You'd have to be hiding under a blackjack table to miss the barrage of Internet of Things rhetoric pouring out of the panels, press conferences and exhibitors at the Consumer Electronics Show this week.
LAS VEGAS--AT&T Mobility's Cricket Wireless prepaid brand plans to shut down its Muve Music service on Feb. 7, and starting Jan. 31 will replace it with the Deezer music service, which will be available to Cricket subscribers for $6 per month, taxes and fees included.
Where did the 2.1 million net wireless customers that T-Mobile US added in the fourth quarter come from? According to T-Mobile CMO Mike Sievert, those customers were lured away from AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless. And T-Mobile plans to do more of the same in 2015.
Like most major operators AT&T Mobility is already looking ahead to 5G even though there are many unknowns about what 5G will be and how it will be deployed in the network. Despite that uncertainty, AT&T's most difficult 5G decision will be when to deploy it. Speaking at the Citi 2015 Global Internet, Media & Telecommunications Conference Tuesday in Las Vegas, John Donovan, SVP of AT&T technology and network operations, said the hardest part of 5G is knowing the timing of it. "There is a penalty to being early and a penalty to being late. The timing is important," he said.
Tier 1 carrier AT&T, whose wireless network just a few years ago was criticized for being unreliable, is ready to handle the increasing traffic demands imposed by online video viewing.
AT&T continues to see its bet on its ongoing network migration from TDM to IP bear fruit, particularly on the enterprise market, according to a top company executive.
Video continues to dominate the traffic on wireless networks, according to top wireless executives who spoke here at the Consumer Electronics Show as part of a panel discussion on personal entertainment. And the increases in video traffic have spurred dramatic changes to the way networks and content are managed.
LAS VEGAS--A top executive from General Motors said the company is working to remain open to a variety of connected car services, including those from smartphone vendors like Apple and Google. The comments are notable in light of reports that Google is working to develop a version of Android that would be built directly into automobiles.
AT&T Mobility announced at CES in Las Vegas this week that it is opening up its Digital Life home security and automation services to third-party products and its partnering with industry heavyweights, including Samsung Electronics and Qualcomm Life. FierceWireless has more coverage here.
The FCC plans to vote on net neutrality in late February, a move that will spur a series of legal challenges from telcos and industry groups on one of the key policy issues that will govern how Internet traffic is delivered to consumers.