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.
Sprint to Kill Off WiMax Once and for All On Nov. 6, 2015
Sprint today confirmed it will permanently shutter its WiMax network on or around November 6, 2015. The company had previously said it would operate the failed 4G network until "the end of 2015." Sprint said it has identified 6,000 "redundant sites that we expect to decommission and terminate the underlying leases," as part of the process, which will save the company some money.
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 Trims 452 Jobs at Headquarters
Sprint recently disclosed another round of job cuts, this time impacting its Kansas City headquarters. The company said it reduced its headcount by 452 people, mostly in the IT and administration aspect of the company.