To get you ready for the third-quarter earnings conference calls, here are the most pressing questions I think the top executives at Tier 1 carriers need to answer over the next few weeks.
AT&T Mobility is rolling out a new service called "NumerSync" that will let customers share their primary mobile phone numbers with their connected devices so that they do not need to use Bluetooth or other technologies to link their phone to wearables or other gadgets. The goal is to untether customers from their smartphones by having the same number linked to multiple devices, and the first compatible NumberSync devices will be available later this month.
CenturyLink, Verizon and AT&T are still struggling to make their cloud hosting businesses a key part of their growth but an analyst with Cowen & Company said that CenturyLink management is adamant about keeping its colocation and hosting business even though investors have pressured the company to sell it. However, he added that AT&T and Verizon might be less inclined to hold onto their cloud assets.
A lifelong AT&T customer who subscribed to four services from the carrier got an unexpected and sharp response from the company after he sent an email to AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson suggesting that AT&T make some changes to its offerings.
As the wireless industry barrels ahead toward the start of the incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum in March, AT&T, T-Mobile US and other industry players are telling the FCC to make sure their particular concerns get addressed.
AT&T said that in Carbon Hill, Ala., and West Delray Beach, Fla., the two markets where it is conducting its TDM-to-IP trials, it is seeing more customers purchase IP-based services, but at a slower pace.
AT&T's transformation to becoming a software-defined operator will make it a more flexible software-driven company but that change will result in job cuts, said Chris Antlitz, telecom senior analyst with Technology Business Research.
Continuing the 1-Gig push, AT&T is expanding its U-verse with GigaPower service to several communities in the Miami, Atlanta, Chicago and Kansas City, Mo., area. The expansion brings the number of cities with GigaPower to 17. The company said it still plans to expand GigaPower to the Jacksonville, Fla., and St. Louis metro areas as well.
AT&T Mobility will wind up adding far fewer postpaid customers and yet far more prepaid subscribers in the third quarter than analysts at Wells Fargo initially thought.
How did the wireless industry perform in the third quarter of 2015? In this earnings summary, we list results from the wireless industry's carriers, handset makers, equipment suppliers and others.