Telecom in Dallas

Posted by    |    May 31st, 2011 at 5:15 am

J.R. Ewing, Texas longhorns and the telecom corridor no longer define the Dallas metropolitan area, but some things remain the same: “Everything is bigger in Texas,” said Doug Moore, senior VP of sales, marketing and services at Fujitsu Networks Inc. and chairman of the board of the Metroplex Technology Business Council.

No state income tax, an airport that allows 3-hour access to either coast (and return flights the same day) and a friendly business environment are some of the reasons that many of the world’s top technology companies call Dallas their North American headquarters. Cheap housing, a Central Time Zone location and a great labor pool also are attractive to businesses. The term “telecom corridor” fell out of favor during the early part of this century when the industry was hurting, but telecom – whether today’s flavor of the month or not – has a marked presence in the North Dallas region. L.M. Ericsson, the world’s largest telecom equipment manufacturer, and AT&T Inc., one of the nation’s largest telecom operator, both have headquarters in Dallas.

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