Prepaid wireless provider Leap Wireless International Inc., which operates under the Cricket brand has been acquired by AT&T. The company had announced in July 2013 that it would acquire all of Leap’s stock and wireless properties, including licenses, network assets, retail stores and subscribers for $15 per share in cash.
In the coming weeks, Cricket will be integrated with AT&T’s existing operations to create the new Cricket, which will offer the no-contract segment a combination of simple, low-cost rate plans; a range of smartphones; and a optimized network experience. The new Cricket will have access to AT&T’s nationwide 4G LTE network covering nearly 280 million people. AT&T will gain access to Cricket’s distribution channels and will be able to expand Cricket’s presence to additional U.S. cities.
Cricket’s network currently covers approximately 97 million people in 35 U.S. states, and Cricket had 4.57 million customers as of February 28, 2014. Customer migrations are expected to be completed approximately 18 months after the launch of the new Cricket.
In addition to Cricket’s operations, AT&T also acquired spectrum in the PCS and AWS bands covering nearly 138 million people. This spectrum is largely complementary to AT&T’s existing spectrum holdings and includes unutilized spectrum covering 41 million people. AT&T will immediately begin to put the unutilized spectrum to use to support 4G LTE services for its customers. This additional spectrum will provide additional capacity and enhance network performance for customers using smartphones and other mobile Internet devices.
Telerik Hires from SAP
Telerik appointed Aaron Mahimainathan to the role of Chief Product Officer. In this key role, he will be responsible for product management, product marketing, developer relations and go-to-market strategy for Telerik’s entire portfolio of products and solutions, including application development innovations and the new Telerik Platform for mobile application development.
He has more than 16 years of enterprise software product leadership, having helmed major roles at SAP, Siebel Systems and Oracle, including his most recent position as Vice President, SAP HANA Platform products.
He is one in a series of strategic hires that is meant to elevate Telerik’s enterprise-level expertise.
Aruba Networks, Inc. appointed seasoned channel executive Karl Soderlund as vice president of worldwide channels. Reporting to Aruba Executive Vice President of Worldwide Sales John DiLullo, Soderlund will be responsible for recruitment, developing global alliances and managing Aruba’s international distribution structure for partner training, enablement, and pre-sales support.
Soderlund joins Aruba from voice/data networking solutions manufacturer Avaya, where he was vice president of Americas channel sales. Before Avaya, Soderlund held executive sales and global alliances positions at Certeon, Hewlett-Packard, Fortinet, Extreme Networks, and Cisco Systems. Throughout the course of his career, Soderlund has received numerous awards.
MOBI, a Managed Mobility Service (MMS) provider, and MobileIron, a security and management provider for mobile apps, content and devices, will partner and integrate to optimize their offerings. Wireless carrier data and corporate HR data is centralized by MOBI and is combined with the device and mobile app control and visibility provided by MobileIron's Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) platform. As a result, enterprises unlock greater security, control, and efficiency when managing corporate owned or employee owned (BYOD) devices that are accessing corporate systems and data.
"Being a 'Mobile First' organization, means embracing mobility as your primary IT platform," said Ojas Rege, Vice President Strategy, MobileIron. "Our partnership with MOBI layers managed mobility services and technology on top of the security provided by MobileIron to support the move to Mobile First."