AT&T is expanding its 1 Gbps FTTH presence in parts of four markets, a likely response to Comcast's move to expand its gigabit broadband footprint via DOCSIS 3.1 technology.
It's no secret that a significant amount of attention and interest has been paid to wireless network speeds in the United States and globally. And LTE networks clearly provide faster download speeds than 3G networks.
Sprint's LTE service continued to hold on to its low latency status during the fourth quarter, according to FierceWireless ' report, " 3G/4G wireless network latency: How did Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile compare in Q4 2015?"
Comcast plans to bring its DOCSIS 3.1-enabled gigabit broadband services to five markets this year, boosting a challenge to AT&T's ongoing FTTH program.
As the critical fourth quarter holiday shopping season cools, carriers including AT&T, T-Mobile US and Verizon are pushing new buy-one, get-one offers in order to juice their first quarter results. The BOGO offers generally provide a free or cheap phone to users who agree to purchase a new smartphone at full price.
FierceWireless, with partner OpenSignal, is hoping to shed some light onto the latency issue. In the below charts, AT&T showed a slight decrease in latency speeds on its HSPA network in the fourth quarter when compared with the operator's results from the third quarter. Sprint and Verizon both showed increases in the latency speeds on their EVDO networks during that period. Sprint remained the carrier with the lowest LTE latency speeds.
Nearly three quarters after closing on its $49 billion purchase of DirecTV, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said the company is still ramping up its installation workforce for the satellite TV operator.
AT&T may have recently reached its goal to equip 1 million business locations, but it plans to expand the footprint further via GPON and traditional carrier Ethernet technologies.
Home automation apps from Comcast and AT&T performed poorly in a recent compilation of 50,000 consumer reviews.
AT&T is shaking up its front office as it continues to work to leverage its acquisition of DirecTV, according to Cnet. Longtime mobile chief Ralph de la Vega was appointed AT&T's vice chairman and placed in charge of its business and international units, while John Stankey was named CEO of the AT&T entertainment group, taking the reins of the company's mobile division in addition to overseeing its DirecTV, Internet and TV businesses.