AT&T-banking on the bundle - Q3 Tier One Telco Broadband Results

Amidst falling wireline voice revenues, IP-based wireline broadband continued to be a strong performer for AT&T in Q3 09. Taking into account both wireline and wireless 3G LaptopConnect customers, AT&T's total broadband service connections were up by 138,000 to reach a total of 17.1 million during the third quarter of 2009. 
 
Similar to Qwest and BT, AT&T is leveraging a Fiber to the Node (FTTN) network architecture in existing Brownfield markets and Fiber to the Premises (FTTP) in Greenfield markets. Initially using VDSL for its FTTN network, AT&T said in a previous interview with FierceTelecom that they are on track with their VDSL2 deployment. Although AT&T explained that the upgrade to VDSL2 requires only a software upgrade, the ILEC said it wants to ensure that the impact on customers is minimal. The growth of Fiber to the Premise, however, is a different story. A challenging economic time and sluggish new housing market slowed the growth of Greenfield FTTP deployments.  
 
Along with high speed data, another big element of AT&T's broadband strategy is IPTV. Growth of AT&T's IPTV service in Q3 09, as noted in FierceTelecom's sister publication FierceIPTV, however, was not exactly stellar. During the third quarter, AT&T added 240,000 new U-Verse TV customers, a decrease of 8,000 from 248,000 it reported in the second quarter. Despite the slight downturn, AT&T said that U-Verse could bring in $2 billion in revenue for the full year.  
 
What's even more telling about U-Verse IPTV is its connection to triple and quad-play bundles. AT&T reported that in the third-quarter more than three-fourths of U-verse TV subscribers bundled voice, data and wireless with TV service. A greater number of triple and quad-play customers fueled 32.1 percent year-over-year growth in consumer IP revenues for the third quarter.  

AT&T-banking on the bundle - Q3 Tier One Telco Broadband Results
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