AT&T plans first-of-its-kind Center for Innovation in Austin

Feb 27, 2014
Austin American Statesman

AT&T once again has its eye on Central Texas. The Texas-based telecommunications giant, which selected the Austin area last year to debut its super-fast, 1-gigabit U-verse with GigaPower Internet service, said Wednesday that it plans to open a first-of-its-kind Center for Innovation here

The multimillion-dollar facility should open by year’s end, said Dahna Hull, vice president and general manager for AT&T’s Austin operations. A specific site has not yet been selected

The center will, among other things, focus on “education, data analytics, next generation video and a variety of mobile applications and solutions,” Hull said

“We picked Austin for this center for the same reason we picked it to be first with GigaPower,” Hull said. “Austin’s a hub of innovation. It’s an amazing place.”

AT&T has a history of innovation in Austin, Hull said. Some of the company’s first U-verse offerings, for instance, were developed in the mid-1990s at the company’s labs in the Arboretum area

The new Center for Innovation will include a studio where Central Texans can create unique content that AT&T will distribute via its various TV, online and mobile services

At the center, Hull and other AT&T executives envision Central Texans from all walks of life coming together to craft “new ideas, new partnerships, new innovation and real working solutions – all to leverage the best of Austin and make it an even more livable city.”

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