Starting life as Southwestern Bell Corporation, following the breakup of the AT&T Corporation monopoly in 1983, the company later renamed itself to SBC Communications Inc. In 2005, SBC purchased its former parent, AT&T Corp., taking on both its name and branding.
AT&T leading the fieldWithin the U.S. wireless segment, AT&T and Verizon continue to lead the pack, both sitting comfortably above T-Mobile US in terms of revenue. AT&T has a subscriber base of approximately 77 million postpaid and 18 million prepaid customers as of 2019. AT&T's monthly postpaid churn rate remains one of the lowest in the industry, sitting at just 1.18 percent. In terms of monthly average revenue per user (ARPU), AT&T generates over 50 U.S. dollars per postpaid user per month.
In 2019, the brand value of AT&T was estimated to be around 106 billion U.S. dollars, making it the most valuable telecommunications brand in the world.