TITLE

Protecting Enterprise Customers After The Telecom Mega-Mergers

AUTHOR(S)
Levine, Hank; Rohde, David
PUB. DATE
March 2005
SOURCE
Business Communications Review;Mar2005, Vol. 35 Issue 3, p24
SOURCE TYPE
Trade Publication
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article focuses on the telecom mega-mergers and markets. The mergers are likely to be approved by the requisite state and federal regulators. That will take at least a year, however, and will probably come with conditions designed to protect/stimulate competition. For a long time it was "unthinkable" for a regional Bell operating company (RBOC) to buy a major long distance carrier. BellSouth has been conservative, cautious and profitable, but it will be hard-pressed to remain a major player when its largest growing asset is a minority interest in a giant wireless company, and it lacks sophisticated nationwide capabilities. Sprint's management has been de-emphasizing the wireline part of its business, especially since the announcement of its deal to merge with Nextel, which raises the intriguing possibility that Sprint will sell its enterprise wireline business to BellSouth. Sprint is currently a strong third in the IXC wireline market, but its status will become questionable as it becomes relatively smaller and deemphasizes enterprise wireline services.
ACCESSION #
16429470

 

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