AT&T Shut Down Its 2G Network On Jan. 1
AT&T confirmed in a blog post that it has fully retired its 2G network. The move had been in the works for years. AT&T said it helped move people with 2G equipment over to 3G/4G devices with discounts and, in some cases, free phones. "By shutting down our 2G network, this frees up more spectrum for future network technologies, including 5G," said AT&T Chief Strategy Officer John Donovan. "In the next few months, we plan to repurpose that spectrum for LTE." AT&T says the 2G shutdown will also help pave the way for the evolution of 5G.
AT&T Exploring Use of Drones to Boost Coverage
Jul 13, 2016
AT&T today said it is testing how best to use drones within its business and went so far as to suggest using them to enhance coverage at live events such as concerts. AT&T is already using drones to inspect cell towers, but it imagines them doing much more.
AT&T Not Waiting for 5G Standard, to Offer Consumer Trials
Jan 4, 2017
AT&T today laid out more of it is roadmap for 5G and brazenly said it is moving forward despite the lack of standardization for 5G. "We're not waiting until the final standards are set to lay the foundation for our evolution to 5G," said John Donovan, chief strategy officer and group president, Technology and Operations.
Sprint Shuffles Executive Deck, Plans New Office Environment
Nov 21, 2017
Sprint is adjusting its top ranks in an effort to streamline its management structure, according to an internal memo obtained by Fierce Wireless. To start, a number of executives are departing the company, including COO GÃ¼nther Ottendorfer, who's been behind a lot of Sprint's network advancements.
AT&T's 'Indigo' 5G to Kick Off In Austin and Indianapolis
Feb 1, 2017
AT&T today said it plans to test some of its 5G network technologies, with peak speeds of 400 Mbps, in Austin and Indianapolis beginning later this year. The company has been testing a handful of next-generation network technologies for several year snow.
Nonprofits Convince Judge to Delay Sprint's WiMAX Shutdown
Nov 5, 2015
Mobile Citizens, a not-for-profit organization that provides free and low-cost internet service to schools, has won an injunction preventing Sprint from shutting down its WiMax network. Sprint had planned to cease operating WiMax on Nov.