AT&T recognized by Fortune magazine; Telstra's CEO Thodey to retire in May

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> AT&T was recognized by Fortune magazine as the Most Admired Telecommunications Company in the world in 2015. Release

> Australian operator Telstra has appointed Andrew Penn as its CEO, effective May 1, replacing David Thodey, who has decided to retire after almost six years as CEO. Release

> New Zealand's Spark has begun offering Ultra Fibre plans at a discounted price, ahead of launching its official Gigatown plans later this year. Article

> Ethertronics, a smart antenna manufacturer, is applying its active antenna technology it originally developed for mobile phones to Wi-Fi routers and gadgets. Article

Cable News
> DirecTV is considering matching rival Dish Network with its own over-the-top service, but the prospect of launching such a product doesn't necessarily excite the satellite operator. Article

> Arris reported a 6 percent rise in fourth-quarter revenue to $1.26 billion, beating analysts' consensus forecast. Article

Wireless News
> Motorola Mobility President Rick Osterloh blasted Apple's prices as "outrageous" and said that Motorola and Apple have different design philosophies and strategies. Article

> T-Mobile US CEO John Legere thinks the FCC's recently completed AWS-3 auction was a smashing financial success for the U.S. Treasury but a "disaster for American wireless consumers" because he said AT&T and Verizon Wireless won the lion's share of the spectrum. Article

And finally… @CenturyLinkEnt: #BYOD won't die and here are 5 reasons why. Article