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AT&T Provides Update to Shareholders

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DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–John Stephens, chief financial officer of AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T), spoke today at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media, Communications & Entertainment conference in Los Angeles. While there, he discussed the company’s plans for the remainder of 2019 and into 2020.

Executing the Strategy

Stephens said the company is focused on executing its strategy to create more value for WarnerMedia’s great content by pairing it with massive direct-to-consumer distribution that is already driving higher penetration for WarnerMedia content like HBO. AT&T is unique in the industry with its capabilities across content, distribution and advertising. The three businesses are working together at an accelerated pace and coordinating on key initiatives like the launch of HBO Max in spring 2020.

2019 Operational Priorities

In the first half of 2019, AT&T did exactly what the company said it would do at its late 2018 analyst event. And the company expects to continue delivering on these commitments throughout the year. Wireless service revenues were up 2.6% through the first half of 2019 with expectations for continued quarter-over-quarter growth in the second half of the year, even with strong quarterly results from 2018. Entertainment Group EBITDA was up nearly 4% in the first half of the year, and AT&T continues to expect full-year stability. AT&T continues to expect WarnerMedia run-rate synergies to reach $700 million by the end of the year and is moving forward with plans to launch HBO Max in spring 2020.

And AT&T’s strong network performance continued. AT&T has been recognized as having the nation’s best wireless network for the 2nd straight year and fastest wireless network for the 2nd straight quarter. The company’s FirstNet build is ahead of schedule, and AT&T continues to lead in 5G. AT&T plans to have 5G in parts of 29 cities by yearend and nationwide 5G coverage on sub-6 GHz spectrum by the first half of 2020.

Third-Quarter 2019 and 2020 Expectations

AT&T expects some trends to affect consolidated revenues in the third quarter of 2019: lower wireless equipment revenues driven by continued low upgrade rates, but with no impact on margins; a tough comparison to a number of second-half 2018 hit movies at Warner Bros., which the company expects to lower WarnerMedia revenues by about $400 million, but with no overall impact to the company’s 2019 EPS guidance; and continued adverse foreign exchange impacts in Latin America, but with offsetting effects on operating expenses.

In its Entertainment Group, the company continued to execute on its deliberate strategy to manage costs and focus on high-value customers to stabilize EG EBITDA. Coming into the year, the company expected some tough content negotiations, specifically for retransmission deals. Stephens said the company has been holding a hard line in negotiations, which is allowing it to achieve its content cost management goals. In the third quarter, Stephens said the company expects an incremental 300,000 to 350,000 premium video losses above the previous quarter’s premium video results, driven by: aggressively managing costs with retransmission negotiations, some of which resulted in content provider black outs; and from limiting promotional pricing.

In 2020, AT&T expects premium TV subscriber trends to improve due to far fewer customers on promotional pricing and the nationwide launch of AT&T TV, which delivers a premium streaming experience. Other factors that may help improve Entertainment Group EBITDA beyond 2019 include: broadband growth due to increased fiber penetration and availability of higher speeds; a higher-quality video and broadband customer base with lower churn and higher ARPU; continued cost management; advertising growth from Xandr and less pressure from declining legacy products.

Also beyond 2019, AT&T sees catalysts for sustained growth in wireless revenues from postpaid smartphone growth; FirstNet expansion; higher unlimited plan penetration; Cricket subscriber growth; less pressure from reseller; and 5G leadership.

De-leveraging and Capital Allocation

Stephens said AT&T is on track with its de-leveraging plans and expects to meet its 2.5x net debt-to-adjusted EBITDA leverage target by EOY through free cash flow and asset monetization. Stephens said given the company’s confidence in reaching its leverage target, investors should expect share buybacks will be in the mix this year.

He said the company continues to expect to raise between $6 billion and $8 billion — net of spectrum or other acquisitions — by the end of 2019. Stephens said the company’s asset monetization opportunities include optionality with its tower portfolios in the United States and Mexico and that, in addition to $2.2 billion in real estate already sold, real estate valued at about $500 million is up for sale. AT&T also continues to expect free cash flow in the $28 billion range for full-year 2019.

AT&T announces third-quarter 2019 results on Wednesday, October 23 followed by WarnerMedia Day in Los Angeles on October 29. The company’s second-quarter 2019 results are available here.

*About AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) is a diversified, global leader in telecommunications, media and entertainment, and technology. It executes in the market under four operating units. WarnerMedia is a leading media and entertainment company that creates and distributes premium and popular content to global audiences through its consumer brands including: HBO, Warner Bros., TNT, TBS, truTV, CNN, DC Entertainment, New Line, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies and others. AT&T Communications provides more than 100 million U.S. consumers with entertainment and communications experiences across TV, mobile and broadband services. Plus, it serves nearly 3 million business customers with high-speed, highly secure connectivity and smart solutions. AT&T Latin America provides pay-TV services across 11 countries and territories in Latin America and the Caribbean, and is the fastest growing wireless provider in Mexico, serving consumers and businesses. Xandr provides marketers with innovative and relevant advertising solutions for consumers around premium video content and digital advertising through its AppNexus platform.

AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc. Additional information is available at about.att.com. © 2019 AT&T Intellectual Property. All rights reserved. AT&T, the Globe logo and other marks are trademarks and service marks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies. All other marks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.

Cautionary Language Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

Information set forth in this news release contains financial estimates and other forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results might differ materially. A discussion of factors that may affect future results is contained in AT&T’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. AT&T disclaims any obligation to update and revise statements contained in this news release based on new information or otherwise.

This news release may contain certain non-GAAP financial measures. Reconciliations between the non-GAAP financial measures and the GAAP financial measures are available on the company’s website at https://investors.att.com.

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Email: erin.mcgrath@att.com

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Chinese Blockchain Market, 2019: Size & Spending Across 11 Sectors, 75+ Application Segments, Type of Blockchain, and Technology, 2016-2025 – ResearchAndMarkets.com

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DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The “China Blockchain Business Opportunities and Outlook Databook Series (2016-2025) – Blockchain Market Size / Spending Across 11 Sectors, 75+ Application Segments, Type of Blockchain, and Technology (Applications, Services, Hardware)” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

Blockchain spend in China has increased at 101.7% during 2018 to reach US$ 877.2 million. Over the forecast period (2019-2025), spend on blockchain is expected to record a CAGR of 45.7%, increasing from US$ 1,622.1 million in 2019 to reach US$ 22,594.1 million by 2025.

This business intelligence report aims to analyze market opportunities and risks in blockchain technology and its applications in over 75 areas across 11 industries in China. This is a data centric report, consisting of 185 charts and 150 tables, providing detailed understanding of market dynamics. This report covers country level market size / spending forecast (2016-2025) by blockchain applications, type of blockchain, and technology domain.

Report Scope

China Market Size & Spending by Industry, 2016-2025

  • Banking & Finance
  • Insurance
  • Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals
  • Retail
  • Automotive
  • Defense & Aerospace
  • Construction
  • Public Sector
  • Professional Services
  • Agriculture
  • Energy and Utilities

China Market Size / Spending by Type of Blockchain, 2016-2025 (for each industry)

  • Public
  • Private
  • Hybrid

China Market Size / Spending by Technology Domain, 2016-2025 (for each industry)

  • Application and Platform
  • Service
  • Hardware

China Market Size & Spending by Blockchain Application, 2016-2025

1. Banking & Finance – Blockchain Spending / Market Size

  • KYC Data and Due Diligence
  • Trade Finance
  • Capital Markets
  • Initial Coin Offerings
  • Fraud Detection
  • Cross Border Payments
  • Risk Management and Compliance
  • Loan Management

2. Insurance – Blockchain Spending / Market Size

  • Product Development and Distribution
  • Policy Administration and Operations
  • Claims Processing
  • Pricing / Underwriting
  • Risk Capital and Investment Management
  • Regulatory and Compliance
  • Payment and Collections

3. Healthcare & Pharmaceutical – Blockchain Spending / Market Size

  • Drug Traceability
  • Clinical Trials
  • Drug Development
  • Data Management – Monitoring and IOT Devices
  • Health Records & Data Security
  • Claims Billing and Payment
  • Supply Chain Management

4. Retail – Blockchain Spending / Market Size

  • Product Tracing and Counterfeit Goods
  • Billing and Payment
  • Claims and Settlements
  • Virtual Warranty Management
  • Contract Management
  • Supply Chain Management

5. Automotive & Transport – Blockchain Spending / Market Size

  • Automotive Spare Parts and Warranty
  • Identity Management
  • Ride Sharing
  • V2X Communication
  • Auto Financing
  • Billing and Payment
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Automotive Asset Transfer

6. Defense & Aerospace – Blockchain Spending / Market Size

  • Supply Chain Management
  • Contract Management
  • Manufacturing Process and Part Identification
  • Document Management and Secure Communication
  • Identity and Access Management
  • Secure Platform and Application Development
  • Asset Transfer
  • Cybersecurity

7. Construction – Blockchain Spending / Market Size

  • Supply Chain Management
  • Asset Transfer
  • Contract Management
  • IOT
  • Identity and Access Management
  • Payment and Settlement

8. Public Sector – Blockchain Spending / Market Size

  • Identity and Access Management
  • Voting Systems
  • Regulatory Compliance and Audit
  • Asset Management and Registration
  • Health Records
  • Processing Tax Payments
  • Government Payments and Citizen Services
  • Other

9. Professional Services – Blockchain Spending / Market Size

  • Identity and Access Management
  • Regulatory Compliance and Audit
  • Payment and Settlement
  • Contract Management
  • Secure Platform and Application Development
  • Document Management and Secure Communication
  • Other

10. Agriculture – Blockchain Spending / Market Size

  • Produce Tracking and Authentication
  • Payment and Settlement
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Contract Management
  • Other

11. Energy and Utilities – Blockchain Spending / Market Size

  • Smart Metering and Billing
  • Contract Management
  • Energy Credits / Certificates
  • Trading and Smart Grids
  • Identity and Access Management
  • Supply Chain Management

Reason to Buy

  • How big is the opportunity for blockchain technology based products and services in China?
  • How much are leading players in China investing in blockchain based initiatives?
  • Which application areas across industries and should be targeted to maximize ROI?

For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/r/kv64d6

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C5 Accelerate Launches its Latest Network Accelerator Program in Washington, D.C.

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WASHINGTON, D.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–C5 Accelerate (C5A), a global business accelerator based in Washington, D.C., is pleased to announce its 5th Network Accelerator in Washington to help early stage growth driven companies gain access to education, mentorship, investors and business development support.

C5 is excited to add space technology to its Accelerator as industry and government seek to leverage this domain to create new solutions at the intersection of cyber and space.

Six innovative companies have been chosen to participate in this cohort:

  • ArQit, a groundbreaking security and blockchain-focused space start-up leveraging laser technology to revolutionize the transfer of secure data;
  • Keyless Technologies, a decentralized biometric authentication and identity management platform;
  • ANOVA Intelligence, a cyber intelligence provider for critical infrastructure and U.S. national security agencies;
  • metaMe, a digital privacy data and anonymity company that enables users to control their own information the way they want;
  • YetiCloud, a b2b IT automation software company focused on solving problems in the cloud; and roves the ongoing IT experience for its customers by reducing
  • Think Cyber Security, a cyber education and security awareness training that enables the company to ensure people, who are the last line of defense, are trained and ready for any cyber threat.

These companies will benefit from C5A’s Network Accelerator Program’s proven track record and ability to bring together global leaders, experts, mentors and venture investors as well as its in depth and focused business development agenda for founders and their top leadership team.

The program will launch on September 30th and end with a “panel and pitch day” on October 18th where cohort members will be given the opportunity to present to C5A’s extensive network as well as hear from leading figures within that network and from the cyber and space industries.

About C5 Accelerate

C5 Accelerate is part of the C5 Enterprise, which includes C5 Capital and C5 Philanthropy. C5 Accelerate has been designing and leading startup acceleration programs since 2016. More than 75 startups from 44 countries have graduated from our world-class acceleration program. Our focus is finding world class leaders and technologies in cybersecurity, space, AI and cloud-based technologies.

The investment team is led by seasoned executives, and their work is enhanced by a unique network of strategic partners who are leaders in commerce, technology, industry, geopolitics, academia and government.

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Global HPC and DaaS Market Analysis, 2019-2024 – ResearchAndMarkets.com

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DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The “High Performance Computing and Data as a Service Market by Technology, Computing Type, Deployment Model, Use Case, Application, Sector (Consumer, Enterprise, Industrial, Government), Industry Vertical, and Region 2019-2024” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering.

This research evaluates the HPC market including companies, solutions, use cases, and applications. The analysis includes HPC by organizational size, software and system type, server type, and price band, and industry verticals. It also assesses the market for integration of various artificial intelligence technologies in HPC. It also evaluates the exascale-level HPC market including analysis by component, hardware type, service type, and industry vertical. It also provides HPC market sizing by component, hardware type, service type, and industry vertical from 2019 to 2024.

This research also evaluates the technologies, companies, strategies, and solutions for DaaS. It assesses business opportunities for enterprise use of own data, others data, and combination of both. It analyzes opportunities for enterprise to monetize their own data through various third-party DaaS offerings. It evaluates opportunities for DaaS in major industry verticals as well as the future outlook for emerging data monetization. Forecasts include global and regional projections by Sector, Data Collection, Source, and Structure from 2019 to 2024.

Market Summary & Insights

No longer solely the realm of supercomputers, the high-performance computing market is increasingly provided via cluster computing. By way of example, Hewlett Packard Enterprise provides a computational clustering solution in conjunction with Intel that represents HPC Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). This particular HPC IaaS offering environment provides customized tenant clusters tailored to client and application requirements. Key to this particular solution is the intelligent use of APIs, which enable a high degree of flexibility and what HPE refers to as Dynamic Fabric Configuration.

These type of solutions, provided within a cloud-computing based as a Service model, allow HPC market offerings to be extended via HPC-as-a-Service (HPCaaS) to a much wider range of industry verticals and companies, thereby providing computational services to solve a much broader array of problems. Industry use cases are increasingly emerging that benefit from HPC-level computing, many of which benefit from split processing between localized device/platform and HPCaaS.

HPC currently suffers from an accessibility problem as well as inefficiencies and supercomputer skill gaps. Stated differently, the market for HPCaaS (e.g. access to high-performance computing services) currently suffers from problems related to the utilization, scheduling, and set-up time to run jobs on supercomputers. Some companies are leveraging artificial intelligence (AI) to improve HPC scheduling. As supercomputing resources are typically scarce and expensive, scheduling is important to ensure optimal computational workload scheduling. One company, Microsurgeonbot, Inc. (doing business as MSB.ai), which is developing a tool for setting up computing jobs for supercomputers. There is clearly a very long tail opportunity in HPC through Use of AI tools. HPCaaS will reach scale only through greater supercomputer accessibility.

Data produced by HPC is often difficult to use or even useless at times. Data needs to be managed and presented in a manner that is useful as information. Data as a Service (DaaS) represents a service model in which data is transformed into useful information. DaaS is one part of the larger Everything as a Service (XaaS) cloud computing based services model, including the traditional three horizontals of SaaS (Software as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service), and IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service). It intersects with all three and derives value from a number of different horizontals and verticals.

Vendor managed DaaS systems provide necessary scalability and security for sustainable services execution. DaaS is expected to grow significantly in the near future due to a few dominant themes including cloud-based infrastructure/services, enterprise data syndication, and the consumer services trend towards XaaS. In addition to leveraging big data analytics, another approach to transform data into useful information is through the use of AI. One of the important growth areas for the DaaS market is to leverage AI to offer value-added data in a Decisions as a Service model.

Companies Mentioned

  • Advanced Micro Devices Inc.
  • Amazon Web Services Inc.
  • Atos SE
  • Cisco Systems
  • DELL Technologies Inc.
  • Fujitsu Ltd.
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • IBM Corporation
  • Intel Corporation
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • NEC Corporation
  • NVIDIA
  • Rackspace Inc.

Key Topics Covered

High-Performance Computing (HPC) Market by Component, Infrastructure, Services, Price Band, HPC Applications, Deployment Type, and Region 2019-2024

1. Executive Summary

2. Introduction

3. High-Performance Computing Market Analysis and Forecast

4. High-Performance Computing Company Analysis

5. Conclusions and Recommendations

6. Appendix: Future of Computing

Data as a Service (DaaS) Market: Enterprise, Industrial, Public, and Government DaaS 2019-2024

1. Executive Summary

2. Data as a Service Technologies

3. Data as a Service Market

4. Data as a Service Strategies

5. Data as a Service Applications

6. Market Outlook and Future of Data as a Service

7. Data as a Service Market Analysis and Forecasts 2019-2024

8. Regional DaaS Market Analysis and Forecasts 2019-2024

9. Conclusions and Recommendations

10. Appendix

For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/r/2vec7s

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