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AT&T Inc. (T - Analyst Report), the second-largest telecom operator in the U.S., will connect Republic Services Inc.’s (RSG - Analyst Report) waste management employees with its Enhanced Push-to-Talk (PTT) service. 

AT&T’s Enhanced PTT service is an improvement over its existing PTT services with much improved features and performances and will allow Republic Services’ 10,000 waste management employees to remain connected by using an application.

Republic Services, the second-largest waste management company in the U.S., requires a communication solution that allows its dispatchers to interconnect quickly and safely with its large number of drivers.

AT&T’s Enhanced PTT uses the carrier’s superfast 4G LTE networks that allow customers to communicate faster and automatically join active talk groups. Enhanced PTT service permits users to get incoming call alerts when they are busy on another call and also allows simultaneous use of productivity applications while talking.

Significantly, it integrates with business applications for efficient fleet management, dispatching of wastes and also offers GPS tracking. This is the reason why Republic Services has chosen Enhanced PTT devices from AT&T to update its older PTT devices.  

Recently, AT&T Inc. reported mixed financial results for the first quarter of 2013, where the company’s bottom line met the Zacks Consensus Estimate, while the topline failed to do the same.

We believe that this deal will provide AT&T a substantial leap in the U.S. PTT market over its rivals as it seeks to get a slice of Sprint-Nextel Corp.’s (S - Analyst Report) existing PTT market share, which runs on its legacy iDEN technology.

Currently, AT&T Inc. carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).Among the other companies in the industry, Novatel Wireless Inc. (NVTL - Analyst Report) with a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), is a better option for investors.

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