Biography for Mike Dano
Mike Dano is the executive editor for the Telecom Group for FierceMarkets, which includes FierceWireless, FierceTelecom, FierceMobileContent, FierceBroadbandWireless and other publications. In his role, Mike oversees all editorial content for the publications, and acts as a point of contact for such content. Mike has covered the wireless industry as a journalist for the better part of a decade, and remembers writing a story about the transition from black and white to color screens on cell phones. Mike is based in Denver and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow @FierceWireless or @mikeddano on Twitter and find him on LinkedIn.
Articles by Mike Dano
Silicon Valley-based startup Fastback Networks today announced it raised $15 million in its Series B funding round from Matrix Partners, Foundation Capital, Granite Ventures and Juniper Networks' Junos Innovation Fund. The company said it will use the cash to continue pushing its small cell connectivity technology, which the company said is "currently in trials with Tier 1 mobile network and services operators," although the company declined to name the operators.
Due to the move to IP network architecture and because of its recent acquisitions in the mobile industry, research firm Strategy Analytics is warning that Cisco Systems could grow into a major player in the wireless network equipment space, challenging the likes of Ericsson, Nokia Siemens Networks and Alcatel-Lucent.
During the company's recent earnings conference call, Sierra Wireless CEO Jason Cohenour made no secret of his plans: "Our goal is to accelerate growth and value creation through a targeted M&A strategy. We have an excellent track record of acquiring great companies, integrating them well and creating value for shareholders. We intend to extend this track record."
Dish Network Chairman Charlie Ergen has generated a notable amount of attention as Dish competes against Japan's SoftBank for control of Sprint Nextel, the nation's third largest wireless carrier. However, Ergen's right hand man in wireless is Tom Cullen, a Dish EVP who heads up corporate development.
T-Mobile USA executives said the carrier's plan to merge with MetroPCS is primarily an attempt to generate savings by combining the carriers' LTE, CDMA and HSPA networks. Specifically, T-Mobile plans to merge MetroPCS' existing LTE network into its own planned LTE network and to refarm MetroPCS' 1900 MHz CDMA spectrum for HSPA+ services.