Nearly 10 months after it was originally proposed, AT&T's $49 billion purchase of DirecTV could be finally about to close. In a note to investors Monday, Morgan Stanley analyst Simon Flannery said the next few weeks will be "action packed" for the deal, and that its regulatory approval is "imminent.
Google Fiber has told eagerly awaiting residential customers who have signed up to get its service in Austin, Texas, that they may have to wait a number of months before they get a 1 Gbps connection. It clearly places Google Fiber behind AT&T and Grande Communications, which already offer the service in the city.
AT&T promoted Lori Lee to CMO. Lee will replace Cathy Couglin, a 35-year AT&T veteran who had held the top marketing position for the past eight years.
AT&T is now offering its 1 Gbps GigaPower fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) service in Houston and various surrounding areas, enhancing its reach in its home state to battle insurgent players like Google Fiber.
AT&T is shuffling its top ranks by appointing Lori Lee as the company's chief marketing officer (CMO), replacing Cathy Coughlin, who has stepped down from the role she held for eight years.
AT&T is throwing its support behind an emergency petition filed by the National Association of Broadcasters calling for better management of the nation's TV white space spectrum.
AT&T Mobility's Drive Studio in Atlanta is a showcase for connected car technologies. The Drive Studio features a working garage where the carrier and car manufacturers can try out new technologies and stay ahead of the curve.
Unlike rivals Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile US, AT&T Mobility is not in a rush to trial and deploy LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U) technology, according to an AT&T executive. AT&T might use LTE-U, but only if it can assure that it will not harm Wi-Fi, according to AT&T's Tom Keathley, who said that the carrier would be willing to wait for a standardized version of the technology known as a Licensed-Assisted Access.
Google Fiber may have only rolled out its 1 Gbps fiber to a few markets, but it's clear that its presence continues to place pressure on AT&T to adjust the pricing of its own fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) U-verse with GigaPower in the markets where it competes with the Internet search giant.
Despite ongoing concerns about the amount of bandwidth that over-the-top video is taking up on wireless networks, the popularity of the medium means that carriers, including AT&T, T-Mobile US and Verizon, are making wireless OTT a "key pillar" of their future plans, a Wells Fargo analyst research note says.