2011 International CES

Las Vegas, Nevada, January 5, 2011

At this year's Developer Summit

AT&T returned to CES this week and hosted its fifth annual Developer Summit at the Palms resort in Las Vegas, Jan. 5, 2011.

Ralph de  la VegaDuring the Summit, AT&T made some major news announcements, covering various initiatives and devices including AT&T's plans to continue to build-out the nation's most advanced mobile broadband experience through three key initiatives: making the nation's fastest mobile broadband network even faster with 4G, offering an industry-leading lineup of smartphones and devices, and driving the development of more innovative applications for consumers.

Keynote speakers included: Ralph de la Vega, president and CEO, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets, David Christopher, chief marketing officer, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets, John Donovan, chief technology officer, AT&T Operations, Glenn Lurie, president, Emerging Devices Organization, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets, and Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Devices, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets.

The keynotes were followed by a full-day of technical and business events designed around the developer community.

Highlights from the keynotes:

"Today our customers are benefitting as we repeatedly increase speeds on our mobile broadband network," said Ralph de la Vega, president and CEO–Mobility and Consumer Markets, speaking at the 2011 AT&T Developer Summit. "As we accelerate our LTE network build, our customers will have blazing-fast LTE speeds, and when they go off LTE, they will still have faster mobile broadband speeds with HSPA+, something our competitors will not be able to match."

De la Vega said AT&T's network roadmap will distinguish it as the industry moves towards 4G/LTE technology over the next several years. He told the audience that AT&T is the leader in smartphones and devices and expects that role to widen in 2011. "We plan to introduce 20 new leading-edge 4G devices this year," de la Vega said, "and some will be on an exclusive basis."

In the first half of 2011, AT&T will feature a best-in-class portfolio of HSPA+ devices, and in the second half, will add LTE devices including smartphones, tablets, modems and mobile hotspots. AT&T's 2011 portfolio will include best-in-class devices for the Apple, Android, BlackBerry and Windows 7 operating systems – diversity which allows for more great choices for customers – and apps developers.

Today, AT&T provides customers access to more mobile applications than any other carrier. In 2011, the plan is to expand this leadership in apps with new initiatives to speed collaboration with apps developers and further open network capabilities to the development community. As part of this announcement, AT&T rolled out a series of new initiatives for developers to get their applications quickly integrated into as many lives as possible, as well as the next generation of development platforms and tools.

In addition, AT&T is collaborating with others to invest $70 million to build three innovation centers worldwide – an effort considered unprecedented in working with the app developer community. The first center is planned to open in the first quarter near Dallas. The other two – in Silicon Valley and near Tel Aviv – are slated to open later this year. The centers are designed to foster collaboration and improve project cycle time from idea to market by threefold.

More information on AT&T's developer program.