Monday, October 24, 2005

BellSouth Adds 205,000 DSL Subscribers in Q3

BellSouth added 205,000 net DSL customers in Q3 2005 and now serves nearly 2.7 million DSL customers. Sequentially, DSL average revenue per user (ARPU) remained steady at nearly $40. For the third quarter, network data revenue, which includes revenue from DSL services, was $1.17 billion.

During Q3 2005, 66,000 BelSouth customers added DIRECTV service to their communications packages, reaching a total of more than 460,000.

As of Sept. 30, 2005, BellSouth's total access lines were 20.4 million, down 354,000 compared to June 30, 2005. The company estimates approximately 40,000 of this decline is attributable to disconnections associated with Hurricane Katrina. The remaining access line loss was driven by wireless substitution and cable telephony providers in residential markets. Residential retail access lines were down 181,000. In contrast, business retail access lines grew 37,000 lines with positive results in both small and large business segments. UNE-P (Unbundled Network Elements-Platform) access lines resold by BellSouth competitors were down 228,000 compared to June 30, 2005.


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