According to a new study from Convergence Consulting Group, the traditional big telephone companies are shrinking, which probably will not come as news to anyone who works for one of the big telcos--or used to work for one of them. But more to the point, the study "The Battle For the American Couch Potato" envisions that the three major telcos will have half the landline telephone customers in 2011 that they had in 2005.
The study, explored in a two-part series by Telephony, goes into a lot more, including the effect on online TV viewing on traditional TV revenue, but it sounds like CCC also has some interesting visions for telcos as organizations. Rather than being one big company that does everything, for instance, the telco might be shaping up to be multiple smaller firms inside much bigger ones.
- Telephony has this two-part story
Wireless-only home surpassed landline ones in 2007