Will Townsend

M&A Is In The Air And As AT&T Looks To Close Time Warner; Sprint And Charter Rumors Abound

It seems lately that the fastest path of transformation to carrier “smart pipes” is merger and acquisition.  As AT&T shuffles its executive management team in anticipation of the Time Warner close, new rumors are circulating around a Softbank, Sprint and Charter combination.  Can these different corporate cultures blend?  Can these organizations come together smoothly and …

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Net Neutrality And Smart Pipes: The Game Is Changing For Verizon Wireless, O2 And Others

Net neutrality, we’ve all heard of it but do we understand the intricacies? Did Al Gore invent it? Fundamentally, net neutrality advocates for an unbiased treatment of data regardless of content, source, application or mode of delivery. As wireless broadband carriers transition what was once referred to as “dumb pipes” to a richer content delivery …

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The Shape Of Things To Come? AT&T Rolls Out The Red Carpet In Hollywood

I had the opportunity to spend two days with AT&T at its Shape Tech & Entertainment Expo. Over 10,000 attendees got a glimpse into the back lots of Warner Bros. Studios and what AT&T has in store as its acquisition of Time Warner is expected to close in the fall around Labor Day. (Source: Will …

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Could Video Kill The (Wireless) Radio Star?

As wireline and wireless services blur and converge, countless consumer and enterprise customers are evaluating the impact. Traditional cable companies are losing subscribers in droves with cord cutting in lieu of mobile consumption flexibility. The result is a fundamental shift in economics and consolidation across multiple industries including content / media, cable and wireless service …

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Lost In Translation At Mobile World Congress Shanghai

Ok my experience was nothing like the movie nor did it take place in Japan, but I had the opportunity to attend the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Shanghai, China last week. From drones to IoT to 5G infrastructure, the 650+ companies in attendance offered attendees a glimpse into the present and future of wireless …

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Will 5G Change Lives? Infrastructure Providers, Carriers, Even Dell EMC And HPE Are Betting It Will

Do you feel the need for speed? Imagine the ability to move from 100s of megabits per second today to 10,000+ in the future on your smartphone or tablet. 5G will turn all of that into a reality. To badly misquote one of my favorite superheroes, “With great speed comes great performance.” Thus 5G has …

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Verizon Closes Yahoo, Many Changes Ahead For Its Consolidated Media Services Subsidiary

Verizon Communications  announced today that it closed its acquisition of Yahoo for nearly $4.5B. It also closed the door on Marissa Mayer as she departs from the beleaguered internet company that she led since mid-2012. Two storied brands come together With the addition of Yahoo, Verizon is planning to consolidate its other holding of AOL …

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It’s A 5G Land Of Confusion: AT&T And Verizon Muddy The Waters

5G, or Fifth Generation, is the next iteration of wireless telecommunications promising to deliver unbelievable speed to your mobile phone or connected device as well as support more devices, improve reliability, and deliver longer battery life. Published in March of this year, the new 5G Radio standard was set by the governing body 3GPP or 3rd Generation Partnership …

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RESEARCH PAPER: HPE Synergy Helps Simplify Hybrid IT

IT is undergoing a significant transformation as businesses look to streamline costs and roll out a new class of cloud-based applications driven by a changing digital economy accelerated by mobility, IoT, and AI. The IT infrastructure as we know it today is not well equipped to improve on the cost structure for traditional workloads nor …

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To Cut Or Not To Cut The Cord, That Is The Question! AT&T, T-Mobile And Comcast Up The Ante

Most recently, there have been interesting announcements around wireless telecommunication providers and content delivery. Traditional cable service provider Comcast announced that it is jumping into the mix with a wireless service offering. AT&T announced that wireless unlimited data plan subscribers will receive HBO for free given the impending Time Warner  acquisition, and T-Mobile has been …

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