AT&T Mobility has started using carrier aggregation technology in Chicago and other markets to boost LTE capacity and speeds on its network, but it will be a little while before many customers can take advantage of the upgraded network.
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said that the model that has prevailed in the U.S. wireless industry for years of customers getting subsidized devices in exchange for signing two-year contracts is radically shifting.
Leap Wireless lost nearly 92,000 net customers in the fourth quarter, bringing its total customer base to just 4.55 million at the end of 2013. The prepaid carrier blamed the losses on increasing competition from nationwide operators, particularly T-Mobile US and its MetroPCS brand.
T-Mobile US CTO Neville Ray pushed back hard against a recent report from network testing firm RootMetrics that placed T-Mobile last in overall network performance and reliability and third in speed.
Verizon Wireless topped the overall rankings for network performance in a new nationwide test conducted by network testing firm RootMetrics, outpacing rival AT&T Mobility.
During Mobile World Congress last week, FierceWireless Executive Editor Mike Dano sat down with Kris Rinne, senior vice president of network architecture and planning at AT&T Labs, to get a quick explanation of AT&T's plans to implement a network architecture it described as a "User-Defined Network Cloud," and how that will impact the operator's wireless network. Hot Seat
Verizon Wireless reworked the pricing for its prepaid plans by reducing prices but also cutting the amount of data in the plans. The new prepaid plans come weeks after Verizon updated its shared data plans, changing the name of those plans from "Share Everything" to "More Everything" and increasing the data allotments for some plans.
BARCELONA, Spain--AT&T Mobility's Kris Rinne acknowledged the carrier has delayed its planned launch of Voice over LTE technology. The carrier had previously said it would launch the service by the end of 2013, but Rinne confirmed to FierceWireless that AT&T is still working on its VoLTE implementation.
BARCELONA, Spain--AT&T Mobility plans to deploy elements of LTE Advanced network technology in order to increase the capacity of its network rather than increase the download speeds available to users, according to a top carrier executive here at the Mobile World Congress trade show.
Verizon Communications and AT&T may be the next major telecommunications and broadband providers to strike interconnection agreements with Netflix similar to the one the streaming video service recently inked with Comcast. The deal with Comcast has sparked worries that net neutrality may be undermined as a result because Netflix will pay Comcast for faster and more reliable access to Comcast's customers.