AT&T. The AT&T Corporation (acronym for its old name, American Telephone and Telegraph according to abbreviationfinder) is an American telecommunications company. Provides Voice, Video, Data, and Internet services to businesses, clients, and government agencies. During its long history, AT&T has been, at times, the largest telephone company in the world, the largest cable television operator in the United States.
In 1984, through an agreement between the former AT&T and the United States Department of Justice, AT&T agreed to divest its local telephone operations while retaining its long-distance operations and its research, development, and manufacturing divisions. From this agreement was born SBC Communications Inc. Known as Southwestern Bell Corp.
Twelve years later, the Telecommunications Act of 1996 unleashed dramatic changes in the competitive scheme. SBC Communications Inc. Established itself as a global communications provider by acquiring Pacific Telesis Group (1997), Southern New England Telecommunications (1998), and Ameritech Corp. (1999).
In 2005, SBC Communications Inc. acquired AT&T Corp., creating the new AT&T. With the merger between AT&T and Bellsouth in 2006, and the consolidation of ownership of Cingular Wireless and YELLOWPAGES.COM, AT&T positioned itself as an industry leader with a significant transformation since the invention of the telephone more than 130 years ago.
AT&T is recognized as one of the leading providers of business IP communications. It also has a very fast 3G network, serving 85.1 million customers allowing them to travel and communicate without problems and a very wide international coverage compared to other telecommunications companies, offering voice coverage in more than 220 countries, data packages in more 190 and 3G in 115 countries.
They are also the largest Wi-Fi technology provider, offering customers access to more than 125,000 wireless Internet connection zones (including roaming sites belonging to companies or third parties).
AT&T is making great strides in the entertainment and communication industries. For example, expanding its video products to include next-generation television such as AT&T U-verse®TV and AT&T | DIRECTVSM.
It is part of their integration strategy “three screens”, that is, they provide services through the three screens that people have the most: mobile phones, computers and television.
- Women make up 1% of AT&T managers; This statistic is higher than the average for most Fortune 500 companies. People of color comprise 30% of company managers, while people of color nationwide make up only 12% of managers, professionals, and professionals. Related occupations, according to the United States Census
- In 2008, AT & T’s tuition fee program served more than 9,800 applicants, 52% of whom were women and 54% were people of color.
- Since 1988, hundreds of newly hired college graduates have successfully completed AT & T’s Leadership Development Program, half of these employees are women and the other half are people of color.