Profile: AT&T Inc (T)
18 Aug 2017
AT&T Inc., incorporated October 5, 1983, is a holding company. The Company and its subsidiaries provide communications and digital entertainment services in the United States and the world. The Company operates through four segments: Business Solutions, Entertainment Group, Consumer Mobility and International. The Company offers its services and products to consumers in the United States, Mexico and Latin America and to businesses and other providers of telecommunications services worldwide. The Company also owns and operates three regional Television sports networks, and retains non-controlling interests in another regional sports network and a network dedicated to game-related programming, as well as Internet interactive game playing. The services and products offered by the Company vary by market, and include wireless communications, data/broadband and Internet services, digital video services, local and long-distance telephone services, telecommunications equipment, managed networking, and wholesale services. Its subsidiaries include AT&T Mobility and SKY Brasil Servicos Ltda.
Business Solutions segment provides services to business customers, including multinational companies; governmental and wholesale customers; and individual subscribers who purchase wireless services through employer-sponsored plans. It provides IP-based services including Virtual Private Networks (VPN); Ethernet-related products and broadband, referred to as fixed strategic services; as well as traditional data and voice products. It provides Business Solutions through various categories, including wireless service, fixed strategic services, legacy voice and data services, other services and wireless equipment. It provides a range of wireless voice and data communications services in a variety of pricing plans. It classifies its subscribers as either postpaid, connected device or reseller.
It offers both Mobile Share plans and an integrated offer combining unlimited wireless data with its video services. These plans allow sharing of voice, text and data across multiple devices. It also offer equipment installment programs, such as AT&T NextSM (AT&T Next), a program allowing subscribers to upgrade handsets using an installment payment plan; and Rollover Data on Mobile Share plans, which allows unused shareable plan data to be rolled over and used within the next month. Its wireless services include data and voice services, including long-distance service and roaming services. Roaming services enable the subscribers to utilize other carriers' networks when they are roaming outside its network footprint. The Fixed strategic services offerings uses digital circuits, and allows customers to create internal data networks and access external data networks. Switched Transport services transmit data using switching equipment to transfer the data between multiple lines before reaching its destination. Dedicated transport services use a single direct line to transmit data between destinations.
It provides businesses voice applications over IP-based networks (i.e., Enhanced Virtual Private Networks (EVPN)). It has built out new IP/Internet Protocol/MultiProtocol Label Switching (MPLS) network, to supplement its IP-based product set, and replace its older circuit-based networks and services. These products allow it to provide complex global data networks. Additional IP-based services include Internet access and network integration, network security, dedicated Internet and enterprise networking services.
Packet services consist of data networks using packet switching and transmission technologies, including circuit-based and IP connectivity services. Packet services enable customers to transmit volumes of data economically and are used for local area network (LAN) interconnection and inter-office communications. Enterprise networking services provide support from network design, implementation and installation to ongoing network operations and management for networks of varying scales, including LANs and virtual private networks. These services include applications such as e-mail, order entry systems, employee directories, human resource transactions and other database applications. It also offers Wi-Fi service.
Its voice services include traditional local and long-distance service provided to business and governmental customers, or through wholesale arrangements with other service providers. Its circuit-based, data products include switched and dedicated transport services that allow customers to transmit data at speeds, as well as access the Internet using a digital subscriber line (DSL) connection. The Company provides intrastate, interstate and international wholesale networking capacity to other service providers. It offers a combination of high-volume transmission capacity and conventional dedicated line services on a regional, national and international basis to the wholesale customers, which are wireless carriers, interexchange carriers, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), and facility-based and switchless resellers. It sells a variety of handsets, wirelessly enabled computers, including tablets and notebooks and personal computer wireless data cards manufactured by suppliers for use with its voice and data services. These are sold through its own company-owned stores, agents and third-party retail stores. It also sells accessories, such as carrying cases, hands-free devices and other items.
The Entertainment Group segment provides video, Internet, voice communication, and interactive and targeted advertising services to customers in the United States and United States territories by utilizing its copper and IP-based wired network and/or its satellite technology. It divides its activities into various categories, including video entertainment, Internet, legacy voice and data services, and equipment and other. It offers video entertainment services using satellite and IP-based technologies as well as a streaming option that does not require either satellite or wired IP services. It provides approximately 25.3 million subscribers with access to hundreds of channels of digital-quality video entertainment and audio programming. It provides video-on-demand (VOD) by pushing top-rated movies onto customers' digital video recorders (DVRs) for viewing, as well as via broadband to its subscribers who have connected their set-top receiver to their broadband service. In addition, its video entertainment subscribers have the ability to use the Internet and/or its mobile applications for smartphones and tablets to view authorized content, search program listings and schedule DVR recordings. It offers broadband and Internet services to 12.9 million residential subscribers. Its voice services include traditional local and long-distance service provided to residential customers.
The Consumer Mobility segment consists of the Company's Mobility operations that provide nationwide wireless services to consumers and wholesale and resale wireless subscribers located in the United States or the United States territories by utilizing its network to provide voice and data services, including Internet, video and home-monitoring services over wireless devices. Wireless services include data and voice, including long-distance and roaming services. Roaming services enable the subscribers to utilize other carriers' networks when they are roaming outside its network footprint. It classifies its subscribers as either postpaid, prepaid and connected device or reseller. It offers a range of wireless voice and data communications services in a variety of postpaid and prepaid pricing plans. It also offers Mobile Share plans and an integrated offer combining its unlimited wireless data with video services. These plans allow sharing of voice, text and data across multiple devices. It also offer equipment installment programs, such as AT&T Next, a program allowing subscribers to upgrade handsets using an installment payment plan; and Rollover Data on Mobile Share plans, which allows unused shareable plan data to be rolled over and used within the next month. It also offers wireless voice and data communications to certain customers who prefer to pay in advance. These services are offered under the Cricket and Go Phone brands and are monthly-prepaid services. Its other service includes consulting, advertising, application and co-location, as well as fees it charges to other carriers for providing roaming services to their customers utilizing the network.
The International segment provides entertainment services in Latin America and wireless services in Mexico. Video entertainment services are provided to residential customers using satellite technology. It is a provider of digital television services throughout Latin America, providing a selection of local and international digital-quality video entertainment and audio programming under the DIRECTV and SKY brands. It has approximately 12.5 million video subscribers in Latin America. It offers postpaid and prepaid wireless services in Mexico to approximately 12.0 million subscribers under the AT&T and Unefon brands. All plans offer no roaming charges in the United States or Canada, unlimited minutes and messages to the extended AT&T community and unlimited social networking. It sells a variety of handsets, including smartphones manufactured by various suppliers for use with its voice and data services. It sells through its company-owned stores, agents and third-party retail stores.
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