Phoenix Tower International (PTI) closed its transaction to buy or get management rights to more than 600 T-Mobile US cell tower sites, including the exclusive right to manage and operate the sites from T-Mobile via PTI's local U.S. subsidiaries. Terms of the deal, which was first announced in August, remain confidential.
AT&T Mobility is offering a $7,500 reward for information about one of its cell towers that collapsed after it was vandalized in the town of Denison, Texas, according to police in the area. Although theft of equipment at cell sites is becoming more common, wholesale vandalism-- especially the kind that brings down towers-- is much rarer.
Westell Technologies posted improved revenue and narrowed its loss in the third quarter as it saw improvement from its in-building wireless segment and outdoor communications solutions. Additionally, the company expects to have carrier trials of its new Distributed Antenna System product start in December.
AT&T has been training its broadband and U-verse IPTV installers to also install service for its DirecTV offerings, and early next month it plans on sending out into the market the first wave of technicians who can install all of the services.
Windstream may have come to the IPTV game later than its ILEC compatriots AT&T and CenturyLink, but the advent of lower cost home network gear is helping them make a business case for the service.
As part of its now-completed acquisition of DirecTV, AT&T has promised to build fiber to 14 million customer locations in the next four years. But according to company executives, that buildout will be far quicker and less expensive than the company's initial fiber efforts. "We're not building under the previous fiber models used by some of our competitors," said John Stankey, CEO of AT&T's Entertainment and Internet Services division. "We've executed a variety of different market builds over the last 18 months. This is a new deployment model and it yields returns that were unachievable 10 years ago."
VTel, a Vermont ILEC, is completing a statewide LTE rollout in Vermont that will complement its rollout of fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) that reaches every home in 14 villages in the state. In an interview with FierceInstaller, VTel President Michel Guite called his company's effort a "microcosm of what could happen in rural America," as nearly all Vermont residents now have affordable access to mobile broadband and all residents of 14 villages now have access to the Internet at Gigabit speeds.
Not only is broadband now available to virtually all Americans, most Americans are getting more options for broadband. The conversation is no longer about availability--it is only about affordability and choice.
The pipeline for fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) projects is strong, according to a research report from Wells Fargo analysts who looked at recent statements and filings from companies such as CenturyLink, AT&T, Verizon and others.
A survey from the NTCA--The Rural Broadband Association found that many rural broadband customers are receiving broadband via fiber-to-the-home (FTTP).