Cost to Upgrade AT&T's 4G Network to 97% of Americans: $3.8 Billion

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by guzhogi, Aug 13, 2011.

  1. guzhogi macrumors 68030

    guzhogi

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2003
    Location:
    Wherever my feet take me…
    #1
    AppleInsider has an interesting article about how it's planning on rolling out 4G to 80% of Americans, while if they make it cover 97%, it would cost an additional $3.8 Billion. Interesting quote:

    I wonder what the discrepancy between the % of population and % of land mass is. So 80% of the US population lives on just 20% of the US land mass? Does that include just people's home, or does that include where people work as well? I can understand some places like northern Alaska or the Rocky Mountains because I don't see many people spending that much time there. But according to the map in the article a lot of people will be missed out due to living in rural areas. What, do farmers not need 4G while everyone else does?

    Anyone know how much profit AT&T gets a year? Seems like a company as big as AT&T could probably afford to do the expansion. Plus, think how much more money it could make if it provided access to the rural population. 13% of 300,000,000 people is over 30,000,000, which is quite a bit. Also, I've heard reports (sorry, I forget where) that one reason why China and the other BRIC countries are doing so well is because they're actually investing in their infrastructure.My feeling is that AT&T may not see the investment directly paying off, but the extra services will help the people they provide be more productive, make more money & maybe pay for more of AT&T's products & services.
     
  2. Tiggs macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2011
    #2
    And AT&T funds their expansion through significant bond offerings. The level of debt that they carry(as well as Verizon) is enough to scare me way from their stock even though they yield over 5%.
     
  3. AppleScruff1 macrumors G3

    AppleScruff1

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2011
  4. KingCrimson macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2011
    #4
    Apple could easily fund the whole thing.
     
  5. AppleScruff1 macrumors G3

    AppleScruff1

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2011
    #5
    They're too greedy.
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

    Staff Member

    Joined:
    May 3, 2009
    Location:
    Boston
    #6
    Why, it won't materially affect iPhone sales, and what about verizon, and other international carriers. Will apple then have to give them money.

    Apple is concerned for apple and letting the carriers deal with their own issues
     
  7. KingCrimson macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Mar 12, 2011
    #7
    News flash - all companies look out for #1.
     

Share This Page