Assessing the top 10 wireline service providers in Q4 2010

Q4 2010 wireline earningsThe table below provides a quick roundup of how the top U.S. wireline service providers performed in Q4 2010 according to access line loss, broadband and video growth. It also lists ongoing activity such as mergers and acquisitions that can affect quarterly performance.

Be sure to take a look at our Q4 earnings summary, which includes more details on each provider's performance in the fourth quarter of 2010. Or, click on a company's linked title to go to its earnings report for the quarter.

Don't forget to see how these figures stack up against the performance of the Q3 2010, Q2 2010, Q1 2010 and Q4 2009 results.

4Q 2010 Results - Tier 1-2 ILECs

Tier 1-2 ILECs Revenues Total Access Lines Q4 Access Lines Q3 Broadband Additions Total Wireline Broadband Video Additions Mergers / Acquisitions
AT&T $31.4 billion 43.4 million 46 million 210,000 million 246,000 U-verse TV & Satellite N/A
Qwest $2.9 billion 6 million 6.2 million 92,000 FTTN subscribers 2.91 million 63,000 DirecTV satellite Being acquired by CenturyLink (expect to be finished in April)
Verizon $26.4 billion 26 million 26.5 million 52,000 FiOS &s DSL subscribers 8.4 million 182,000 FiOS TV subscribers Entered into agreement to acquire Terremark
CenturyLink $1.72 billion 6.5 million 6.6 million 29,000 new DSL subscribers 2.39 million DISH satellite & Prism IPTV Integrating EMBARQ; plans to complete Qwest merger by April 1
Frontier $1.36 billion 5.74 million 5.8 million (incl. addition of Verizon lines) 5,600 (made broadband available to 242,000 households) 1.69 million 15,800 DirecTV subscribers Integrating Verizon's rural lines
Windstream $981 million 3.3 million 3.06 million 12,000 DSL subscribers 1.3 million DSL subscribers 31,500 DISH customers Completed Q-Comm acquisition
TDS Telecom $1.265 billion 767,200 773,800 2,300 DSL subscribers 227,700 DSL subscribers IPTV / Satellite Struck deal to acquire Team Companies
Cincinnati Bell $363 million 674,100 686,900 8,500 new DSL & Fioptics FTTH customers 256,100 (incl. Fioptics, DSL & Cable) 12,900 Fioptics Entertainment subscribers N/A
NTELOS $545.7 million 169,493 (incl. RLEC & new CLEC lines from FiberNet) 86,432 (incl. CLEC & RLEC lines DSL, FTTX subscribers 32,994 504 Completed FiberNet acquisition; divided wireless & wireline units
SureWest $61.6 million 103,800 105,600 1,600 311,300 2,900 N/A

For more:
- see all related fourth quarter earnings news for wireline
- FierceWireless grades the top 10 U.S. wireless carriers in Q4 2010

Assessing the top 10 wireline service providers in Q4 2010
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