Sierra Wireless (British Columbia, Canada) and Sprint (Overland Park, Kan., U.S.A.) last week announced they are collaborating to help application developers, product manufacturers, and machine-to-machine (M2M) service providers deploy new services. The two companies will co-market Sierra Wireless’ M2M Cloud Platform and Sierra Wireless will support Sprint modules pre-certified on its network.
Sprint Nextel Corp (Overland Park, Kan., U.S.A.) said it could use the proceeds from a private debt offer to fund Clearwire Corp (Kirkland, Wash., U.S.A.), sending shares in the cash-strapped high-speed wireless firm up 8% on Friday.
Sprint sold $4 billion in bonds on Friday, according to underwriters. The company had included Clearwire funding among possible uses for the debt proceeds when it announced the offering on Friday morning.
Telecom operators have begun to release financial results for the third quarter of 2011. In the United States, AT&T, Verizon Communications and Sprint all posted revenue in line with expectations, although both AT&T and Verizon saw weak smartphone sales. In Europe, France Telecom was hurt by the weak European market, and has continued to move into the Middle East and Africa to offset its losses.
As customers begin to own multiple devices there is a need to consolidate usage into one shared data plan. According to a white paper put out at 4G World by Infonetics Research (Campbell, Calif., U.S.A.) and sponsored by Tekelec (Morrisville, N.C., U.S.A), shared data plans will allow multiple devices to dip into one data plan, making billing easier and reducing shock billing.
Clearwire Corp (Kirkland, Wash., U.S.A.) needs another big wholesale customer to make investors less nervous about buying stock in the wireless service provider, which is majority owned by its biggest customer Sprint Nextel (Overland Park, Kan., U.S.A.).
Some on Wall Street worry that Clearwire -- which has been seeking almost $1 billion more financing to fund its operations and upgrade its network -- is over-reliant on Sprint, with which it has clashed repeatedly in the past.
A judge on Wednesday ruled that Sprint (Overland Park, Kan., U.S.A.) and C Spire Wireless (Ridgeland, Miss., U.S.A.) can pursue part of their antitrust lawsuit against AT&T Inc's (Dallas, Texas, U.S.A.) proposed $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA, a unit of Deutsche Telekom AG (Bonn, Germany).
AT&T and T-Mobile had sought to dismiss the lawsuit, but U.S. District Judge Ellen Huvelle agreed to allow the competitors to pursue their injury claims about the effect the deal would have on the market for wireless devices.
Digi International (Minnstonka, Minn., U.S.A.) on Tuesday announced that its embedded 3G system-on-module has been certified by Sprint (Overland Park, Kan., U.S.A.), which allows M2M device manufacturers to add 3G connectivity to their devices without having to go through a certification process.
ConnectCore 3G -- the embedded 3G system-on-module with integrated application processing- also offers cloud connectivity with the iDigi Device Cloud.
ZTE Corp (Shenxhen, P.R.C.) and China Unicom (Beijing, P.R.C.), China’s second largest telecommunications equipment maker and carrier respectively, reported third quarter net profit that missed expectations, with both companies grappling with pressured margins.
ZTE posted a second straight fall in quarterly profit mainly due to the weakness in the euro and a delay in value-added tax rebates, while China Unicom's profit was up by a worse-than-expected 21% as it doled out subsidies to attract more 3G users.
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Today, service providers are competing in an increasingly competitive market, which makes gaining and retaining customers essential to their overall performance. A hot topic of conversation this week at 4G World in Chicago, Illinois is customer experience, but more importantly the personalization of the customer experience.
“To satisfy a customer, you need to know what satisfies them,” said Steven Cotton, head of revenue management at TM Forum.