LAS VEGAS--AT&T Mobility's Cricket prepaid brand is ramping up its retail presence and preparing to aggressively fight for customers, even if that means quickly making adjustments to its rate plans to respond to competitive pressures.
AT&T Mobility has already received "hundreds of thousands" of pre-orders for Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in the few hours it has been selling the phone, according to top executive Ralph de la Vega.
LAS VEGAS--Executives from a handful of the nation's top wireless carriers unanimously rejected arguments that wireless networks should fall under the same net neutrality guidelines as wireline networks. The comments are notable in light of a speech this week from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler hinting that the agency is considering rules that would apply much more strict open Internet guidelines onto wireless carriers than it did in 2010.
LAS VEGAS--AT&T and General Motors are expanding their relationship beyond North America and into Europe during the second half of 2015 as they partner to bring GM's OnStar service to Europe in select countries.
Verizon has enhanced its profile on Netflix's speed chart, rising two spots on the video provider's August Speed Index, to 2.41 Mbps, reports FierceOnlineVideo. However, AT&T, which signed an interconnection agreement with Netflix in May, saw the largest gain.
Netflix, Mozilla and a group of consumer advocates are showing their frustration over the FCC's proposed net neutrality rules, which could include the creation of Internet fast lanes, by holding Internet Slowdown Day.
Now that interconnection agreements with the four top U.S. Internet service providers are in place and with no new spats grabbing the public's attention, Netflix and Verizon may have entered a period of détente. Average streaming speeds for subscribers on the FiOS network rose two places on the SVOD provider's August Speed Index, to 2.41 Mbps.
LAS VEGAS--There are 321 LTE networks deployed worldwide, but only 20 that are upgraded to offer LTE-Advanced capabilities such as carrier aggregation. So while the hype around 5G continues to grow, 4G Americas wants to get the message out that there is still "a huge runway for LTE Advanced in the future," said Chris Pearson, president of trade group 4G Americas.
LAS VEGAS--Verizon Wireless is testing LTE delivered over unlicensed spectrum as a complement to LTE over its licensed spectrum, said Mike Haberman, the operator's vice president of network support, during FierceWireless breakfast panel on "The 5G Roadmap: How do we plan for tomorrow's wireless networks?"
AT&T and Verizon are challenging the FCC's call to raise the broadband definition from 4 Mbps to 10 Mbps, claiming that the majority of consumers don't need higher speeds, reports Ars Technica.