AT&T Has Spent Less on Network Construction Every Quarter Since the iPhone’s Launch

Never underestimate the power of the Dark Side

 AT&T, a huge wireless provider in the United States, cannot reliably connect calls in New York City, San Fransisco, Austin or Los Angeles

But AT&T has a much bigger problem on its hands. The problem is that the wireless data explosion is just beginning. This 3% of AT&T users who are supposedly accounting for 40% of bandwidth use? Pretty soon that 3% is going to become 30%.

The fact that AT&T is already bonking, here in the first five minutes of a 60-minute game, is terrifying. It’s their own fault, of course. Go look at their financial statements and open up the Financial Operations and Statistics Summary and look at capital expenditures over the past eight quarters. I’m no math whiz, but it looks like capex has gone down by about 30% over the time period. Scroll down a bit to the Wireless section and check out data revenues — they’re up 80% over the same period.

AT&T Has Spent Less on Network Upgrades Since The iPhone Launch

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