. The deal provides a direct roaming agreement and a direct long-distance interconnection...

SK Telecom and China Unicom sign 5G, roaming MoU

Agreement covers joint work between SK Telecom and China Unicom on 5G development SK Telecom and China Unicom signed a memorandum of understanding focused on working together to develop a range of mobile and enterprise technologies. The MoU, signed this week at a GSMA board meeting...

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