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US broadband: 1m+ Q1 additions

May 17, 2016

According to the Leichtman Research Group, the seventeen largest cable and telephone providers in the US – representing about 95 per cent of the market – acquired nearly 1.1 million net additional high-speed Internet subscribers in Q1 2016. These top broadband providers now account for over 91.5 million subscribers — with top cable companies having 56.3 million broadband subscribers, and top phone companies having 35.2 million subscribers.

Other broadband findings for the quarter include:

  • Overall, broadband additions in 1Q 2016 were 92 per cent of those in 1Q 2015
  • The top cable companies accounted for 99 per cent of the net broadband additions for the quarter versus the top phone companies
  • The top cable companies added about 1,065,000 broadband subscribers in 1Q 2016 – 106 per cent of the net additions for the top cable companies in 1Q 2015
  • The top phone companies added about 10,000 broadband subscribers in 1Q 2016 – compared to a gain of 160,000 in 1Q 2015
  • AT&T and Verizon added 300,000 subscribers via U-verse and FiOS in 1Q 2016, while having a net loss of 324,000 DSL subscribers
  • Over the past year, there were about 3,030,000 net broadband adds – similar to about 3,000,000 over the prior year

“Cable companies had another strong quarter for broadband in 1Q 2016, adding over one million subscribers in the quarter. This marks the third time in the past five quarters that cable companies have added over a million net broadband subscribers,” said Bruce Leichtman, president and principal analyst for Leichtman Research Group. “Broadband in the US continues to grow, with cable providers accounting for 111 per cent of the three million net broadband additions over the past year.”

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