In what could have been perceived as a bigger blow to Level3, AT&T has won Comcast's Digital Voice business, in addition to all else they already have.SPRINT ALSO GOT SOME OF THE DEAL.
When one looks back at my comments when AT&T launched a friendly relationship for CallVantage with the cable companies about a year or less ago, it became apparent that AT&T was in this for more than just making sure CallVantage could grow.
The announcement also clearly helps delineate that SBC will be the retail side of the fence while AT&T the wholesale and B2B side of the merger.
For years the cable companies have worked with them. By having CallVantage serve as a example of what could be done. With this deal today AT&T just picked up lots of VoIP minutes, without the expense of having to support the customers. Now that's making money in VoIP.