AT&T to Light Up Boston and D.C. with LTE Soon
AT&T today said during a press call that it will launch its brand new Long Term Evolution 4G network in Boston and Washington, D.C. next, though it didn't say when. AT&T also reiterated that it will launch its first LTE handsets in the fourth quarter. AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega said that they will be thin, fast, have bright screens, and long battery life.
AT&T Says '5G Evolution' to Reach 20 Markets This Year
AT&T said customers who own the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ will have access to enhanced wireless service in Austin starting today. Austin serves as the first market for what AT&T is calling "5G Evolution" service, an effort to modernize and improve its network ahead of the official adoption of the 5G specification by international standards bodies.
Researchers Create Low-Power, High-Resolution Display Tech
Scientists at the University of Oxford have discovered new display technology that can be used to make bright, high-resolution screens while hardly drawing any power. Oxford is bullish enough on the technology that it formed a new company, called Bodle Technologies, to commercialize the discovery.
AT&T CEO Believes Phone Subsidies Will Eventually Vanish
Phone subsidies and two-year contracts are on their way out the door, according to Ralph de la Vega, AT&T's CEO of mobile and business solutions. "I think it is one of those options that is going to go away slowly," said de la Vega to Recode, "not because we insist on it but because customers will choose it less often." AT&T has made changes recently to limit the availability of subsidies and contracts.
Sprint LTE and Spark Footprints Continue to Grow
Sprint today launched LTE service in 24 new markets and Spark service in an additional 24 markets. The company's LTE footprint now reaches 270 million POPs, while its Spark footprint reaches 125 million POPs.