After struggling for more than a decade to sell software that could power cable set-tops, Microsoft said Monday that it agreed to sell its Mediaroom software platform to Swedish technology vendor Ericsson.
AT&T could be looking at a way to add some form of online streaming to its U-verse IPTV service. And it wouldn't necessarily be the carrier's creation.
AT&T has updated much of its network to accommodate deployment of HSPA+ metrocells around the country, but the rollout of more advanced multi-standard metrocells is at least a year away, according to the senior executive heading up the program.
AT&T appears to be considering launching some type of streaming video service that would bundle local broadcast channels, popular sports and entertainment cable channels and other content that would not require a receiver box.
AT&T does not want to get left behind in the video streaming race that's been dominated by the likes of Hulu and Netflix, so it is now considering putting together an expanded set of capabilities for its U-verse customers.
It has been a busy year for the major U.S. telcos--AT&T, Verizon and CenturyLink--and their wireline union workers. Two of the main unions, including the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), that represent wireline employees are either in the midst of negotiating new contracts or have finalized deals.
Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam said Verizon Wireless could easily drop wireless contracts in the wake of T-Mobile USA's decision to do so--if consumers start asking for it. His comments reiterate what other top industry executives have said: That they will be watching to see how the market reacts to T-Mobile's new model and will respond accordingly.
As the major telcos migrate toward IP-based services and their legacy wireline voice service revenues decline, it has cut into revenues that would be used to pay for union health and retirement benefits--leading to sometimes-acrimonious negotiations between the two sides. Where do carriers and wireline unions stand in the latest contract negotiations? (Image source: CWA)
AT&T, according to a Gartner report focused on the U.S. business services market, took home the highest product service rating for its wireline business service product suite.
Vodafone's shares slipped more than 3 per cent after the company and Verizon Communications denied a report about plans to break up the UK-based operator.