Triple cord-cutting bites for US service providers

Ovum has released its Q3 2016 subscriber growth figures for fixed voice, fixed broadband, and pay TV for the US, as captured in Ovum’s World Broadband Information Service (WBIS). Ovum notes that a triple cord-cutting threat – the loss of subscribers in all three core fixed services – continues to loom over the US.

  • In Q3 among the largest US telcos, AT&T and Windstream continued to see declines in all three services, while Frontier posted a decline in the two services it does offer. CenturyLink and Consolidated Communications are at risk, with declines in two out of three services. Verizon, which recently shed properties in a number of markets to Frontier, also fits in the at-risk category with a couple of quarters of decline in fixed broadband – in Q2 2015 and Q1 2016 – and very low pay-TV subscriber growth.

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