USA - Telecommunications - Trends and Developments 2005

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Last updated: 15 Nov 2005 Update History

Report Status: Archived

Report Pages: 14

Analyst: Lawrence Baker

Synopsis

This report has not been updated since November 2005. The US telecoms environment has consolidated rapidly with mega mergers between major players, including the acquisition of long-distance companies, AT&T and MCI, leaving five major players: Verizon, SBC, BellSouth, Sprint and Qwest. Competition in the telecom market has become a race to be chosen by the customer to deliver bundled communication services, including voice, wireless, data, TV and cellular. In this infrastructure-based competition, Cable TV has been in the lead, so telcos have merged to create enough size to afford major network upgrades, which will enable delivery of TV content. In the long term, wireline networks will deliver services cheaper than cable TV and will dominate.

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