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The Telecom Digest for Sun, 27 Dec 2015
Volume 34 : Issue 233 : "Text" format

Table of contents:

* 1 - AT&T's worst business segment in 2015 - Bill Horne
* 2 - IBM takes on AT&T's Managed Data - Bill Horne
* 3 - In Sweden, a Cash-Free Future Nears - Monty Solomon


Message-ID: <n5nn34$q0g$1@dont-email.me>
Date: Sat, 26 Dec 2015 22:51:28 -0500
From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net>
Subject: AT&T's worst business segment in 2015

AT&T, Inc.'s Worst Business Segment in 2015
The company had one major area that faltered in an otherwise decent year.

AT&T (NYSE:T) had a fairly mediocre year, in that its stock price looks
to finish 2015 in roughly the same place it began it.

That was partly due to increased competition in wireless and somewhat
due to the industrywide struggle to fight off cord cutters in pay
television. The company actually did quite well in the mobile-phone
part of its business, adding subscribers even as T-Mobile and Sprint
offered its customers lower prices.

AT&T did less well in pay television, where it lost customers (though
not many) through the first three quarters of the year. That was to be
expected, given that consumers, especially younger ones, have become
more open to the idea of cutting the cord and dropping pay TV altogether.


Bill Horne
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Message-ID: <n5nnj8$qta$1@dont-email.me>
Date: Sat, 26 Dec 2015 23:00:05 -0500
From: Bill Horne <bill@horneQRM.net>
Subject: IBM takes on AT&T's Managed Data

IBM Takes on AT&T's Managed Application, Managed Hosted Services Unit

Dec 23, 2015 Michael Cusanelli | Talkin Cloud

IBM (IBM) has assumed control of AT&T's managed application and managed
hosting services unit, as the company attempts to take on more
networking, application and hosting services.

Big Blue said it plan to align AT&T's managed application and hosting
services assets to its IBM Cloud portfolio, so that the companies can
help joint customers more easily integrate networks and cloud workloads
with their IT environments. The deal also gives IBM access to equipment
and floor space in AT&T data centers currently supporting the
applications and managed hosting operations, according to the press release.


Bill Horne
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Message-ID: <162B59A0-2527-4458-A31F-0101C6D3E318@roscom.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Dec 2015 21:13:59 -0500
From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com>
Subject: In Sweden, a Cash-Free Future Nears

Few places are tilting toward a cashless future as quickly as Sweden,
which has become hooked on the convenience of paying by app and

Not everyone is cheering. Sweden's embrace of electronic payments has
alarmed consumer organizations and critics who warn of a rising threat
to privacy and increased vulnerability to sophisticated Internet
crimes. Last year, the number of electronic fraud cases surged to
140,000, more than double the amount a decade ago, according to
Sweden's Ministry of Justice.




End of telecom Digest Sun, 27 Dec 2015