Verizon deploys commercial 100G with Nortel (Digital Media Europe)

(Telecompaper) Verizon has deployed a commercial 100G ultra-long-haul optical system for live private IP traffic with Nortel. This system was deployed on the company’s European optical core network between Paris and Frankfurt. Verizon is using Nortel’s commercially available 100G system to carry live traffic between Verizon’s core routers over the 893-km route without modifying the system. The …

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At&T Adds McAfee Anti-virus to Their Security Suite Software

AT&T customers will soon have McAfee anti-virus protection for their computers. Subscribers to AT&T high-speed DSL and U-verse will get a complimentary subscription to the security suite software.
AT&T’s security suite will include the following programs. Anti-virus protection, anti-spy-ware, two-way firewall protection, anti-phishing solutions, PC tune-up tools, McAfee® SiteAdvisor (a Web site safety tool), and McAfee Active Protection which will provide the fastest protection against malicious threats to PCs.

Bob Bickerstaff, vice president of consumer data products for AT&T stated that “We want our customers to have peace of mind online knowing their computers and personal information are protected from cybercriminals.” He also went on to say “It’s important that our customers be able to enjoy a safe online experience, and by installing our strong security suite, they can stay ahead of common potential threats.”

If you are an AT&T internet customer and would like to download the security suite program visit the att.net homepage.

AT&T Introduces All in one Wireless, Wired Bundle Under $100 for Small Businesses

AT&T released what is being referred to as the “All for Less” plan for small businesses. Included in the “All for Less” plan is wireless service, high speed internet, and unlimited local and long distance service. The cost is under $100 a month.

The plan is available for small businesses with one to four lines of service. It will include 450 minutes of wireless service each month on AT&T’s wireless network. Businesses will also have high speed internet service included in the plan.

The internet service will include a variety of speeds. So finding one right for your business will not be an issue. You will get 11 email accounts, business class technical support, and AT&T Wi-FiSM connectivity at more than 20,000 hot spots. There will also be an all in one protection suite for certain tiers.

Small businesses taking advantage of the new “All for Less” plan will get unlimited local calling with caller ID and call forwarding. Long distance will include unlimited domestic calling.

This is a great way for small businesses to cut costs. If you are interested visit att.com/AllForLess .

AT&T to Launch New Satellite Phone Next Year

AT&T and Terrestar have announced a new phone coming out early next year. The phone will work off of the usual cell phone towers and when service is not available from the towers it will switch to Terrestar’s satellite service.

The phone will be a smart phone named Genus. Features will include a 2.6-inch touchscreen, Wi-Fi, Blue-tooth, GPS, a 3-megapixel camera, 100MB internal storage, micro SD card slot (maximum 16GB), and Windows Mobile 6.5.

The new phone will also come loaded with a VOIP program and Microsoft Office and Outlook mobile. The service area will include the continental United States, Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Territory waters.

The price of the new satellite phone has not been announced yet. It doesn’t look like it’s going to be cheap though. Users will have to sign up for the data and voice service and pay extra for the satellite service. There is also going to be roaming charges for the satellite service.

The first users of the new satellite phone will be businesses, first responders, government, and enterprise. They are working on a similar service for individual users.

AT&T Release 3 G Micro Cell in Charlotte, North Carolina

If you have AT&T cell phone service and your reception is bad you might find the new 3 G Micro Cell useful. There is a catch though, you have to live in the Charlotte North Carolina area to get it. They are the first to test out the new 3 G Micro Cell.

The Micro Cell is an adapter that connects to your DSL or cable modem at your home. It then is suppose to provide you with better phone service by using your internet connection.

The cost for the 3 G Micro Cell is $150.00. There is only a monthly fee if you want to make unlimited calls using the Micro Cell. The cost is $20.00 a month. You are also suppose to get faster data connections using the cell. If you live somewhere that your cell phone reception is terrible this might make the difference.

Will enough people be willing to pay $150.00 for something they expected to already have? That being good cell phone service, the jury is still out. If you are an AT&T customer what are your thoughts on the new 3G Micro Cell?

AT&T To Aquire Alltel Wireless Assets

AT&T recently agreed to lay out $2.35 billion in cash for the lion’s share of the Alltel Wireless assets being divested by Verizon Communications in order to comply with regulatory approval of its purchase of Alltel.AT&T will therefore acquire network assets, wireless spectrum licenses, and one and a half million subscribers across nearly 80 service areas.

The Verizon-Alltel deal is estimated to be worth $28.1 billion and will make Verizon Wireless the single biggest U.S. wireless operator, moving past AT&T in its total number of subscribers.

The states that are affected by this deal are: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, and Wyoming. These states’ affected wireless subscribers are mostly in rural locations.

These area subscribers will now gain access to AT&T’s 3G broadband network, which is the fastest 3G network in the United States. It is currently available in almost 350 major metropolitan areas and AT&T is constantly pushing for expansion of its market. Additionally, AT&T provides Wi-Fi access to almost 20,000 United States “hotspots” such as Barnes & Nobles and Starbucks. The company also provides this service to over 80,000 commercial sites across the nation and the globe.

AT&T’s wireless customers who have 3G LaptopConnect cards as well as qualified smartphone contracts have free unlimited Wi-Fi access at the AT&T serviced U.S. hotspots. The smartphone access of the new subscribers will be greatly expanded.

According to Ralph de la Vega, president and CEO of AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets division, “Wireless continues to be AT&T’s greatest growth driver, and this transaction will complement our existing network coverage, particularly in rural areas. The acquisition will add network assets, distribution channels, and 850 MHz spectrum in a significant portion of the U.S., enabling even better coverage for AT&T’s subscribers in those areas. The subscribers who join the AT&T family will realize significant benefits, including access to AT&T’s 3G broadband network — the nation’s fastest — and to an industry-leading lineup of iconic devices — from the latest smartphones for business users to quick messaging phones for texting teens.”

AT&T will be selling what used to be called its Centennial Wireless properties to Verizon in the deal. Valued at $240 million, this part of the deal will give Verizon network assets, licenses, and almost 120,000 current customers across five service areas of Mississippi and Louisiana.

The finalizing of the deal is expected to take place in the final quarter of 2009. There are no delaying regulatory issues foreseen.

AT&T’s New Services – Mini Laptops

AT&T is now offering brand new services. Mini Laptops, AT&T retailers are offering online technical support and “Internet at Home” and “On the Go.”

AT&T is offering a variety of mini laptops that include built-in AT&T 3G wireless capabilities starting at $49.99 with the purchase of AT&T “Internet at Home and On the Go” broadband internet services.

A free 30 minute trial of the new online technical support. At selected AT&T locations for customers that have purchased a data plan that is qualified for the technical support service.

A new feature from AT&T that is included in the same trial in selected stores, an Internet at Home and On the go package with the starting prices beginning at $59.95 per month. This package combines mobile and home broadband, and access to the fastest 3G network. Unlimited access to the nation’s largest Wi-Fi network of approximately 20,000 Wi-Fi hotspots.

A pre-installation on mini laptops called the “AT&T Communication Manager”, which the customers can manage their mobile broadband and Wi-Fi connections.

Mini laptops are becoming the new buzz around town. Mini laptops are lightweight laptop computers that make it easier to surf the web, send and receive emails, keeps your social networking sites updated and photo and music management.

Mini laptops that available in AT&T retail stores across the country include the Acer Aspire One, Dell Inspiron Mini 9 and Mini 12, and LG Xenia. The prices range from $49.99 to $249.99 with the purchase of an AT&T Internet at Home and On the Go broadband internet plan, which includes an AT&T DataConnect plan and AT&T Fast Access DSL, prices start at $59.95 per month. Without those AT&T services, the mini laptops prices can range anywhere from $449.99 to $599.99.

This trial will include an award winning feature, an ultra portable laptop with built-in 3G wireless network capabilities. The Lenovo X200 prices starting at $749.99 which includes Internet at Home and on the Go. The mini laptop is available with a two-year DataConnect plan only, starting at $849.99.

The mini laptops come with an AT&T Communication Manager preloaded installation software to help customers manage their Wi-Fi hotspot connections. The Communication Manager will enable customers to connect to AT&T Hotspots when they are readily available, stores information from previous usage of Wi-Fi networks and is capable of displaying the notifications of your Wi-Fi hotspots usage.

Mini laptop prices are from $99.99 to $349.99 when purchasing a two-year AT&T DataConnect plan. AT&T are also offering two separate DataConnect plans. This is a trial plan ranging from $40 per month for a 200MB plan and $60 per month for a 5GB plan.

At select stores that offer these promotional trials, mini laptop customers that are signing up with a qualifying DataConnect plan can take advantage of a free 30-minute AT&T ConnecTech technical support session that will ensure they are ready to use their new products and services as soon they leave the store.

AT&T’s ConnecTech is a premiere service of technical support, installations, and maintenance services that provide outstanding remote and in-home computing assistance. It even provides home entertainment support.

Consumers can take advantage of the mini laptop trial offers at various AT&T retail store locations.