It seems like operator surveys have become super-popular in the mobile telecom space during the last year or so. Analyst shops launch them. Vendors launch them. Media outlets quote them. People just seem to love them. With these types of questions out there, it just makes sense to get input from people who are actually shaping the market. This input, after all, should tell us what the future will look like!
During the past several years, AT&T Mobility has set up a series of innovation centers, or foundries, at various locations around the world. The first was opened in Plano, Texas, in March 2011, followed by one in Ra'anana, Israel, in June 2011 and another in Palo Alto, Calif., in September 2011. FierceWireless Editor Phil Goldstein recently spoke with Mark Nagel, executive director of marketing for AT&T Foundry, at the Palo Alto facility. Nagel discussed how the foundries have changed, how the work at the foundries has informed AT&T's network evolution and why they're important for carriers. The following is an edited version of the conversation.
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