AT&T is more interested in cost savings than network operations


English: Avaya ERS 8600.

English: Avaya ERS 8600. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By George Mattathil – AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson says, “The really big numbers come when you get really close to turning off the switch on the old legacy TDM infrastructure. There are significant network and IT costs involved in sustaining those products and you don’t turn the lion’s share of those off till you take that last product out of service.”

It seems primary preoccupation at AT&T is not how well they can operate the networks, but how much money they can save. Current thinking is a continuation of the past decision to keep the then profitable long distance business and spin-off valuable technology (Lucent, Avaya, Agere) and access networks (Baby Bells.) Service quality, reliability and performance are being sacrificed for the sake of financial profits. Such flawed thinking is a common problem.

It is possible that AT&T is not really driving this effort, but the government. That would explain the series of illogical past decisions by AT&T.

Proceeding with the all-IP plans will result in a network system that is less than optimum. Past neglect of a fully developed rail network [1, 2, 3] has resulted in the less than optimum current transportation system in the US.

If the FCC agrees with AT&T plans, get ready for a sub-standard network infrastructure with reduced service features and performance.♦

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