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Monday, March 18, 2019

AT&T launches API Marketplace based on Ribbon's Kandy

A new AT&T API Marketplace has launched to provide pre-packaged software code for business customers to embed in their websites and applications, enabling simpler, faster and more efficient ways to communicate with customers in near real-time.

The Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) enable capabilities such as click-to-connect voice, video and text as well as 2-factor authentication, conferencing, virtual directories and contact center. For example, businesses could use an app to embed a click-to-chat button on their website to give customers an easier way to connect with support representatives.

“Even the largest enterprises struggle with securing the time and resources needed to deploy capabilities that can enhance customer service and create personalized experiences,” says Roman Pacewicz, chief product officer, AT&T Business. “In today’s omnichannel communications environment, customers expect timely responses. By giving businesses a consistent experience and easy-to-use tools, we can help address common pain points efficiently and effectively.”

The AT&T API Marketplace leverages Ribbon Communications’ Kandy platform.

https://apimarket.att.com/

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Airstream picks AT&T 4G for "silver bullet" trailers

Airstream, maker of the iconic “silver bullet” travel trailer, is working with AT&T to offer more 4G LTE data plans specifically for Airstream vehicles.

The two companies already enable 2019 Airstream Classic travel trailers with embedded 4G LTE connectivity for Wi-Fi hotspots and more. A new premium solution includes an external, high-gain roof-mounted antenna, mobile router, and an embedded GPS locator.

“Our owners view their Airstream as a home-away-from-home and connectivity is part of so many households today,” said Airstream President and CEO Bob Wheeler. “Solving for this in a mobile environment brings the flexibility to stay connected with family and friends, offers increased peace of mind, and provides the ability to work from anywhere. We’re thrilled to collaborate with AT&T to revolutionize the camping experience for every Airstream owner.”

http://www.att.com

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

AT&T tests Microsoft Azure edge cloud capabilities

AT&T is working with Microsoft to test Azure cloud capabilities at the edge of the AT&T 5G network.

The testing aims to substantially reduce latency and improve user experience by deploying advanced cloud services in specific geographic locations closer to business sites.

Specifically for this trial, network edge compute (NEC) capabilities are deployed at the AT&T Foundry in Plano, Texas. The companies are working with Israel-based Vorpal, a start-up building a drone detection and geolocation tracking solution. The service can be useful to commercial drone monitoring, airports, public safety law enforcement agencies and others needing the ability to identify drone and operator locations in near-real time, enhancing monitoring and mitigation.

“We’re creating new ways for our customers to directly access a multitude of cloud options closer to where they do business,” said Mo Katibeh, chief marketing officer, AT&T Business. “Using the blazing speeds of our fiber, LTE and 5G mobile connections, we’re paving the way for how low-latency pathways to cloud services like Microsoft Azure can accelerate business transformation – for both enterprise and small business applications.”

Yousef Khalidi, corporate vice president, Azure Networking, Microsoft Corp. said, “Our collaboration will pave the way to enable Microsoft Azure cloud services to connect to more customers and devices across the U.S. through AT&T’s nationwide wireless network.  Our two companies are working together to achieve the low latency connectivity needed for the explosion of devices and immense amount of data being created by computing at the edge.”

AT&T outlines three pillars of 5G in business

AT&T is pursuing a three-pillar approach for 5G business solutions including:

Mobile 5G - AT&T is on track to launch a standards-based nationwide mobile 5G network in early 2020, with seamless handoffs between Wi-Fi, LTE and 5G. The network is currently active in parts of the 12 cities.

Fixed Wireless - within the next few weeks, AT&T Wireless Broadband will offer multiple speed tiers up to 50 Mbps. This solution builds on AT&T's fiber distribution -- over 8 million business customer locations sit within 1,000 feet of the company's fiber/ Nearly 2.2 million locations are currently connect with fiber today.

Edge Computing -- AT&T Multi-access Edge Compute (MEC) uses the software-defined network to enable faster access to data processing, and gives flexibility in how businesses manage their cellular traffic through on-premise hardware and software. With MEC, businesses can process low-latency, high-bandwidth applications closer to where they’re used to help create new outcomes and capabilities.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

AT&T's Q4 wireless revenue dips 2.1% yoy

AT&T reported Q4 revenue of $48.0 billion versus $41.7 billion in the year-ago quarter, up 15.2%, primarily due to the Time Warner acquisition and partially offset by declines in legacy wireline services, wireless equipment, domestic video and Vrio.

"Our top priority for 2018 and 2019 is reducing our debt and I couldn’t be more pleased with how we closed the year. In 2018, we generated record free cash flow while investing at near-record levels. Our dividend payout as a percent of free cash flow was 46% for the quarter and 60% for the year, allowing us to increase the dividend for the 35th consecutive year,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO. “This momentum will carry us into 2019 allowing us to continue reducing our debt while investing in the business and continuing our strong record for paying dividends."

Some highlights:

  • Total wireless revenues were $18.8 billion, down 2.1% year over year. On a comparable basis, revenues were down 0.6% due to a decline in equipment revenues, which was mostly offset by an increase in service revenues. 
  • Wireless service revenues of $13.9 billion were down 3.0% year over year due to accounting changes, or up 2.9% on a comparable basis, due to subscriber gains and pricing actions. 
  • Wireless equipment revenues increased 0.5% to $4.9 billion. On a comparable basis, equipment revenues were down 10.9% due to lower postpaid smartphone sales. 
  • Postpaid phone-only ARPU decreased 4.1% versus the year-earlier quarter. On a comparable basis, phone-only ARPU was up 3.0%.
  • In the fourth quarter, AT&T posted a net increase in total wireless subscribers 
  • Postpaid churn was 1.24%, up from 1.11% in the yearago quarter largely due to limited promotional activity. Postpaid phone churn was 1.00%, compared to 0.89% in the year-ago quarter. Branded churn was 1.82%, compared to 1.75% in the year-ago quarter.

  • Entertainment Group revenues were $12.0 billion, down 4.8% versus the year-earlier quarter, reflecting the impact of ASC 606 revenue recognition and declines in TV subscribers and legacy services. On a comparative
  • basis, excluding the impact of revenue recognition, revenues were down 3.0%.
  • Total video revenues were down mostly due to declines in linear TV subscribers partly offset by higher advertising sales.
  • Broadband revenues were up 6.4% due to an allocation adjustment for bundled discounts and higher revenue from fiber customers which was partially offset by legacy declines and simplified pricing.
  • Total video subscribers declined by 658,000 in the quarter. The Entertainment Group ended the quarter with 24.5 million total video subscribers 
  • The Entertainment Group lost 32,000 broadband subscribers in the fourth quarter.
  • The Entertainment Group had net adds of 6,000 IP broadband subscribers in the fourth quarter with DSL losses of 38,000. IP broadband subscribers benefited from the expansion of the fiber network and simplified pricing and,
  • at the end of the quarter, totaled 13.7 million. 
  • AT&T now markets its 100% fiber network to more than 11 million customer locations in parts of 84 metro areas. Broadband penetration in the fiber footprint continues to be significantly higher than in AT&T’s non-fiber footprint and is nearly 50% in locations marketed to for more than 30 months.

  • In Business Wireline, declines in legacy products were partially offset by growth in strategic business services. Total business wireline revenues were $6.7 billion, down 8.9% year over year, or down 4.2% on a comparable basis.
  • Strategic business services, the wireline capabilities that lead AT&T’s most advanced business solutions, continued to grow. Revenues grew by about $75 million on a comparable basis, versus the year-earlier quarter. On a comparable basis, these services represent 44% of total business wireline revenues and are an annualized revenue stream of more than $12 billion.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

AT&T to launch 5G mobile on Dec 21 priced at $70 for 15GB

AT&T will launch its mobile 5G network on December 21.

The first offering will be a mobile 5G hotspot device from Netgear priced at $499. The service is priced at $70 per month for 15 GB of data. Expected data speeds were not disclosed.

“This is the first taste of the mobile 5G era,” said Andre Fuetsch, president, AT&T Labs and chief technology officer. “Being first, you can expect us to evolve very quickly. It’s early on the 5G journey and we’re ready to learn fast and continually iterate in the months ahead.”

AT&T said its standards-based 5G network is now live in parts of 12 cities: Atlanta, Charlotte, N.C., Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Fla., Louisville, Ky., Oklahoma City, New Orleans, Raleigh, N.C., San Antonio and Waco, Texas.

Expansion plans in the first half of 2019 call for activation of mobile 5G in parts of these 7 additional cities: Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Nashville, Orlando, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose, Calif.

https://about.att.com/story/2018/att_brings_5g_service_to_us.html


  • AT&T has previously announced plans to offer a 5G smartphone from Samsung in the first half of 2019. A second Samsung 5G smartphone able to access both 5G mmWave and sub-6 GHz is expected in the second half of 2019.

AT&T to expand its 5G rollout this year

AT&T will expand its rollout of 5G to three additional cities this year – Charlotte, Raleigh, and Oklahoma City – bringing its total number of cities with 5G launches in 2018 to 12.  The other previously announced cities are Atlanta, Dallas, and Waco.

AT&T also noted that its 5G Evolution technology is now live in more than 140 markets, and will reach at least 400+ markets this year.  5G Evolution enables peak theoretical wireless speeds of at least 400 Mbps on capable devices.

Also, AT&T has just launched LTE-LAA in parts of 8 new markets – Austin, Dallas, Houston, Little Rock, San Antonio, San Jose, Tampa, and Tuscaloosa, Alabama, bringing the total number of LTE-LAA markets to 15. LTE-LAA offers peak theoretical wireless speeds reaching up to 1 Gbps on capable devices.

AT&T hits gigabit speed with fixed 5G pilot service

AT&T is seeing peak wireless downlink speeds nearing 1 Gbps and latency rates less than 20 milliseconds in its field trials of fixed 5G service.

The results were achieved in AT&T's 5G pilot in South Bend, Indiana.


Monday, December 17, 2018

AT&T and Tillman Infrastructure cite progress in new tower builds

Tillman Infrastructure has built hundreds of new macro cell towers for lease to AT&T and hundreds of additional tower builds are underway nationwide/

The announcement comes just over one year after the companies announced an infrastructure deal.

"Our work with Tillman Infrastructure exemplifies our future model for the cell tower industry," said Susan Johnson, executive vice president– Global Connections and Supply Chain, AT&T. "We're committed to working with vendors who offer a sustainable cost model while also delivering best in class cycle times and tower construction."

"Tillman is proud of the progress we've made with AT&T, in such a short time," said Bill Hague, CEO of Tillman Infrastructure. "We're bringing a real alternative to the tower infrastructure space for all mobile operators, with competitive pricing and flexible lease terms that accommodate sustainable growth. We will continue to work aggressively to construct and operate thousands of additional sites, while improving capacity and coverage for the entire country, especially in underserved rural areas."

http://www.tillmaninfrastructure.com

AT&T and Verizon strike a deal to build cell towers with Tillman

AT&T and Verizon reached an infrastructure sharing agreement in which they will work with a third party, Tillman Infrastructure, to build hundreds of cell towers.

Tillman will build, own and operate the towers, small cells and smart cities infrastructure. AT&T and Verizon have committed to leasing and co-anchoring the co-located towers. Construction will begin in Q1 2018. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The three companies see the potential for significantly more new site locations in the future.

“We continue to focus on technology innovation and investing in the latest software platforms to provide the best possible customer experience on our network,” said Nicola Palmer, Chief Network Officer for Verizon Wireless. “At the same time, it is imperative to reduce operating costs. We are reviewing all of our long-term contracts as they come up for renewal and we are excited to develop new vendor partners to diversify our infrastructure providers.”

AT&T launches Cloud Recovery with Sungard Availability Services

AT&T is launching Cloud Recovery with Sungard Availability Services (Sungard AS), which is supported by Amazon Web Services (AWS).

The managed service aims to help businesses recover faster when a disaster impacts their cloud storage and services. Implementation, testing, operation, monitoring, and maintenance of the recovery process are all handled through Sungard AS.

“Business doesn’t stop when disaster strikes,” said Josh Goodell, VP, Intelligent Edge, AT&T Business. “Companies need to be able to recover and continue operations ASAP, without pulling resources from other places to get back up and running. This gives them the perfect chance to do just that.” 

“Sungard AS brings its heritage of delivering resilient, recoverable IT infrastructures to AT&T customers for an enterprise-class, SLA-backed cloud recovery service supported by AWS,” said Jim Paterson, Senior Vice President, Product Management, Sungard AS. “Our cloud recovery solution leverages the cost efficiency and flexibility of public cloud to deliver business resilience so that companies can move forward with confidence, knowing their applications and data are always available.”

https://www.business.att.com/products/enterprise-recovery-services.html

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

AT&T Fiber launches in 12 new metros

AT&T launched fiber broadband service in 12 new metros, bringing its total to 84. During 2018, AT&T passed over 3 million locations, bringing its total to 10 million locations passed.

The newly launched metros are: Amarillo, Texas; Beaumont, Texas; Bowling Green, Ky; Florence, S.C.; Gainesville, Fla.; Hattiesburg, Miss.; Lake Charles, La.; Northeast Miss.; Panama City, Fla.; Pensacola, Fla.; Topeka, Kan.; and Waco, Texas.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

MEF18 PoC - AT&T on Intent-Based Networks & Services



MEF18 Proof of Concept, 29 - 31 Oct - Transformation in Action: Harmonizing Delivery of Intent-Based Networks & Services. 

PoC Participants: AT&T, Amdocs, Fujitsu Network Communications, and Iometrix.

Speaker: Raluca Sirbu, Director, Network Infrastructure & Services, AT&T

This PoC focuses on building a transformational ecoystem that will:
- Automate services with zero-touch delivery and activation across multiple domains.
- Enrich the customer experience.
- Empower customers by defining policies for their assets and using natural language to set intent.
- Develop an assistant to manage customer personas and related interactions.
- Create a responsive network that is able to self-adjust and heal to meet customer and application driven requirements.
- Provide a homogenous experience across heterogenous networks, blending technologies by creating software-centric network services across multiple domains.

The open framework for transformation includes intent, smart devices, an intent engine, orchestration, and an SDN-enabled network.

The PoC incorporates MEF work on LSO Cantata, LSO Interlude, LSO Legato, LSO Presto, and LSO Adagio interfaces, the draft SD-WAN services standard, and numerous MEF specifications.  The PoC also incorporates ONAP, AT&T's DANOS (disaggregated operating system, which will become open source shortly), and Fujitsu's Warrior open source automation framework for development and deployment of microservices.

Save the date for MEF19, 18-22 November 2019, JW Marriott, LA LIVE, Los Angeles.

https://youtu.be/c0uQKB1yaPc

Thursday, November 29, 2018

AT&T updates financial guidance for 2019

At an investor meeting in New York, AT&T updated its financial guidance for 2019 following its acquisition of Time Warner, now known as WarnerMedia.

2019 Financial Guidance

  • Free cash flow in the $26 billion range with a solid dividend payout ratio — in the high 50% range (Free cash flow is cash from operating activities minus capital expenditures. Free cash flow dividend payout ratio is dividends divided by free cash flow.)
  • Net-debt-to-adjusted-EBITDA ratio in the 2.5x range at year-end
  • Gross capital investment in the $23 billion range (excludes expected FirstNet reimbursement in the $1 billion range; includes potential vendor financing)
  • Adjusted EPS growth percentage in the low single digits

“We are well positioned for success as the lines between entertainment and communications continue to blur,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO. “If you’re a media company, you can no longer rely exclusively on wholesale distribution models. You must develop a direct relationship with your viewers. And if you’re a communications company, you can no longer rely exclusively on oversized bundles of content."


Thursday, November 1, 2018

AT&T signs California for FirstNet services

AT&T has finalized a contract with the State of California that enables state and local public safety entities to procure FirstNet services.

FirstNet is the nationwide communications platform dedicated to America's public safety community. It's being built with AT&T, in public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority).

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

AT&T brings LTE to Mexico City’s Metro Line 2

AT&T has activated its LTE network in Line 2 of the Mexico City Metro, bringing connectivity to more than 800,000 daily users of this route. AT&T has also enabled free Wi-Fi in all 24 stations of the route. Line 2 is the 4th connected line by the company as part of the Mexico City Metro connectivity project to help reduce the digital gap in the country.

Line 2 is on average 6 meters deep. It runs from Cuatro Caminos to Tasqueña, and it has 24 stations; 14 of them are underground and 10 above ground. In addition, this line has some emblematic stations that go through Mexico City’s Historical Downtown, such as Hidalgo, Bellas Artes and Zócalo.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

AT&T previews NETGEAR Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot over mmWave

AT&T took another step toward 5G with completion of the first millimeter wave mobile 5G browsing session.

The test used NETGEAR Nighthawk 5G Mobile Hotspot and was occurred in Waco, Texas over network infrastructure from Ericsson. This is the first standards-based mobile 5G device in the world able to access a live millimeter wave 5G network.

“This proves we are well on our way to the promise of mobile 5G for consumers,” stated David Christopher, president, AT&T Mobility and Entertainment.

AT&T plans to launch 5G in at least 12 cities this year and 19 cities in early 2019.

http://att.com/5Gnews

Thursday, October 4, 2018

FirstNet builds fleet of deployable network assets for disasters

FirstNet is building a fleet of network assets, including Satellite Cell on Light Trucks (SatCOLTs), that public safety agencies subscribing to FirstNet can call upon during emergencies to help first responders stay connected.

The fleet now includes 72 dedicated deployable network assets that are stationed across the country. In addition to the FirstNet-dedicated fleet, public safety subscribers will be able to tap into assets, as available, from the AT&T fleet – which is one of the nation’s largest and most advanced disaster response programs.

In 2018 alone, the AT&T FirstNet team has already supported nearly 100 emergency and event response efforts via asset deployments and other solutions. This includes active shooter situations, tornadoes in the east, wildfires across the western states, and most recently, deployments for the Merrimack Valley gas explosions and Hurricane Florence.

“Hurricane Florence devastated several South Carolina communities, leaving behind dangerous flooding and an aftermath we’ll be dealing with long after the water recedes,” said Pickens County Emergency Management Deputy Director Pierce Womack. “Throughout it all, FirstNet has been with us every step of the way to provide our first responders with reliable connectivity and 24/7 support. The service has been aiding in our rescue and recovery from the storm, giving us a leg up to provide the best possible service to the citizens in need. It’s critical situations like these which show FirstNet’s dedication in supporting Emergency Services.”

Monday, October 1, 2018

AT&T releases spec for White Box Cell Site Gateway Router

AT&T published specifications for a "white box" cell site gateway router designed to serve its backhaul transport requirements in its next-gen network. AT&T has previously disclosed plans to deploy up to 60,000 such routers at cell towers over the next few years. The specs, which are being released to the Open Compute Project, could be used by network vendors as reference designs. AT&T is developing its own network operating system software, based on technology from its Vyatta acquisition, to control and manage the white box hardware.

“This transformation is about meeting the surging data demands of our customers as we head into this 5G world,” said Chris Rice, senior vice president, Network Cloud and Infrastructure at AT&T. “Data traffic on our wireless network has grown 360,000% since 2007. We now carry more than 222 petabytes of data on an average business day. The old hardware model simply can’t keep up, and we need to get faster and more efficient. We believe this white box approach helps us meet that demand while allowing us and others now to innovate faster than ever before.”

AT&T said its white box could be coupled with a separate, disaggregated software solution. This creates several advantages:
  • It decouples hardware from software, so providers have freedom to choose software implementations that best support their business and operational models.
  • It is designed to support a wide range of speeds on the client side including 100M/1G needed for legacy Baseband Unit systems and next generation 5G Baseband Unit systems operating at 10G/25G and backhaul speeds up to 100G.
  • It is designed to operate at industrial temperature ranges (-40C to +65C).
  • It features the Broadcom Qumran-AX switching chip with deep buffers to support advanced features and QOS.
  • It includes a baseboard management controller (BMC) for platform health status monitoring and recovery.
  • It includes a powerful CPU for network operating software.
  • It has timing circuitry that supports a variety of inputs and outputs to meet the evolving timing requirements and implementations in the 5G technology evolution.

“We’re very excited to be contributing our hardware specification to the Open Compute Project” said Michael Satterlee, vice president of Network Infrastructure and Services at AT&T Labs. “We’ve future-proofed it with high-speed interfaces and density, timing features, Quality of Service capabilities, and a powerful processor. We’re confident other mobile service providers will look at this spec and conclude, like us, that this platform can meet their needs.”

“Our product development and quality assurance processes are structured to ensure we deliver a reliable, feature-rich, and secure product into our production network” said Ken Duell, assistant vice president of Packet Edge Development at AT&T Labs. “We take our time and do it right because we know the stakes are high. We’re on track to meet the commitment made earlier this year to begin First Field Applications (FFA) this calendar year and in time refreshing our entire base of over 60,000 cell site routers to this new white box implementation.”

https://about.att.com/story/2018/5g_cell_specifications.html

The DANOS Project promises a Unified Network Operating System

The Linux Foundation will host a new Disaggregated Network Operating System (DANOS) project to enable community collaboration across network hardware, forwarding and operating system layers.

DANOS is initially based on AT&T’s “dNOS” software framework of an open, cost-effective and flexible alternative to traditional networking operating systems.

A first code release is expected the second half of 2018.

“We are pleased to welcome DANOS to The Linux Foundation community of open, collaborative innovation,” said Arpit Joshipura, General Manager of Networking, The Linux Foundation. “DANOS will provide an open NOS framework that leverages existing open source resources and complementary platforms such as switches and white box routers. We invite others in the broader ecosystem to join the effort to accelerate innovation and creation of an industry-standard disaggregated NOS.”

“As far as we know, DANOS is an industry first: an open-source, carrier-grade operating system for wide area networks,” said John Medamana, Vice President, Packet Optical Network, AT&T. “DANOS is a milestone for us and the industry, and we’re excited to see how developers and other users implement and build upon it.”

“ONF has been a champion of disaggregation, white boxes and open source and in this regard, we are happy to see DANOS launched as a carrier-grade, open source network OS for white boxes,” said Guru Parulkar, Executive Director, ONF. “We are looking forward to DANOS and ONF’s recent open source platform Stratum, thin switch OS, working together.”

AT&T’s whitepaper on the dNOS framework is available here: http://about.att.com/content/dam/innovationblogdocs/att-routing-nos-open-architecture_FINAL%20whitepaper.pdf

Monday, September 10, 2018

AT&T's Path to 5G

AT&T's path to 5G is driven by the growth of data on the network, which currently exceeds 220 petabytes of data per day, and new applications said company CTO Andre Fuetsch, speaking at the AT&T's Spark event in San Francisco. The data tsunami is accelerating and AT&T's is showcasing applications such as e-gaming, augmented reality, virtual reality, IoT sensors, and smart cities.


Fuetsch announced an expansion of its 5G rollout to additional cities, promising the first commercial 5G mobile offering in a dozen U.S. cities by the end of this year, and 19 total U.S. cities by the end of this year. The five additional cities for 2018 are Houston, Jacksonville, Louisville, New Orleans, and San Antonio -adding to previously announced deployments underway in Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Indianapolis, Oklahoma City, Raleigh, and Waco. The 2019 expansion will add Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Nashville, Orlando, San Diego, San Francisco, and San Jose.

AT&T's 5G suppliers include Ericsson, Nokia, and Samsung. The early 5G cities are deploying 3GPP Release 15 compliant equipment.

Fuetsch said the company is making progress on several fronts, including a test this past weekend that carried the first wireless 5G data transfer over millimeter wave using standards-based, production equipment with a mobile form factor device. This test was conducted in Waco, Texas. Qualcomm supplied a smartphone test device based on it Snapdragon X50 5G modem and RF subsystem. Ericsson provided the 5G-NR capable radios which were connected to AT&T's virtual 3X standards compliant core.

AT&T plans to use millimeter wave spectrum for 5G in dense, urban environments. In suburban and rural areas, AT&T will deploy 5G using its mid and low-band spectrum holdings.

AT&T has also begun testing LTE and 5G using Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) spectrum. AT&T has selected Samsung to provide CBRS compliant radios and base station equipment. CommScope was selected as the Spectrum Access System (SAS) provider. Lab testing is expected early in 2019 with field trials later in the year.

Fuetsch also announced progress on Project AirGig, an effort first announced two years ago that aims to use the electrical power grid for delivering broadband service. Fuetsch said AT&T has discussions underway to commercialize the technology. A trial with Georgia Power uses mmWave and LTE to deliver fixed wireless access to rural residents at rates up to hundreds of megabits per second. Enabling technologies include low-cost plastic antennas, a radio distributed antenna system (RDAS), mmWave surface wave launchers and inductive power devices.

AT&T's involvement in the open source community was also highlighted at its Spark event, especially its contributions to the Akraino, ONAP, and OpenStack projects. The Akraino project seeks to create an open source software stack supporting high-availability cloud services optimized for edge computing systems and applications. A demo at the event showed a tablet application delivering visibly better responsiveness when connected to an edge data center rack compared to a distant cloud server.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

AT&T adds Indianapolis to its mobile 5G rollout

AT&T added Indianapolis to its list of 5G rollout cities, joining Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Oklahoma City and Raleigh, and Waco.

“Indy is a city on the forefront of innovation and technology. Home to a variety of large and small businesses, thriving communities, and a local government that understands the importance of technology to fuel innovation and boost economic growth,” said Bill Soards, president AT&T Indiana.  “Whether you’re a retailer, car wash owner, hospital, manufacturer, public safety entity or a bank, we expect 5G will eventually change the customer experience and provide new economic opportunities for your business. It was a natural choice for AT&T to name Indy as one of the twelve introductory 5G cities.”

AT&T invested nearly $425 million in its Indianapolis area wireless and wired networks during 2015-2017. In 2017, AT&T made more than 525 wireless network upgrades in the Indianapolis area. These include new cell sites, boosting network capacity and new wireless high-speed internet connections. The upgrades included its 5G Evolution technologies and LTE-LAA.

Monday, August 27, 2018

AT&T Fiber hits 2 million business customer location milestone

AT&T announced a milestone for its expanding national fiber footprint: more than 450,000 U.S. business buildings lit with, enabling high-speed fiber connections to more than 2 million U.S. business customer locations. AT&T is bringing fiber to about 1,000 more business buildings per month. Nationwide, more than 8 million business customer locations are on or within 1,000 feet of AT&T fiber.


Monday, August 6, 2018

AT&T teams with RapidDeploy on cloud-based Computer-Aided Dispatch

AT&T and RapidDeploy are collaborating to provide Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) access to RapidDeploy's cloud-based Computer-Aided Dispatch (CAD) platform.

RapidDeploy, which is built on an open-API architecture, is a modern update to the dispatch solutions currently used by PSAPs. It can be integrated with relevant and emerging data-rich sources to improve public safety's situational awareness. AT&T is connecting PSAPs to the RapidDeploy platform using an AT&T Virtual Private Network.

"AT&T has a proven track record of serving as the nation's trusted 911 solutions provider. By working together, we can help speed public safety's adoption of 21st century technology. We will equip public safety with the innovative and adaptable tools they deserve," said Steve Raucher, CEO and Co-founder, RapidDeploy.

https://rapiddeploy.com/

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

AT&T posts declines in domestic video and legacy wireline

AT&T reported solid wireless results in the second quarter, including postpaid phone gains, continued strong prepaid phone growth and stable postpaid churn. On a GAAP basis, service revenue declined; however, on a comparable basis service revenue grew.  Consolidated revenue totaled $39.0 billion versus $39.8 billion in the year-ago.

Declines in domestic video and legacy wireline services were offset by adding approximately $1.1 billion from Time Warner net of eliminations and growth in wireless, strategic business services and advertising. On a comparative basis, revenues were $39.9 billion, an increase of 0.2% primarily due to the second-quarter close of the Time Warner acquisition.

U.S. wireless results:

  • Service revenue growth on a comparable basis
  • 46,000 postpaid phone net adds with continued strong year-over-year improvement
  • Continued prepaid growth with 356,000 phone net adds
  • Nearly 400,000 branded smartphones added to base
  • Second-quarter postpaid phone churn of 0.82%

Entertainment Group results:

  • 342,000 DIRECTV NOW net adds to reach more than 1.8 million subscribers
  • 80,000 total video net adds; total video customer base stable with DIRECTV NOW; AT&T WatchTV launched
  • 76,000 IP broadband net adds; 23,000 total broadband net adds; more than 9 million customer locations passed with fiber
  • AdWorks continues double-digit revenue growth
  • Time Warner acquisition closed on June 14; full second-quarter results include:
  • HBO and Turner year-over-year subscription revenue growth
  • Turner ad revenues up 3%
  • Record number of series in production at Warner Bros.
  • 166 Primetime Emmy Awards nominations

AT&T also issued the following updated 2018 guidance:

  • Raising adjusted EPS to high end of the $3.50 range
  • Raising free cash flow to high end of the $21 billion range; inclusive of all deal and integration costs
  • Capital Investment of approximately $25 billion; $22 billion net of expected FirstNet reimbursements and vendor financing

See also