Profile: AT&T Inc (T.N)
9 Dec 2016
AT&T Inc. (AT&T), incorporated on October 5, 1983, is a holding company. The Company is a provider of 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. Its services offerings include wireless communications, data/broadband and Internet services, digital video services, local and long-distance telephone services, telecommunications equipment, managed networking and wholesale services. The Company offers services and products to consumers in the United States, Mexico and Latin America, and to businesses and other providers of telecommunications services around the world. The Company also owns and operates approximately three regional sports networks, and holds interests in another regional sports network and a network dedicated to game-related programming, as well as Internet interactive game playing.
The Business Solutions segment provides services to business, governmental and wholesale customers, and individual subscribers who purchase wireless services through employer-sponsored plans. The Business Solutions segment includes various categories, including wireless service, fixed strategic services, legacy voice and data services, other services and wireless equipment. The Company offers a range of wireless voice and data communications services to approximately 73.7 million Business Solutions wireless subscribers. It classifies its subscribers as either postpaid, connected device or reseller. The Company offers Mobile Share plans, which allow sharing of voice, text and data across multiple devices, AT&T Next, a program allowing subscribers to upgrade handsets using an installment payment plan. It also offers Rollover Data on Mobile Share plans, which allows unused shareable plan data to be rolled over and used within the next month.
Its fixed strategic services offerings use digital circuits, and allow customers to create internal data networks and to access external data networks. The Company provides businesses voice applications over Internet Protocol (IP) based networks. Additional IP-based services include Internet access and network integration, dedicated Internet and enterprise networking services. Network integration services include installation of business data systems, local area networking and other data networking offerings. Internet access services include a range of products, including access service, dedicated access, Web hosting, managed services, e-mail and high-speed access services. Its managed Web-hosting services for businesses provide network, server and security infrastructure, as well as built-in data storage and include application performance management, database management, hardware and operating system management. Its hosting services also provide customers with access to detailed reporting information about their infrastructure and applications.
Packet services consist of data networks using packet switching and transmission technologies, including traditional circuit-based and IP connectivity services. Enterprise networking services provide support from network design, implementation and installation to ongoing network operations and management for networks of varying scales, including local area networks (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 wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi) service.
The Company's Legacy Voice and Data Services include local and long-distance service provided to business and governmental customers, and wholesale access to its network and individual network elements. The Company also provides wholesale switched access service to other service providers. Its circuit-based, traditional data products include switched and dedicated transport services that allow business customers to transmit data at high speeds, as well as digital subscriber line (DSL) Internet access. The Company provides intrastate, interstate and international wholesale networking capacity to other service providers. The Company sells a range of handsets, wirelessly enabled computers and personal computer wireless data cards manufactured by various suppliers for use with its voice and data services. The Company also sells accessories, such as carrying cases, hands-free devices and other items, to consumers, as well as to agents and third-party distributors for resale.
The Entertainment Group segment provides video, Internet and voice communication services to residential customers in the United States and the United States territories. The Company offers video entertainment services using satellite and IP-based technologies. It provides approximately 25.4 million subscribers with access to various channels of digital video entertainment and audio programming. For satellite subscribers, it provides video-on-demand (VOD) by pushing movies onto customers' digital video recorders (DVRs) for instant viewing, as well as through 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 mobile applications for smartphones and tablets to view authorized content, search program listings and schedule DVR recordings. The Company offers broadband and Internet services to over 12.4 million residential subscribers. Its voice services include local and long-distance service provided to residential customers.
The Consumer Mobility segment provides wireless service to consumers, and wireless wholesale and resale subscribers located in the United States or in the United States territories. The Company utilizes its United States wireless network to provide voice and data services, including high speed Internet, video entertainment and home monitoring services. The segment consists of AT&T Mobility operations that provide wireless services to consumers, and wireless wholesale and resale subscribers located in the United States or the United States territories. Wireless services include data and voice services, including long-distance service and roaming services. The Company serves approximately 60 million Consumer Mobility subscribers, including over 28.8 million postpaid, approximately 11.5 million prepaid, over 13.7 million reseller and approximately 929,000 connected devices. The Company offers Prepaid Wireless services under the Cricket or Go Phone brands.
The International segment provides video entertainment services to residential customers in Latin America, and wireless data and voice communication services to consumer and business customers in Mexico. The Company is a provider of digital television services throughout Latin America, providing a range of local and international video entertainment and audio programming under the DIRECTV and SKY brands. The Company has approximately 12.5 million video subscribers in Latin America. Its operations consist of PanAmericana, which provides services in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela and certain other countries in the region, and SKY Brasil Servicos Ltda. (SKY Brasil), which is a subsidiary of the Company. Its Latin American operations also include its equity method investment in Innova, S. de R.L. de C.V. (SKY Mexico). PanAmericana has approximately 7.1 million subscribers and SKY Brasil has approximately 5.4 million subscribers. The Company offers postpaid and prepaid wireless services to approximately 8.7 million subscribers under the AT&T, Iusacell, Unefon and Nextel Mexico brands.
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