AOL President Bob Lord is leaping back onto the path he was on before the online company was acquired by Verizon earlier this year: moving toward running a publicly-owned company. The executive said he will leave AOL sometime in 2016, though an exact date hasn't been announced.
AT&T confirmed that it will increase the price of its legacy unlimited data plan by $5 per month, to a total of $35 per month, starting in February. 9to5Mac first reported the news, citing an unnamed source, and an AT&T representative subsequently confirmed the price increase to FierceWireless.
TDS Telecom may be an advocate of expanding broadband services, including offering 1 Gbps FTTH, but it is concerned that the FCC's new 25/3 Mbps definition of broadband may be challenging to meet in rural areas where buildout costs are higher.
According to new research from the financial analysts at New Street Research, a cable company like Comcast could entice around 20 percent of its customer base to switch to its own MVNO service within five years of moving into the wireless industry. The report offers some important implications for Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile US and the rest of the nation's wireless network operators, which may indeed compete against cable MVNOs in the coming years.
Count NewStreet Research's Jonathan Chaplin as a cable industry bull. In his latest report to shareholders, the analyst predicted that cable broadband penetration into U.S. homes, and pricing for broadband services, will both rise markedly in the near future.
Birch Communications has made itself a more competitive threat to AT&T and Comcast Business by adding 80,000 buildings across its 22-state footprint, deepening its on-net building fiber reach to over 400,000 buildings.
As the critical holiday shopping season kicks into overdrive, the Consumer Technology Association said that smartphones stand at the top of Americans' list of most-wanted tech products, beating out TVs, tablets and laptops. And wireless players continue to work to stimulate that demand, with AT&T's Cricket Wireless and América Móvil's U.S. MVNO, TracFone Wireless, offering new discounts today.
Frontier is taking advantage of the Christmas shopping season by offering customers a credit of up to $10 on the first month for a purchase of select Frontier Secure products.
TeliaSonera said the merger of its Norwegian operations with Tele2 Norway could be judged a success, with almost 300,000 former Tele2 customers electing to become subscribers of its NetCom brand in six months.
Japan's NTT DoCoMo says it has successfully conducted 5G trials in actual-use environments with no less than five big-name vendors: Nokia Networks, Samsung, Ericsson, Huawei and Fujitsu.