AT&T has continued to find ways to expand its fiber footprint for residents and like other service providers sees the micro-trenching as a key tool in its FTTH installation toolbox.
Fixed-line cable and broadband companies are beginning to dip their toes into mobile, while wireless service providers are gradually expanding into media. AT&T, for instance, acquired DirecTV and then launched unlimited data to users who subscribed to both mobile and video services, and Verizon is rapidly building out its Go90 offering. Meanwhile, Cablevision is hoping to gain traction with its Freewheel smartphone service, and Google's Project Fi may someday threaten traditional mobile carriers with its Wi-Fi-first model.
Make no mistake: T-Mobile does not like the proposal put forth by AT&T and EchoStar that would give primary status to satellite earth stations operating in the 28 GHz band as part of the rules for spectrum bands above 24 GHz.
Continuing to bombard the FCC with NPRM-related commentary that the agency may or may not be listening to, AT&T called a proposal to enact privacy regulations on ISPs a "misdirection."
AT&T workers represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) union Local 9509 returned to the job after a week-long grievance strike with AT&T West.
The first quarter saw more of the same mixed results in the U.S. wireless industry as handset upgrade rates reached an all-time low and subscriber growth slowed while profitability and margins topped records set just two quarters ago, UBS said in a research note.
The tension between U.S. carriers and tower companies is "at an all-time high," according Jennifer Fritzsche of Wells Fargo Securities, as operators continue to try drive down macrocell pricing.
AT&T will start a 5G trial with "friendly" customers by the end of this year, delivering a multi-gigabit, fixed type of service, according to a keynote at the Big Communications Event (BCE) 2016 in Austin, Texas.
AT&T has extended its 1 Gbps GigaPower fiber broadband to more locations in Southern Dallas, challenging the entry of Charter Communications as it becomes a larger force in Texas following its acquisition of Time Warner Cable.
AT&T has set an ambitious timeline to transform over 75 percent of its network to software by the year 2020 using SDN. But as it makes that transition, the telco told attendees at this week's rebranded PCIA show that it will be able to increase the number of network suppliers it works with today.