AT&T Pumps $14B USD Into Wired, Wireless Infrastructure Upgrades
November 7, 2012 4:43 PM
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AT&T looks to cover 300 million Americans with LTE, 1 million new business users with wired offerings
In its arms race with the nation's top carrier, wireless giant Verizon Communications, second-place AT&T Inc. (
) is digging deep into its pockets, looking to
pour $8B USD
into infrastructure upgrades.
beats Verizon in speed tests
in select markets and offers better fallback 3G speeds than Verizon, thanks to its HSPA+ network. However, it
But big things are ahead, promises AT&T, saying it will cover 300 million Americans with LTE by the end of 2014 -- about twice its current coverage.
AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson cheers, "This is a major commitment to invest in 21st Century communications infrastructure for the United States and bring high-speed Internet connectivity — 4G LTE mobile and wireline IP broadband — to millions more Americans."
[Image Source: Reuters/Shannon Stapleton]
Also announced was a planned $6B USD investment over the next three years to beef up AT&T's wired internet, phone, and television offerings. The investment will allow AT&T to expand its wired internet offerings to an estimated 1 million new business customers, as well as many consumer users.
AT&T has been moving aggressively to expand the reach of
its Uverse service
, which competes with the likes Comcast Corp. (
). AT&T feels that it has a key advantage that cable-only providers don't, in that it can offer customers an additional bundled discount for being phone subscribers.
AT&T also announced that it was bumping its shareholder dividend. That decision was made, says Mr. Stephenson due to AT&T's expectation that despite the large capital expenditures, it anticipates continuing to turn tidy profits over the next few years.
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RE: This article misses analysis
11/7/2012 11:35:45 PM
I worked marketing for TV/internet until recently
You get a $5 "bundling" discount off your wireless service if you bundle that with landline services.
Most ATT customers think it's more than that but that's it. 5 bucks.
Now bundling issue itself is whole nuther can of worms that screws most customers but that's getting a bit off topic here.
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