Technology Blog

143 years ago today, Alexander Graham Bell received the patent for his invention, the telephone, and our company was born. 3 days later, the world’s first phone call went like this: “Mr. Watson – come here – I want to see you.”

What has come since is a series of firsts: The first transistor, the first communications satellite, and now first with 5G.

At AT&T, we have always built human-first technology: Technology built to improve the lives of our customers, friends, partners, families and communities.

As our company continues to evolve, new opportunities arise. The Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality will change the way our business customers operate. Our commitment to our first responders through FirstNet is helping those who run toward danger, and we continue to be there for our communities in need.

And we now have the power to deliver the kind of content that makes us all smarter, happier and closer as a community. Behind it all, our 5G network will be the lifeblood of innovation.

But as we look to the future, it’s important to remember our rich past.

Take a moment to enjoy a video tour of the new AT&T Technology & Innovation Center in Middletown, New Jersey. It’s part museum, part crystal ball – starting at that first phone call, and pointing to breakthrough technologies of the present and future, like Project AirGig.

Happy birthday, AT&T. There’s a lot to celebrate.