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.
AT&T has submitted a bid for Yahoo and remains active in the auction of Yahoo's core internet business, according to a new report from Bloomberg. AT&T's interest in Yahoo puts the company directly into competition with Verizon, which is also reportedly bidding on Yahoo's business and reportedly remains the frontrunner.
Dycom reported $664.6 million in contract revenue for its fiscal third quarter, well ahead of Wall Street estimates and the $492.4 million it reported for the year-ago quarter. The company contributed much of that growth to top customers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon ramping up wireline deployments to meet increasing network capacity demands.
AT&T is transitioning to software-defined networks (SDN) perhaps more aggressively than any other U.S. operator. And Susan Johnson, the operator's senior vice president of global supply chain, said Tuesday that transition provides a way for AT&T to increase the number of vendors with which it does business.
AT&T may have set DirecTV as its new video delivery platform, but in order to cross sell customers a suite of complementary wireline broadband and wireless services, the telco is looking to bring commonality to its installation processes.
Verizon is taking a page out of the Google Fiber playbook, taking pre-orders for FiOS broadband service ahead of its launch in Boston.
AT&T has some grand plans for its growing SDN-enabled network, one that will see the provider launch the new service in multiple countries in 2016.
AT&T's Ralph de la Vega said he is not concerned about the decline in the number of the carrier's postpaid phone customers because of the growth of AT&T's Cricket prepaid wireless business. And he said that AT&T has a significant cross-selling opportunity following its acquisition of pay-TV company DirecTV.