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  • @sprintbullagitateshaters. @marceloclaure. @sprintisinnovating

    Telecom Stock Roundup: AT&T - DIRECTV Deal Nears Close, Time Warner Cable Suffers Net Neutrality Blow- Analyst Blog
    Though most telecom stocks lost value over the last week, the sector witnessed a number of important events. Notable among the many developments is a recent Reuter report which stated that U.S. telecom behemoth, AT&T Inc. T is on the verge of attaining the U.S. regulatory approval for its proposed $48.5 billion takeover of DIRECTV DTV. In the meantime, AT&T has decided to invest $3 billion to expand high-speed mobile Internet network in Mexico.

    In a separate development, Time Warner Cable Inc. TWC has been dealt a blow as it is the first company facing charges of violating the new set of net neutrality rules adopted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). On the other hand, Sprint Corp. S is leaving no stone unturned to intensify the wireless pricing war. The company recently introduced an unlimited text, talk and data plan for $80 in place of its current $70 scheme.

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    Claure calls out Legere with an expletive

    by greekmonster101 2 hours 55 minutes ago
    mr_whigglee mr_whigglee 59 minutes ago Flag

    @sprintbullagitateshaters. #cankissmyarse

    @rpalberts: @JohnLegere @TMobile TMobile is the worst cell service out there. They're employees lie like hell!!!

  • mr_whigglee mr_whigglee 2 hours 9 minutes ago Flag

    Let's assume this deal goes through.... How or will Sprint react? How or will Dish react? Next week should be interesting ...

    The answer lies in the seismic shift in the way Americans are getting their entertainment and information: they are turning to high-speed broadband, while also cutting back or even eliminating pay TV services. While traditional pay TV – cable and satellite – is still a colossus, it’s one that is rapid and permanent decline as millions, especially young people, turn to internet-based options instead.

    In this context, the antitrust implications of the proposed mergers are very different. In the case of Comcast’s failed bid, the company sought to grab more than half of the country’s booming broadband market, which would not only have increased its monopoly footprint in various cities, but would have given it unprecedented clout over internet content providers. No wonder regulators were skittish.

  • Sprint continues to innovate ....under Marcelo's leadership....

    Mark Hando, Sprint

    Signage for the outside of the new, co-branded stores won't be finished until the end of… more

    So far so good on the Sprint at RadioShack stores— the official name for the co-branded stores — as the wireless carrier (NYSE: S) plans to roll out all 1,400-plus stores by the end of next week.

    Matt Gunter, Sprint Corp.'s vice president for channel operations, gave a rundown of what consumers can expect when the stores are opened. There are 12 in the Kansas City metro area, eight on the Missouri side and four in Kansas.

    The signage for the outside of the stores will arrive later this summer or fall. It wasn't until paperwork was signed earlier this week that it was clear whether the RadioShack name was going to be retained, or whether it would be auctioned off separately, Gunter said. He said Sprint is very pleased that the brand is sticking.
    These stores will have one to two Sprint employees — in addition to a few RadioShack employees — at any given point. It's not the same size and scale of Sprint's corporate stores, Gunter said, but customers will still be able to go in and receive the same customer services that they look for at corporate stores, like upgrading phones. Gunter said Sprint hired more than 3,500 employees for the stores, most of which are store associates, but also field management associates and a few new faces at corporate.

  • mr_whigglee mr_whigglee 5 hours ago Flag

    Is Sprint innovating ?

    In terms of the Dixon partnership, over the next few months Sprint will work closely with Dixons Carphone's Connected World Services (CWS) division on a pilot program to build and operate about 20 new Sprint stores in select U.S. markets. Mellott declined to say which markets would get the news stores.

    These Sprint stores will operate similarly to the third-party retailers who operate Sprint-branded stores across the U.S. Sprint will own and staff the stores while CWS will manage them. CWS will also apply its expertise and best practices across all of Sprint's sales channels. Dixons Carphone formerly had a joint venture with Best Buy, and the company helped launch Best Buy Mobile. Best Buy exited the joint venture in 2013.

    If the pilot stores prove to be successful, Sprint and Dixons Carphone will launch their own joint venture to open and operate "a substantial number" of new Sprint-branded stores across the U.S. The two companies will equally fund the startup costs of the joint venture and each will initially have a 50 percent ownership interest. Mellott declined to say how quickly this might happen.

  • Comcast, that name sounds familiar...

    AT&T incites broadband challenge against Comcast with Miami-area 1 Gbps launch
    June 30, 2015 | By Sean Buckley
    AT&T (NYSE: T) has made the southeast Florida cities of Fort Lauderdale, Hialeah, Hollywood, Miami and surrounding communities the next targets for its 1 Gbps FTTP service, putting it in direct competition with Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) which will offer an even higher speed 2 Gbps service.

    Florida is a key area expansion area for AT&T's 1 Gbps service.

    The telco will have to face off with Comcast, which announced in April it will be offering its 2 Gbps service to 1.3 million customers in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Jacksonville.

  • so, is it fair to say then that IF Sprint & Comcast or Sprint & Dish come together in some form or fashion, then the same FCC outcome MIGHT be expected?

    By Tiernan Ray

    Shares of AT&T (T) are up 24 cents, or 0.7%, at $35.82, after Cowen & Co.’s Colby Synesael raised his rating on the shares to Outperform from Market Perform, and raised his price target $5 to $40, writing that the pending acquisition of DirecTV (DTV) “will prove as much strategically beneficial as it is financially which we think remains a non-consensus view.”

    Synesael’s is one of two positive views offered today; the other comes from James Ratcliffe of Buckingham Research, who initiated coverage of AT&T with a Buy, and a $41 price target, while starting Sprint (S) and Verizon Communications (VZ) at Neutral.

    The closing of the deal, expected any day now, will to some immediate synergies, which AT&T has talked about, and which are not a surprise. Here’s how Synesael describes it:

    Regarding the $2.5B of expected annual run-rate cost synergies, we have reflected all of them in our DTV model for simplicity as AT&T is expected to change its reporting structure post close. Of those, we estimate ~$1B are from content costs and will roll in over the next few years as contracts are renegotiated although we’d point out this just assumes AT&T reduces its content costs to that of DTV whereas it’s possible that the combined company could see further reductions. The remaining ~$1.5B are from more traditional areas and should occur more quickly and in total we assume ~30% are achieved by YE16, ~70% by YE17, and ~100% by YE18.

    Less well understood, writes Synesael, is how AT&T can use the DirecTV assets to create a mobile bundle that could be an advantage:

    We believe AT&T is likely to create a truly TV Everywhere experience that will rely heavily on bundling its in-home video solution (U-Verse or DTV) with its mobile platform and leveraging the lower content costs that its combined scale affords.

  • so, does Masa and Marcelo really pay attention on how/why things work? Can they glean any insight form this?

    Two giant deals in the telecom sector – but only one will be approved. A quick antitrust analysis shows this is not surprising

    A series of stories this week suggest the feds are about to bless a tie-up between phone giant AT&T and satellite-TV provider DirecTV. This would yield a markedly different outcome from another proposed major merger in the telecom sector, between Comcast and Time Warner Cable, that recently went down in flames.

    Both deals triggered a regulatory process that stretched over a year, and their stated value – $45 billion for the Time Warner Cable acquisition and $48 billion for DirecTV ( DTV 0.24% ) – is about the same. So why did only one succeed?

    The answer lies in the seismic shift in the way Americans are getting their entertainment and information: they are turning to high-speed broadband, while also cutting back or even eliminating pay TV services. While traditional pay TV – cable and satellite – is still a colossus, it’s one that is rapid and permanent decline as millions, especially young people, turn to internet-based options instead.

    In this context, the antitrust implications of the proposed mergers are very different. In the case of Comcast’s failed bid, the company sought to grab more than half of the country’s booming broadband market, which would not only have increased its monopoly footprint in various cities, but would have given it unprecedented clout over internet content providers. No wonder regulators were skittish.

    Contrast that with AT&T’s ( T 0.51% ) aspirations. While its acquisition will create the country’s biggest pay-TV provider (AT&T is also in the television business through its Uverse service), that new footprint comes in a declining industry. That is likely why sources are saying the Justice Department won’t sue to stop the merger.

  • mr_whigglee mr_whigglee 8 hours ago Flag

    here's more....

    Overall, while subscriber growth has slowed, Strategy Analytics expects that nearly 100 million wireless connections (including consumer electronics connections but excluding M2M) will be added through 2020, reaching a 128 percent penetration rate of the US population by then.

    Currently, the carriers are focused on "upgrades, upsell, customer satisfaction and expanded user experience on mobile devices," the report noted, adding that carriers are increasing their focus on content and value-added services in bundled plans and international communications (including roaming and calls/texts from the U.S.). Further, the carriers see growth segments such as small- and medium-sized businesses, Latinos and millennials and are creating targeted offers for these groups to both reduce churn and attract new subscribers.

    Despite challenges from Sprint and T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T are expected to maintain their market lead in the years ahead, the report said. There will also be continued consolidation and declining market share of regional Tier 2 and Tier 3 carriers, many of which have already been acquired by the Tier 1 carriers.

    Welsh de Grimaldo said that carriers are going to increasingly focus more on enabling new services, especially video, and less on pure connectivity. She said that the market is already seeing glimmers of this with Verizon's forthcoming mobile-first, over-the-top video service and AT&T's purchase of DirecTV (NASDAQ: DTV).

    "You really need to create offers and opportunities that's not a one-size-fits-all opportunity," she said, adding that carriers are going to be "going after different types of users and needs."

  • mr_whigglee mr_whigglee 8 hours ago Flag

    and add Dixon Carphones to this list.....Marcelo's Transformative Momentum has everyone agitated...Gotta Love it!

    Sprint is Innovating.....Sprint is showing potential.....Marcelo's a Entrepreneur......Masa Son is as well....Mr Market is starting to notice.....

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

    Sprint (NYSE:S) is rapidly expanding its retail distribution with its “store-within-a-store” concept at co-branded RadioShack locations.

    General Wireless Operations announced today that it completed the purchase of the RadioShack brand, securing Sprint’s ability to quickly expand its presence and give consumers access to industry-first leasing plans and the latest devices. Sprint will have a presence in 1,435 Sprint-RadioShack stores by the first week of July. About 300 stores will be completely renovated to the new store-within-a-store model at that time, with the remainder scheduled to be completed by the end of the year. These stores will have new signage, new fixtures and a look-and-feel that is similar to other Sprint-owned stores.

    The addition of the Sprint-RadioShack stores expands Sprint’s total retail footprint to approximately 4,500 locations in the United States.

  • and the currant rate is around 110% with AT&T and VZ dominating......Son and Claure must read the news and follow the trends, so how will they deal with this? IMO, growing organically won't get Sprint much further then a stronger number 3 competitor.....Mr Son doesn't appear to be someone who would just sit back and accept that.....

    Strategy Analytics: U.S. to have 387M LTE subscriptions in 2020

    July 1, 2015 | By Phil Goldstein

    LTE networks will become more ubiquitous and popular in the years ahead, with the number of LTE subscriptions ballooning from around 210 million this year to around 387 million in 2020, according to a new report from research firm Strategy Analytics.

    Those figures include connected consumer electronics like cameras, video game consoles and smart watches that may be tethered to smartphones. Still, it represents a 13 percent expected compound annual growth rate and the report's forecast indicates that as the U.S. market matures even further, carriers are going to focus on getting more connected devices into consumers' hands--and more revenue as a result.

    Verizon Wireless (NYSE: VZ) and AT&T Mobility (NYSE: T) have largely completed their macro LTE buildouts, while Sprint (NYSE: S) and T-Mobile US (NYSE:TMUS) are expected to largely finish theirs this year. Strategy Analytics analyst Susan Welsh de Grimaldo told FierceWireless that the research firm expects carriers to focus on getting that inbuilding coverage and making their networks more dense to spur greater adoption of LTE. "Getting high-quality LTE available to more subscribers to get the upgrades," will be a key focus, she said, in a push that likely will be a boon to small cell providers.

  • mr_whigglee mr_whigglee 9 hours ago Flag

    is sprint innovating? Brightstar.....RadioShack..........Dixons Carphones........

  • Is Sprint innovating? is Sprint showing potential?

    The UK's biggest technology retailer is crossing the Atlantic to provide the know-how for new Sprint stores. Just in time for Independence Day, British retail group Dixons Carphone and the US carrier today announced a joint venture that could see up to 500 new Sprint stores open their doors.

    Dixons Carphone is the UK's biggest technology retail chain, while with 57 million customers, Sprint is the third-largest mobile carrier in the US, behind AT&T and Verizon. This partnership marks Dixons Carphone's first move outside the UK after the two companies' recent merger, and Sprint's latest bricks-and-mortar expansion following last year's opening of concession stands in 1,435 RadioShack stores.

    To start with, Dixons Carphone will open and manage 20 Sprint-branded stores in Chicago and Miami. The first stores will open in early August and the rest will follow throughout the fall -- or autumn, depending if you're an American or a Brit.

    If this pilot programme is successful, Dixons Carphone could open up to 500 more branches. The US and UK companies will each hold 50 per cent of the joint venture, which the UK group says could lead to an investment of up to £20 million (roughly $31 million).

  • @realmendontwearpink @marceloclaure #punked....

    John Legere is famous for being the sweariest man in the mobile industry, but it looks as if Sprint's Marcelo Claure now wants a run at that title. In response to a snarky tweet by the T-Mobile CEO, Claure responded by saying that he was tired of Legere's "Uncarrier #$%$." He went on a four-tweet takedown of the company's policies, saying that it "trick[s] people," and that it's "all a fake show," before adding the hashtag #Tmobilelikehell. We're fairly sure that everyone who saw the exchange made the same ooo noise that pre-schoolers do when they know there's about to be a fight in the sandbox.

  • mr_whigglee mr_whigglee 10 hours ago Flag

    @realmendontwearpink .... Legere is the best thing that could have happened to Sprint....getting Marcelo fired up is Sprints perfect storm ..

  • Google loves to Innovate....I wonder how Google's deal with Sprint is coming along?

    Google's new company, Sidewalk Labs, was formed solely for the purpose of introducing technologies to cities. This month the company announced that it was leading a consortium of investors that acquired Control Group and Titan, the two companies that are managing the deployment of LinkNYC, the New York City initiative to convert around 10,000 city phone booths into public Wi-Fi hotspots. The rollout of these hotspots is slated to begin this month.
    Sidewalk Labs has merged Control Group and Titan to form a new group, Intersection, which will now handle the deployment. But the question is, will LinkNYC's efforts be successful?

    The finances of the effort are unclear, although New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's office has estimated that the effort could bring in $500 million in advertising revenues over the next 12 years.
    Press reports suggest that the hotspots will provide free Wi-Fi to a radius of up to 150 feet, be able to charge mobile devices and offer an interactive screen with Internet access and access to local services and information. Some 400-500 kiosks are expected to be in operation by the end of this year.

    Details on installation are unclear, although other companies said to be involved in the effort are Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM), Antenna Design, Transit Wireless and Comark. Transit Wireless deploys small cells and Comark manufactures outdoor hardware.

    But Google's Sidewalk isn't the first to try to retrofit New York City phone booths into hotspots. Cable MSO Cablevision (NYSE: CVC) also tried to do this but was hindered by ongoing battles with union workers. In October 2014 the New York City Council moved to block any potential deal that would let Cablevision convert the city's obsolete network of pay-phone booths into Wi-Fi hotspots.

  • network partner....nice..

    June 29, 2015 | By Jeff Moore

    Sprint (NYSE: S) will launch a project this month that ultimately will involve the deployment of 70,000 small cells, according to a report by RBC Capital Markets analysts Jonathan Atkin and Brian Hyun. But the small cell network will likely be constructed and owned by a network partner, allowing Sprint to keep the small cell expenses off its balance sheet.

    The initial phase of this nationwide project will be completed by the end of 2016 and Sprint will likely use equipment makers Nokia (NYSE:NOK), Airspan and Mobilitie for the project.

    According to RBC, network elements are going to be "mounted on utility posts, lamp posts and similar infrastructure." The analysts also said that the LTE small cells will have integrated wireless backhaul, thereby speeding deployment time.

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    Sprint; listening to the customer.....

    by mr_whigglee Jun 30, 2015 10:36 PM
    mr_whigglee mr_whigglee Jul 1, 2015 12:22 PM Flag

    @RealMenDon'tWearPink

    MarceloClaureVerified account
    ‏@marceloclaure @nexgencpu sorry to have let you down. Was sleeping in Tokyo and when I found out took immediate action. No more limits on streaming video

  • mr_whigglee mr_whigglee Jul 1, 2015 11:30 AM Flag

    yep, Dish could do all that much much faster partnering up with Sprint........60,000 sites already up with Sprint's massive amounts of 2.5 spectrum.....great for OTT services too......partnering with Masa Son is Ergen's diamond in the rough....

  • so, the week of 7-6-15? what will the conditions of approval be? Are others waiting to read what the Feds will throw at this and then make a move? Marcelo is in Japan now...Just a coincidence? What does that Indian Rainmaker think about it? Probably just a head fake....

    DirecTV (DTV) Stock Gains on Possibility That AT&T Merger Approval Could Come Next Week

    By Tony Owusu Follow | 07/01/15 - 10:52 AM EDT

    NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- DirecTV (DTV - Get Report) shares are up 0.85% to $93.62 in early market trading on Wednesday following reports that U.S. regulatory approval of the company's proposed merger with AT&T (T) could come as early as next week, according to Reuters.

    AT&T's proposed $48.5 billion acquisition of DirecTV would combine the second largest wireless carrier and the largest satelite television providers in the U.S.

    The Department of Justice has already completed its assesment of whether the deal, which was first proposed in May 2014, violates anti-trust laws, according to Reuters' sources.

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