Here’s Why Intel and AT&T are Becoming Best Friends
The two technology giants are taking their relationship to the next level. As more people use their smartphones for tasks like watching movies, and as more devices like wind turbines are connected to the Internet, the behind-the-scenes-infrastructure required to funnel all that data is struggling to keep up with the demand. That’s partly why telecommunications giant AT&T T -0.24% has been exploring cutting-edge technologies to improve its giant data center network and help it stream data to customers without any hiccups. On Wednesday at Intel’s INTC -0.54% annual developer conference, #Intel and #AT&T said they were deepening an existing partnership that involves AT&T getting early access to new Intel technologies and jointly working on networking infrastructure problems specific to the carrier’s needs. The two companies have already created a technology team of 50 engineers that is attempting to fine-tune Intel’s chip technology to work more efficiently with AT&T’s custom networking software that it plans to make publicly available for free.