Wall Street Journal  5 hrs ago  Comment 
AT&T closed its $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV after more than a year of regulatory review, a combination that creates the largest U.S. pay-television company.
TheStreet.com  6 hrs ago  Comment 
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- AT&T jumped after the Federal Communications Commission issued formal approval of its $48.5 billion merger with DirecTV . Sprint plunged after it felt the affect of a price cut.AT&T rose 1.1% to close at $34.29, on...
CNNMoney.com  Jul 24  Comment 
Government regulators officially cleared the way for AT&T to acquire DirecTV on Friday, making the combined company the biggest provider of TV subscriptions.
USAToday.com  Jul 24  Comment 
Rise comes after the telecom giant, poised to buy DirecTV, reported better-than-expected earnings
Wall Street Journal  Jul 24  Comment 
The need for an acquisition was on display when AT&T—the country’s largest telecommunications company by revenue and second-largest wireless company by subscribers—reported second-quarter earnings.
Clusterstock  Jul 23  Comment 
(Reuters) - AT&T Inc reported a 1.4 percent rise in quarterly revenue as it added postpaid customers. The second-largest U.S. wireless carrier said net income attributable to the company fell to $3.04 billion, or 58 cents per share, in the...
TechCrunch  Jul 23  Comment 
 AT&T reported its second-quarter financial performance following the bell, including revenue of $33.02 billion and earnings per share of $0.69. The street had expected the company to earn $0.63 per share on revenue of $33.06 billion. Down in...
TheStreet.com  Jul 23  Comment 
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of AT&T were falling 0.57% to $34.08 Thursday morning, ahead of the telecommunications company's second quarter financial report which is due after the closing bell. Analysts expect AT&T to report earnings of 63...
Benzinga  Jul 23  Comment 
In a report published Thursday, JP Morgan analyst Andre Baggio downgraded the rating on America Movil SAB de CV (ADR) (NYSE: AMX) from Neutral to Underweight, while establishing a price target of $17.5. Analyst Andre Baggio expects America...
TheStreet.com  Jul 23  Comment 
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- DirecTV advanced after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman gave his approval of the merger with AT&T . Charter Communications advanced after reports surfaced it was close to wrapping up its Time...


AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a U.S. telecommunications services provider, and the second largest U.S. wireless carrier in the United States. AT&T provides telephone, Internet, and computer telephone services to over 95 million customers in 22 states in the U.S. AT&T operates across four segments: Wireless, Wireline, Advertising Solutions, and Other. In fiscal year 2010, AT&T recorded revenues of $124.3 billion and net income of $19.8 billion. AT&T continues to invest heavily to improve high-speed internet and video offerings as consumer demand for these services continues to rise. AT&T's increased investments is evident in its $4.4 billion initiative to build a fiber-optic network to offer IP-based video, broadband Internet, and VoIP services over a single line.


AT&T competes primarily with other telecommunications services companies, including Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel, Leap Wireless, and MetroPCS.

  • Leap Wireless: Leap is a niche player in the telecommunications space, offering pre-paid, unlimited wireless plans, so it does not compete directly with AT&T Wireless. The company targets youth and minority markets, and its payment structure means customers avoid credit checks and contracts.

and then the fox jumped over the bush.

  • Sprint Nextel: Through its Sprint, Nextel, Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile and Assurance Wireless sub-brands, Sprint Nextel competes across both wireless and wireline with AT&T. Although in recent years Spring has been hemorrhaging customers, it has invested heavily to launch the first 4G network and retain customers, and has shifted away from the post-paid segment where AT&T and Verizon Wireless dominate to focus on the pre-paid subscriber niche.
  • MetroPCS: Similar to Leap Wireless, MetroPCS focuses on the youth and minority pre-paid segment demographic, lacking the scale of AT&T, Verizon Communications, and Sprint Nextel. It has not needed to rely on massive capital expenditures as its geographic focus is the densely-populated urban market; this has helped the company achieve high margins relative to its competitors.

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