Showing posts with label AT&T. Show all posts
Showing posts with label AT&T. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

AT&T launches Microservices Supplier Program

AT&T is launching its microservices supplier program in partnership with IBM.  The idea is to offer a new approach to delivering business functionality for software developers. AT&T said that it is a heavy user of microservices for its internal systems.

Under this partnership, IBM will collaborate with AT&T to design, develop and deploy microservices that will transform AT&T’s business backend processes. IBM’s creation of microservices across sales, ordering, and enterprise data will enhance and modernize AT&T’s mission-critical systems. This enables higher-performing backend processing with minimal downtime while allowing the whole business to adapt quickly to changing market dynamics through the deployment of new fast and easy to access services and capabilities.

“Our software journey has focused on virtualizing our network functions to give more speed and flexibility than the traditional hardware model,” said Melissa Arnoldi, president, AT&T Technology and Operations. “We’re now looking at the 2,200+ apps in our IT system. And we’re starting to break them up into microservices to create agility, speed, and scalability that wasn’t possible before. Microservices are at the very core of our vision for the future of our network.”

Earlier this week, AT&T introduced Acumos, an artificial intelligence (AI) platform that makes it easy to build, share and deploy AI applications, built with microservices.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

FirstNet and AT&T launch developer program for public safety

FirstNet and AT&T, which in April announced a partnership for the deployment of a national high-speed data and voice network for first responders, launched a developer program geared toward America’s first responders.

FirstNet is looking to independent software developers to spur innovation and create new apps for public safety. The developer program will feed the FirstNet app store, providing public safety with a one-stop shop for reliable, highly secure solutions optimized for the FirstNet network. Based on common and open standards, this ecosystem will be an engine for innovative, cost effective and interoperable public safety solutions.

“The FirstNet app ecosystem is an important building block as we work to modernize public safety’s communications tools and capabilities,” said Chris Sambar, senior vice president, AT&T – FirstNet. “The FirstNet network will bring public safety the connectivity they need to communicate and collaborate. But it’s really what we’re able to build on top of that connectivity that will make the biggest difference in these brave men and women’s day-to-day operations.”


Thursday, July 13, 2017

AT&T adds Oracle Cloud to NetBond for Cloud ecosystem

AT&T announced that it will add Oracle Network Cloud Service – FastConnect to the AT&T NetBond for Cloud ecosystem, thereby enabling customers to manage and access Oracle Cloud services utilising NetBond for Cloud's secure, dedicated connectivity with high reliability.

Through the partnership, AT&T and Oracle aim to facilitate global enterprise customers to transition to the cloud and gain the benefits in terms of performance, cost and security offered by combining the Oracle Cloud with AT&T's NetBond for Cloud solution.

AT&T's multiple protocol label switching (MPLS) VPN solution is designed to provide a secure, low-latency network connection for multiple locations and users. This enables improved performance, enhanced control, flexibility and scalability that can provide access to critical business data and functions.

The AT&T NetBond for Cloud ecosystem comprises more than 20 members delivering secure access to more than 25 major cloud services.


  • Recently, AT&T announced that NetBond for Cloud users would be provided with enhanced connectivity to more than 100 additional cloud software and service providers hosted on the AWS platform as part of the AWS Direct Connect (DX) bundle.
  • AT&T also announced that AWS software and solution providers would be able to join the AT&T NetBond for Cloud Solution Provider program, which allows service providers to attract new customers by identifying AT&T NetBond for Cloud as a dynamic, flexible and secure connectivity option when used with AWS Direct Connect (DX) bundles.
  • AT&T’s Solution Provider Program for AWS enables members to expand reach via connectivity to 198 countries worldwide and offer their clients a secure and high performance connectivity option to AWS hosted SaaS platforms.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

IBM to Offer AT&T FlexWare Cloud Networking Services

IBM will offer the newly re-branded AT&T FlexWare service, which delivers and manages virtual network functions (VNFs) on a single device, to business customers. AT&T FlexWare, formerly called AT&T Network Functions on Demand, is available globally through the AT&T Network on Demand platform. The solution features both software-defined networking and network function virtualization technologies.

By taking advantage of IBM’s sales and marketing teams, the two companies are extending their global reach to bring new capabilities and additional cost savings to companies. AT&T will also be able to run applications on IBM’s cloud, cognitive, analytics and security infrastructure. In addition to making this available to clients, IBM has begun to roll out AT&T FlexWare in many of its own sites.

“Working with AT&T, we continually are innovating in ways that not only meet our clients’ business objectives, but also strengthen one of the industry’s most powerful one-two punches,” said Richard Patterson, general manager, Infrastructure Services at IBM. “IBM will use these technologies to support the hybrid cloud evolution and deliver greater services to our clients.”

“Today represents the latest step in a long and mutually beneficial relationship between IBM and AT&T,” said Steve McGaw, chief marketing officer, AT&T Business Solutions. “By expanding our relationship with IBM, more customers will be able to take advantage of AT&T FlexWare that will adapt and grow with customers’ business needs.”

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AT&T Transfers Managed App and Hosting Business to IBM


AT&T agreed to transition its managed application and managed hosting services unit to IBM. IBM will then align these managed service capabilities with the IBM Cloud portfolio. IBM will also acquire equipment and access to floor space in AT&T data centers currently supporting the applications and managed hosting operations. Financial terms were not disclosed. AT&T will continue to provide other managed networking services, including...

AT&T and IBM Team Up on Mobile Cloud Security


AT&T and IBM announced a partnership focused on delivering a scalable mobile cloud solution to help protect corporate data and apps.  The reference architecture includes: IBM MobileFirst Protect: helps organizations manage and control mobile devices, apps and documents. AT&T NetBond: provides a highly secure, scalable network connection to IBM's Cloud infrastructure services, SoftLayer. IBM Cloud: the SoftLayer infrastructure secures...

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Monday, August 22, 2016

AT&T Reaches Interconnect Agreement with Cuba

AT&T has reached agreements Empresa De Telecomunicaciones De Cuba (ETECSA) enabling direct interconnection of its voice network and roaming service for its mobile customers.

AT&T said it will announce commencement of wireless roaming availability and pricing for AT&T customers visiting Cuba at a later date.

"Cuba is a growing international calling destination for our customers," said Bill Hague, executive vice president, AT&T Global Connection Management. "With this agreement, AT&T customers soon will be able to seamlessly connect with talk, text and data while visiting Cuba."

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

AT&T Unveils 5G Roadmap - First Trials This Year

AT&T will begin 5G trials this year.  The first lab test with Ericsson and Intel will begin in Q2, followed by outdoor trials over the summer. 5G field trials to fixed locations in Austin will begin before the end of this year.

AT&T expects 5G to deliver speeds 10-100 times faster than today’s average 4G LTE connections. Customers will see speeds measured in gigabits per second, not megabits. 5G latency is expected to be in the range of 1 to 5 milliseconds.

“New experiences like virtual reality, self-driving cars, robotics, smart cities and more are about to test networks like never before,” said John Donovan, Chief Strategy Officer and Group President, AT&T Technology and Operations.

“These technologies will be immersive, pervasive and responsive to customers. 5G will help make them a reality. 5G will reach its full potential because we will build it on a software-centric architecture that can adapt quickly to new demands and give customers more control of their network services. Our approach is simple – deliver a unified experience built with 5G, software-defined networking (SDN), Big Data, security and open source software.”

AT&T said technologies such as millimeter waves, NFV, and SDN will be among the key ingredients for future 5G experiences. AT&T Labs has been working on these technologies for years and has filed dozens of patents connected with them.

Some additional notes:

Data traffic on AT&T’s wireless network grew more than 150,000% from 2007 through 2015, driven largely by video.
More than 60% of the data traffic on the AT&T network was video in 2015.
AT&T already has 14 million wireless customers on its virtualized network and will millions more this year.

http://about.att.com/story/unveils_5g_roadmap_including_trials.html

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

AT&T Hits Pause on Residential Fiber Rollouts Due to Regulatory Uncertainty

AT&T will suspend plans to rollout out fiber connections under the regulatory uncertainty clears, said Randall Stephenson, AT&T Chairman & CEO, speaking at the Wells Fargo Technology, Media & Telecom Conference.  The decision comes in direct response to President Obama's call this week for the FCC to regulate broadband Internet as a public utility.

Speaking to market analysts and investors at the New York conference, Stephenson said the President's proposal at least brings clarity in so far that it envisions an end-to-end government regulation from the backbone through the aggregation layer to the last mile connection and the content provider.  Stephenson noted that prior to the President's announcement, FCC Chairman Wheeler had been working with multiple parties to see if existing rules could be amended to ensure the customer protections that the FCC wants. This path promised a near term resolution of the issues. Stephenson said the President's course of action, absent Congressional action, will not lead to quick resolution but only to further litigation over new FCC rules and thus market uncertainty. Stephenson estimates a 2-3 year period of legal wrangling and uncertainty if the FCC proceeds to write new rules.

Given the lack of regulatory clarity, Stephenson said it is difficult to proceed with its multi-billion dollar residential fiber projects while not know the rules under which these network will be governed. So AT&T will pause its rollout.  Another project to extend LTE service to airplanes is also on hold.


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In April 2014, AT&T announced plans go big with its rollout of residential fiber in major markets across the U.S.  The company announced a major initiative to expand its Gigabit-capable fiber network to up to 100 cities and municipalities nationwide, including 21 new major metropolitan areas. The company is not changing its CAPEX guidance for 2014.  The initiative will fall under Project VIP.

"AT&T U-verse with GigaPower" service is available in parts of Austin, Texas and rollouts were already pending for Dallas and Raleigh-Durham and Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

AT&T's list of 21 candidate metropolitan areas for new fiber rollouts includes: Atlanta, Augusta, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale, Greensboro, Houston, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, Oakland, Orlando, San Antonio, San Diego, St. Louis, San Francisco, and San Jose (including Campbell, Cupertino and Mountain View). With previously announced markets, AT&T now has committed to or is exploring 25 metro areas for fiber deployment.

Earlier this week, President Obama issued a video urging the FCC to act now to reclassify consumer broadband service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, setting a legal basis to create a new set of rules protecting net neutrality.  In a statement, Obama said he believes the bright-line rules should include:

  • No blocking. If a consumer requests access to a website or service, and the content is legal, your ISP should not be permitted to block it. That way, every player — not just those commercially affiliated with an ISP — gets a fair shot at your business.
  • No throttling. Nor should ISPs be able to intentionally slow down some content or speed up others — through a process often called “throttling” — based on the type of service or your ISP’s preferences.
  • Increased transparency. The connection between consumers and ISPs — the so-called “last mile” — is not the only place some sites might get special treatment. So, I am also asking the FCC to make full use of the transparency authorities the court recently upheld, and if necessary to apply net neutrality rules to points of interconnection between the ISP and the rest of the Internet.
  • No paid prioritization. Simply put: No service should be stuck in a “slow lane” because it does not pay a fee. That kind of gatekeeping would undermine the level playing field essential to the Internet’s growth. So, as I have before, I am asking for an explicit ban on paid prioritization and any other restriction that has a similar effect.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

The new Cricket Wireless Launches on AT&T's LTE Network

The new Cricket Wireless officially launched service on AT&T's nationwide 4G LTE network, which covers more than 280 million Americans.

Cricket targets pre-paid, value-conscious consumers. No-contract, unlimited voice/text/data plans start at $35 a month after a $5 credit for using auto pay.

“We kept the Cricket brand name, but one thing is certain, we are stepping up our game. We are giving no-contract consumers the value they have been waiting for,” said Jennifer Van Buskirk, president of Cricket Wireless. “Now new Cricket customers can enjoy great prices, popular phones, loyalty rewards, and friendly service on a reliable nationwide 4G LTE network. The new Cricket has more 4G LTE coverage than Sprint, T-Mobile, and Metro PCS, period.”

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In March 2014, AT&T completed its previously announced acquisition of prepaid wireless provider Leap Wireless International Inc., which operates under the Cricket brand, for $15 per share in cash. Leap shareholders will also receive a contingent right entitling them to the net proceeds received on the sale of Leap’s 700 MHz “A Block” spectrum in Chicago, which Leap purchased for $204 million in August 2012.

Leap built a 3G CDMA network, as well as a 4G LTE network covering 21 million people across 35 states. The company serves about 5 million prepaid mobile users under the Cricket brand. It currently ranks as the fifth largest mobile operator in the U.S. Its network currently covers approximately 97 million people in 35 U.S. states, and Cricket had 4.57 million customers as of February 28, 2014. Customer migrations are expected to be completed approximately 18 months after the launch of the new Cricket.

The deal would include all of Leap’s stock and wireless properties, including licenses, network assets, retail stores and approximately 5 million subscribers. 

When the merger closed, AT& said it plans to integrate Cricket with its existing operations to create the "new Cricket" for the pre-paid market -- featuring a combination of simple, low-cost rate plans and smartphones. 

In addition to Cricket’s operations, AT&T also acquired spectrum in the PCS and AWS bands covering nearly 138 million people. This spectrum is largely complementary to AT&T’s existing spectrum holdings and includes unutilized spectrum covering 41 million people. AT&T will immediately begin to put the unutilized spectrum to use to support 4G LTE services for its customers. This additional spectrum will provide additional capacity and enhance network performance for customers using smartphones and other mobile Internet devices.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

AT&T Completes Cricket Acquisition

AT&T completed its previously announced acquisition of prepaid wireless provider Leap Wireless International Inc., which operates under the Cricket brand, for $15 per share in cash. Leap shareholders will also receive a contingent right entitling them to the net proceeds received on the sale of Leap’s 700 MHz “A Block” spectrum in Chicago, which Leap purchased for $204 million in August 2012.

Leap currently operates a 3G CDMA network, as well as a 4G LTE network covering 21 million people across 35 states. The company serves about 5 million prepaid mobile users under the Cricket brand. It currently ranks as the fifth largest mobile operator in the U.S. Its network currently covers approximately 97 million people in 35 U.S. states, and Cricket had 4.57 million customers as of February 28, 2014. Customer migrations are expected to be completed approximately 18 months after the launch of the new Cricket.

The deal would include all of Leap’s stock and wireless properties, including licenses, network assets, retail stores and approximately 5 million subscribers. As of April 15, 2013, Leap had $2.8 billion of net debt. Leap shareholders will also receive a contingent right entitling them to the net proceeds received on the sale of Leap’s 700 Mhz “A Block” spectrum in Chicago, which Leap purchased for $204 million in August 2012.

AT& said it plans to integrate Cricket with its existing operations to create the "new Cricket" for the pre-paid market -- featuring a combination of simple, low-cost rate plans and smartphones.

In addition to Cricket’s operations, AT&T also acquired spectrum in the PCS and AWS bands covering nearly 138 million people. This spectrum is largely complementary to AT&T’s existing spectrum holdings and includes unutilized spectrum covering 41 million people. AT&T will immediately begin to put the unutilized spectrum to use to support 4G LTE services for its customers. This additional spectrum will provide additional capacity and enhance network performance for customers using smartphones and other mobile Internet devices.

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  • Leap Wireless was founded in 1998 as a spin-off from Qualcomm.  The company is based in San Diego.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

ONS 2014 AT&T Keynote: SDN Innovations Drive Transformation

AT&T is on a mission to transform its networks, operations, business models and even culture by leveraging a new spirit of innovation, said John Donovan, Senior Executive Vice President for AT&T Technology and Network Operations, in a key note address at Open Networking Summit in Santa Clara, California.

A key theme driving this transformation is openness, said Donovan, and AT&T is moving aggressively to implement "the network of the future" - what it calls the User-Defined Network Cloud, a multi-service, multi-tenant platform where equipment is flexible.

AT&T's User-Defined Network Cloud is all about becoming fast, nimble and more customer-focused, said Donovan.  AT&T will take an evergreen approach, preferring to build a new network rather than overlays on the legacy infrastructure.  AT&T will look at new, non-traditional networking vendors, the academic community and the open source movement.

Some notes on Donovan's presentation:

  • AT&T has led the way through several technology transformation inflection points over the course of its long history.  This will be one of them.
  • Over time, all of AT&T's network capabilities will become cloud-centric workloads
  • Customers will have more control to adapt their applications in real time.
  • Applications will pivot from traditional networking to cloud models.
  • AT&T will pursue openness everywhere, including with its Domain 2.0 program, to encourage opinions and innovations.
  • AT&T has half a dozen "beach-head" projects underway in NFV.
  • At times, AT&T will develop its own solutions.  For instance, the control plane of the AT&T backbone is already a software-defined network that manages the 4 million routes of the footprint.
  • AT&T is actively recruiting people with skills in these areas.

One question after the keynote was "why are you really moving to SDN?"  Donovan's answer:  "Because no army can hold back an economic principle whose time has come"

The entire keynote has now been posted on YouTube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLshR-BkIas&feature=share&list=UUHo2uqQqpmE_Cg5b4qiUpUg&index=8
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