|Bid||60.31 x 4000|
|Ask||60.35 x 1300|
|Day's range||60.15 - 60.94|
|52-week range||48.84 - 62.22|
|Beta (5Y monthly)||0.43|
|PE ratio (TTM)||13.06|
|Earnings date||21 Oct 2020|
|Forward dividend & yield||2.51 (4.14%)|
|Ex-dividend date||08 Oct 2020|
|1y target est||61.17|
(Bloomberg) -- The U.S. ban on Huawei Technologies Co. was supposed to hand leadership of the lucrative market for wireless base stations to Ericsson AB and Nokia Oyj. It’s not working out that way.The crackdown on China’s largest technology company has given startups such as Altiostar Networks Inc. and new entrants including Qualcomm Inc. a rare opportunity to grab a slice of the $35 billion the telecom industry spends each year on this crucial part of mobile phone networks.“This could break up that tech vendor lock-in that’s been around for decades,” said Andre Fuetsch, chief technology officer of network services at AT&T Inc., the third largest U.S. wireless carrier. “It’s about how do you create a much more competitive, innovative ecosystem.”Base stations are the heart of cellular networks, powering millions of antennas that perch on cell towers and city rooftops all over the world. Until recently, these boxes were a proprietary combination of processors and software that had to be purchased all at once. Huawei, Ericsson and Nokia account for three quarters of this market, which is worth as much as $35 billion a year, according to researcher Dell’Oro Group.Open radio access network, or O-RAN, changes this by creating an open standard for base station design and ensuring all the software and components work well together -- no matter who is supplying the ingredients.This is a potentially radical shift. When telecom giants such as AT&T and China Mobile Ltd. want to expand their network they usually have to call their existing supplier and order more of the same because a box from Nokia won’t work with one from Ericsson. The new technology lets wireless carriers mix and match more easily.The initiative also means that new suppliers can succeed by focusing on one or two components, or a single piece of software, rather than spending lots of time and money building a whole base station from the ground up.O-RAN gear has been used sparingly since an industry alliance was formed to promote the technology in 2018. But when the U.S. toughened its stance against Huawei last year and encouraged other countries to crack down, interest in O-RAN adoption increased. The Chinese tech giant is a low-cost provider. Now it’s unavailable in some markets, carriers are more willing to look at alternative suppliers embracing the more flexible O-RAN approach.“Increased geopolitical uncertainty is helping them to get an invite to the table they would not normally have had,” Dell’Oro Group analyst Stefan Pongratz said. “Multiple vendors, not just in Europe but across the world, are basically reassessing their exposure to Huawei.”How Huawei Landed at the Center of Global Tech Tussle: QuickTakeOpen standard base stations will generate sales of about $5 billion in the next five years, more than originally predicted, according to Dell’Oro.Ericsson questions the performance and cost-efficiency of current O-RAN offerings. But the telecom companies, who decide where the money is spent, aren’t being shy about telling incumbent providers to get on board or risk being left behind.“We’ve been candid with them: This is the architecture that the operator community is pursuing,” said Adam Koeppe, who oversees technology strategy, architecture and planning at Verizon Communications Inc., the biggest U.S. wireless carrier.The list of companies vying to fill the gap left by Huawei is a mixture of some of the oldest names in technology and newcomers. Qualcomm, Intel Corp., Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Dell Technologies Inc., Cisco Systems Inc., Fujitsu Ltd. and NEC Corp. are offering various parts of the new base station technology. Startups such as Altiostar, Airspan Networks and Mavenir Systems are trying to carve out niches, too.O-RAN proponents point to the success of Rakuten Inc., a Japanese e-commerce provider that has used the technology to break into mobile phone services. The company began 4G wireless service in April and is upgrading to 5G now, using O-RAN suppliers including NEC, Qualcomm, Intel, Altiostar and Airspan. Rakuten said using this more open approach has cut capital expenditure by 40% and reduced operating costs 30%.Dish Network Corp. is building a 5G wireless network in the U.S. with help from Altiostar. New projects like this are great, but the real opportunity is with operators that are shifting their existing networks to O-RAN, according to Thierry Maupilé, Altiostar’s executive vice president of strategy and product management. The Tewksbury, Massachusetts-based company has raised more than $300 million from investors such as Rakuten, Qualcomm and Cisco.Why 5G Mobile Is Arriving With a Subplot of Espionage: QuickTakeO-RAN is part of a broader push to make all kinds of computer networks more flexible and easy to control. By standardizing hardware and using more software in centralized data centers, companies can run networks more cheaply, while fixing and upgrading them more easily. 5G will need this flexibility to work well.For AT&T, the new approach has already started to help. The company has introduced Samsung equipment based on O-RAN in areas where it had previously been limited to Ericsson gear, AT&T’s Fuetsch said.Nokia expects to have a full range of O-RAN offerings available in 2021. Some of the final standards aren’t yet set and they need to be completed and tested which will take time, according to Sandro Tavares, global head of marketing.“O-RAN is supported by more than 20 major operators around the world, so it is pretty clear that there is a strong push for it to happen,” he said. “This is a big move for our industry, and it is clear for the main players that we should not be cutting corners in this process.”For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
(Bloomberg) -- Civil rights groups escalated their campaign to encourage boycotts of Facebook Inc. this week. Their StopHateForProfit initiative, which already convinced scores of top-tier companies to pull advertising in July, rallied celebrities to stop posting on Facebook-owned Instagram on Wednesday.But Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, appears unfazed. She’s been spending the last few months worrying about a bigger advertising problem: the Covid-19 crisis, and how it threatens to shutter small businesses.The majority of Facebook’s advertising revenue doesn’t come from the major brands, like Verizon Communications Inc. and Unilever NV that joined the summer boycott and grabbed headlines. Instead, it’s driven by smaller companies -- the hair salons, bakeries and gyms most severely affected by public health restrictions around the world.Facebook didn’t make any major changes to satisfy the StopHateForProfit brands. “We agreed with their premise,” Sandberg said. “We don’t want hate on our platform.” Meanwhile, the company was scrambling to come up with solutions for more vulnerable companies. Facebook, with more than 3 billion users on its properties around the world, isn’t immune to global economic swings.In the early days of the pandemic, Facebook quickly built ways for small businesses to solicit donations to continue paying their employees, to distribute gift cards and to build online storefronts with e-commerce tools. On Thursday, the company announced Facebook Business Suite, which makes it possible to post, see notifications and receive messages from Facebook and Instagram accounts at the same time. The tool will be available only to small businesses first, before expanding to larger companies next year.“The more businesses or small businesses thrive online, the more small businesses become advertisers,” Sandberg said.The choice to focus on small businesses, instead of appeasing the big guys, is working out for Facebook so far. The StopHateForProfit campaign continued, with celebrities Kim Kardashian, Katy Perry, Naomi Campbell and others pausing their Instagram posts for a day. But among major brands, “most of our advertisers are back,” Sandberg said. “Most of them who had paused have unpaused.”For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.
BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Sept. 18, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, the Verizon Foundation announced $300,000 in donations to support immediate relief efforts across communities in California, Oregon and Washington impacted by the wildfires, as well as hardest hit areas of Alabama and Florida impacted by Hurricane Sally. In the West, $200,000 will be donated to the American Red Cross for fire relief and in the South $100,000 to Feeding the Gulf Coast to aid in their emergency response after Hurricane Sally. “While 2020 continues to be an unpredictable and challenging year across the country and around the globe, you can be certain we’ll be there to support our communities in a time of crisis,” says Hans Vestberg, Chairman and CEO of Verizon. “We will ensure they stay connected when those connections matter most and help them get back on their feet.”Verizon customers can help the American Red Cross in their disaster relief efforts by texting the words HURRICANES OR CAWILDFIRES to 90999 and $10 will be added to their Verizon Wireless bill and donated to the American Red Cross upon confirmation of the billing zip code.Feeding the Gulf Coast works through member organizations and special programs to provide nutritious food to meet the challenge of feeding people who are hungry as a result of systemic poverty, personal crisis or disaster.Customer Relief: Unlimited calling, texting and data For our consumer and small business customers impacted by the wildfires in parts of California, Oregon and Washington through Wednesday, September 23, Verizon is providing unlimited calling, texting and data.Additionally, for our consumer and small business customers in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi impacted by Hurricane Sally, Verizon is providing unlimited calling, texting and data through Monday, September 21.Customers do not have to take any action to take advantage of the offer and can verify eligibility for either call/text/data relief offer by entering their zip code here: https://www.verizon.com/featured/relief/. Verizon Response Team deployed The Verizon Response team is deployed in the hurricane and wildfire impacted areas and working 24/7 to coordinate with first responders. The company is mobilizing charging stations, devices, special equipment, emergency vehicles and more to support local, state and federal agencies in the impacted areas of California, Oregon, Washington, Alabama and Florida. First responder customers with wireless priority service should utilize *272 when placing calls.Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) was formed on June 30, 2000 and is celebrating its 20th year as one of the world’s leading providers of technology, communications, information and entertainment products and services. Headquartered in New York City and with a presence around the world, Verizon generated revenues of $131.9 billion in 2019. The company offers data, video and voice services and solutions on its award-winning networks and platforms, delivering on customers’ demand for mobility, reliable network connectivity, security and control.About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.VERIZON’S ONLINE MEDIA CENTER: News releases, stories, media contacts and other resources are available at www.verizon.com/about/news/. News releases are also available through an RSS feed. To subscribe, visit www.verizon.com/about/rss-feeds/.Media contact: Bernadette Brijlall firstname.lastname@example.orgKate Jay 678.245.9532 Kate.Jay@verizon.com Twitter: @KateHarrisJay