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AT&T SVP on three-year plan: ‘We will grow’

Combo of HBO Max and 5G sets the stage for ad-related revenue Igal Elbaz, AT&T senior vice president of wireless technology, said last week at the Morgan Stanley European Technology, Media and Telecom Conference the carrier will continue to prioritize network investments as the operator,...

AT&T launching two new video-focused services

AT&T TV pilot starting this summer; HBO Max to launch in 2020 With its $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner and its massive portfolio of video content, AT&T made a big bet on serving as the producer and distributor of media hopefully made even more...

AT&T says mobile 5G launch is coming within weeks

AT&T says 5G launch will come within weeks Amid higher revenues and profits following its acquisition of Time Warner, AT&T is preparing for a 5G launch that it says will come within "weeks" -- and called out the strength of its prepaid segment during the...

Warner Media boss, Anderson Cooper talk content in the hyper-connected world

Warner Media focused on building advertising model DALLAS--CNN's Anderson Cooper on Thursday hosted a discussion with Warner Media CEO John Stankey that hit on everything from Cooper's remuneration, the shifting sands of content delivery and consumption and how to build an advertising business. The session started...

Meet Xander, the new AT&T advertising business

With Warner Media deal closed, AT&T has been hyping new approach to advertising In Santa Barbara, California, this week AT&T announced its advertising and analytics business will now be called Xander, a nod to company founder Alexander Graham Bell, and headed by CEO Brian Lesser,...

AT&T CEO discusses building a ‘modern media company’

Direct to consumer distribution and advertising key to AT&T success With its acquisition of Warner Media, AT&T made a significant pivot that will continue to reshape its business for years to come. Dropping billions on content, coupled with network reach, creates very interesting opportunities around...

AT&T CEO: We have “all the elements of a modern media company”

AT&T execs highlight Time Warner acquisition on Q2 earnings call With the acquisition of the Time Warner portfolio complete (despite a Department of Justice appeal), AT&T is becoming much more than a wireless provider. Factor in the DirecTV business, wireless subscriber base and broadband customers,...

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...

More M&A activity on the horizon as AT&T integrates with Time Warner

New television service and ad platform come from AT&T mega-merger Last week the U.S. Department of Justice lost its bid to block AT&T's $85 billion merger with Time Warner. That hurdle cleared, what's next for the combined service provider and content producer? AT&T Chairman and...

Key takeaways from the AT&T/Time Warner ruling

Judge Richard Leon called government's case against the merger "weak" “If there ever were an antitrust case where the parties had a dramatically different assessment of the state of the relevant market and a fundamentally different vision of its future development, this is the one,”...

Judge approves AT&T/Time Warner merger; closing expected later this month

AT&T plans to close the merger on or before June 20 to avoid break-up fee A federal judge has approved AT&T's $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner, with no concessions or restrictions on the vertical merger -- and advice to the Department of Justice not...

#TBT: Sprint’s totally gonna bid on T-Mo; LTE picks up speed; dropping device subsidies … 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! Wearables and 'glassholes'...

AT&T CEO says company made a ‘big mistake’ hiring Trump attorney

As DoJ blocks proposed AT&T deal with Time Warner, carrier's SVP of External and Legislative Affairs resigns Looking for inroads at the White House amid a contentious merger proposal with Time Warner, AT&T paid $600,000 to President Trump attorney Michael Cohen for lobbying services. Since...

Kagan: Why AT&T and Time Warner should merge

  Last week I gave an interview to NPR Marketplace and the conversation crystalized the question and answer of whether AT&T and Time Warner should merge. There is really only one answer. Yes. There are many different reasons. Let me explain a few of them...

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...

AT&T CFO on the business benefits of FirstNet and 5G

In a keynote presentation this week at the Deutsche Bank 2018 Media, Telecom and Business Services Conference, AT&T SVP and CFO John Stephens likened the carrier's build out of FirstNet to building a house and leaving room to add 5G. Stephens said the unanimous opt-in...

AT&T CEO: FirstNet, millimeter wave spectrum will bring ‘quantum leap’

Expects AT&T merger with Time Warner to be 'litigated in court' In a Jan. 31 conference call, AT&T President and CEO Randall Stephenson, highlighting Q4 2017 financial results, provided color on the service provider's plans to deploy FirstNet and millimeter wave spectrum in 2018, and...

Turner CEO optimistic AT&T, Time Warner deal will eventually close

Turner and Hulu CEOs discuss pending company deals at CES Las Vegas, Nev. -- Turner CEO John Martin and Hulu CEO Randy Freer recently discussed the pending deals between Time Warner and AT&T, as well as Disney and Fox, during a keynote discussion at CES...

The biggest headlines of 2017… and 2018 (Reader Forum)

  As 2018 kicks off, it’s important to consider what’s in store for telecommunications in the New Year and also understand what the industry did — or didn’t — accomplish last year. From the Broadcast Incentive Auction to carriers’ ongoing efforts to become content providers, the...

DOJ sues to block AT&T Time Warner merger

AT&T CEO says DOJ lawsuit "stretches ... anti-trust law beyond the breaking point" AT&T is defending its $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner from a challenge by the Trump administration's Department of Justice. DOJ filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the...

AT&T’s Time Warner deal hits a DOJ snag

Time Warner deal in danger, as DOJ reportedly insists on divestment The U.S. Department of Justice is reportedly putting the brakes on AT&T's $85 billion acquisition of Time Warner, insisting that AT&T sell either DirecTV or Turner Broadcasting. Reports by the Financial Times earlier this...

Collaboration, not acquisition, is the future for cable and Wi-Fi (Reader Forum)

XCellAir sees collaboration as the future for cable and Wi-Fi The cable industry has seen some huge acquisitions over the years. Charter’s purchase of Time Warner Cable and Bright House last year was worth over $65 billion, but this was just one of a series...

T-Mobile US ready to Netflix and chill

T-Mobile US adds Netflix to its unlimited family plans As AT&T inches toward finalizing its purchase of Time Warner and Verizon busies itself with its new Oath digital media operations from the purchase of Yahoo, T-Mobile US is taking a partnership tack when it comes...

Feverish M&A will eventually lead us to a four integrated carrier future (Reality Check)

I see various mergers and acquisitions in the communications service provider space eventually bringing us to just four integrated carriers in the U.S. Since earlier this year, it feels like we get a new merger report each day as big players in the U.S. look...

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