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It’s a bit of a Daily Mail headline but it captures the sentiment expressed by web giant Google this week after the emergence of a ‘top secret Post-it note’ suggesting the NSA hacked the data links between Google’s private cloud and the public internet in order to access Google-hosted information.

AT&T takes on Google with Austin fibre project

AT&T will deploy its fiber service in Austin Texas, beginning December

US operator AT&T is going head to head with Google as it announced that it will roll out a fibre network in Austin, Texas promising speeds of up to 1Gbps. The city is also the next urban metropolitan area in line for Google’s Fiber treatment, following the web firm’s high speed fibre deployment in Kansas.

AT&T teams with Microsoft to provide cloud solution to enterprises

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US operator AT&T has teamed up with Microsoft to offer a cloud solution allowing enterprise customers to connect to Microsoft’s cloud platform using a private network. The solution will use cloud integration technology from AT&T over a virtual private network to pair with Microsoft’s Windows Azure platform.

AT&T innovation centre focuses on connected cars

Vodafone is introducing telematics/usage-based insurance services to the operator’s connected car offering

US carrier AT&T has opened an innovation centre in Atlanta designed to be a launch pad for new ideas and companies with a focus on the digital life and connected car sectors.

Obama overturns US ban on Apple devices

Obama's administration has overturned a ban on the sale of iPhones

US president Barack Obama’s administration has stepped in at the last minute and overturned a ban on the sale of older models of Apple’s iPhone and iPad in the country. Initially, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) had ruled that the devices in question infringed upon 3G patents owned by Korean device maker Samsung.

AT&T buys up regional assets; Verizon faces opposition in Canada

AT&T has agreed to acquire the assets of a regional mobile network operator, while rival Verizon Communications is facing hostility in Canada

US carrier AT&T has agreed to acquire the assets of a regional mobile network operator, while rival Verizon Communications is facing opposition amid rumours that it could acquire spectrum in Canada.

AT&T to acquire Leap Wireless for $1.2bn

AT&T plans to acquire Leap for $15 per share in cash

US operator AT&T has agreed to acquire prepaid wireless rival Leap Wireless for around $1.2bn in cash. In total, the operator will spend $15 per share on Leap’s stock and wireless assets, including spectrum licenses, network equipment and retail stores.

AT&T opens two innovation centres

AT&T has opened two innovation centres aimed to accelerate research and development

US operator AT&T has opened two innovation centres aimed to accelerate research and development of technologies and applications that will drive AT&T’s growth in the future.

AT&T teams with IBM to make apps more efficient

AT&T has teamed up with IBM to help businesses develop more network efficient smartphone apps

US operator AT&T has teamed up with IT giant IBM to help businesses develop more network efficient smartphone apps. By integrating the two firms’ technologies, they hope to enable enterprises to conduct testing and analysis of their apps’ network and battery usage.

AT&T to gain over $730m annually from monthly admin fee

AT&T has imposed a $0.61 monthly fee on its postpaid users, standing to gain around $732m in extra revenue as a result

US operator AT&T has imposed a $0.61 monthly fee on its postpaid users, standing to gain around $732m in extra revenue as a result. The Mobility Administrative Fee was introduced this month.

AT&T and Deutsche Telekom extend M2M offerings

AT&T and Deutsche Telekom have each extended their M2M offerings

US operator AT&T and German incumbent Deutsche Telekom have each extended their machine to machine (M2M) offerings. AT&T has extended its M2M agreement with Indian IT and outsourcing outfit Wipro. The two firms are using an M2M platform supplied by cloud-based M2M services and software provider Axeda.

AT&T reveals M2M home security pricing

AT&T has announced pricing details for its M2M home security and automation Digital Life offering

US operator AT&T has announced pricing details for its M2M home security and automation Digital Life offering. Customers can choose from two base plans: Simple Security, a basic home security package; or Smart Security which includes enhanced security features and the option to add home automation.

US DoJ calls on FCC to limit spectrum to big players

The DoJ fears that in the meantime, the spectrum shortage could lead to operators being incentivised to acquire spectrum for the wrong reasons

The US Department of Justice’s (DoJ) Antitrust Division has called on telecoms regulator the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to more aggressively regulate the amount of spectrum that the country’s larger operators are able to own.

AT&T in $1.9bn Verizon spectrum purchase

US operator AT&T has entered into an agreement with rival Verizon Wireless to acquire 700MHz spectrum licenses for $1.9bn in cash plus AWS licences in several states. The 700MHz licenses cover 42 million people in 18 US states including California, Florida, New York, Texas and Washington.

AT&T buys rural CDMA player Alltel

AT&T has acquired Alltel

US carrier AT&T said Tuesday it has agreed to acquire the retail wireless operations of Atlantic Tele-Network, which operates under the Alltel brand for $780m in cash.

AT&T boldly enters home security market with digital life

Home security is on AT&T's agenda

One of the more ambitious and promising initiatives announced at CES was AT&T’s Digital Life. As the flagship announcement at AT&T Developer Summit, Digital LIfe is an application and services platform that will offer a broad range of services to consumer households including media management, home security services, home energy monitoring and a broad variety of sensor-based services such as water leak detection and water main control.

Ericsson to test and verify AT&T devices

Ericsson will test and verify AT&T's devices

US operator AT&T has called on Swedish vendor Ericsson to provide testing and verification for the devices it sells. Ericsson will test the performance for each manufacturer’s device to ensure they are compatible with regulatory and international carrier requirements and networks.

US telcos, cablecos add 580k broadband subs in Q3

FreedomPop aims to shake up the US mobile market with its free 4G offering

The seventeen largest cable and telecoms providers in the US (representing around 93% of the market) acquired 579,521 additional broadband subscribers in the third quarter of this year, according to US firm Leichtman Research Group.

AT&T to pay $700,000 fine for overcharging customers

AT&T has agreed to pay the FCC a $700,000 fine for overcharging customers

US operator AT&T has agreed to pay regulator FCC a fine of $700,000 for overcharging its customers. The regulator ruled that the operator had unlawfully moved subscribers to more expensive data plans and must also refund affected customers.

AT&T announces $14bn network expansion plan

AT&T will be spending $14bn on its network over the next three years

Number two US operator AT&T has announced plans to expand its LTE network over the next three years in a project dubbed Project Velocity IP, or VIP.

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