NEC America is not exactly a mom-and-pop shop, but in the U.S. market, it also doesn't seem the most likely supplier in a carrier infrastructure deal supporting a new video service, especially with a lot of other global vendor giants embedded in those networks, too. But, AT&T has picked NEC America to provide it with some legacy optical gear for its new video network.
The carrier and vendor have worked together before, so the relationship itself isn't necessarily a surprise, but bringing in legacy gear to support a new service is. Where were the new global vendor giants on this one? Perhaps they were busy trying to integrate themselves.
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