Cox Adds More Wholesale Markets
Cox Communications today announced that it will resell Sprint services in a number of new markets, including San Diego and Santa Barbara, Calif.; Topeka and Wichita, Kan.; and portions of northwest Arkansas. Cox already offers wholesale services in markets such as Omaha, Neb., Oklahoma City and Tulsa, Okla., and Rhode Island and parts of Connecticut. Cox predicts that it will be able to offer Sprint wireless services to 50% of its wireline/cable customers by the end of the year. Cox recently decided to scrap plans to offer services through its own wireless network, which was in the process of being built. Cox hasn't made a final decision on what to do with the assets of that network.
Facebook Debuts Instant Articles for Faster News
Facebook unwrapped a new service for publishers this week called Instant Articles. According to Facebook, it takes an average of eight seconds to load articles on smartphones through the newsfeed.
Sprint LTE and Spark Footprints Continue to Grow
Sprint today launched LTE service in 24 new markets and Spark service in an additional 24 markets. The company's LTE footprint now reaches 270 million POPs, while its Spark footprint reaches 125 million POPs.
Sprint to Use ItsOn Platform to Offer Custom Plans
Sprint recently agreed to license ItsOn's Smart Services Platform, which lets network operators offer a wider array of customized service plans. ItsOn has run its own MVNO on Sprint's network under the name Zact since last year.
Sprint Lights Up 17 More Spark Markets
Sprint today launched its Spark service in 17 new markets scattered around the country. Spark uses three different spectrum bands to ensure the best possible LTE connection and speed.