TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: AT&T Looks Beyond 'Number, Please'

AT&T Looks Beyond 'Number, Please'

Monty Solomon (
Sat, 22 Jan 2005 11:19:19 -0500

January 22, 2005

For a century, AT&T was known as America's premier phone company. If
Hossein Eslambolchi has his way, that label will go the way of the
dodo bird.

As chief technology and chief information officer, Mr. Eslambolchi is
the technological strategist behind AT&T's ambitious turnaround plan
to become a data transmission company selling an array of software
products like network security systems - with phone calls being just
one of many digital services.

Indeed, for the first time, voice calls generated less than half of
the revenue in AT&T's corporate business group in 2004.

A few years ago, this approach was heresy at AT&T, where connecting
calls was the cornerstone of the former monopoly's business. But with
falling prices, growing competition and cheap new Internet phone
services from start-up companies, AT&T's future depends more than ever
on vigorous cost-cutting and focusing on its worldwide data network.

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