T-Mobile's internet of things plans progressed with Twilio's rollout of its "Programmable Wireless" service, which is aimed at making it easier for developers to develop IoT-based apps. The wireless carrier is powering Twilio's platform in the US, which will create SIM cards and application program interfaces for developers, as well as offer use-based pricing.
The market is showing signs that Apple has reportedly struggled to sell its flagship iPhone X. AMS, the handset's optical sensor supplier, issued a warning about its operating margins, and analyst Consumer Intelligence Research Partners reported that the iPhone X has accounted for just 16% of Apple's smartphone sales this year.
AT&T and Verizon Communications recently tried to clarify how their networks would interoperate with FirstNet, as well as link with entities that are not FirstNet subscribers. AT&T cited its advantage as the emergency service's nationwide contractor but declined to say if it has signed up any rural carriers.
AT&T added roughly 312,000 DIRECTV Now customers in the first quarter, bringing the total to 1.5 million, and the telecom hopes the lower long-term costs to provide the streaming service will make up for reduced revenue per subscriber compared with linear video services. Overall, AT&T cited cord cutting as a major factor in declining revenue from the same period a year earlier.
Globalstar will merge with FiberLight, whose
fiber-optic cables cover 14,000 route miles and serve such markets as Atlanta, Houston and Miami. The $1.65 billion deal was engineered by investor Jay Monroe, who will put the companies -- along with investment firm Thermo -- under a single umbrella.
Verizon plans to deploy its 5G wireless network and over-the-top video service in up to five markets this year, Chief Financial Officer Matt Ellis told analysts. He didn't offer details, saying only that Verizon's OTT product would not be a "me-too service."
Seventy-four percent of large and midsize enterprises conducted software-defined WAN lab trials in 2017, with many planning to step up their efforts this year, an IHS Markit survey found. The research firm said budgetary challenges and rising bandwidth demand are driving companies to move to SD-WAN.
Competition with tech giants including Netflix, Amazon and Facebook has left traditional media companies scrambling to complete mergers and acquisitions to grow their businesses and become more competitive. In addition to pending megamergers such as AT&T's proposed acquisition of Time Warner, companies such as Disney are expanding their content offerings through digital initiatives.
Fox Television Group will purchase seven Tribune Media stations that are being acquired by Sinclair Broadcast Group, sources say. The stations said to be part of Fox's purchase agreement are in Cleveland, Ohio; Denver; Miami; Sacramento and San Diego, Calif.; Salt Lake City; and Seattle.
Nielsen has announced that its March data for the New York and Nassau-Suffolk metropolitan areas will be reissued. A nonmanagerial media employee was participating in the panel and has since been removed, the company confirmed.