AT&T’s iPad Hits Shelves Leaves Concerns About Bandwidth Availability.

Although the 3G version of Apple’s latest geek-gear is less popular (and more expensive) than its Wi-Fi version, there has been significant chatter about the iPad’s ability and the desire of its owners to snap up bandwidth so much that it will strain AT&T’s already tested mobile network.

However, analysts are not worried. Under the premise that an iPad isn’t as portable (ie; you can’t run around with it in your pocket) as an iPhone or iPod Touch, and the considerable price for a 3G-equipped phone – think $630.00 as a starting point, supposedly the segment is too small to worry about.

Also, current and future plans for improving and upgrading AT&T’s network is already in the loop, if not as a reaction to an aggressive ad campaign impugning AT&T’s coverage, than to just bring it up to speed with upcoming technology. 4G anyone?

Of course, most opinions are speculative at this point, but numbers like 300,000 sold iPads this Saturday speak of a not-diminishing user-base for this product and its potential for network usage heading into Q3. If anything, it would be nice to see AT&T update to competitive coverage for not just Apple –based products, but for its laptop and mobile users across the board.

I guess this one’s a waiting game – supply vs. demand is not only a financial reference, but one AT&T will have to address as a data carrier now more than ever.

If you’ve got an iPad, feel free to chime in. Are you on Netflix? Streaming music? We’d love to know!

AT&T Invests… $1 Billion Dollars into Global Network Infrastructure. So?

Is this déjà-vu or just me? I believe AT&T mentioned this earlier in the year, but now we have a semi-ambiguous  announcement from Ron Spears, CEO of ATT’s Business Development:

“Despite the continuing challenges of today’s economic environment, we continue to deliver on our commitment to provide companies with the network-centric capabilities and applications they need to enhance their operations…”

This might sound like the same song and dance, but they are backing this with spending cash on upgrading their network for small-business consumers. More specifically, updates to cloud-based video conferencing, managed services and specialized services for the more active verticals such as finance, retail, health-care and government sectors.

According to ‘the books’, this expenditure will bring the total amount spent on infrastructure small business enhancements to $4 billion since 2006.

So how do we fit into this? We really don’t –at least directly.  I think the main take-away here is that AT&T is still pushing strong, has the capital to support and grow its services, and shows an interest in moving in-line with the ever expanding technology front. It also shows a side of this carrier that says it will remain competitive going into 2010 and beyond – and with Verizon biting at its heels on both the Digital TV market and mobile phone markets, services like U-verse and iPhone subscribers still require AT&T’s due diligence to stay ahead of the game.

AT&T Worldwide Broadband Update

This week more details were issued concerning the drastic change to the Internet’s imminent broadband speed, causing a ripple through AT&T and its competitors. AT&T has been responding to all the chaos through their public policy blog discussing much apprehension about the FCC plan taking place. Much was discussed during the debate this past Tuesday with the Technology Policy Institute and Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy voice out their standpoint in regards to these transitions.

AT&T’s Senior Executive Vice President of External and Legislative Affairs, Jim Ciccioni addressed the FCC’s tactic of the newly defined “high-speed” Internet and shared his excitement about the plan. According to a report that I had read, Cicconi could barely hold a chuckle in at the “failure of the open access push. That failure was, in part, thanks to the FCC’s Blair Levin, who recently admitted the FCC (or at least Levin), lacked the courage to challenge carriers like AT&T in court.”

Be afraid… Taking a dominating company like AT&T to court is not a very wise choice. It would be a challenge attempting to demolish a company with so much power over nationwide communication and of course the mobile and Internet industry.

I am still counting the days till AT&T releases new features that they will offer. Opinions anyone?