BARCELONA, Spain--AT&T Mobility plans to expand its Digital Life home automation service into two new markets: business and healthcare. The action represents the carrier's efforts to expand the platform beyond its current market of individual home security and automation.
AT&T Mobility said it exceeded its goal of launching its Digital Life home security and automation service in 50 markets by the end of 2013 with the rollout of its 52nd market this week.
As almost an afterthought in a press release detailing its Alltel acquisition, AT&T predicted that it will reach 10 million total U-verse subscribers by the end of the third quarter of 2013.
Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Cox Communications will feel the brunt of the expansion of AT&T's Digital Life service, which will launch Friday in parts of North Carolina, Oklahoma, Florida and Connecticut where the MSOs are marketing home security and automation services.
Much of the research on the wireless industry predicts a grim future for traditional mobile revenues: voice and messaging revenue are on the decline and some experts say that even data revenue has hit its peak. Where, then, should operators look for new sources of income?
AT&T opened an Atlanta-based Foundry Innovation Center that will be home to its latest developments in Digital Life, the company's home automation and security service, as well as the connected car, emerging devices and AT&T's U-verse service.
AT&T said it'll launch its Digital Life home security service on Aug. 23 in upstate New York, Orlando, Fla., Providence, R.I., and Virginia Beach, Va.
U.S. wireless carriers added the lowest number of net new subscribers on record--139,000--in the second quarter, owing in large part to Sprint's shutdown of its Nextel iDEN network, according to a new report from Chetan Sharma Consulting.
AT&T Mobility is getting further into the energy monitoring business through a partnership with PayGo, an integrated utility payments provider, that will let consumers pay their energy bill through prepaid applications or on the go.
AT&T launched its Digital Life home security and automation service in 15 markets, where it will compete with similar products from Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Cox Communications.