Ever since Verizon talked about its 5G plans for 2020 at the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the public has been pretty excited to see what’s in store for the consumer market. So when AT&T took the stage yesterday, it also shared some of its 5G plans in store for the year ahead.
Many are expecting major US wireless AT&T to soon acquire Otter Media, the video streaming joint venture it has with The Chernin Group. As soon as this happens, the number two mobile operator in the country will put itself in a good position to own a streaming distribution platform. Otter Media happens to own VRV, which not only hosts digital star network Fullscreen, but also popular anime service Crunchyroll.
According to a report recently published by The Intercept, it appears that no less than eight facilities of major US wireless carrier AT&T are utilized for a surveillance program conducted by the National Security Agency (NSA). These facilities are said to be linked to an NSA initiative called Fairview, which began more than three decades ago, it seems that AT&T is the only wireless service provider tied to this program.
It has been a busy couple of weeks for AT&T -- last week it had announced that it had completed its buy out of Time Warner, while dealing with some speculation that after finishing this mega merger deal, it might now move on to getting its hands on Otter Media (which the carrier partially owns together with The Chernin Group).
After officially announcing that it has completed its $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner, AT&T has now revealed its plans of introducing a $15 per month sports-free TV streaming service that will focus on Time Warner’s Turner collection of channels, which include CNN, TBS, TNT (but with no basketball -- because the whole set up is sports-free), and even Cartoon Network. But there is no HBO though.
About a year ago, AT&T had launched its countrywide LTE-M for IoT (Internet of Things), and the second biggest wireless service provider in the United States then followed up that effort by joining forces with Amazon Web Services (AWS) in unveiling the LTE-M Button last December.
Just this week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has decided to slap a fine of $120 million to Adrian Abramovich. Based in Florida, Abramovich was reportedly found to have made close to a hundred million robocalls in order to persuade unsuspecting people into buying exclusive vacation deals offered by well known travel firms.
It appears that the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has launched an antitrust investigation into the Big Four carriers in America, reportedly about possible eSIM tech collusion. Although the DOJ’s investigation covers all of the major mobile operators, the focus seems to be on the industry leader -- Verizon Wireless and AT&T -- as well as on the GSMA (Groupe Spéciale Mobile Association).
Wirefly has released its most recent Cell Phone Carrier Internet Speed Rankings for the final quarter of 2017 through the first three months of this year, and it appears that the two biggest mobile operators are not only leading the industry in terms of the size of their subscriber base, but also in terms of how fast their average overall web connection speeds are: