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AT&T AND STARZ ANNOUNCE MULTI-YEAR CARRIAGE AGREEMENT

Our customers want more choice and value in addition to compelling entertainment in our channel offerings. We’re pleased to deliver that combination in this new agreement.

AT&T, Ericsson complete 5G demo at Texas Wireless Summit

AT&T completed its first public demo of 5G technology with Ericsson last week at the Texas Wireless Summit in Austin, Texas, where attendees got the chance to see multi-gigabit per second bandwidth reaching speeds near 14 Gbps, similar to what AT&T has seen in its 5G lab trials. Attendees also got a look at how 5G plays a role in 4K HD video, and they learned how Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) and dynamic beam tracking and acquisition work.

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AT&T, Ericsson join CBRS Alliance

The CBRS Alliance announced that Accelleran, Airspan Networks, American Tower, AT&T, Baicells, CableLabs, Ericsson, ExteNet Systems, Nsight, Ranzure Networks, Rise Broadband, and ZTE USA joined its other members to drive technology development and adoption of LTE-based products for the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS). These companies represent the wide range of ecosystem partners that will accelerate innovation and spur economic growth.

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Connected Car

AT&T Powers Autonet Mobile Connected Car Service

AT&T announced a contract to support the Autonet Mobile service for connected cars with LTE connectivity. Drivers use Autonet Mobile’s integrated telematics to control their connected cars remotely through an app on their smartphone. They can lock and unlock a vehicle remotely, manage teenage driving through parental controls, check car health reports to keep it in top shape and use in-car Wi-Fi. Automakers using the service receive over-the-air updates and vehicle diagnostics. Autonet Mobile currently provides connected car services to Chrysler Fiat Automobiles, General Motors, Maserati, Subaru and other major auto brands.

 

VoLTE

AT&T Extends VoLTE to New Markets

AT&T Mobility has introduced voice-over-Long Term Evolution (VoLTE) and HD Voice technology in select areas of the District of Columbia (DoC), Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. The carrier’s first VoLTE deployments occurred in Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota and Wisconsin in May this year.

In addition, AT&T and rival Verizon Wireless had agreed previously to ensure that VoLTE calls made by customers using the carriers’ respective networks can interconnect with one another. Engineers from both companies are working through a full set of requirements, starting with extensive lab testing and then moving on to field trials. The cellular duo hopes to enable VoLTE-to-VoLTE connections in 2015.

Small Cells Market Healthy As 2014 Deployments Reach $1.8 Billion

According to ABI Research, outdoor Small Cells sales are expected to show a healthy 2014 growth in equipment revenue at a year on year rate of 33% to $1.8 billion. This growth is the results of efforts made by operators like AT&T, Verizon, Vodafone, Telefonica, Softbank, SK Telecom, and Sprint driving shipments of both outdoor and Metrocell deployments.

“As mobile network operators implement small cell outdoor networks, several success factors emerge as critical for a successful deployment,” says Nick Marshall, principal analyst at ABI Research.

We see multiple solutions for backhaul, power, permitting, and siting employed by the operator community throughout the rest of 2014 and which will increase small cell momentum in 2015.”

In 2014, 4G small cells are the fastest growing small cell type in the market driven by venue and dense urban deployments. ABI Research forecasts the number of LTE small cells to grow by 2X in 2014 and by a similar factor each year through 2019 where the value of LTE small cells will reach more than half of a $10 billion equipment market.

The Asia-Pacific region, given its large size and 4G deployments in South Korea and Japan and the start of commercial TD-LTE operations in China and India will grow to represent over 50% of the worldwide small cell equipment market by 2019.

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