AT&T opening innovation centers

AT&T announced that it will open at least three AT&T Innovation Centers this year that will be home to the development of next-generation devices, applications and equipment that will leverage both its wireless and wireline broadband network capabilities. The centers, two of which will be in the U.S., are poised to become labs where AT&T engineers welcome outside vendors to work with them and third-party application developers gain access to service and network resources.

"Collaborative innovation is at the heart of broadband today, and it will be even more critical in the years to come as we work to ensure that customers get the most out of mobile broadband platforms like LTE and service platforms like U-Verse IPTV," said John Donovan, AT&T's chief technology officer, in a press release. "We envision these AT&T Innovation Centers 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."

Mobile broadband innovations like LTE got top billing in the announcement, but as Donovan's statement notes, AT&T's U-verse IPTV platform will be the focus of much collaboration as well.

For more:
- Here's the AT&T press release

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