Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
Mobile Tech
24/7/365 Network Uptime
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
With US 4G LTE Roll-Out Complete, Verizon Eyes Canada
With US 4G LTE Roll-Out Complete, Verizon Eyes Canada

By Jennifer LeClaire
June 27, 2013 10:16AM

    Bookmark and Share
"The Canadian marketplace limits foreign ownership, but today the limits are higher than they were," said analyst Jeff Kagan of Verizon's reported plan. "I believe that trend will continue, and over the next few years the limits will rise and eventually be eliminated. That is why Verizon wants to get into the Canadian marketplace early and start to build."
 

Related Topics

Verizon
Canada
4G LTE
Telecom



Verizon Wireless is finishing the initial roll-out of its 4G LTE network, which now covers 95 percent of the U.S. population. Verizon is covering 500 markets in 49 states and launches in Alaska next month.

Verizon is now looking for ways to ramp up other spectrum to push deeper. That's because, according to Juniper Research, there will be more than 220 million 4G LTE subscribers in the world by 2014 and 57 percent of Verizon's data is carried on its 4G LTE network. Adoption of the technology is rapidly growing.

With the roll-out feat accomplished, Verizon is looking to move into new markets. Rumors are spinning that the company offered to buy Wind Mobile, a Canadian telecom start-up, and is looking to acquire Canadian wireless telecom Mobilicity. Reuters news service published the report, citing "people familiar with the deals." Verizon exited the Canadian market in 2004 when it sold its minority stake in Telus Corp.

Cross-Border Telecom

Jeff Kagan, a telecom analyst in Atlanta, said wireless, as an industry, has been rapidly growing and changing over the last few decades -- but that growth isn't sustainable.

"We are reaching the point in the U.S. marketplace where the rate of growth is slowing in traditional wireless," Kagan told us. "So some U.S. carriers like Verizon and AT&T are looking to expand into other markets around the globe. This has been occurring with international companies for some time. There are many wireless companies already doing business in other countries."

Kagan pointed to the U.S. wireless marketplace as a prime example. Sprint is about to merge with SoftBank of Japan. That means of the top four carriers, only AT&T Mobility is a 100 percent U.S. company. Verizon Wireless is almost half-owned by Vodafone, T-Mobile is owned by Deutsche Telekom AG of Germany.

Verizon's Head Start

"The Canadian marketplace limits foreign ownership, but today the limits are higher than they were. I believe that trend will continue and over the next few years the limits will rise and eventually be eliminated," Kagan said. "That is why Verizon wants to get into the Canadian marketplace early and start to build."

From Kagan's perspective, tomorrow's wireless industry will look much different from the early days. Yesterday, he said, wireless carriers were building out their ability to deliver fast wireless data connections to their customers. That will continue, he said, but U.S. carriers seem poised to enter non-U.S. markets like Canada.

"Will they be successful? Good question. Each country is different, cracking the code to be successful in each country is also different," Kagan said. "We'll just have to take this one step at a time. But this is the direction that companies in the U.S. wireless industry seem to be heading in."
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:





 Mobile Tech
1.   Apple and Samsung Feel the Heat
2.   Is the Amazon Fire Phone a Winner?
3.   Review: Amazon's New Fire Phone
4.   Apple Smart Watch Patent Surfaces
5.   iPhone 6: Bad for Apple Tablet Sales?


advertisement
Is the Amazon Fire Phone a Winner?
It coulda been a contender -- but isn't.
Average Rating:
Review: Amazon's New Fire Phone
New ways to navigate, discover, shop.
Average Rating:
iPhone 6: Bad for Apple Tablet Sales?
Most likely, it will be a huge hit.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Researchers Working To Fix Tor Security Exploit
Developers for the Tor privacy browser are scrambling to fix a bug revealed Monday that researchers say could allow hackers, or government surveillance agencies, to track users online.
 
Wall Street Journal Hacked Again
Hacked again. That’s the story at the Wall Street Journal this week as the newspaper reports that the computer systems housing some of its news graphics were breached. Customers not affected -- yet.
 
Dropbox for Business Beefs Up Security
Dropbox is upping its game for business users. The cloud-based storage and sharing company has rolled out new security, search and other features to boost its appeal for businesses.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Watson Gets His First Customer Service Gig
Since appearing on Jeopardy, IBM's Watson supercomputer has been making a living using his super-intelligent knowledge base for business verticals. Now, Watson's been hired for his first customer service job.
 
Tablet Giants Apple and Samsung Feel the Heat
When a company saturates its home market with a once-hot product, expect it to pump up efforts elsewhere. Apple, for its part, is now pushing iPads to big corporations and the enterprise market.
 
Microsoft Makes Design Central to Its Future
Over the last four years, Microsoft has doubled the number of designers it employs, putting a priority on fashioning devices that work around people's lives -- and that are attractive and cool.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Tablet Giants Apple and Samsung Feel the Heat
When a company saturates its home market with a once-hot product, expect it to pump up efforts elsewhere. Apple, for its part, is now pushing iPads to big corporations and the enterprise market.
 
Is the Amazon Fire Phone a Winner?
A late entry into a packed category of smartphones, Amazon's Fire phone offers a variety of unique features. Now, the reviewers are assessing if they're enough to make the phone stand out.
 
Review: Amazon Fire Offers New Ways To Use Phones
The Fire phone uses Android, but Amazon has modified it to the point that it's barely recognizable. That means the phone offers new ways to navigate, discover and, of course, shop.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.