| Atlantic Tele-Network Inc. (ATNI)
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Atlantic Tele-Network, Inc. (ATN) provides wireless and wireline telecommunications services in North America, Bermuda and the Caribbean.
Through its operating subsidiaries, the Company offers services, which include Wireless and Wireline. The Company operates in four segments: U.S. Wireless, International Integrated Telephony, Island Wireless, andU.S. Wireline. The Company offers wireless voice and data services to retail customers under the Alltel name in rural markets located principally in the Southeast and Midwest of the United States. The Company’s local telephone and data services include its operations in Guyana and the mainland United States. The Company provides management, technical, financial, regulatory, and marketing services to its subsidiaries. In May 2011, the Company merged its CellularOne operations with that of another wireless provider in Bermuda.
The Company provides mobile wireless voice and data communications services in the United States, Bermuda and the Caribbean. As of December 31, 2011, it offered retail wireless services in six states to approximately 582,000 customers and with a network footprint of nearly 4.5 million people. The Company also provides wholesale wireless voice and data roaming services in rural markets to national, regional, local and selected international wireless carriers. Its Alltel service provides customers with mobile voice and data wireless service in rural America. Its service revenues are derived primarily from monthly access charges, airtime charges, data services and other enhanced service features that provide additional revenue streams. Its rate plans are designed to meet a variety of customer needs with both fixed and unlimited options of voice, text, data and Web services. It include additional features, such as call waiting, call forwarding, caller identification (ID), three-way calling, directory assistance call completion and voicemail with all its wireless plans. It also enables its customers to add additional value to their plans by adding text and picture messaging, premium messaging, its voice-to-text product and a variety of other features. Smartphone and wireless Internet stand-alone data plans also allow customers to access content and a range of features, such as video and music downloads, and customers may tether access to its data network using a mobile device.
The Company’s device assortment includes a range of smartphones featuring the Android, Blackberry and Windows smartphone operating systems. In addition to smartphones, it sells a line of feature phones, including specialized military-spec rugged phones, universal serial bus (USB) data cards, wireless hot spots and various customer specific wireless solutions for small businesses. It sells a range of original equipment manufacturer and after-market accessories, including protective covers, battery charging solutions, removable memory and Bluetooth hands-free kits.
The Company operates its retail network with code division multiple access (CDMA) technologies in both the 850 megahertz and 1900 megahertz bands. Its wholesale roaming network also uses Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) / General packet radio service (GPRS) technology. Its networks comprise base stations and radio transceivers located on owned or leased towers and buildings, telecommunications switches and leased transport facilities. As of December 31, 2011, it owned and operated a total of 1,620 base stations on 1,270 owned and leased sites, a Network Operations Center (NOC), and multiple switching centers. Its switching centers route calls, supervise call originations and terminations at cell sites and manage call handoffs. These locations also house platforms that enable its customers to use a variety of services, including text messaging, picture messaging, voice mail and data services.
The Company has roaming agreements with more than 65 United States-based wireless service providers and, as of December 31, 2011, had long-term roaming agreements with several wireless carriers, including AT&T, Sprint and Verizon Wireless. As of December 31, 2011, it had 50 owned direct retail locations. As of December 31, 2011, it had approximately 117 authorized agent retail locations and 102 phone-in-a-box locations.
The Company provides wireless voice and data service to retail and business customers under the name CellOne in Bermuda. At December 31, 2011, it had approximately 38,000 retail subscribers in Bermuda and the Caribbean. The Company also provides roaming services for other carriers' customers visiting the islands and are typically the primary roaming provider for North American visitors using CDMA handsets, such as customers of Verizon Wireless, Sprint and other smaller United States carriers. In the United States Virgin Islands, it provides Internet access services through a variety of wireless broadband technologies. The Company operates its networks in Bermuda with CDMA technologies in the 850 megahertz frequency band and, elsewhere in the Caribbean, in the 1900 megahertz frequency bands. In Bermuda, it also deploy a universal mobile telecommunications system/ high-speed downlink packet access (UMTS/HSDPA) overlay, a fourth generation (4G) wireless technology adopted by GSM operators globally, that has allowed the Company to offer advanced mobile voice and data services and roaming options. A portion of its International Integrated Telephony segment includes wireless telephone service it offers in Guyana. As of December 31, 2011, it had approximately 271,000 wireless subscribers. As of December 31, 2011, more than 95% of its wireless subscribers in Guyana were on prepaid plans. Its GSM network operates in approximately 12 megahertz of spectrum in the 900 megahertz band and 36 megahertz of spectrum in the 1800 megahertz band.
The Company competes with Verizon Wireless and Digicel.
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