Both AT&T and Verizon Look to Sell Some Assets

February 3rd, 2015 by · 3 Comments

Both AT&T and Verizon are in the news this week with plans to sell some assets. AT&T is said to be preparing a sale of a data center portfolio reputedly worth some $2B, while Verizon is rumored to be closing in on a sale of wireline and tower assets worth as much as $15B. 

One had to figure that with all the buying lately, there would eventually be some selling as well just to balance things. AT&T spent $18.2B in the AWS-3 spectrum auction recently, they’ve made two significant acquisitions down in Mexico, and there’s the DirecTV acquisition still waiting for regulators to make up their minds. Verizon of course spent $130B last year to finally buy the 45% of Verizon Wireless that Vodafone had been hanging onto, and they also bought spectrum in the AWS-3 auction of course – $10.2B or so of it.

Yet while I’m not at all surprised that Verizon is trying to unload more wireline (presumably mostly copper) assets and monetize a few towers, AT&T’s purported data center sales plan is a horse of a different color. While other major carriers are beefing up their cloud infrastructure, why would AT&T be ridding itself of such infrastructure? Perhaps it’s older stuff they’d rather not refit?  We’ll just have to see — assuming they find a buyer.

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Categories: Datacenter · ILECs, PTTs · Mergers and Acquisitions

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3 Comments So Far

  • JShawshank says:

    With Data Centers couldn’t this just be a sale / leaseback for AT&T? After all, many cloud operators don’t own the data centers where they house their infrastructure.

  • Runtherabbit says:

    I’d rather have Verizon’s towers than any data center assets. It is the largest remaining portfolio of towers in the U.S. Watch the multiple on that deal.

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