The agreement creates a network partner and wholesale customer
One of the major by-products of this agreement is the creation of a new wholesale customer for AT&T. IIJ should also be a large Japanese wholesale customer, with requirements for global network and external reach into other regions, which AT&T can provide especially back to the US. Furthermore, given the announced sale price for the business (versus the revenue), this divestiture should improve AT&Ts bottom line in the region.
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