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January 6, 2014
11:30 EDTVOD, VZ, TMUST-Mobile continues to explore opportunities to add to spectrum holdings
T-Mobile (TMUS) says 273 U.S. markets now covered by LTE network after the spectrum that was just purchased from Verizon Wireless (VZ) and plans to continue to explore opportunities to add to its spectrum holdings, including participation in upcoming auctions. Expects improved gross add prospects. Also expects further churn reductions as customers receive a "more ubiquitous 4G LTE experience. " The company believes that the additional load band spectrum will have a beneficial effect on CapEx over the longer term. Sees 2014 CapEx higher than outlined in the merger proxy for the Metro PCS deal. After paying the cash proceeds in this transaction, T-Mobile says net debt excluding towers will be approximately $16.4B. The company says A- Block build-out can start in 2014 outside the channel 51 service areas. Comments made during the company's spectrum transaction conference call.
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September 1, 2015
11:45 EDTVODVodafone upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
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August 31, 2015
12:27 EDTVODAltice names Michel Combes as COO of the Group, Chairman of Numericable-SFR
Altice (ATCEY) announced the appointment of Michel Combes as both COO of the Group and as Chairman of the Board of Numericable-SFR. Michel Combes was CEO of Alcatel-Lucent (ALU), CEO of Vodafone Europe (VOD), Chairman and CEO of TDF as well as CFO and Senior Executive VP of France Telecom.
11:33 EDTVZAOL buys mobile social app maker Kanvas Labs, TechCrunch reports
AOL, which is owned by Verizon, has acquired Kanvas Labs, a photo and messaging startup, TechCrunch reports. A spokesperson for AOL says the company will continue to offer existing Kanvas Labs products, including the Kanvas photo editing app and Kanvas Keyboard, and there are plans to integrate Kanvas technology with AOL's products. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. Reference Link
09:37 EDTTMUST-Mobile to restrict unlimited customers using up to 2 terabytes of data/month
T-Mobile CEO John Legere said in a blog post that "This week, I am taking aim at a select group of individuals who have actually been stealing data from T-Mobile. If their activities are left unchecked their actions could eventually have a negative effect on the experience of honest T-Mobile customers. Not on my watch. We've built the T-Mobile network to reach 290 million Americans with the fastest 4G LTE speeds around. We drive hard every day for our network to reach more people and to keep giving customers the fastest data speeds in the USA. I won't let anyone jeopardize that. So we are going after a small group of users who are stealing data so blatantly and extremely that it is ridiculous. Here's what's happening: when customers buy our unlimited 4G LTE plan for their smartphones we include a fixed amount of LTE to be used for tethering, at no extra cost, for the occasions when broadband may not be convenient or available. If customers hit that high-speed tethering limit, those tethering speeds slow down. If a customer needs more LTE tethering, they can add-on more. However, these violators are going out of their way with all kinds of workarounds to steal more LTE tethered data. They're downloading apps that hide their tether usage, rooting their phones, writing code to mask their activity, etc. They are 'hacking' the system to swipe high speed tethered data. These aren't naive amateurs; they are clever hackers who are willfully stealing for their own selfish gain. It's a small group - 1/100 of a percent of our 59 million customers - but some of them are using as much as 2 terabytes of data in a month. We are going after every thief, and I am starting with the 3,000 users who know exactly what they are doing. The offenders start hearing from us tomorrow. No more abuse and no risk to the rest of our customers' experience. It's over." Reference Link
August 27, 2015
11:25 EDTVZ, TMUSSamsung Pay beta available on all U.S. carriers except Verizon, Verge reports
Samsung (SSNLF) Pay's beta is available on all major U.S. carriers, including AT&T (T), Sprint (S), T-Mobile (TMUS), and U.S. Cellular (USM), except for Verizon (VZ), the Verge reports. Verizon is "evaluating" Samsung Pay currently, and may very well miss the September 28th launch of the product, the report says. Reference Link
07:37 EDTVODLiberty Global CEO says no time frame for Vodafone discussions, Reuters says
There was no timeframe for discussions between Liberty Global (LBTYA) and Vodafone (VOD) on swapping assets, Reuters reports, citing Liberty Global's CEO. Reference Link
05:36 EDTVZVerizon FiOS reaches agreement with Entertainment Studios
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August 26, 2015
06:22 EDTTMUS, VZGoogle fear Verizon, T-Mobile cell signs could crowd WiFi channels, WSJ says
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06:07 EDTVZVerizon confirms availability of hum to create connected driving experience
Verizon Telematics confirmed the commercial availability of hum, an aftermarket vehicle technology and subscription service that enables drivers on the road to make their car smarter through a simple solution regardless of their wireless service provider. First announced in January at the North American International Auto Show as Verizon Vehicle, hum provides subscribers with a self-installed solution that helps predict potential issues, prevents breakdowns and offers protection when problems do arise. At the simple press of a button, drivers receive diagnostic information, pinpoint roadside assistance and live consultation with ASE-certified mechanics and emergency personnel on-demand. Through GPS-based technology, hum helps accurately dispatch advanced roadside assistance, alerts emergency personnel of a car's location if a crash is detected, and assists authorities in locating a vehicle that has been reported stolen. Two year subscription plans start at $14.99 per month plus taxes, fees and equipment for the first vehicle with the option to add other vehicles for less.
06:02 EDTVZVerizon to announce Hum to connect older cars, The Verge reports
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05:21 EDTVODQualcomm agrees to sell UK L-Band spectrum to Vodafone, H3G
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August 25, 2015
05:59 EDTVZStocks with implied volatility movement; WMB VZ
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August 23, 2015
19:13 EDTVZBT executive says Verizon, AT&T abusing landline duopoly, FT reports
In a Financial Times interview published Sunday, BT Group's (BT) Americas president Bas Burger said Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T) are abusing their control over telephone and broadband lines to charge inappropriate access fees to companies like BT. "For a western world country it is the worst I've seen... There is not sufficient regulation to create competition: almost all access is being provided by two companies and they have divided the country among themselves," remarked Burger, adding that the two companies are also not required to fix network problems within any specific timeframe. Reference Link
August 20, 2015
11:54 EDTTMUSInteliquent upgraded to Strong Buy from Buy at BWS Financial
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08:02 EDTVZFCC to hold a conference and workshop
2015 Supplier Diversity Conference & Workshop is being held at FCC Washington, D.C. offices on August 20 at 9:30 am. Webcast Link
August 19, 2015
10:57 EDTTMUST-Mobile promotion gives Netflix analyst greater confidence
UBS raised its price target on Netflix (NFLX) to $143 from $116, saying that its confidence in the company's outlook has improved following a promotion undertaken by T-Mobile (TMUS). WHAT'S NEW: T-Mobile recently began offering one free year of Netflix to consumers who switch to its wireless service, UBS analyst Doug Mitchelson wrote in a note to investors today. Mitchelson said that the promotion increases his confidence in the outlook for Netflix's U.S. business. Moreover, he believes that Netflix could "become a standard promotional tool" for wired and wireless broadband providers going forward. Although Netflix's stock "looks very expensive" in the near-term, the company's long-term opportunity is "extraordinary," given the potential size of the global streaming market, the analyst stated. Mitchelson's "upside case" for Netflix shares is $199 while his "downside case" is $55. The downside case assumes Hollywood starts restricting content licensing to streaming services like Netflix in attempt to slow their growth. He raised his price target on the name to $143 from $116 and kept a Buy rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On August 10, research firm Stifel raised its price target on Netflix to $143 from $128, saying that the company's U.S. subscriber base can reach 80M by 2024, above the midpoint of its guidance. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Netflix fell 1% to $122.
10:20 EDTVZ, TMUSBig telecom firms put M&A on hold, CTFN reports
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08:22 EDTVZSprint traffic levels increasing, says Pacific Crest
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08:17 EDTTMUST-Mobile should be bought at current levels, says Pacific Crest
After conducting checks, Pacific Crest says that T-Mobile's sales remain high, while its decision to cut back on discounts on unlimited plans should boost its ARPU. The firm continues to identify the stock as its top pick in the sector and keeps an Overweight rating on the shares.
06:01 EDTTMUSNetflix price target raised to $143 from $116 at UBS
UBS analyst Doug Mitchelson raised his price target for Netflix (NFLX) shares to $143 after increasing his longer term revenue assumptions. The streaming service closed yesterday down $1.31 to $124.05. Mitchelson upped his 2020-2026 revenue estimates to reflect his belief that Netflix will successfully monetize its streaming platform beyond just monthly subscription fees, such as bundling and promoting third party services. He has increased confidence in the company's U.S. growth outlook after T-Mobile (TMUS) just launched a promotion for its wireless service that included one free year of Netflix. As competition among broadband providers intensifies, Netflix's inexpensive monthly streaming service could become one of the standard promotional tools, Mitchelson tells investors in a research note. The analyst's "upside case" for Netflix shares is $199 while his "downside case" is $55. The downside case assumes Hollywood starts restricting content licensing to streaming services like Netflix in attempt to slow their growth. Mitchelson keeps a Buy rating on Netflix.
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