Verizon’s wireline business, which includes the operations of the former MCI, provides telephone services, including voice, broadband data and video services, network access, nationwide long-distance and other communications products and services, and also owns and operates one of the most expansive end-to-end global Internet Protocol (IP) networks. Verizon’s domestic wireless business, operating as Verizon Wireless, provides wireless voice and data products and services across the United States using one of the most extensive and reliable wireless networks.
The results of high competitive pressure could impact prices, margins, and hence, on profitability for every company in the industry.
a. Sprint Nextel
b. Cingular – AT&T wireless
The term ‘suppliers’ comprises all sources for inputs that are needed in order to provide goods or services. If there is a market with much choice supplier choice, bargaining power will be less. There are many network equipment suppliers, which are suffered from the down telecom market.
Having mature technologies also commoditize the products. As such, the bargaining power of suppliers has been weak.
The bargaining power of customers determines how much customers can impose pressure on margins and volumes. Since most of buyers are small (residential and small business users), they do not have much buyer power. Big corporations are better positioned to negotiate for discounts but industry consolidations of SBC acquiring AT&T and Verizon acquiring MCI have significantly reduced the available lternatives for these corporations and thus their negotiation power.
A PEST analysis is an investigation of the important factors that are changing which influence a business from the outside, these include: