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AT&T and Verizon tussle for the number one carrier spot in the US, in mobile, broadband and IPTV markets. Both have grown by acquisition, and by eliminating many rivals along the way. AT&T Mobility was formerly Cingular Wireless, a cellular joint venture between former Baby Bells SBC and BellSouth. When SBC acquired both BellSouth and long distance telco AT&T, it took the latter’s venerable brand. Since then, it has made further acquisitions, mainly to gain rural spectrum, and in 2011 has mounted a bid to acquire T-Mobile USA. This would merge the only two US GSM/HSPA cellcos in the US with national coverage and create a powerful spectrum position for AT&T as it moves towards an LTE upgrade. However, this transaction, and the purchase of further 700MHz licenses from Qualcomm, are subject to regulatory approval. Meanwhile, AT&T’s highest profile strategy has been the iPhone exclusive, which has dramatically boosted its smartphone customer base, while also forcing it to upgrade its network to support expanded data usage. It is introducing HSPA+ to congested parts of the network in 2011 and moving to LTE about a year behind Verizon Wireless.

AT&T boosts spectrum with Leap purchase

15 July, 2013

Regulators may resist, but giant cellco is after AWS licences and LTE users - though perhaps not the prepaid base

AT&T to add HD Voice later this year

2 April, 2013

SVP says it will be supported as part of VoLTE roll-out, while Verizon may wait until 2014

AT&T might re-enter India via Reliance deal

11 March, 2013

US carrier reported to be interested in 25% stake in Reliance Jio Infocomm, which is poised to roll out LTE

AT&T buys VZW spectrum, reports record smartphones

28 January, 2013

Verizon has now offloaded all its Lower 700MHz B Block spectrum, while AT&T's Q4 shifts to postpaid services

AT&T may eye acquisitions in Europe this year

18 January, 2013

Mobile networks in the UK, Netherlands or Germany may be low cost targets for US carrier's expansion plan

AT&T supports international Wi-Fi roaming

18 January, 2013

New deals for subscribers support access to Wi-Fi hotspots worldwide, with seamless authentication

Wi-Fi will be embedded in AT&T's small cell plan

10 January, 2013

Executive tells conference the cellco will deploy 40,000 small cells and all will have Wi-Fi integration from 2014

AT&T throws latest API at VoIP providers

8 January, 2013

Call Management API allows multiple apps and devices to use the AT&T phone number for IP communications

AT&T in M2M deals with Qualcomm, Ericsson, Cisco

8 January, 2013

US carrier bids for role in the Internet of Things, extending developer and home management platforms

AT&T announce availability of HTC One X+, One VX

13 November, 2012

Headed to carrier this Friday

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