Prepaid customers have long been almost an afterthought for most major U.S. network operators, who have opted instead to focus on postpaid users who often generate higher ARPU and lower churn. But as the growth of smartphone sales slows-- and as the gap between prepaid and postpaid ARPU narrows-- carriers are increasingly focused on the prepaid segment.
AT&T has validated Altair Semiconductor's FourGee-1160 Cat-1 chipset, which is designed to improve time-to-market and reduce costs associated with the introduction of new Internet of Things (IoT) devices.
The cable industry is rapidly becoming an extremely complex and competitive world where new technologies such as high dynamic range (HDR) and 4K are coming to market and OTT providers increasingly target viewers on tablets, smartphones and other platforms. And uncertainty regarding potential regulation looms as the FCC tries to address a market that has expanded far beyond traditional video providers and networks.
Dish Network is lobbying the FCC to deny Verizon's proposed $1.8 billion acquisition of XO Communications' spectrum assets and fiber business, claiming among other things that the deal would have an adverse impact on competition in multiple markets.
Alpha, a provider of power supplies for the cable and telecom industries, is seeing interest in battery backup power for broadband particularly rise from its carrier customers.
Sprint is rapidly losing prepaid customers, and its self-branded prepaid phones are disappearing from retail stores as the carrier prepares to relaunch its Virgin Mobile brand in an effort to boost sales in that market.
Verizon says that the thousands of replacement workers it has dispatched during the current wireline worker strike is helping it close the installation and repair gap for FiOS and other wireline services.
The Communications Workers of America (CWA) union, along with public interest groups Common Cause and Public Knowledge, are accusing Verizon of threatening to shut off DSL and copper services for customers if they don't move over to Verizon's fiber network.
Verizon is facing new accusations from the CWA and two consumer advocacy groups which claim that the telco continues to threaten to cut off service to DSL and legacy voice customers unless they switch to fiber.
Frontier Communications is moving ahead with its integration of the Verizon properties it purchased in California, Florida and Texas, but that process will result in some near-term dips in broadband additions.