Verizon forges new wireless-wireline enterprise business

Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) formed a new global business unit spanning its wireless and wireline operations that will be responsible for all of its business, government and wholesale operations. Verizon Wireless COO John Stratton will lead the new unit, called Verizon Enterprise Solutions.

Verizon Wireless COO John Stratton

Stratton

The unit will be responsible for Verizon's portfolio of enterprise mobility devices, cloud and IT, strategic networking and advanced communications offerings. Additionally, the new business will also oversee specialized solutions for the healthcare, transportation, retail, utilities, financial services and IT consulting services. Stratton, an 18-year company veteran who had previously been Verizon Wireless' CMO, was named COO of Verizon Wireless in the fall of 2010.

The new unit will be analogous to AT&T's (NYSE:T) Business Solutions unit, led by John Stankey. That unit is responsible for AT&T's sales, marketing and customer service operations for retail business, government and wholesale customers around the world.

In other non-traditional wireless news, AT&T Mobility said it is adding HPSA+ and LTE options to its module lineup for connected devices and machine-to-machine applications. AT&T said it is working with Sierra Wireless, Telit and Option on the modules, which are designed for automotive and industrial applications. Separately, AT&T is working on a new unit focused on connected wireless devices in the home security, healthcare and energy markets dubbed Digital Life Services, according to a recent report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

For more:
- see this Verizon release
- see this AT&T release
- see this Atlanta Journal-Constitution article.

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