AT&T invests tax cuts in fiber and 5G
According to reports on 3/27/2018: 2018 will be the year for AT&T's laying the foundation for 5G by the use of corporate tax reduction plans to promote the deployment of optical fiber and the use of spectrum. AT&T Chief Financial Officer John Stephens said at the company’s fourth-quarter earnings conference call that he expects to spend about $23 billion on capital expenditures in 2018 (less than $22 billion in 2017). He said: "Most of this expenditure will be for fiber deployment."
"This is the basis of our 5G." AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson reiterated that AT&T hopes to become the first operator to launch commercial 5G services by the end of 2018. In addition, AT&T continues to conduct fixed wireless 5G tests.
Stephenson said that ubiquitous broadband is a contributing factor to 5G, and he also stressed that connected cars and the “Super Internet of Things” are the drivers of the future.
At the end of 2017, the U.S. tax reform bill was officially approved by the House and Senate. According to the tax reform bill, the tax rate that companies are required to pay is reduced from 35% to 20%. AT&T expects that the effective tax rate for the company in 2018 will be about 23%.