Wireline in the fourth quarter 2010

How did the wireline industry perform in the fourth quarter of 2010? Check here throughout the fourth quarter earnings report season for full earnings reports from the wireline industry's service providers and network equipment manufacturers.

Also, don't forget to check out our third quarter 2009, fourth quarter 2009 and first quarter 2010, second quarter 2010, and third quarter 2010 wrapup pages. And take a look at all related Q4 2010 earnings news.

Jan. 19
ADTRAN (Nasdaq: ADTN)
Similar to its Q3 2010 earnings report, broadband access, internetworking and optical networking gear were the drivers of growth in ADTRAN's fourth quarter earnings. The key contributor to 75 percent growth of ADTRAN's broadband access segment growth in the fourth quarter was sales of its Total Access 5000 platform and Fiber to the X (FTTX) products, while internetworking and optical access segments grew 37 percent and 24 percent over Q4 09, respectively.
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- more ADTRAN news

Jan. 25

Verizon (NYSE:VZ)
Verizon's Q4 revenues may have missed Wall Street analyst expectations, but that did not stop the growth of broadband and business services in the wireline segment. During the quarter, consumer broadband revenues increased 18.4 percent to $1.8 billion, while major multinational corporations (MNC) wins including Carlsberg and National grid, Verizon's global enterprise revenues rose 1.3 percent to $4.0 billion.
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- here's FierceIPTV's take
- here's FierceCable's take
- more Verizon news

Tellabs (Nasdaq: TLAB)
Growing competition from Alcatel-Lucent and Cisco at its key incumbent carrier accounts AT&T and Verizon contributed to the decline in Tellab's Q4 revenue report. While revenue rose 5 percent to $410 million, Tellabs missed Wall Street's forecast of $418.4 million.
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- more Tellabs news

Juniper (NYSE: JNPR)
Juniper Networks started out on a happy note in 2011, reporting a 26 percent revenue rise to $1.19 billion, as Q4 revenues benefited from a boost in service provider sales. This was a welcome improvement over Juniper's Q3 2010 results, which were affected by a backlog of incomplete service provider switching and routing orders.
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- and the earnings release
- more Juniper news

Jan. 27
AT&T (NYSE:T)
Buoyed by ongoing gains in IP-based consumer and business services AT&T reported that revenues increased 2.1 percent to $31.4 billion, up $643 million from the same period a year ago. AT&T's Q4 2010 earnings were $1.1 billion, or 18 cents per share. While that's down from 2009's fourth quarter earnings of $2.7 billion, or 46 cents per share, it includes a one-time charge of 26 cents per share from its previously disclosed pension accounting change.
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- and the earnings release
- more AT&T news
- here's FierceIPTV's take

Feb. 2
Level 3 (Nasdaq: LVLT)
Level 3 Communications may have struck a recent deal to provide Internet backbone services to online movie giant Netflix, but that wasn't enough to lift the service provider's Q4 2010 results. Instead, it was yet another quarter where the competitive carrier saw sales decline from $924 million in Q4 2009 to $921 million.
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- and the earnings release
- more Level 3 news

Feb. 3
BT (NYSE: BT)
BT's continual cost cutting measures and ongoing wireline broadband deployment efforts enabled the UK incumbent provider to increase its Q3 earnings by 7 percent. During the third quarter, BT reported that it had reduced operating costs by $384 million, or 5 percent, to $7.09 billion. At the same time, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization (EBITDA) and costs from ongoing staff reductions climbed to $2.4 billion in the three months through December.
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- and the earnings release
-more BT news

Calix (NYSE: CALX)
Calix once again saw a rise in revenues in Q4 2010 from ongoing sales of its platforms with new customers, broadband stimulus project awards and other new platforms. During the quarter, Calix's revenue was $91.7 million, up 21.5 percent over Q3 2010, and up 3.8 percent over the $88.4 million it reported in Q4 2009.
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- more Calix news

Feb. 4
Telmex (NYSE: TMX)
Telmex took a 32 percent net profit hit in Q4, a factor it attributes to lower revenue and higher taxes. During the quarter, the telco reported net profit of 3.39 billion pesos ($275 million), down from 4.99 billion pesos in Q4 2009. At the same time, the service provider had to deal with a 70 percent increase in its tax bill.
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- and this Reuters earnings report
- more Telmex news

Feb. 7
tw telecom (Nasdaq: TWTC)
tw telecom's continued focus on providing competitive business services continued to pay off in the fourth quarter of 2010 as the service provider reported $324.8 million in revenue, up $16.9 million, or 5.5 percent, from the same period last year. For the year, the service provider reported $1.7 billion in revenue and $271.4 million in net income, a figure that includes a non-cash tax benefit of $227.3 million.
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- and the earnings release
- more tw telecom news

Feb. 8
Earthlink (Nasdaq: ELNK)
Earthlink (Nasdaq: ELNK) saw its shares of ups and downs during the fourth quarter of 2010 as revenue rose 1 percent from Q4 to $168.8 million, but full year 2010 revenues declined 14 percent from the full year 2009 to $622.2 million. Broadband continued to be the star performer in Earthlink's portfolio, comprising 63 percent of EarthLink's consumer access revenue in the fourth quarter of 2010, up from 59 percent in Q4 2009.
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- and the earnings release
- more Earthlink news

Savvis (Nasdaq: SVVS)
Continuing to benefit from ongoing business customer's adoption of its managed services suite, Savvis' Q4 revenue rose to $252.7 million, up 4 percent from $219.8 million in Q4 2009. At the same time, the service provider was able to reduce its quarterly losses to $2.9 million, or 6 cents per share, down from the $5.4 million, or 10 cents per share, loss it reported in Q4 2009.
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- and the earnings release
- more Savvis news

Feb. 9
Bell Aliant (Toronto: BA-UN.TO)
In Q4 2010, Bell Aliant reported operating revenues of $709 million, a 1.4 percent decline from Q4 2009, a factor it attributes to ongoing declines in its local, long distance and data revenue as a result of lower network access services (NAS) and the migration to new alternative IP-based technologies. Similarly, Bell Aliant's annual revenues declined 3 percent.
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- and the earnings release
- more Bell Aliant news

Feb. 10
Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE:ALU)
For the fourth quarter, Alcatel-Lucent posted a net profit of $462 million, up from $62.5 million in Q4 2009. According to a Bloomberg report, the results boosted Alcatel-Lucent's shares to their highest levels in 18 months. The vendor's total Q4 2010 revenue came in at $6.6 billion, up 22.6 percent from Q4 2009.
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- and the earnings release
- more Alcatel-Lucent news

Bell Canada (NYSE: BCE)
During the quarter, Bell Canada's overall wireline revenue declined 2.5 percent year-on-year to CAD 2.77 billion (USD 2.79 billion), but for the full year 2010 wireline operating revenues increased 0.3 percent to CAD 10.69 billion (USD 10.8 billion).
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- and the earnings release
- more Bell Canada news

Sprint (NYSE: S)
During the fourth quarter, Sprint's wireline revenue declined 7 percent year-over-year to $1.2 billion, a factor it attributes to reduced voice volume and rate and lower data revenues. On a quarterly sequential basis, wireline revenues were about 2 percent lower due mostly to voice volume reductions.
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- and the earnings release
- more Sprint news 

MTS Allstream (Toronto: MBT.TO)
During the fourth quarter, MTS Allstream reported CAD 444.5 million (USD 449 million), down slightly from the same period in 2009 of CAD 453.8 million (USD 458 million) in Q3 2010. For the year 2010, MTS Allstream's revenue of CAD 1.776 billion was in line with its previously set outlook of CAD 1.740 billion (USD 1.76 billion) to CAD 1.790 billion (USD1.81 billion).
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- more MTS Allstream news

Feb. 11
Telus (Toronto: T.TO)
Telus' bets on increasing its wireless coverage and continuing to expand its Fiber to the Node (FTTN)-based IPTV service, Optik continued to pay off in Q4 2010. For the fourth quarter, Telus reported $227 million (USD 229.5 million) in income, up from CAD 156 million (USD 157.7 million) in the same period in 2009. Likewise, revenue was up 4.4 percent to CAD 2.58 billion (USD 2.6 billion), while EBITDA in the last three months of 2010 grew 7.4 percent to CAD 847 million (USD 856.4 million).
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- more Telus news

Feb. 15
CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL)
The service provider's Q4 profit declined to $232.3 million from $286.7 million in Q4 2009. Company revenue, meanwhile, dropped to $1.72 billion from $1.84 billion in the same quarter last year, but beat analyst expectations of $1.71 billion. While CenturyLink's Q1 2011 forecast of $1.68 billion to $1.7 billion met analysts' forecasts of $1.69 billion, full year 2011 revenues are another story--raising red flags among Wall Street analysts.
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- and the earnings release
- more CenturyLink / CenturyTel news

Cincinnati Bell (NYSE: CBB)
Cincinnati Bell reported a net loss for the three months ended Dec. 31 of $19 million versus a $6.8 million, or 2 cents a share, profit in Q4 2009. The losses were attributed to two special items including a $36 million loss on the extinguishment of a term loan due in 2017 and extending debt maturities to 2020 in addition to $9 million charge related to restructuring costs related to layoffs it needed to make to reduce costs due to declining revenues in its traditional wireline business.
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- and the earnings release
- more Cincinnati Bell news

Qwest (NYSE: Q)
Once again, Qwest is feeling the pain of its legacy voice declines as the service provider's revenue declined 3.2 percent to $2.9 billion. The service provider, which is in the process of merging with CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL), reported $161 million loss, or 9 cents per share, compared with a year-earlier profit of $108 million, or 6 cents per share due to special items including stock-based compensation and merger costs.
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Feb. 18
Windstream (Nasdaq: WIN)
During the quarter, Windstream's profit declined 4 percent to $72.4 million, or 15 cents per share, from $75.5 million, or 17 cents per share, in Q4 2009. In Q4 2010, Windstream had to incur 4 cents per share charge on various items including acquisition-related costs.
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- more Windstream news

Feb. 23
Frontier (NYSE: FTR)
Frontier's Q4 2010 earnings report was a bit of a mixed bag where revenue more than doubled to $1.36 billion, a result of its acquisition of Verizon's rural phone lines, but it wasn't able to fulfill analysts expectations of $1.39 billion. Between October and December 2010, Frontier's Q4 earnings were $46 million, or five cents a share, up from $4.4 million, or one cent a share in 2009.
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- more Frontier news

Feb. 24
SureWest (Nasdaq: SURW)
SureWest Communications has made a big bet on being a broadband focused company, and that bet continued to pay off during the fourth quarter as broadband revenues were up 17 percent year-over-year. The ongoing growth in SureWest's overall consolidated revenues were up 2 percent to $61.6 billion in the fourth quarter as broadband revenues grew by $3.5 million to offset an 11 percent decline in telecom revenue, which came in at $2.18 million.
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- and the earnings release
- more SureWest news

TDS Telecom (NYSE: TDS)
Like every traditional wireline carrier, TDS Telecom saw its share of typical landline losses, but those losses were offset by continued growth in data and broadband services. TDS reported operating revenues of $1.265 billion for the fourth quarter of 2010, a slight increase over the $1.261 billion it reported in Q4 2009. However, from an overall year perspective, TDS's operating revenue declined to $4,986.8 billion from $5.01 billion in 2009.
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- more TDS Telecom news

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