"We have no other alternative. We have to do this to survive." 1

That’s Hossein Eslambolchi, CTO of AT&T, describing the company’s transformation into a data-centric service provider. He’s right. Go read the New York Times article for a good perspective on how telecom is changing. As I’ve written, AT&T has a fighting change to emerge from the turmoil as a leader, largely thanks to smart executives like Hossein and CEO Dave Dorman. But it faces a tough road in getting there. Turning around a big, proud company like AT&T is never easy, and it’s especially challenging in an environment like this.