U.S. wireless carriers along with Dish Network sit on wireless spectrum worth around $368 billion collectively, according to a report from a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs.
Google's Project Fi MVNO will not be a "game changing" move in the wireless industry, for a variety of reasons related to its pricing, scope and experimental nature. However, it could push the wireless industry in a new direction and spur carriers provide faster service and introduce more consumer-friendly offerings, which I think would be a net positive for customers and the wider industry.
Sprint is seeking to chip away at AT&T Mobility's position as the leading U.S. carrier providing M2M solutions by expanding the reach of its own portal for letting customers manage connected devices.
Finally and officially, Google has unwrapped its "Project Fi" MVNO in partnership with Sprint and T-Mobile US.
Google is officially getting into the wireless business, and unwrapped its "Project Fi" MVNO in partnership with Sprint and T-Mobile US. The service will let customers dynamically switch between the carriers' LTE networks and Wi-Fi networks, and will also give customers credits for their unused mobile data, as had been expected.
Defense Mobile, an MVNO working with Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility and Sprint, is officially launching its commercial service as "of veterans, by veterans and for veterans."
Google's MVNO could launch this week, according to a Wall Street Journal report, and it will give customers credit for unused mobile data.
Will Comcast, Cablevision, Google and other companies take a "Wi-Fi first" approach to compete with traditional wireless carriers on a large scale across the U.S.? Probably not, according to BTIG analyst Walter Piecyk.
Republic Wireless, a Wi-Fi first carrier that jumps onto Sprint's cellular network when Wi-Fi coverage isn't available, plans to launch a new offer that will give customers credits for their unused cellular data. The company argues this provides more value to customers than simply rolling over unused data to the next month.
As long-term viability of video services comes into question for cable operators, optimism has been fueled by the development of the public Wi-Fi business. However, not all markets are wide open. As FierceWireless reports, Sprint is set to help power a free Wi-Fi network for downtown Kansas City, Mo., as part of a $15 million smart cities project the city has developed in collaboration with Cisco Systems.