Summary: Yesterday's AT&T quarterly earnings report indicates the company's many acquisitions are starting to pay off: Profits increased a whopping 74% on strong growth at Cingular Wireless and savings from the merger of the old AT&T with SBC Communications (the company subsequently adopted the old AT&T's name and ticker, "T"). The dominant local phone provider in the Midwest and Southwest reported EPS of $0.56 compared vs. $0.38 during the same period last year. But while AT&T exceeded analyst expectations, the company had less-than-stellar news mixed into its report: Rollout of its new high-end cable television and internet service has continued to face delays and setbacks. The service has managed only 3,000 subscribers in the San Antonio area, and it is not clear when the service, which relays on a variety of new technologies, will be ready for widespread release.
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