The results are in, and AT&T, Verizon, Comcast and Dish Networks are among the largest operators in the wireline and cable industries. FierceTelecom and FierceCable today published their rankings of the largest wireline, satellite and cable operators in the United States.
Not surprisingly, AT&T led the pay-TV industry in the first quarter with fully 26 million customers, notable considering Jason Blackwell, director of service provider strategies in Strategy Analytics' Digital Consumer Practice, said the top pay-TV providers added a combined 55,000 TV subscribers during the quarter -- well below the 116,000 TV subscribers they added together during the fourth quarter. Click here for the Top 9 cable, satellite and telco pay-TV operators in the first quarter from FierceCable.
And AT&T also ranked first on the wireline side of the communications industry with the addition of 186,000 broadband customers during the first quarter, raising its total wireline customer base to 14.3 million. Click here for the top 12 wireline providers in the first quarter from FierceTelecom.
However, AT&T continues to rank second behind Verizon in the wireless industry in terms of the total number of the carrier's customers. FierceWireless will publish its own list of the top wireless carriers in the first quarter next week -- stay tuned!