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AT&T completes DirecTV spin-off into standalone video business

AT&T has officially closed on its deal with private equity firm TPG Capital to spin off DirecTV into a new company that owns and operates the DirecTV, AT&T TV and U-verse video services in the United States. The new DirecTV had about 15.4 premium...

AT&T reportedly in talks to sell stake in its legacy TV, satellite businesses

AT&T is considering the sale of a "significant minority stake" in its DirecTV, AT&T Now (formerly DirecTV Now) and U-verse television operations, according to CNBC. The outlet, which cited anonymous sources familiar with the matter, said that the deal would value DirecTV at about...

#TBT: iPhone 6 breaks records; Test companies split up; Verizon rolls out VoLTE… this week in 2014

Editor’s Note: RCR Wireless News goes all in for “Throwback Thursdays,” tapping into our archives to resuscitate the top headlines from the past. Fire up the time machine, put on the sepia-tinted shades, set the date for #TBT and enjoy the memories! iPhone 6 breaks...

Kagan: John Stankey talks HBO Max, AT&T and WarnerMedia

John Stankey, CEO of AT&T WarnerMedia, discussed the launch of their new HBO Max streaming service and the future of AT&T. He talks about the changing industry, the changing company and the changing competition. This was a very eye opening and important conversation. Let...

The Sunday Brief: The case against the T-Mobile/Sprint merger

Greetings from Davidson, North Carolina, and Virginia Beach, Virginia (sunrise pictured), where we are enjoying several days of R&R prior to two weeks of travel.  This week’s TSB will contain an update on and a detailed analysis of the state attorneys general case against...

AT&T Communications CEO John Donovan to retire in October

AT&T to name a new head of AT&T Communications soon John Donovan, who heads up AT&T Communications, is planning to leave his post as of October 1. Donovan, 58, said he will be retiring and plans to spend more time with his family. AT&T said it...

Kagan: AT&T SHAPE gives taste of what’s coming with 5G

After spending the weekend at the AT&T SHAPE 2019 event at Warner Brothers studio in Hollywood, I am both excited and full of anticipation with how AT&T is growing and changing and how 5G wireless will play such an incredible and important role in...

Kagan: AT&T SHAPE 2019 shows growth and transformation

Have you been following the incredible transformation and growth of AT&T in the last several years? It is becoming a giant in the fields of wireless with AT&T Mobility, telecom, Internet, pay TV with DirecTV, DirecTV NOW, Uverse, news and entertainment with WarnerMedia and...

DOJ says judge ignored “common sense” in approving AT&T, Time Warner deal

AT&T, Time Warner combo anti-competitive, DOJ says In June, U.S. District Judge Richard Leon ruled that AT&T's $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner could proceed with no concession or restrictions. In his opinion, Leon wrote, "If there ever were an antitrust case where the parties...

AT&T ‘surprised’ by DOJ decision to appeal Time Warner acquisition

Judge approved AT&T buy of Time Warner with no conditions An attorney from the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division on July 12 filed a two-page notice with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia notifying the court it will appeal Judge Richard...

AT&T vs. DoJ: Time Warner merger trial arguments start today

Federal attorneys say combined AT&T and Time Warner will hurt competition, consumers Opening arguments were set to begin this morning after a one-day weather delay in the U.S. Department of Justice's bid to block AT&T's proposed $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner. Attorneys for the...

Kagan: AT&T will be first to bring 5G to Atlanta, Dallas and Waco

AT&T Mobility looks like it will be first out of the 5G gates at the end of this year where they will launch in a dozen cities. They say the first markets will be Atlanta Georgia, Dallas and Waco, Texas, with more announcements to...

T-Mobile US moving into pay TV arena

New T-Mobile US service built on acquisition of Layer3 TV In an increasingly consolidated wireless/pay TV marketplace, T-Mobile US is throwing its hat into the ring with the Wednesday announcement that it will acquire Denver-based Layer3 TV, and, in 2018, offer up a combined mobile/home...

Highlights from AT&T’s second quarter results

AT&T talks up bundles, FirstNet in second quarter call AT&T is seeing bundles result in its lowest-ever recorded postpaid churn, the company indicated as it reported its second quarter results. The carrier's net additions continue to be driven largely by internet of things devices and...

Reports: AT&T anticipates post-merger reorganization

AT&T reorganization reportedly will include two large units, one focused on media and the other on networks AT&T is planning a major reorganization of its operating structure in anticipation of the completion of its $85.4 billion merger with Time Warner, according to published reports. Bloomberg reported...

AT&T launches Austin “5G” trial with DirecTV

Fixed wireless Austin 5G trial integrates DirecTV Now AT&T has launched its second fixed wireless "5G" trial in Austin, Tex., this time testing out millimeter wave spectrum for the delivery of live TV as well as broadband services. After successful testing in the lab at its...

Worst of the Week: Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile dropping barrels of unlimited data

Unlimited data is back, with Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile all going ape over the new marketing opportunity, to the benefit of consumers. Hello! And welcome to our Friday column, Worst of the Week. There’s a lot of nutty stuff that goes...

AT&T, Nokia use 5G platform, 39 GHz band to stream DirecTV Now

AT&T and Nokia said the 5G network trial showed the viability of the 39 GHz band to support low latency, high throughput services. The “5G” race continues at full boil with AT&T noting a recent trial of next-generation network technology to stream its DirecTV Now...

AT&T 5G Evolution plans move under Network 3.0 Indigo tag

AT&T said initial 5G Evolution markets under the Network 3.0 Indigo label to include Austin, Indianapolis; sets 55% SDN control target for year-end. AT&T continued to fill in its “5G” network plans, noting plans to launch its first “5G Evolution markets” in...

Worst of the Week: Has T-Mobile surpassed AT&T and Verizon as No. 1?

Verizon and AT&T may have the numbers, but T-Mobile is really the market’s leader thanks to an inability for rivals to stay focused on operations. Hello! And welcome to our Friday column, Worst of the Week. There’s a lot of nutty stuff...

Worst of the Week: Verizon and AT&T have unlimited fun with unlimited data

Unlimited data fans on Verizon and AT&T being strong-armed to comply or at least pay a bit more for the privilege, but at least the FCC has a sense of humor. Hello! And welcome to our Friday column, Worst of the Week....

2017 Predictions: New administration could trigger big changes for telecom industry

Potential impact of new administration on the telecom industry could see a green light for further M&A activity, changes to net neutrality legislation and expansion of zero-rated data. Editor’s Note: With 2017 now upon us, RCR Wireless News has gathered predictions from across...

AT&T: LTE-A and 5G work needed to fight 250,000% surge in mobile data traffic

Citing an astronomical increase in mobile data traffic driven by video, AT&T highlighted upcoming LTE-A, 5G technology and fiber plans. Following up on network progress reports by T-Mobile US and Sprint, AT&T highlighted its work with current LTE deployments, plans for “5G”...

AT&T and CWA reach tentative labor deal for DirecTV employees

Proposed union labor contract between AT&T and CWA covers thousands of DirecTV workers at five call centers. AT&T said it reached labor deals with the Communications Workers of America covering approximately 2,000 employees of the telecom operator’s DirecTV subsidiary. The tentative agreements,...

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