) announced plans to enhance its Push-to-Talk services, which
include push-to-talk devices, services on mobile operating
systems, and Wi-Fi network for customers in the U.S. The company
is adding workforce management functionality to its push-to-talk
solution. The enhancement would help the company's supervisors in
online team management.
Apart from traditional wireline and wireless services,
AT&T is progressing well in making its mark in enterprise
services. Apart from its Push-to-Talk solution, AT&T entered
the home security and automation service market this year with
the launch of Digital Life package. After debuting in 15 markets,
the service is now available in 58 markets. AT&T is also
expanding its managed security solutions (MSS) including mobile
security solution, which is slated for a year-end launch.
For 2013, AT&T is expected to witness revenue growth aided
by contributions from wireless services. Wireless data services,
which represent $22 billion in annualized revenues with growth
rate of approximately 18% per annum, are key drivers. AT&T's
wireless business, in particular the post-paid segment, is
benefiting from promotional strategies that it had undertaken in
In Sep 2013, the company collaborated with Global Wi-Fi
Network provider, Fon to provide global Wi-Fi roaming facility to
its customers. Given the new agreement, AT&T customers will
be able to access Fon's Wi-Fi hotspots while traveling
internationally. In exchange, customers using the Fon network can
connect through AT&T hotspots across the U.S. The deal covers
smartphones, tablets and other Wi-Fi enabled devices.
Other positive attributes for the company include a strategic
realignment initiative and a healthy financial profile. However,
persistent access line losses, competitive pressure from the
) and regulatory issues will likely weigh on the stock in the
AT&T has a Zacks Rank #3(Hold).
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Shenandoah Telecommunications Co.
Telstra Corp. Ltd
). Both carry a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).
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