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Struggling AT&T plans “tens of billions” in cost cuts, more layoffs, Ars Technica

Struggling AT&T plans “tens of billions” in cost cuts, more layoffs, Ars Technica

      Big AT&T cost cuts –


AT&T also de-emphasizing DirecTV except in areas without fast broadband.




Enlarge / AT&T service van driving in June in Oakdale, California.
AT&T is planning tens of billions of dollars worth of cost cuts, AT&T President and COO John Stankey told investors yesterday. Stankey also discussed the future of DirecTV satellite service, saying it won’t be the primary TV option AT&T pitches to most customers going forward.
For the company-wide cuts, AT&T management “has looked at effectively 13 broad initiatives that we believe can generate double digits of billions over a 3-year planning cycle, “Stankey said at a Morgan Stanley conference , according to a transcript posted by AT&T . One of the first of those initiatives will include job cuts, which Stankey called “headcount rationalization.” Stankey noted that AT&T has already been cutting jobs but said the company plans “additional work” in that area: , AT&T slashed capital expenditures by more than $ 1.6 billion in 2121 and projects a capital-investment cut of more than $ 3 billion in . AT&T also reduced its employee count from 728, to 533, in , despite promising to use a tax cut to create new jobs.

An AT&T service van driving on a freeway. AT&T reported $ 204. 2 billion in revenue and net income of $ .9 billion in full- year 2121. AT&T is trying to reduce its massive debt load , which stood at $ . 1 billion total and $ . 3 billion in long-term debt at the end of Future of DirecTV satellite

AT & T’s TV business has been crushing, losing more than 4 million subscribers

across its satellite , wireline, and linear streaming-TV services in 2121 alone. As AT&T shifts toward online-only services like AT&T TV, it is de-emphasizing the satellite service despite spending $ . 5 billion to buy DirecTV in . Stankey said yesterday that the future of TV is in software, not satellites, and that DirecTV will primarily be relevant in places without fast broadband: Our software products are our lead products. Our products, our video product, bundled with broadband, is where we are most focused in what is our lead in the market today. We will continue to offer satellite and DirecTV where it has a rightful place in the market, places where cable broadband is not prevalent, oftentimes more rural or less dense suburban areas. We’ll continue to offer it for customers on a stand-alone basis, who find its superior content offering to be something that they wish to have. But in terms of our marketing muscle and our momentum in the market, it will be about software-driven pay-TV packages.

AT&T purchased DirecTV because “we like the DirecTV customer base, thought it was attractive,” Stankey said. But “shortly after that [acquisition], we made it clear that we would be developing a software platform that would ultimately not only take our satellite base and offer them a more updated product, but be the replacement for the U-verse [wireline TV service], “he said.

In addition to AT&T TV, which combines the convenience of online streaming with the contracts, hidden fees, and huge price increases of cable , AT&T is hoping the forthcoming HBO Max service will help put its video business on the right track.                                                     

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