The recent rumours that AT&T is mulling a European acquisition are based on the idea that the company can escape growth constraints within its home market and build fresh revenues elsewhere. But is Europe the right place to look?
At last week' AT&T developer summit, AT&T Mobility CMO David Christopher talked with FierceDeveloper Editor-in-Chief Sue Marek about why the company is so bullish on releasing its Call Management API to developers and revealed what he really thinks about HTML5's potential in the market. On the Hot Seat
Verizon Wireless is expected to lead U.S. wireless carriers in terms of net subscriber additions in the fourth quarter, according to analysts' estimates. However, all operators, including Verizon, will likely see their margins come under pressure as a result of higher subsidy costs for smartphones.
Verizon and AT&T will release their Q4 earnings next Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, and Morgan Stanley forecasts that both telcos' wireline results will be a mixed bag.
AT&T is mulling purchases in Europe as a way to extend its wireless presence in a new market, but any deal could potentially also help the telco enhance its wireline business services unit.
AT&T is hunting for merger and acquisition opportunities in the European wireless market, according to a Wall Street Journal report, betting it can roll out LTE technology there faster and make more money from new pricing schemes. The report, which cited unnamed sources familiar with the matter, said AT&T executives are debating the wisdom of such a move, but that the United Kingdom, Germany or the Netherlands might be potential markets to explore for a deal.
AT&T's decision to open up FaceTime for no additional charge to subscribers with older Apple iOS devices on tiered data plans is a sidebar to the real news, which is that innovative over-the-top offers from brands for which consumers hold great affinity are going to quickly populate the mobile environment.
AT&T's international roaming program for its mobile subscribers is the first to automatically connect customers to Wi-Fi hotspots via SIM authentication when roaming abroad, and it sets the stage for future business models based on Hotspot 2.0, Passpoint and Next Generation Hotspots (NGH).
AT&T Mobility announced it will expand access to Apple's FaceTime over cellular to customers on tiered data plans at no additional cost. Previously, the videochatting service was limited to AT&T's iOS users with an AT&T Mobile Share plan or LTE-capable devices.
AT&T is once again facing criticism that, by not including any traffic that goes over its wireless femtocells for its wireline U-verse broadband users, it is violating the FCC's net neutrality rules.