Wireless Industry News

The M&A passions grew more heated this morning as T-Mobile executives spoke openly about the benefits of a tie-up with Sprint.

But T-Mobile made clear that it would consider an open relationship as well.

“It’s not a question of will talks happen; of course they’ll happen,” T-Mobile CFO Braxton Carter said during an investoers conference this morning. “There’s a huge prize when you talk about Sprint, and that’s true, hard synergies.”

Speculation of a merger between the two U.S. wireless operators has continued to heat up in recent weeks, due to both the end of the quiet period following the incentive auction of 600 MHz airwaves and the likelihood of a lighter regulatory stance of Donald Trump’s administration compared to the Obama White House. The parent companies of both carriers made eyes at each other across the dance floor last week. Read More

Verizon Wireless activated its Category M1 LTE network, making it the first U.S. carrier to launch a nationwide LTE network dedicated to the internet of things. The carrier said it will offer IoT data plans for as little as $2 per month per device, with customized options available for bulk activations and volume purchases.

Category M1 LTE is very different from the higher categories of LTE that smartphones use. Uplink and downlink speeds are both capped at one megabit per second, and bandwidth is capped at 1.4 megahertz per device. This is said to enable low-cost connectivity chipsets for devices that do not need constant communication with the network. Category M1 modems are roughly 75% less complex than Category 1 modems, which are currently used to connect IoT devices to LTE networks