Frontier Communications will soon debut a new 100 Mbps service tier in the Connecticut markets the company acquired from AT&T. During the company's earnings call earlier this month CEO Daniel McCarthy confirmed those plans but did not reveal any pricing details for the new service.
As part of its now-completed acquisition of DirecTV, AT&T has promised to build fiber to 14 million customer locations in the next four years. But according to company executives, that buildout will be far quicker and less expensive than the company's initial fiber efforts. "We're not building under the previous fiber models used by some of our competitors," said John Stankey, CEO of AT&T's Entertainment and Internet Services division. "We've executed a variety of different market builds over the last 18 months. This is a new deployment model and it yields returns that were unachievable 10 years ago."
Now that AT&T's deal with DirecTV is done and the company is moving to bundle wireless service with a national video offering, financial and industry analysts are divided over whether or not AT&Ts wireless business will see any material benefit from doing so.
No one got everything they wanted out of the FCC's rules, including broadcasters. The FCC is trying to balance numerous competing interests. However, I think it's in every carrier's best interest to show up next year. Carriers will be sorry for years to come if they don't.
John Donovan, senior EVP of AT&T's technology and operations, said the carrier's move to software-defined networking (SDN) is already beginning to pay off. Specifically, he said the operator's new SDN-powered Network on Demand feature, which allows businesses to increase and decrease the amount of bandwidth they need in real time, has led to a "95 percent improvement in provisioning cycle times."
John Donovan, senior EVP of AT&T's technology and operations, said the carrier is rapidly moving to deploy software-defined networking (SDN) into its mobile network to lower the company's networking costs.
In July, the nation's wireless carriers spent an estimated $183.4 million on TV advertising, down $450,000 from June. Who spent the biggest chunk of that money?
AT&T's Ralph de la Vega said the carrier is not focused on trying to get customers to switch to AT&T from rival carriers. Instead, he said the carrier is working to retain its high-value wireless customers.
AT&T said it plans to stop investing in its U-verse CPE platform and will instead use a "derivative" of DirecTV's in-home equipment to create a new, in-home TV product that the company said will display content from AT&T and others. The company also said users would be able to access the same content while outside the home.
Both AT&T and Verizon currently have thousands of workers working without contracts while company management and the labor unions attempt to negotiate a resolution to contract disputes. Interestingly, both companies' stock prices are fairly stable and investors seem unconcerned about the threat of a strike.