Tower companies SBA Communications and American Tower both said that AT&T significantly slowed down its spending on its mobile network during the fourth quarter of 2014, and the carrier's spending remains somewhat sluggish compared with AT&T's network spending during the first half of last year.
Amidst a great protest within the agency and by large telcos like AT&T and Verizon, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposed Open Internet order passed in a 3-2 vote this week. Now that the order has been approved, it's likely going to see a number of legal challenges from the largest carriers.
AT&T is expanding the availability of its Switched Ethernet Service via Network on Demand to five new markets, with a particular focus on serving businesses in its fiber-ready buildings.
Sprint and T-Mobile US seemed cautiously optimistic that the FCC's new net neutrality rules won't harm them and will protect the open Internet, while Verizon and AT&T were dismayed and characterized the FCC's action as misguided.
Consolidated Communications reported that while data and Internet service rose to $82.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2014, those gains were more than offset by declines in legacy local calling and network access revenues.
As vice president of network on demand, mobile and business solutions for AT&T, Josh Goodell is in charge of the telco's move to implement software-defined networking and network functions virtualization capabilities. He's just one of the emerging innovators spotlighted in FierceTelecom' s latest special report.
FierceTelecom has highlighted seven executives who are propelling network transitions, launching new service initiatives, and developing network buildout strategies to respond to emerging consumer and business demands Special report
If you want to get the latest on 5G from the biggest experts in the field, then join me at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain, for " The Path to 5G: Defining the Next-generation of Wireless Networks" luncheon panel that will be held on Tuesday, March 3, from 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m. at the Fira Congress Hotel, which is just a five-minute walk from the main Fira Gran Via MWC venue.
Google has acquired Softcard, the mobile payments joint venture backed by Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile US. As a result, Google Wallet will now be pre-installed on Android phones (running KitKat or higher) sold by these carriers in the U.S. "later this year," Google said.
Now that the fourth-quarter earnings season is coming to a close, FierceWireless, in partnership with Jackdaw Research, is taking a look at how the top wireless operators performed in terms of key metrics like churn and ARPU.