Marriott inked a three-year, $150 million deal with AT&T in which the operator will provide faster broadband services for Marriott guests, VOIP calling, cloud services and LTE backup.
AT&T said it will now offer a live-streaming version of the DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket programming package to residents of apartments, condominiums and other buildings that render them unable to install a DirecTV satellite dish.
After the current contract ran its course on Saturday, 28,000 AT&T Southeast union employees could go on strike if a new agreement isn't reached.
The second-quarter earnings season is coming to a close, so now it's time to see how the nation's top wireless carriers stacked up against each other in terms of key metrics. Jackdaw Research analyst Jan Dawson has assembled these slides that provide an in-depth look at how Verizon Wireless, AT&T Mobility, T-Mobile US and Sprint performed in the second quarter of 2015. Dawson's research covers relatively standard metrics including revenue growth and net adds, but also includes deep dives into prepaid vs. postpaid performance, subscriber acquisitions vs. losses, and more.
AT&T appears to be poised to join Sprint and T-Mobile in supporting Apple's Wi-Fi calling service. As VentureBeat noted, the fifth beta of Apple's forthcoming iOS 9 operating system offers Wi-Fi calling from AT&T. T-Mobile last year began supporting Apple's Wi-Fi calling service, and Sprint joined T-Mobile in April to support the service via a software update.
AT&T Southeast workers represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA) union have voted to authorize a strike days before the current contract expires on midnight on Saturday, Aug. 8.
The FCC's vote to approve final rules for next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum drew a lukewarm response from both wireless carriers and broadcasters. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler had said that no stakeholder got everything they wanted in the complex set of rules, and that was reflected in the reactions to the 3-2 vote to approve the rules and set the auction to start on March 29, 2016.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is not opposed to ILECs transitioning off their TDM networks and shutting down aging copper in lieu of fiber, but he said it should be done responsibly.
As expected, T-Mobile US lost its year-long fight to increase the spectrum reserve from 30 MHz of spectrum in a given market to 40 MHz in next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum. The move is a victory for AT&T and Verizon Wireless and a significant blow to T-Mobile and smaller carriers.
As online video increasingly shifts to mobile devices, the wireless network outage across much of the Southeast on Tuesday called into question the reliability of major carriers' networks.