AT&T sees savings on software turn, intros free overseas texts

AT&T on Monday said it will cut capital expenditures costs by turning to generic, less costly software-controlled gear in a step that will mean less business for the major telecom equipment-makers. The turn to such technologies as software-defined networking and network functions virtualization is decreasing telecoms' reliance on traditionally costly networking gear. Also at AT&T, the carrier will allow Mobile Share subscribers to send text messages overseas for free and announced a plan to make calls to more than 35 countries for 1 cent a minute.

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