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:
Just this week, Ajit Pai, the current chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued an official statement saying that any effort by the United States government to establish a nationalized 5G network would prove to be a costly endeavor, and even serve as an unwelcome distraction from the policies that should be implemented in transitioning American consumers into the 5G era.
AT&T is unveiling a new offering that subscribers might want to get if they want to improve their overall Wi-Fi experience at home. Meet the AT&T Smart Wi-Fi Extender, which can make Wi-Fi signals more reliable and more steady through the use of mesh technology. The product is made available only online, and is priced at $35.
Joining forces with Amazon Web Services, the second biggest wireless carrier in America is officially unveiling a new LTE-M based button that is specifically built to allow consumers to request for Internet of Things (IoT) related services or tasks with just one click.