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    Default AT&T buys BellSouth

    http://www.usatoday.com/money/indust...ellsouth_x.htm


    Changes / Changes for me Good or Bad, I haven't decided as of yet.

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    Cingular(essentially bell) bought AT&T wireless, and now they return the favor. Interesting.
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    120 Billion in anual revenues is staggering. That said the best move for my career was getting away from AT&T Wireless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HBombToo
    120 Billion in anual revenues is staggering. That said the best move for my career was getting away from AT&T Wireless.

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    So what do I do now being a BellSouth Switchman?

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    Quote Originally Posted by disneyjoe7
    So what do I do now being a BellSouth Switchman?
    What do you do as a switch man? Lucent 5E, Nortel or are you on the wireless side? The industry will probably move away from trunk line switching in general opting for an IMS platform. Bottom line is that phone numbers will be changing to an IP address.

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    This is actually hillarious from the subscriber (i.e. me) perspective. I've been with ATT Wireless since 1995, and have corporate plan that Cingular can't match. Consequently, after the Cingular/ATT chaos merger, I've asked Cingular to consolidate my GSM/TDMA bills. They said no can do, since they have two completely incompatible systems. So, I continue to send monthly payments, one to an Los Angeles lockbox, the other one goes to Carol Stream, IL. So now, that the "new" ATT bought Cingular, it is a full circle journey, yet it is not. Go figure. I am sure, internally, they still refer to their systems as legacy ATWS and legacy Cingular.
    I am sorry, I have no opinion on the matter. I am sure you do. So, don't mind me, I just want to talk audio and pie.

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    Henry,

    5E landline guy, but I also work all Toll, Carrier t1 -t3 mux rings turn ups, build new RT sites. Bottom line I do it all we are called "4 Wall Tech".

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    Steve you are in the thick of it thats for sure. When you start seeing media gate ways plopped in your center's you know that the 64Kbit world is being converted. All of your Toll and carriers will see at least a multiple of 3 uplift in capacity. Voice will move to VOIP and the introduction of IPTV will be the next stack. You will be BUSY!

    BTW the 5E is a fine machine!!!

    Thats my story and I'm sticken with it... ;>)
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    Quote Originally Posted by disneyjoe7
    So what do I do now being a BellSouth Switchman?
    Go on a killing spree.

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    Henry, Yes I feel the same I'm glad you feel that way also. With my knowledge of this industry I'm Gold, my time with BS is 8 years which makes me a little nervous. But all in all I'm in the 65% percent of tech’s to time with BS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorokusai
    Go on a killing spree.

    Watch out dud, You maybe next :D


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    Yea, right.

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    haven't they already broken up att once? and now there buying up phone companys again
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    Quote Originally Posted by millerman 3732
    haven't they already broken up att once? and now there buying up phone companys again
    There's nothing left to buy....Qwest in the Midwest is the only sizable phone company left and it serves mainly rural customers.

    Besides, cash can always get things done....it was revealed recently in the LA Times that one of the commissioners at California Public Utilities Commission accepted $25,000 in exchange for her "yes" vote to the merger of SBC and AT&T (the merged companies now known as AT&T). She's now Chief of Staff to Arnold.

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    Qwest = the joke of the Telecom community.

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    Is it just me or does the whole telecom industry seem like one big soap opera? Who's buying who? Who's screwing who? Who's dying of cancer? Who's really the child of who? I swear... I worked for sprint for almost a year and I shook my head at least 3 times a day when hearing about the whole MCI situation 3-4 years ago.
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    I feel I'm under some constraints here in what I can say here, sorry.

    But in short to Toxis reply I don't feel overall the merge is bad for the consumer it levels the playing field with cable companies IMHO.

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    Henry,

    Yes 5E is an awesome switch / love anything Lucent does well almost... On the other hand I don't like to work / touch anything paint **** brown (If you know what I mean)
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    Default It's a done deal.

    Well it's been approved 86 mill now thanks to stock values.



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    As long as my "T" stock keeps going back up we're fine:)
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    Maybe its time for the Government to break-up AT&T once more....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Toxis
    Is it just me or does the whole telecom industry seem like one big soap opera? Who's buying who? Who's screwing who? Who's dying of cancer? Who's really the child of who? I swear... I worked for sprint for almost a year and I shook my head at least 3 times a day when hearing about the whole MCI situation 3-4 years ago.
    Very true. While Canada does not have the amount of telcos the USA does, being part of Bell has its ups and downs.
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    Smells like opportunity for those of us who help companies integrate disparate databases into one smooth running corporate customer information system!

    If you believed all that then I also have a bridge to sell you :D
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    Quote Originally Posted by dkg999
    Smells like opportunity for those of us who help companies integrate disparate databases into one smooth running corporate customer information system!

    If you believed all that then I also have a bridge to sell you :D
    Damn! That would be me. Now if I only knew what an ANI was. Actually when GTE bought Bell Atlantic and renamed to Verizon, they just ran their own original billing systems. So trying to get the number of customers or WTN's was a monumentous task. That's what I would expect from to happen here too.
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