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Telecommunications conglomerate AT&T says it has completed deployment of its nationwide LTE-M network ahead of schedule. The network is expected to enable Internet of Things (IoT) devices and applications. The LTE-M network, deployed with 3GPP standardized technology and licensed spectrum for carrier-grade security, is now live across the U.S. on the company's 4G LTE network, following software upgrades. The company says it plans to deploy LTE-M across Mexico by the end of 2017. AT&T is also launching a new suite of rate plans with LTE-M, with monthly plans starting for $1.50 per month per device. LTE-M supports large-scale IoT deployments such as smart city services, smart metering, asset tracking, supply chain management, security and alarm monitoring, as well as personal wearables.
Akamai Technologies and AT&T have renewed their global alliance through 2019. Under the agreement, AT&T will continue to offer Akamai's full product suite, including media delivery and web security services, as part of its broader portfolio of business solutions. In addition, Akamai is expanding its global server footprint located at the edge of AT&T's IP network. The two companies have been collaborating since 2012.
AT&T has reached a multi-year, strategic alliance agreement with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to optimize delivery of integrated solutions built on the companies' respective cloud and networking capabilities. The collaboration is designed to help both existing and new customers more efficiently migrate to and utilize the AWS Cloud with the AT&T network, said the company in a statement. The solutions are intended to span cloud networking, mobility, Internet of Things (IoT), security and analytics.
AT&T has appointed Geoffrey Yang to its board of directors. Mr. Yang is a founding partner and managing director of venture capital firm Redpoint Ventures. He will serve on the company’s Corporate Development and Finance Committee. Mr. Yang joined Institutional Venture Partners (IVP) in 1987 and co-founded Redpoint in 1999. He is a director of Franklin Resources, and several private companies. He was previously a member of the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee and the advisory council for the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He has also served as a director of the National Venture Capital Association. Mr. Yang holds a BSE in engineering from Princeton University and an MBA from Stanford University.
AT&T was awarded a contract worth up to $74.6 million over five years, if all options are exercised, from the Defense Information Systems Agency. The company will provide secure telecom services that support U.S. senior leadership communications between select Department of Defense aircraft and ground stations across the continental U.S. and around the world. AT&T will provide long-haul telecommunications and related transmission circuits. These support the government's restricted-use, ultra-high frequency communications platform.
Google slashed spending on lobbying by 25.5 percent in the first quarter of 2016 to $3.8 million, while AT&T reported the highest lobbying outlay at $4.48 million, according to latest numbers released by the Consumer Watchdog. Seven of the companies spent more than $2 million on lobbying. Twelve spent more than $1 million on lobbying in the first quarter. Google spent $5.1 million in the comparable 2015 period and AT&T's spending was up 2.5 percent from $4.37 million in 2015, according to disclosure reports recently filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Facebook, which has been increasing its Washington presence, spent $2.78 million, an increase of 13.9 percent from $2.44 million, in the comparable 2015 quarter. Microsoft also topped $2 million in lobbying spending. It reported expenditures...
APImetrics has closed a $500,000 seed round led by Bain Capital Ventures. This is the first funding issued through Bain's new seed program. The startup provides multiple stakeholders -- developers, enterprises, and API providers -- with actionable insight derived from testing across different geographies and cloud services. APImetrics is used by Microsoft, AT&T and TIBCO, says the company.
AT&T has launched commercial support for Web Real-Time Communications (WebRTC) via its AT&T Enhanced WebRTC API; the first US carrier to do so, according to the company. The WebRTC standard, which is already enabled on more than a billion browsers, allows voice and video calling between browsers without the need to install any software or plugins. The AT&T Enhanced WebRTC API is available in an open beta program.
Starbucks unveiled Powermat wireless charging in approximately 200 of its stores in the San Francisco Bay Area. The coffee store franchise says this is its first step in offering Powermat throughout its U.S. locations. Starbucks is also exploring rollouts in Europe and Asia within the year. Stores in the San Francisco Bay area are now equipped with 'Powermat Spots' - designated areas on tables and counters where customers can place their compatible device and charge wirelessly. In addition, Starbucks stores are offering Duracell Powermat "Rings" for purchase or loan that instantly upgrade any phone to wireless charging compatibility. The rings are available for in-store purchase at $9.99 and can alternately be borrowed and returned on a per-visit basis. Powermat Spots comply with the open standard set by the PMA –...
AT&T and Cisco have inked a collaboration whereby AT&T service will now utilize Cisco Collaboration Meeting Rooms (CMR) Cloud, a video collaboration service that couples WebEx Personal Rooms with the cloud-based WebEx Video Bridge into an instantly-available meeting experience accessible from any video device.
AT&T has appointed William Kennard to its board. Mr. Kennard was chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from 1997 to 2001, and U.S. Ambassador to the European Union from 2009 to 2013. He will serve on the Public Policy and Corporate Reputation Committee of AT&T’s board of directors. Mr. Kennard’s career spans more than three decades in law, telecommunications and private equity. In addition to his service as chairman of the FCC, he served as general counsel from 1993 to 1997. He was managing director of the global telecommunications and media group of the Carlyle Group, from 2001 to 2009. Mr. Kennard is also a director of Duke Energy Corporation and MetLife. Mr. Kennard holds a B.A. from Stanford University, as well as a J.D....
AT&T has entered into an agreement with Grupo Salinas to acquire Mexican wireless company Iusacell for $2.5 billion. Under the terms of the agreement, AT&T will acquire all of Iusacell’s wireless properties, including licenses, and network assets, as well as retail stores. Roughly 8.6 million subscribers will transition to AT&T as well. The acquisition will occur after Grupo Salinas, the current owner of 50 percent of Iusacell, closes its purchase of the other 50 percent of Iusacell that Grupo Salinas does not currently own. The transaction is subject to review by Mexico’s telecom regulator IFT (Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones) and Mexico’s National Foreign Investments Commission. AT&T expects the transaction to close in the first quarter of 2015. Lusacell will continue to be headquartered in Mexico City following the...
The Galaxy Note Edge will be available in the U.S. beginning November 14, says Samsung. The Note Edge features a 5.6-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED screen, with a scrollable screen that wraps around the right edge of the device. Other features include a 16 MP rear-facing camera with 8x digital zoom and a 3.7 megapixel front-facing camera , a 3GB RAM with 32GB of internal memory, and of course the S-pen. The devices will run Android 4.4 (KitKat). The Galaxy Note Edge will be available in black or white from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and U.S. Cellular.
Udacity has closed a financing round of $35 million. The investment was led by Drive Capital. Other participants in the round include Bertelsmann in Germany, Recruit in Japan, and Valor Capital in Brazil, as well as Cox Enterprises. Andreessen Horowitz and Charles River Ventures with Peter Levine and George Zachary complete the round. Mark Kvamme, founder of Drive Capital, is joining the Udacity board. Udacity says the new investment will be used to double down on the company's work with nanodegrees, a new type of credential recognized by partner employers like Google or Facebook. Udacity is opening its first nanodegree, built with AT&T, to an initial group of students, with enrollment options for more students coming soon. Udacity currently has close to three million enrollments from 119 countries.
AT&T and IBM are extending AT&T NetBond services to the SoftLayer platform under a new partnership, which means AT&T Virtual Private Network (VPN) customers can now use AT&T NetBond to connect their IT infrastructure to SoftLayer’s cloud services. The extension of the IBM and AT&T alliance will allow businesses to create hybrid-computing solutions, say the two companies.