At CCA 2016 on Wednesday, T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray said the Un-carrier wants to be the “best damn roaming partner” rural wireless carriers will ever have. However, Ray also told the audience of Tier 2 and 3 carriers that T-Mobile needs LTE.
“We want LTE across the entire nation…we want to grow that. (But) we don’t need to build all of this network ourselves,” Ray said.
For rural operators who deploy LTE, Ray said T-Mobile would be willing to lend its help in launching Voice-over-LTE services.
Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure on Tuesday gave a little insight into how the carrier is motivating employees during its extended turnaround effort.
Speaking at an investor conference, Claure said all Sprint employees now have the same incentive package he does: that is, no equity until the stock price improves to $8 per share. As of 9:45 a.m. Thursday, the price per share was $6.48.
Claure said employees have responded enthusiastically to helping the company cut costs, and said Sprint has received hundreds of recommendations from employees detailing ways it can save. Claure said the company is two years into its five year plan to return to profitability and so far has taken $3.5 billion in costs out of the operation.
UnitedLex, a global provider of legal and cyber security services, said it has successfully completed an assignment from U.S. wireless carrier Verizon to conduct due diligence on Yahoo’s patent prior to its $4.83 billion acquisition of the Internet giant.
UnitedLex provided its expertise in Intellectual Property management. The company works with both patent owners and their counsel to assess patent value, assess monetization opportunities, and support licensing programs to achieve optimal client rewards.
Tampnet Inc. has selected Ericsson to upgrade the operator’s existing 2G network in the Gulf of Mexico. The upgrade will include deployment of 4G/LTE Access, MINI-LINK microwave equipment and Ericsson’s complete network functions virtualization (NFV) solution, including Virtual Evolved Packet Core and Cloud Execution Environment.
With Ericsson’s upgrades, Tampnet will offer gulf-wide 4G/LTE coverage to the region’s oil and gas industry, its resellers and roaming partners.