AT&T loses more than 500,000 customers and is “on track”
AT&T continues to hemmorage TV customers, losing over 150,000 per month this year. Stephenson, the company’s CEO, says the company is on track with its priorities of paying off TimeWarner debt, beefing up its streaming content, and converting its network to 5G. Dallas News
dis-rup-shun: AT&T’s strategic acquisition of TimeWarner was a very big bite to swallow, but the company’s actions do seem in step with market trends: people are abandoning pay TV and moving to streaming services. Streaming services demand premium content to have value and the new delivery vehicle, 5G will eventually replace cable and satellite. AT&T anticipated this and that’s why Stephenson’s compensation is $29.1M.
5G race update: advantage Verizon
Verizon announced that in addition to Chicago and Minneapolis, cities that will receive 5G service this year are: Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Des Moines, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Little Rock, Memphis, Phoenix, Providence, San Diego, Salt Lake City, and Washington DC. Verge
dis-rup-shun: This is big. The faster Verizon and AT&T can push out 5G (the real thing, please, AT&T) across the country, the faster the second tier competitors will follow and the faster homes and businesses will implement 5G. Here is the evolution: 1) Super fast phones offer 5G and you upgrade because that is what is offered and everyone is talking about how super fast it is. 2) Companies offer super fast 5G home broadband speeds for a few bucks more than you are paying now. Your existing services fees drop to half as carriers want you to upgrade to 5G broadband. 3) You can stream music and movies to any device at lighting fast speeds, so you decide its time to drop your pay TV service if you haven’t already. 4) Most connected devices start having screens so you can video chat or get video help because Internet video is fast and cheap. 5) Many connected devices don’t have Wi-Fi because mobile data (all that under-utilized 4G capacity) is cheap and reliable — and people quit worrying about hotspots. And on and on …
Smart street lights can save $15B
According to Juniper Research, smart lights will cumulatively save $15B over the next five years. Savings will be derived from both converting lamps to efficent LEDs and by connecting lights so their timing can be better controlled. Enterprise IOT Insights
dis-rup-shun: These numbers are starting to get interesting and suggest that cities, like homes and buildings, can’t afford to NOT be smart. What exactly, are smart cities? Smart cities are those that connect their energy consuming resources, like lighting, transportation, electricity, water and waste water so that they may be dynamically controlled for more efficient usage, and be monitored for higher up-time.
Brain monitor converts thoughts to speech
A UC San Francisco neurosurgeon has created an input device that, when worn on the head, detects electrical impulses from the brain’s motor cortex and attempts to convert them to words. Wired
dis-rup-shun: Fantastic. Speech to text has been commercially available for 25 years but only now is truly viable thanks to Siri, Alexa and Google Home. And now that we have tackled speech to text, let’s start working on thought to text, or thought to speech. I bet it won’t take 25 years to make it commercially viable.