Telecom gearmakers set for 11

Dallas’ AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. say they might spend a total of $35.5 billion on capital projects in 2011, a drop from the companies’ combined spending of nearly $36.8 billion in 2010.

Even so, competition among voice, video and data carriers to build out the latest high-speed technologies is expected to translate into a relatively strong year for the North Texas region’s plethora of telecom equipment vendors, including Richardson-based Fujitsu Network Communications Inc. and Plano’s Ericsson Inc., whose corporate parent is based in Sweden.

Quality control at Richardson-based Fujitsu Network Communications Inc.

Although capital expenditures are still being disclosed via earnings releases, North American spending last year by telecom, cable and mobile carriers on physical assests, notably their networks, eclipsed the $72.5 billion projected by Dana Cooperson at Ovum Inc., a market research firm.

That $72.5 billion projection was a 4.7 percent increase from 2009.

Dallas Business Journal - by Jeff Bounds
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