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February 17, 2010

AT&T to open new innovation centres

To drive development of mobile and wired broadband applications, devices

By CBR Staff Writer

AT&T said that it plans to establish new Innovation Centres, to drive development of devices, applications and equipment that expand the capabilities of mobile and wired broadband.

The company plans to open new innovation centres in at least three locations later this year, including two locations in the US and one international facility.

According to AT&T, the new centres will be designed to enable its scientists and engineers to work directly with device makers, application developers and network equipment providers to expedite development of an ecosystem of mobile and wired broadband services and capabilities for consumers and business users.

AT&T said that Alcatel-Lucent and Ericsson are also planning to participate in its Innovation Centres, expanding on the recently announced agreements designating the two companies as AT&T’s LTE Radio Access Network equipment providers.

Each of the centres will include facilities and staffing focused on application and service development, prototyping, equipment testing and demonstration of emerging capabilities. The centres will focus on enabling integrated mobile and wired broadband capabilities crossing multiple device ‘screens,’ including smartphones and other mobile devices, PCs, televisions and other emerging devices, the company said.

In addition to mobile broadband, the centres will also facilitate collaboration and development for wired broadband and the AT&T U-verse IPTV platform.

John Donovan, chief technology officer of AT&T, said: “We envision these AT&T Innovation Centres as a crossroads for the industry to drive new capabilities crossing networks, devices and applications. They will provide an opportunity for AT&T experts to work directly with others in the industry to develop, evaluate and perfect new apps and services as broadband networks continue to evolve in the years to come.”

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