Vodafone has done well for its shareholders following the sale of its 45 per cent stake in Verizon Wireless for $130 billion (€94.6 billion) reports financial newspaper Barron's, and is now a good play for U.S. investors seeking exposure to European telecoms.
Telecom Italia CEO Marco Patuano has reportedly been so impressed by AT&T's ability to transform its business in recent years that he has sought advice from the U.S. company's CEO Randall Stephenson on how to change the fortunes of the struggling Italian operator.
Ongoing aggressive rollouts of fiber by a host of incumbent telcos, CLECs and cable operators throughout 2013 has helped to narrow the U.S. fiber gap by expanding facilities to 39.3 percent of commercial buildings with 20 or more employees, according to new research from Vertical Systems Group.
Now that the FCC has set a band plan for the auction of AWS-3 spectrum this fall, a complex bit of game theory is underway to see which spectrum blocks Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility, Sprint and T-Mobile US will bid for.
Windstream wrote in a filing with the FCC that AT&T's current proposed plan to conduct TDM-to-IP transition trials in Alabama and Florida does not take into consideration a number of the regulator's wholesale service rules.
AT&T Mobility again blasted proposals by T-Mobile US to restrict bidding in next year's incentive auctions of 600 MHz broadcast spectrum, arguing that they will doom the auction to failure.
In a new FCC filing, AT&T reiterated its interest in LTE Broadcast technology using the eMBMS standard. But the carrier did not confirm that it would launch the service, only that it was "exploring the possibility of offering eMBMS services."
AT&T's announcement Monday that it will repurchase 300 million shares, or about 6 percent of its outstanding stock, could further cool speculation that the carrier is interested in making a bid for Vodafone.
AT&T won a wide-scale IP-based VPN contract with Frankfurt-based construction company Hilti that's designed to enhance the customer's retail sales process.
The FCC's decision to license AWS-3 spectrum bands in more 5x5 MHz blocks than originally contemplated has generated praise from smaller carriers, though Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility are still likely going to be the major bidders in the spectrum auction scheduled for this fall.