How AT&T, Verizon, CenturyLink, Windstream and more stacked up in Q4 2016: The top 11 carriers


The fourth-quarter 2016 earnings reporting season has ended, and FierceTelecom is tracking how the top carriers in the wireline telecom industry performed.

In this report, we rank each service provider based on their total revenue for the quarter. You'll also find major metrics—such as broadband adds, broadband churn, and video subscribers—of each service provider.

You can also look at our fourth-quarter earnings page that chronicles all of the major providers, vendors and integrators in this segment.


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Take a look at the chart below to see the service provider metrics. Also, check out our third- and second-quarter reports.

Also, our colleagues at FierceWireless are tracking the fourth-quarter results of the major players in the wireless industry, as is FierceCable for the cable industry.

Rank Total Revenue Broadband Adds/Drops Total Wireline Broadband subs Video Adds/Drops
1. AT&T $41.8B 136K U-verse 14.2M 235K DirecTV
2. Verizon $32.3B 68K 7.04M 21K FiOS
3. CenturyLink $4.29B lost 6K subs 5.95M added 7K subs
4. Frontier $2.42B lost 73K subs 4.27M lost 84K
5. Windstream $1.3B lost 12K subs 1.05M lost 8K
6. Cincinnati Bell $285M added 16K 300K 4,200 Fioptics
7. TDS Telecom $283M lost 3,300* 230K 1,700 IPTV
8. Lumos Networks $206.9M 665 9K lost 10 subs
9. FairPoint $203.9M lost 2,923  307K not reported
10. Consolidated $176M 17K 473K lost 11,539 
11. Hawaiian Telcom $96.8M added 89 91K 1,777 IPTV

This article was updated on March 17 to correct the rankings according to revenue amount.

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