WiFi 6 And AT&T Subscriber Losses

On Episode 489 of the Waves of Tech, we dive into telecom, enhanced WiFi, and 3-dimensional printing. AT&T announced losses and gains during their quarterly earnings call showing a massive drop in television subscribers and financial gains in mobile operating revenues. Thanks to a great CNET article, more details are being shared regarding the opening of the 6GHz and what it may look like in the next coming year. With a significant gap in the medical supply chain, the commercial and residential 3D printing industry is stepping up to provide a large volume of units to state and regional hospitals.

AT&T Lost Nearly 1 Million TV Subscribers

Under the heading of “not so surprising news,” AT&T announced the loss of 897,000 premium television subscribers over the last quarter. This comes off the heels of the 2019 reported loss of nearly 3.5 million customers. However, the telecom giant is seeing consistent gains in internet service, fiber customers, mobile revenue, and retention of higher-value customers.

  • A reported consumer loss of 138,000 AT&T TV Now, a streaming service, as well
  • The losses will result in costs topping $10 billion, including jobs and services
  • AT&T is shifting to more profitable avenues without being bothered with other losses
  • Advertising revenue should peak once sports and entertainment start once again

FCC Approves the Use of 6GHz Band

Last episode, we reported that the Federal Communications Commission was voting on opening up spectrum to accommodate the future use of 6HGz compatible routers and devices. The vote unanimously passed. But before you consider jumping on the 6GHz realm, let’s understand the in’s and out’s of the band. It’s really a full year out before we begin to see the fruits.

  • Devices and routers need to be equipped with WiFi 6E tech, many do not right now
  • 6GHz is designed for short-range connections between devices in near proximity
  • There are some unique differences between 2.4GHz, 5GHz, and 6GHz, we explain
  • The newest iPhone SE and Samsung Galaxy 10 are equipped with 6E chipsets

3D Printing Industry Saving Thousands of Lives

When the coronavirus began to hit the United States, there was a near immediate impact on the supply chain of medical equipment and protective equipment. The 3D printing industry, both high-end commercial corporations and in-home makers, stepped up and began manufacturing much needed ventilator splitters, face shields, respirator masks, and much more.

  • Many manufacturers provided open-source designs of their units to in-home printers
  • Some units are even being sent to Uganda, Ghana, South Africa, and Europe
  • 3D printing is a powerful, yet temporary, fix to the limited goods to medical workers
  • Healthcare providers could invest in dimensional printer in the future for supply route

Resources & Links

AT&T Losing More Customers

FCC Vote Unanimously on 6GHz

Filling the Supply Gap via 3D Printing

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