Fueling the fire surrounding the likelihood of toll-free data coming to the U.S. market soon, Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo told investors at a Barclays Global Technology, Media and Telecommunications conference today that content providers are starting to see the value in paying the wireless operator for the data consumed by their subscribers when they view their content via a mobile device.
AT&T is seeing some early success with its fiber deployments. Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson told investors at a J.P. Morgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference today that the company is seeing good uptake of its fiber to the building deployments from the small and medium-size business market.
Just days after reports circulated that ESPN was in talks with a Tier 1 wireless operator about potentially subsidizing consumer access to the company's content via mobile, AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson told investors at a J.P. Morgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference that he expects content and app developers to soon introduce new types of business models that will allow customers to get access to their content without racking up high data usage bills.
Sports media giant ESPN has talked with at least one large U.S. carrier about subsidizing wireless access to its content, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal . The discussions could lead to a "toll-free" data plans with carriers and open up new revenue streams for both parties.
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.
A number of the largest publicly traded wireless service providers revealed how much their CEOs were paid in 2012.
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.
The Vodafone rumor mill keeps turning, with Verizon Communications and AT&T considering a joint bid for most of Vodafone's assets in a deal valued at $245 billion, according to a Financial Times report.
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.
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson saw his total compensation package increase to $22.2 million last year, the company said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.