WiMax Operator Open Range Calls It Quits
Open Range Communications has thrown in the WiMax towel and will lay-off most employees and cease accepting new customers. Though the company will continue to service its existing customer base of about 20,000 subscribers, the CEO, Bill Beans, has resigned. The company will reduce its headcount by 122, leaving fewer than 50 employees to run the remainder of the company. Open Range provides WiMax data services in and around the Denver, Colo., area. Earlier this year, it had signed a roaming agreement with LightSquared. It had hoped to transition its services from WiMax to LTE, but the company was simply unable to gain customers fast enough to continue operations.
Comcast Details Mobile Phone Service as Xfinity Mobile
Comcast today revealed details of its forthcoming Xfinity Mobile phone service. The company will use Verizon's 4G LTE network for the service, using an existing MVNO agreement.
Verizon to Shutter Some Offices, Eliminate Jobs
Verizon has informed employees that it plans to reduce the number of regional offices around the country and correspondingly reduce headcount. The company has 20 regional locations, which it plans to pare down to just six.
Sprint Can Commence WiMax Shutdown
A Massachusetts court has given Sprint permission to turn off its WiMax network in stages over the next two months. Sprint will turn WiMax off in 16 cities, including New York, today, with 39 more to follow on February 29, and the remaining 25 cities on March 31.
Sprint's WiMax Shutdown May Halt Service for Charities
Sprint plans to deactivate its WiMax network on Nov. 6, but some charities say the change will eliminate internet service for some 300,000 Americans altogether.