Cisco said it will spend $1.4 billion to acquire Jasper Technologies as it steps up its pursuit of the IoT market. Jasper powers a number of IoT applications like Amazon's Kindle book downloads, and the company works with a wide variety of mobile operators including AT&T.
While the industry awaits 5G standards that will address latency like never before, it's worth noting how network operators fare today in terms of their latency records. FierceWireless teamed up with OpenSignal to shed some light onto the issue.
AT&T is quietly building a mobile advertising business alongside the cross-platform video services it is working on via its acquisition of DirecTV, according to analysts at Wells Fargo Securities. Further, AT&T is also considering a mobile-only video service.
The 5G frenzy is real and it signals the importance that vendors and operators are placing on being considered an early leader and visionary in 5G technology. Although we may still be two to four years (depending on which timeline you believe) from actual commercial service, there's a lot at stake for wireless companies because 5G represents such a dramatic change, not only in technology but also in business models.
AT&T is expanding its 1 Gbps FTTH presence in parts of four markets, a likely response to Comcast's move to expand its gigabit broadband footprint via DOCSIS 3.1 technology.
It's no secret that a significant amount of attention and interest has been paid to wireless network speeds in the United States and globally. And LTE networks clearly provide faster download speeds than 3G networks.
Sprint's LTE service continued to hold on to its low latency status during the fourth quarter, according to FierceWireless ' report, " 3G/4G wireless network latency: How did Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile compare in Q4 2015?"
Comcast plans to bring its DOCSIS 3.1-enabled gigabit broadband services to five markets this year, boosting a challenge to AT&T's ongoing FTTH program.
As the critical fourth quarter holiday shopping season cools, carriers including AT&T, T-Mobile US and Verizon are pushing new buy-one, get-one offers in order to juice their first quarter results. The BOGO offers generally provide a free or cheap phone to users who agree to purchase a new smartphone at full price.
FierceWireless, with partner OpenSignal, is hoping to shed some light onto the latency issue. In the below charts, AT&T showed a slight decrease in latency speeds on its HSPA network in the fourth quarter when compared with the operator's results from the third quarter. Sprint and Verizon both showed increases in the latency speeds on their EVDO networks during that period. Sprint remained the carrier with the lowest LTE latency speeds.