Competition and Strategic Dilemmas in the Telecommunications Industry: Making the Triple Play

Competition and Strategic Dilemmas in the Telecommunications Industry: Making the Triple Play

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Abstract

Southern Bell Corporation, now AT&T, decided to upgrade its existing networks by extending its optical fiber network only to the neighborhood nodes and use existing telephone twisted pair copper wires to connect nodes with households. Leaders of Verizon Communications, on the other hand, decided to extend their optical fiber network all the way to homes at much higher cost. The choice of which of the two approaches was a better business decision is the main dilemma in the case. The network upgrades were necessary to keep telecommunication operators competitive with cable television companies, which after they upgraded their networks started offering the ‘triple play,’ a combination of video programming, telephone, and Internet services. The case reviews the history of telecommunication and cable industries in the ...

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