AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega waded into the fraught debate over whether Netflix should be forced to pay to interconnect its video traffic to subscribers. Speaking at the Rutberg Global Summit, de la Vega said that video is driving exponential traffic growth. "We have to provide additional capacity," he said. "The only question is who pays for that addition?"
AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega said that traffic on the company's HSPA+ network has peaked as more and more customers are using LTE devices. The announcement comes as AT&T is starting to refarm some of its 1900 MHz PCS spectrum for LTE service.
Microsoft's $7.2 billion purchase of Nokia's devices business is good for the industry and may accelerate the Windows Phone platform, according to a top executive at AT&T Mobility. During the Mobile Future Forward conference, AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega said that he thinks the Microsoft/Nokia combination is a positive move.
During the past several weeks, publicly traded companies in the wireless industry revealed how much they pay their CEOs. The following lists the highest paid executives in wireless.
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson received a total compensation package of $22.2 million in 2012, recovering from the hit he took in 2011 as a result of the company's failed attempt to acquire T-Mobile USA, according to a regulatory filing.
Not everyone will embrace T-Mobile's decision to do away with device subsidies. But I'm glad T-Mobile is making the switch, and at CES many industry players seem to agree.
AT&T Mobility reported it sold a record 10 million smartphones in the fourth quarter, another indication that Tier 1 postpaid carriers enjoyed strong sales and subscriber activations during the period--likely at the expense of prepaid carriers.
AT&T Mobility is on track to have a "record" quarter in the fourth quarter in terms of smartphone sales, according to AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega. He said that in the first two months of the fourth quarter the carrier sold 6.4 million smartphones, more than the 6.1 million it sold in all of the third quarter.
AT&T Mobility unveiled a multibillion-dollar initiative, called Project Velocity IP (or VIP), that calls for the company to expand its LTE network to 300 million covered POPs by the end of 2014 and deploy more than 10,000 new macrocells, 40,000 small cells and 1,000 distributed antenna systems (DAS) throughout its network.
It was as much a staple of the 1990s as grunge music and the Slinky: toll-free numbers. The numbers, usually of the 1-800 variety, allowed callers to place no-charge telephone calls to businesses and other entities. And now, the concept of toll-free connections is being revived, albeit haltingly, for the 21 st century: enter the "toll-free" data plan.