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Cable triples telcos’ Q2 broadband additions

Mon, 08/11/2008 - 8:30am
Traci Patterson

In the second quarter of 2008, the top cable operators added 671,426 broadband subscribers, while the top telcos added just 215,514, according to Leichtman Research Group (LRG).

There were 887,000 net broadband additions in the quarter – by both the top cable and telco companies – and the cable operators accounted for 76 percent of the additions.

The top broadband providers now account for 65.1 million subscribers – with cable companies having 35.3 million broadband subscribers (a 54 percent share of the overall market) and telcos having more than 29.7 million subscribers, according to LRG.

But the total broadband additions in the quarter amounted to only 51 percent of those added in the second quarter of 2007, with cable operators adding 85 percent as many additions as a year ago, and telcos adding only 23 percent as many additions as a year ago.

“Net broadband additions in the quarter were the fewest of any quarter in the seven years LRG has been tracking the industry,” said Bruce Leichtman, president and principal analyst for LRG. “While the relative number of quarterly broadband adds has certainly peaked, the decline in additions this quarter compared to the same period last year was exacerbated by Verizon and AT&T’s emphasis on selling higher-speed FiOS and U-verse bundled services, often at the expense of the traditional DSL service.”

For a printable version of LRG’s Q2 broadband data, click here.

Broadband Internet Provider

Subscribers at End of Q2 ‘08

Net Adds in Q2 ‘08

Cable Companies

Comcast

14,357,000

279,000

Time Warner Cable

8,125,000

201,000

Cox

3,885,000

40,000

Charter

2,787,300

19,300

Cablevision

2,395,000

52,000

Mediacom

702,000

14,000

Insight

424,600

12,400

CableONE

361,269

4,726

RCN

295,000

4,000

Other major private cable ops

2,000,000

45,000

Total Top Cable

35,332,169

671,426

Telephone Companies

AT&T

14,693,000

46,000

Verizon

8,330,000

54,000

Qwest

2,732,000

31,000

Embarq

1,364,000

24,000

Windstream

934,300

23,300

CenturyTel

607,000

21,000

Frontier

559,300

16,280

FairPoint

294,412

(1,166)

Cincinnati Bell

229,000

1,100

Total Top Telephone Companies

29,743,102

215,514

Total Broadband

65,075,184

886,940

Sources: The Companies and LRG

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